ENDORSEMENT

The Association of Muslim Chaplains does not endorse chaplains, a certification that is required by some institutions hiring chaplains (i.e. corrections facilities and the United States military). The following organizations endorse qualified Muslim chaplains and maintain their own application process and endorsement standards. Additionally, those seeking to become hospital chaplains may require board certification which is available through the Association for Professional Chaplains.

Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)

Muslim American Chaplains Association (MACA)
(This is the only accepted endorsement agency for Muslim corrections chaplains in California)

Muslim Endorsement Council of Connecticut (MECC)

American Muslim Armed Forces and Veteran Affairs Council

Endorsement requirements vary between endorsers as do the institutional endorsement requirements. For example, the U.S. Army Chaplains Corps requires that an endorsing agency confirm that all candidates are:


– A recognized religious clergy member within the religious tradition 

– Qualified spiritually, morally, intellectually and emotionally to serve as a chaplain in the Army

– Sensitive to religious pluralism and able to provide for the free exercise of religion for all military personnel, their family members and civilians who work for the Army

– Possessing a baccalaureate degree of not less than 120 semester hours

– Pursuing or possessing a graduate degree in theological or religious studies, plus have earned at least a total of 72 semester hours in graduate work in these fields of study

The U.S. Army currently accepts endorsements from ISNA and the American Muslim Armed Forces & Veteran Affairs Council, both of which have additional requirements pertaining to Islamic knowledge and practice. Endorsement agencies typically charge annual fees, conduct extensive interviews, collect reference letters, and have renewal requirements such as evidence of professional development training which the annual AMC Shura workshops are recognized as fulfilling.