The process for catechist certification in the Archdiocese of Atlanta is contained in the document Communicating the Catholic Message (2014).

The requirements for Certification differ for parish catechists and Catholic school teachers, both build competency in four key dimensions: Catechist, Theology, Learner and Methods.

Communicating the Catholic Message (CCM)

Communicating the Catholic Message, authorized by the Archbishop and the Office of Formation and Discipleship, exists to give direction to the catechetical ministry in the Archdiocese of Atlanta in assuring that the catechists are well prepared for their task.

Last Updated: December 6, 2014

Certification Summary

Parish Catechist Certification Path (CCM Chapter 3, 4, 5)

Levels of certification: Credit may be earned concurrently, but certificates are awarded in advancing order

  • Basic: 24 hours required (14 courses with specific content; see Chapter 4)
  • Intermediate: 42 hours required (course hours in specific content area)
  • Advanced: 48 hours required (course hours in specific content areas)

How to Achieve Parish Catechist Certification

  1. Print the Parish catechist certification log sheet
  2. Attend courses or complete an online course
  3. Record each course completed on the log sheet
  4. Submit completed log sheet to the Parish Catechetical Leader assisting with catechist certification. Instructions for issuing and submitting catechists certificates for the Parish Catechetical Leader is found in Chapter 2 (page 18 of CCM).
  5. Additional support documents and templates for Parish Catechetical Leaders are available in chapter 5 of CCM or from the Office of Formation and Discipleship

1. Parish Catechist Certification Log: Basic

Please use the following list to track your certification. When all requirements have been met for a level, please review this list with your parish catechetical leader. Attach copies of any certificates issued for individual courses.

Last Updated: December 6, 2019

2. Parish Catechist Certification Log: Intermediate

Please use the following list to track your certification. When all requirements have been met, please review this list with your parish catechetical leader. Attach copies of any certificates issued for individual courses.

Last Updated: December 6, 2019

3. Parish Catechist Certification Log: Advanced

Use the following list to track your certification. When you have met all requirements, please review this list with your parish catechetical leader. Attach copies of any certificates issued for individual courses. Twelve hours must be concentrated in one content area. Remaining hours should be accomplished in other content areas.

Last Updated: December 6, 2019

Catholic School Teacher Catechist Certification Path (CCM Chapter 6, 7, 8)

How to Achieve Catholic School Teacher Catechist Certification

  1. Print the Catholic School Catechist Certification Log Sheet
  2. Attend courses or complete an online course
  3. Record all relevant catechetical hours in the appropriate dimension until 150 hours are complete. Hours are earned for time spent as a learner and cannot be earned for planning classes and liturgies. Hours must be directly related to faith formation.
  4. Submit completed log sheet to the Catechist Certification administrator at the school
  5. The Catechist Certification Administrator at the school will review the completed application, including the log of courses, and send both documents to the Office of Catholic Schools that will award the Certificate to qualified applicants.
  6. Additional support documents and templates for school catechist certification administrator are available in chapter 8 of CCM or from the Office of Catholic Schools

Catholic School Catechist Certification Log Sheet

Last Updated: December 6, 2019

Catholic School Teachers are required to earn 150 hours of certification credit in specific competency areas. Renewal of catechist certification requires 36 hours of credit over a three year period.

Certified Catechist in the Catholic School Renewal Application

Last Updated: December 6, 2019

Certification Resources

All resources listed below apply to Parish and Catholic School catechist certification.

Catechist Certification Resources for 2020

There are many paths for earning catechist certification credit and several options are listed below.

The Parish or School Catechetical leader administering Catechist Certification should be consulted to determine if a particular course meets certification requirements.

Last Updated: March 26, 2020

Echoes of Faith Basic Catechist Certification Online Program

This Echoes of Faith Certification online program will allow you to complete many of the requirements of Basic Catechist Certification in the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

Last Updated: December 6, 2019

Catechist formation courses hosted by parishes and organizations around the Archdiocese:

Master Catechists (CCM Chapter 9)

Master Catechist certification is available to those who have a degree or completed a certificate program in catechetics, theology, religious education or a related field. Applicants for Master Catechist must apply and meet all requirements.

Master Catechist Application

The parish catechetical leader or Catholic school principal submits this form for individuals who have met requirements for Master Catechist Certification.

Last Updated: December 6, 2019

Sources of Master Catechist Certification

There are many certificate and degree options that will result in Master Catechist certification. Those listed below offer affordable options in a reasonable time frame.

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