Admissions Policy

Qualifications and Requirements

A CPEI application and enrollment is required of all students.

CPEI will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national or ethnic origin, sex/gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability and will provide an environment from harassment.

Qualifications for CPE Students

  • A minimum of a high school diploma
  • Applicants may include, but are not limited to seminaries, ordained clergy, elders, deacons, licensed clergy, Eucharistic ministers, nurses, social workers, counselors, etc.
  • Students without formal theological training are eligible and are encouraged to review the requirements for credentialing/certification
  • Be able to speak, read, and write English. Programs may be available to persons that speak other languages

Qualifications for Supervisory Students

  • A graduate theological degree or equivalent from an institution that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Individuals graduating from an institution that is not recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may request a waiver. An educational equivalency application is available here.
  • Four units (1600 hours) of clinical pastoral education (CPE). A CPE education equivalency application is available here.
    Exceptions: Persons having a Bachelor’s degree and a graduate theological degree from an accredited institution having completed supervisory training in another credentialing organization i.e., AAMFT, AAPC, etc., and in good standing, will be considered on an individual basis with a minimum of two units (800 hours) of CPE
  • Personal maturity and a history of professional competence
  • Completes a successful admission interview by a CPE Training Supervisor/Educator

Interviews

CPE Student Interview: A CPE Associate/Educator or CPE Supervisor/Educator will interview students for admission. The interview process provides an opportunity for the applicant and interviewer to:

  • discuss the applications materials
  • provide information and answer questions
  • dynamically engage the applicant as a person and learner
  • assess the applicant’s readiness for CPE , emotionally and psychologically
  • discuss the educational goals of the applicant

CPE Supervisor/Educator will issue a letter of acceptance or denial within 5 working days following the interview. Copies will be maintained in CPEI’s SharePoint Confidential Records.

CPE Supervisory Student Interview: A CPE Training Supervisor will interview supervisory students for admission. The interview provides an opportunity for the applicant and interviewer to:

  • discuss the applications materials
  • provide information and answer questions
  • dynamically engage the applicant as a potential supervisor/educator
  • assess the applicant’s readiness for CPE, emotionally and psychologically
  • discuss the educational goals of the applicant

Approval, Non-Approval of a CPE Student or Supervisory Student:

  • Individuals that meet the above qualifications will typically be accepted by the CPE Center. Exceptions to acceptance might include inability to understand what CPE Is about, inability to locate an internship site, concerns regarding background check. In the case that students are not approved, the CPE Center will send a letter notifying them of the decision.
  • Student approved will be issued an acceptance letter using the CPEI template the outlines as a minimum: course requirements, background search information (if required), tuition amount, cancellation and refund policy, course/unit requirements, course learning objectives, enrollment information, etc.
  • Students must sign and return the acceptance letters within the stated time period in the acceptance letter and follow the requirements for enrollment in CPEI. Upon enrollment, students will be issued a membership number which must be used throughout their CPEI experience.

Evaluation of Equivalencies or Transfer of Credit:

  • Individuals seeking equivalency for advanced standing in CPE or Supervisory must complete and submit the CPE Equivalency Application
  • Supervisors/Educators at the respective CPE Centers will review and approve or deny approval
  • Copies will be maintained in student’s file
  • Students having complete CPE or Supervisory Education in another organization may request advanced standing or given credit for one or more courses/units of CPE or Supervisory CPE. In these circumstances, student must submit via the Evaluation Form copies of certificates, evaluations, or other evidence to support the request.