Basic Certification

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento highly encourages all ministers, catechists and catholic school teachers to earn their basic certification.

BASIC MINISTER CERTIFICATION

The Basic Minister Certificate applies to those participating as a minister in a parish. This covers all parish ministers who are not involved in catechism classes or in teaching roles.

To earn your Basic Minister Certification, you will need to complete the following:

  1. Satisfactory completion of the Basic Catholic Formation Courses
  2. Spiritual Development of the Lay Minister - The Spiritual Development Component is completed through participation in an activity from two or more of the following categories:
  • Full-day or weekend Retreat
  • Ministry Days or another Region XI Diocesan Conference
  • Full-day Justice/Service Project
  • Ongoing Spiritual Direction
  • Ongoing Faith Sharing Group
  1. Submission of her/his Application for Certification

Download an application.


BASIC CATECHIST CERTIFICATION

To earn your Basic Catechist Certification, you will need to complete the following:

  1. Satisfactory completion of the Basic Catholic Formation Courses
  2. Spiritual Development of the Lay Minister - The Spiritual Development Component is completed through participation in an activity from two or more of the following categories:
  • Full-day or weekend Retreat
  • Ministry Days or another Region XI Diocesan Conference
  • Full-day Justice/Service Project
  • Ongoing Spiritual Direction
  • Ongoing Faith Sharing Group
  1. One year of catechetical experience
  2. Evaluation of performance (this includes an observation and evaluation of at least one catechetical session)
  3. Submission of her/his Application for Certification

Note: All dioceses in California recognize the validity of the Basic Catechist Certification.

Download an application.


CATHOLIC SCHOOL TEACHER CERTIFICATION

If you are a Catholic School Teacher looking to earn a Catholic School Teacher Certification, please contact the Department of Evangelization & Catechesis at 916-733-0123 to begin the application process.

Download an application.