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Professional Certification

Professional Certification is designed for persons who are called to professional ministry in the church in an area of specialization. Professional ministry means that you desire to serve as a staff person in a local church, non-profit, or agency. Becoming certified allows for more training and resourcing in a particular area of ministry.

This document explains the requirements and deadlines for Professional Certification in the Virginia Conference (pdf)

Professional Certification in The United Methodist Church is offered in the following areas:
· Christian Education
· Children’s Ministry
· Youth Ministry
· Evangelism
· Spiritual Formation
· Music Ministry
· Camping/Retreat Ministries
· Older Adult Ministry
· Ministry with the Poor 
· Urban Ministry

Course requirements and schools (pdf)
Steps into Certification (pdf)

Application and Funding
Professional Enrollment Form (pdf)
Application for Para/Professional Certification Grant (Word)
Financial Aid from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (pdf)
Mentor Report Form (Word)

Biennual Renewal of Certification
Professional Certification must be renewed every two years with the Board of Ordained Ministry. The application for renewal can be found here:
The deadline for renewal is January 31, 2024

Renewal and Recertification Policies in the Virginia Conference (Word)

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