Professional & Paraprofessional Certification

GBHEM is no longer overseeing Professional/Paraprofessional Certifications
The links below are under construction. However, they do give a basic understanding to certification. Please contact Joanna Dietz for more information about certification.

Biennual Renewal of Certification
Renewal Request for Biennial Review 2020 (fillable pdf)
Renewal and Recertification Policies in the Virginia Conference (Word)
Application and Funding
Para-professional Certification in the Virginia Conference (pdf)
Para-professional Enrollment Form (pdf)
Professional Certification in the Virginia Conference (pdf)
Professional Enrollment Form (pdf)
Application for Para/Professional Certification Grant (Word)
Financial Aid from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (pdf)
Mentor Report Form (Word)
Professional Certification and Para-professional Certification in The United Methodist Church is offered in the following areas:
· Christian Education
· Children's Ministry
· Youth Ministry
· Evangelism
· Spiritual Formation
· Music Ministry
· Camping/Retreat Ministries
· Older Adult Ministry
· Ministry with the Poor 
· Urban Ministry

Course requirements and schools (pdf)
Steps into Certification (pdf)



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The Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church
10330 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
P.O. Box 5606, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5606
(804) 521-1100
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