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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 or agency. Becoming certified allows for more training and resourcing in a particular area of ministry.
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
Renewal Request for Biennial Review 2018 (pdf)
     This is not a PDF fillable form. Please complete by hand to mail or scan and email for submission.
Renewal and Recertification Policies in the Virginia Conference (Word)