Certification Programs Application

United Methodist Certifications in Ministry Careers are for Christian educators, youth workers, and musicians who seek to serve the church with excellence. Certification is the church's method of recognizing that an individual has met the required standards for academic training, experience, and continuing study necessary to achieve and maintain professional excellence. Perkins School of Theology offers several certifications as part of its degree programs. We also offer United Methodist certifications and other certificates either for credit or not for credit.

Certification is available to laypersons, ordained deacons and elders, and diaconal ministers who meet the standards set by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church. Additional information about UMC standards and requirements is available from the GBHEM section on certification.

Registration for certification courses on the professional track requires an earned Bachelor's degree as a prerequisite. Candidates for certification on the professional track receive academic credit for coursework. Each course earns two hours of credit. Credits are generally not applicable toward current Perkins graduate degree course requirements. Persons on the paraprofessional track receive certification credit through the General Board, but do not receive academic credit.