Application Requirements




​Requirements to apply for UNCA membership are as follows:

1.) Complete UNCA membership online application found on the UNCA Careers tab.




2.) Complete Application Profile Packet (to be after admission application has been received) Application Packet should include:

  • Transcripts from applicant’s academic institutions of learning (post graduate and graduate school programs)
  • Copy of valid driver’s license, state or government identification
  • National criminal history report obtained from www.FBI.gov
  • Current personal resume and /or biography
  • Detailed list of community service experiences (include dates, locations and outcomes)
  • Current professional/ministry resume (if applicable)
  • Copy of academic and professional, certificates, achievements or awards, memberships, designations and/or honors to date
  • Two endorsements from a recognized group/groups of Christian faith
  • Two professional endorsements
  • Letter of approval from the UNCA’s Certifying Commission and Board (This letter signifies that the applicant has submitted all necessary documents to be admitted to the BCC program of Camden University)


For applicants who are ordained pastors, ministerial persons, and/or chaplains please submit the following in addition to other required materials:

  • Pastor or Overseer recommendation (If applicable. This letter of recommendation may also fulfill requirement for endorsement letter if necessary.)


  • Copy of ministerial license and/or ordination certificate (if applicant is licensed or ordained by another organization)





3) Expect email correspondence after application process is concluded


* Upon application assessment, a BCC program administrator may contact applicants regarding educational prerequisites, if   applicable. Some academic/transcript requirements may be waived based upon documented experience and UNCA Board approval.



**UNCA considers reciprocation of those certified under other organizations on a case by case basis.

UNCA Board Certified Chaplaincy Program



The United Nations Chaplains Association's Board-Certified Chaplaincy program is designed to give aspiring chaplains the ability to take advantage of opportunities for intervention and support by providing coursework requirements in addition to experiential knowledge. During hurricane and disaster relief peak seasons, chaplains have opportunities to receive access to support disaster and crisis relief victims in times of need. Board Certified Chaplains utilize information acquired through academic study as they employ principles of business & organizational leadership, spiritual & emotional care, resource management, and logistics to engage accompanying organizations to meet the needs of mankind.

The role of the Board-Certified Chaplain includes: effectively functioning in advance disaster response, often at the region and global level, establishing alliances to impact local community policy-making; implementation of plans to ensure supply channels, food supplies and availability of resources; strategizing with disaster relief partners and deploying resources and personnel in a state of crisis.

The Event Base Responder is the entry-level position, which allows for the acquisition of the specified skill-set necessary to effectively function during a crisis at the region and global level. The Event Base Responder acquires skills through the pre-requisite coursework at Camden University and Graduate School of Theology  Fundamentals of Chaplaincy Certificate Program, through deployment field training in crisis-affected areas and by serving as a team member in disaster management, crisis counseling, community development, and societal reinstatement.


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The role of the Board-Certified Chaplain includes: effectively functioning in advance disaster response, often at the region and global level, establishing alliances to impact local community policy-making; implementation of plans to ensure supply channels, food supplies and availability of resources; strategizing with disaster relief partners and deploying resources and personnel in a state of crisis.


Becoming a Board-Certified Chaplain (BCC) with the United Nations Chaplains Association (UNCA) indicates our member’s dedication to the highest professional standards. UNCA certified chaplains have demonstrated their devotion to ongoing professional development and the advancement of global communities. The BCC program (6-36 month training based on Camden University Advanced Chaplaincy curriculum, experience, and student pace) provides the general framework for professional chaplaincy and is required for all members. Upon completion of the BCC certification, members are eligible to receive training for specialty designations. All United Nations Chaplains are responsible for completing the coursework and requirements associated with the Board Certified Chaplaincy program of Camden University and Graduate School of Theology. The program certification requirements can be found on the university’s website.


The Event Base Responder is the entry-level position, which allows for the acquisition of the specified skill-set necessary to effectively function during a crisis at the region and global level. The Event Base Responder acquires skills through the pre-requisite coursework at Camden University and Graduate School of Theology – Fundamentals of Chaplaincy Certificate Program, through deployment field training in crisis-affected areas and by serving as a team member in crisis counseling, community development, and societal reinstatement.


Board Certified Chaplaincy Levels


Based upon the member’s experience, the UNCA Board Certified Chaplain certification is offered in 3 levels:

  • Board Certified Chaplain- Level 1: A person who has successfully passed Camden University & Graduate School of Theology’s BCC certification testing and has demonstrated professional excellence as a chaplain, pastor, or organizational leader  from 5-10 years and/or possesses an Associate’s Degree or higher from an accredited college/university, two endorsements from a recognized group of Christian faith, two professional endorsements and is approved by UNCA’s Certifying Commission.


  • Board Certified Chaplain- Level 2: A person who has successfully passed Camden University & Graduate School of Theology’s BCC certification testing and has demonstrated professional excellence as a chaplain, pastor, or organizational leader from 10-20 years and/or possesses a Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited college/university, two endorsements from a recognized group of Christian faith, two professional endorsements and is approved by UNCA’s Certifying Commission.


  • Board Certified Chaplain- Level 3: A person who has successfully passed Camden University & Graduate School of Theology’s BCC certification testing and has demonstrated professional excellence as a chaplain, pastor, or organizational leader for over 20 years and/or possesses a Master’s Degree or higher from an accredited college/university, two endorsements from a recognized group of Christian faith, two professional endorsements and is approved by UNCA’s Certifying Commission.




Areas of Designation & Concentration 

UNCA Board Certified Chaplains may elect additional training and missions focus within the following areas:


  • Societal Re-Instatement and Development: OJT and Deployment in this position seeks strategies that address the needs and services of ex-offender and strengthens the process of re-entry into the community.  Tasks include networking with criminal justice organizations, resources and establishing impactful services.


  • Social and Economic Development: OJT and Deployment in this position provide opportunities to take a leadership role in leveraging and channeling marginalized communities.  Tasks include: participating in the city, county strategic planning, integrating into business enterprises and negotiating resources.


  • Crisis Counseling and Prevention: OJT and Deployment in this position are for those interested in being the provider of hope and optimism in situations that seem hopeless.  Counseling in acute emergencies, urgent circumstances, and disasters.  A high degree of creativity and improvisation is essential.  Tasks include participation in simulations with the crisis, emergency management, and mental health professionals, to teach problem-solving skills and give structure to crisis survivors.


  • Disaster Management: OJT and Deployment in this position require a high level of stamina to provide for survival services and critical care to those victimized by crisis, emergencies and major disasters. One must be able to demonstrate compassion and strength.



* Educational requirements may be waived based upon documented experience and UNCA Board approval.

**UNCA considers reciprocation of those certified under other organizations on a case by case basis.

                                                             ​UNCA BCC Membership


The United Nations Chaplains Association (UNCA) through a peer Board Certification Committee, provides the UNCPA  Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) certification to applicants who have met the personal, academic, and professional requirements of high quality chaplaincy/pastoral care. Applicants must receive UNCPA BCC certification to be considered active members. UNCA membership attests that the member has been regarded by his or her peers as one who meets exceptional and rigorous professional standards. UNCPA asserts membership to be continuing, not terminal and contingent on active participation in community efforts and continuing educations.

 

Benefits of Membership


  • Membership in a professional society with established national certification standards, standards of practice, and a code of ethics

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  • Exclusive access to enriching educational opportunities, such as the annual conference and local meetings


  • Membership in an organization that advocates for professional chaplaincy at the international, regional, and local levels


  • The opportunity to be involved critical projects and participate in leadership at various leadership levels


  • Enriching opportunity for professional development fostered through relationships with members from various cultures and disciplines


  •  Access to a variety of publications, including a regularly published newsletter and professional journals


  •  Discounted pricing on UNCA educational programs and conferences, products and resources




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