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 If you are currently serving as a chaplain

Entrance Level 

Entrance Level

To qualify for Entrance Level you must meet the following credentials, experience and training level.

1. Level One Basic Chaplain Training Taught by OCA or its equivalent such as ICPC Basic Level or CPE Units 1 and 2*

2. All applicants must be a licensed minister or have one of the following:

· A Christian Workers license from their local assembly.

· Be designated as a chaplain from their local assembly.

· If you are not the pastor of your local assembly, then you must have a signed Pastor's permission form.

3. If you have no experience as a chaplain, when you enter the workplace as a chaplain you will be considered probationary for one year. This is a supervised working privilege in which a Professional Level Chaplain or an Ordained minister must agree to oversee your work. There will also be written reports of progress and a monthly tag-in with the Director of Occupational Chaplains.

"Introduction to Community Chaplaincy I":

The following areas are covered in the basic course -

§ Theological Foundations of a Chaplain

§ The Person and Work of the Chaplain

§ Public Worship and "Civil" Religious Functions

§ Chaplaincy in America

§ Legitimacy Theory and Chaplain Credentialing

§ Legality and Liability

§ Confidentiality and Privilege

§ Confidentiality of Health Information (HIPPA)

§ Professionalism in the Chaplaincy

§ Listening and Human Systems

§ Crisis Intervention - Level one

§ Conflict Management - Level one

§ Negotiation and Mediation - Level one

§ Unexpected Death Notification - Level one

* All equivalent credit must be submitted to the Department of Chaplaincy for approval whose decision will be final.

Ministry Central

Distance Learning Primary Site

(Click on picture of books to go directly to Ministry Central)

Perspective Chaplains,

Level One and Two distance learning can be found on Ministry Central ( You can take both Levels on Ministry Central.  To apply for endorse status you must complete Level One training and pass the tests. These are open book tests so feel free to review the material as many times as you need to. You can either take this training though our live training taught by Dr. Sidney Poe or take the training online. The courses are offered at a very reasonable cost compared to industry standards. When you apply there is a charge for application processing and first year dues. After the first year the renewal fee is $90.00 a year.

Within one year after being endorsed you are required to complete Level Two. This training is designed to give you tools to use when the need arises so that you will be able to help those in crises.

We have two sites for distance learning. Below you will see the link to That site was our first training site and only has Level One training. Because of the program limits Level One on this site had to be split up in to parts A&B with test. It takes both A&B and the test to complete Level One training. 

We sincerely pray that your journey into chaplaincy will be an anointed and fruitful path. If we can help you in any way, please contact my Administrative Assistant Brandi Hood at 662-346-3239 or or if you need to talk to me you can call 870-814-0901.

Thank you for your interest and burden.

William Dillon

OCA Director 

His third book One More Giant by Rev. William Dillon is now available on Kindle and Amazon. Signed copy available upon Request.

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One more Giant

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Director of Occupational Chaplains

All applications are to be sent to:

OCA Director William Dillon  
264 South Veterans Memoral Blvd 
Tupelo, MS 38804

Phone: 870-814-0901

OCA is an endorsed project of the UPCI in the Office of Education and Endorsements 

36 Research Park Court, Weldon, Spring MO 63304