Below is the current listing of national ministry organizations and arch/diocesan programs of ministry formation with standards and procedures for certification approved by the USCCB Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service. Learn more about how programs and organizations gain approval.

For additional information on our approved diocesan programs and organizations who certify ecclesial ministers, view or download the PDF of our directory.

Alliance of National Ministry Organizations with Approved Certification Standards


For details on the certification standards and procedures for the organizations of the Alliance, visit their website. For details on the organizations themselves, to inquire about membership, or to speak with someone about the certifications offered through the Alliance, visit the organizational websites listed below, or contact the leader of the organization through the email address provided.


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Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commission (FDLC)

Certifications offered through the Alliance

  • Diocesan Director of Worship
  • Parish Director of Liturgy

Organization website

Contact: Rita Thiron, Executive Director (Office email)

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National Association for Lay Ministry (NALM)

Certifications offered through the Alliance

  • Pastoral Associate
  • Parish Business Manager
  • Parish Life Coordinator

Organization website

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Contact: Jamie Moloney, Board President (Office email)

National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM)

Certification offered through the Alliance

  • Director of Music Ministries

Organization website

Contact: Stephen Petrunak, President (Office email)

National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL)

NCCL logo

Certifications offered through the Alliance

  • Parish Catechetical Leader
  • Parish Director of Evangelization

Organization website

Contact: Margaret Matijasevic, Executive Director (Office email)

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National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM)

Certifications offered through the Alliance

  • Diocesan Youth Ministry Leader, including pastoral juvenil hispana
  • Parish Youth Ministry Leader, including pastoral juvenil hispana
  • High School Campus Ministry Leader

Organization website

Contact: Christina Lamas, Executive Director (Office email)

National Organizations with Approved Certification Standards

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Catholic Campus Ministry Association

Certification offered

  • Professional Catholic Campus Minister (3 tiers: essential, integral, advanced)

Organization website

Contact: Michael St. Pierre, Executive Director (Office email)

National Association of Catholic Chaplains

Certifications offered

  • Board Certified Catholic Chaplain
  • Certified Associate Catholic Chaplain
  • Pallitative Care and Hospital Advanced Certification
  • Board Certified Catholic Veterans Chaplain

Certifications in development

  • Pastoral Ministry to Sick and those in need of Care at Home
  • Pastoral Care in Prison Ministries (for volunteers and professionals)

Organization website

Contact: Dr. David Lichter, Executive Director (Office email)

Arch/Diocesan Offices with Approved Certification Standards


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Diocese of San Bernardino: Ministry Formation Institute

Certifications offered

  • Adult Faith Formation Coordinator
  • Catechetical Leader
  • Charity & Justice Coordinator
  • Life & Dignity Coordinator
  • Liturgical Ministry Coordinator
  • Young Catholics Ministry Coordinator
  • Pastoral Associates

Diocesan website

Contact: Maruja Sedano, Director


Archdiocese of Chicago: Institute for Lay Formation

Chicago logo

Certifications offered

  • Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation
  • Coordinator of Religious Education
  • Parish & Catholic High School Coordinator of Youth Ministry
  • Parish & Catholic School Coordinator of Religious Education

Institute website

Contacts: Dr. Linda Couri, Director, Institute of Pastoral Leadership & Bob Alexander, Senior Associate Director, Lay Formation


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Archdiocese of Detroit: Office of Ministerial Certification

Certifications offered

  • Christian Service Coordinator
  • Coordinator of Youth Ministry
  • Director of Religious Education
  • Parish Catechetical Leader
  • RCIA Coordinator
  • Liturgical Musician

Office website

Contact: Sean Calvin, Associate Director of Ministerial Certification

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Diocese of Lansing

Office of Catechesis

Certification offered

  • Parish Catechetical Leader

Office website

Contact: Tim Carpenter, Director

Office of Middle and High School Ministry

Certification offered

  • Coordinator of Youth Ministry

Diocesan website

Contact: Brian Flynn, Director

Office for Lay Ecclesial Ministry

Certification offered

  • Catechetical Leader
  • Pastoral Associate
  • Pastoral Coordinator
  • Pastoral Minister
  • Youth Minister

Diocesan website

Contact: Deborah Amato, Director


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Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston: Office of Evangelization and Catechesis / la oficina de evangelización y catequesis

Certification offered  / certificación para

  • Parish Catechetical Leader / Líder Catequético Parroquial

Programs offered in English and Spanish / Entrenamientos ofrecidos en inglés o español

Office website / el sitio web de la oficina

Contacts / para contactar: Julie Blevins, Director / Directora

Arch/Diocesan Offices Preparing for Approval of Certification Standards


Diocese of Richmond: Office of Christian Formation


For additional information on our approved diocesan programs and organizations who certify ecclesial ministers, view or download the PDF of our directory.