Catechist Certification

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Basic Minimum Certification

All volunteer and contract catechists and youth ministry leaders must complete the Basic Minimum Certification. The Coordinator of Religious Education is expected to complete the Basic Minimum Certification in order to participate in the coursework that is required of all catechists. The Basic Minimum Certification is valid for 5 years, and is renewable.

The AMS partners with the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation at the University of Dayton and Catholic Distance University to offer reduced rates for online courses.

Process

    1. Complete a course (or two seminars) at VLCFF or CDU.
    2. Complete child and youth protection training.
    3. Complete a favorable background check (as determined by local base/post policy).
    4. Complete the AMS Catechist Application on the myAMS portal.  Attach a copy of your child and youth protection training and indicate which courses you have taken.  This application will then be sent to your priest/chaplain for approval.  Once your application has been approved, AMS will issue your certificate.

Upon completion of the Basic Minimum Certification, volunteer and contract catechists and youth ministry leaders are highly encouraged to register for additional courses that will enhance their catechetical ministry. Coordinators of Religious Education who have not earned a Masters Degree in Theology or Religious Studies are required to pursue an advanced certificate in catechesis at VLCFF or CDU.

Catechists and Youth Ministry Leaders that have completed Catechist Certification in other diocesan programs may submit a copy of their certificate for review in order to fulfill the basic minimum requirement for AMS Catechist Certification.

Advanced Certificate in Catechesis

Both VLCFF and CDU offer several advanced certificates for those who wish to continue to work beyond the Basic Minimum Certification.

Religious Education Coordinators or Youth Ministry Coordinators who have not earned a Masters Degree in Theology or Religious Studies are required to pursue an advanced certificate through VLCFF or CDU.

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