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International Fellowship Of Chaplains

Partnership for Practical Impact

Manna University is proud to partner with the International Fellowship of Chaplains.

1) Those who complete the initial Chaplaincy Training Class through I.F.O.C. may qualify for three (3) credit hours of transfer credit into one of Manna U’s many degree programs.  https://ifoc.org/become-a-chaplain/

2) I.F.O.C. Chaplains who complete Manna University’s Certified Advanced Chaplain (CAC) credential may qualify for an additional three (3) credit hours of transfer credit into one of Manna U’s many degree programs.

Manna University’s Certified Advanced Chaplain Credential

CED 491 is a Manna University continuing education course that can be taken by anyone who wants to improve their knowledge and skills in the field of professional chaplaincy; successful completion of this course is also one of the many requirements needed for one to become an I.F.O.C. (International Fellowship of Chaplains) Advanced Chaplain, and to earn Manna University’s CAC (Certified Advanced Chaplain) credential. Successful completion of this course is applicable as three (3) credit hours of elective credit toward many of our Manna U degree programs, including our B.A., M.A.R.S., and M.Div programs. 
 
Both the Advanced Chaplain and CAC credentials signal that chaplains are experienced, have additional wisdom and skills, and will conduct themselves in a highly professional manner, similar to those who have attained advanced education and credentialing in other professions/fields. The I.F.O.C. Advanced Chaplain credential is comprised of the following items: 50 hours of chaplaincy experience (verified by a supervisor), foundational and advanced CISM courses, additional I.F.O.C. advanced chaplaincy training, and this CED 491 Manna University course covering the Foundations of a Professional Chaplain, Grief & Trauma, and Spirituality & Resilience. Upon successful completion of CED 491 and the I.F.O.C. Advanced Chaplaincy credential, Manna University will issue the CAC (Certified Advanced Chaplain) credential to the I.F.O.C. Advanced Chaplain credential holder. 

 

For those who began the Process On or After May 1, 2024:

The Certified Advanced Chaplain Credential Through Manna University 

 

Effective May 1, 2024, the following is the process for earning both the Advanced Chaplaincy (International Fellowship of Chaplains) and the Certified Advanced Chaplaincy (Manna University CAC) Credentials: 

 

  • *Review I.F.O.C.’s Application for Advanced Chaplaincy documents to assess all of their requirements at ifoc.org/advanced 

  • *Complete Manna University’s CED 491: Certified Advanced Chaplain course. The cost for this course is currently $230.00, to be paid online during the course registration.   


  • *Complete 50 hours of professional chaplaincy experience, verified by a supervisor, and documented on the I.F.O.C. Application. 

  • *Complete foundational and advanced CISM courses that are listed on the I.F.O.C. Advanced Chaplaincy Application.  

  • *Complete additional I.F.O.C. advanced chaplaincy training options as listed on the I.F.O.C. Advanced Chaplaincy Application.  

  • *Once all Advanced Chaplaincy requirements have been met, the student will be mailed both the I.F.O.C. Advanced Chaplaincy Credential and the Manna University Certified Advanced Chaplain credential/certificate. 

 

Disclaimer: Chaplains who began the Advanced Chaplaincy Process with the International Fellowship of Chaplains prior to May 1, 2024 will have access to the previous version of the CAC course (CED 490) until September 1, 2024. The cost for this previous version of the course is $125.00, to be paid online during the course registration.  

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions: 

 

How is the new CED 491 Certified Advanced Chaplain course different from the previous CED 490 course?  

 


New CAC Course – CED 491  

(Registration Begins May 1, 2024) 

Previous CAC Course – CED 490  

 

  • For chaplains beginning the process after May 1, 2024 

  • For chaplains who began the process prior to May 1, 2024 – access ends Sep 1, 2024 

  • Eight-week online course – not self-paced 

  • Self-paced format with access up to 30 days 

  • Assignments are due each week; for example, the course that begins June 3, 2024 will end July 28, 2024. 

  • The only assignments are to read and study exam-review materials, and to complete a final exam. 

  • Anyone can register for this course. 

  • Only I.F.O.C. Chaplains who have already been issued an Advanced Chaplain Credential can register for this course. 

  • Includes readings, discussion boards, an exam, and a final paper 

  • Includes only readings and a final exam 

  • The course content is more-detailed and includes such topics as Foundations of a Professional Chaplain, Grief & Trauma, and Spirituality & Resilience. 

  • The course content is less-detailed and briefly reviews various areas related to professional chaplaincy.  

  • Because this course is more-detailed and required by I.F.O.C. for their advanced credential, they have reduced some of their previous requirements for their Advanced Chaplain credential.  

  • This course was less-detailed because I.F.O.C. previously had many pre-requisites that were required before anyone could register for this course.  

  • The cost for this course is currently $230.00, to be paid online during the course registration.   

 

  • The cost for this course is $125.00, to be paid online during the course registration.  

 

This course is only for those beginning the process after May 1, 2024.  

This course is only for those who began the process prior to May 1, 2024, and this course will no longer be available after Sep 1, 2024. 

Please Email HelpDesk@Manna.edu if you have additional questions. For I.F.O.C. questions, visit ifoc.org/advanced. 

 

For those who began the Process prior to May 1, 2024:

Before applying for the Certified Advanced Chaplain credential (CAC) through Manna University (Manna U), each chaplain must already have the I.F.O.C. Advanced Chaplain credential. For this reason, CAC applicants must provide a copy of their I.F.O.C. ID card when completing the online application.

Complete Manna University’s CAC Assessment Application which includes the assessment fee of $125.

Eligible I.F.O.C. Advanced Chaplains may apply for the CAC assessment process at any time.

The CAC credential expires on the same date as your I.F.O.C. Advanced Chaplain credential. For this reason, you should renew the CAC every three years as close as possible to when you renew your I.F.O.C. Advanced Chaplain credential.

To renew the CAC credential, you will repeat the assessment process, including payment of the renewal assessment fee that is currently $125.

Once admitted to the short self-paced online course, CAC candidates may have up to thirty (30) days to complete the course content review modules and the fifty-question final exam.

At the end of the assessment process, CAC candidates who earn a passing grade will be awarded the Certified Advanced Chaplain credential, an academically awarded micro-credential through Manna University.

Start the Continuing Education Application (For Those Who Began The Process On Or After May 1, 2024)
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