Credentials and Certification

Licensed Chaplain

Requirements to become a licensed chaplain with the NCA:

  1. You must have a background check completed by your local police department. The report must be forward to the NCA Headquarters with your membership application.

  2. You must have your fingerprints on file with the NCA. (This is a Federal requirement.)

  3. You must complete the NCI Christian Chaplain Certification Program.

  4. You must have three letters of recommendation for your Pastor, denomination or Church group and other ministers in your area.

Ordained Chaplain

Requirements to become an ordained chaplain with the NCA:

  1. You must have a background check completed by your local police department. The report must be forward to the NCA Headquarters with your membership application.

  2. You must have your fingerprints on file with the NCA. (This is a Federal requirement.)

  3. You must complete the NCI Christian Chaplain Certification Program.

  4. Must have served as a Licensed Chaplain for a minimum of two (2) years. [This requirement can be waived if you are already an ordained minister with a recognized denomination or Church group.]

  5. You must have three letters of recommendation for your Pastor, denomination or Church group and other ministers in your area.

Probationary Period

All chaplains will be on a probationary period for one year after receiving credentials from the NCA. After this probationary period full privileges as an established chaplain/minister of the Gospel will be extended.

Certification

Certification is given after completion of the NCI Christian Chaplain Certification Program. The level of certification is based upon your level of education for the ministry. [Note: secular degrees are not considered in the certification process. Only degrees in theology, biblical studies, biblical counseling, divinity, theology or other ministry related field.]

  • No Ministerial Degree: Certified Christian Chaplain
  • Bachelor Degree: Certified Christian Chaplain – Advanced
  • Masters Degree: Certified Christian Chaplain – Fellow
  • Doctoral Degree: Certified Christian Chaplain – Diplomate

Rank

Officer rank can be awarded by the NCA. Rank is earned through years of service and exceptional dedication to the ministry as a Chaplain. Rank is also awarded for various volunteer posts within the NCA. Rank within the NCA is to show maturity, dedication and excellence as a proven Christian Chaplain within our association. Rank is never awarded for monetary gifts of any kind to the NCA.

Yearly Renewal Fee

Yearly renewal fee for your membership with NCA is $75.00 a year.