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Training Programs at International Corps of Chaplains

Welcome to the Training page of the International Core of Chaplains! We are dedicated to providing comprehensive training programs to equip chaplains with the skills and knowledge needed to serve individuals and communities in times of need. Our training is designed to empower chaplains to provide spiritual and emotional support in various settings, including hospitals, correctional facilities, military units, and more..

Our Training Philosophy

At the International Core of Chaplains, we believe that effective chaplaincy requires a strong foundation in both the spiritual and practical aspects of the role. Our training programs are rooted in these core principles:

  1. Spiritual Formation: We emphasize the importance of a deep, personal connection with one’s faith and spiritual practice as the foundation for effective chaplaincy.
  2. Cultural Competence: We train chaplains to be sensitive to the diverse beliefs and backgrounds of those they serve, ensuring inclusivity and respect for all.
  3. Communication Skills: Effective communication is key to providing emotional and spiritual support. Our training programs enhance chaplains’ active listening, counseling, and interpersonal skills.
  4. Crisis Intervention: Chaplains often find themselves in high-stress situations. Our training equips chaplains with the tools to provide support during crises and emergencies.

Course Offerings

Basic Chaplain Certification Training (BCT):This foundational program provides an introduction to the core principles of chaplaincy, including spiritual care, active listening, and ethics.

Advanced Chaplaincy Training: Building upon the basics, these programs delves deeper including the enlisted and officer leadership schools. 

Specialized Training: We offer specialized training for chaplains serving in specific environments, such as grief counseling, crisis intervention, cultural competence, healthcare, law enforcement, the military, prisons, and disaster relief.

Continuing Education: Chaplaincy is a dynamic field, and ongoing learning is essential. We offer a variety of continuing education opportunities to help chaplains stay current in their practice.


Upon successful completion of our training programs, chaplains are eligible for certification from the International Core of Chaplains. This certification serves as a mark of distinction and demonstrates your commitment to excellence in chaplaincy.

How to Get Started

Ready to begin your chaplaincy training journey with the International Core of Chaplains? Here’s how to get started:

Explore Our Programs: Take a closer look at our training programs and decide which one aligns best with your goals and interests.

  1. Apply for Admission: Complete the application process for your chosen training program. Our admissions team will guide you through the requirements.
  2. Engage in Training: Once accepted, immerse yourself in our comprehensive training curriculum, learning from experienced instructors and fellow chaplains.
  3. Certification: Upon successful completion of your chosen program, you’ll be eligible for certification as an International Core of Chaplains-certified chaplain.
  4. Serve with Purpose: Armed with your training and certification, you’ll be ready to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those you serve.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or need further information about our training programs, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for considering the International Core of Chaplains for your chaplaincy training needs. We look forward to guiding you on your journey to becoming a compassionate and skilled chaplain.