ENDORSEMENT

Endorsement
The Association of Muslim Chaplains does not endorse chaplains, a designation that is required by some institutions hiring chaplains (i.e. corrections facilities and the United States military). If you are currently a student of Islamic chaplaincy, it may be of benefit to begin the endorsement application process now as some employers require that a person have an established relationship with an endorsement body in advance of hire (i.e. the Federal Bureau of Prisons). The following organizations endorse qualified Muslim chaplains and maintain their own application process and endorsement standards. 

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

Board Certification (Healthcare)
Those seeking to become healthcare chaplains may require board certification. AMC encourages members to pursue this through the Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc. which is an affiliate of the Association for Professional Chaplains (APC). Watch this video to learn more about this process and please write to Communications@AssociationOfMuslimChaplains.org if you would like to talk with a Board Certified AMC member about the process. 

Certification (Corrections)
The Association of Muslim Chaplains does not currently have a certification process in place, a requirement for some corrections chaplains positions. You can learn more about this through the Association of Corrections Chaplains website. 

Ordination
Some institutions will request a certificate of ordination from chaplain candidates. AMC does not “ordain” chaplains, we can however provide a letter attesting to your capacity as a chaplain if you are a qualified member in good standing. Please contact Communications@AssociationOfMuslimChaplains.org to arrange for an interview if you require this for hire. 

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.