How To Become A Certified Thanatologist Pastoral Specialist

CCPC Global Inc., a recognized certifying body, is responding to both social expectation and professional need, to certify those qualified individuals who are engaged in the counselling ministry of Thanatology. (Death, Dying, Grief and Bereavement). Those wishing to be certified and requesting the designation of Certified Thanatologist Pastoral Specialist (CTPS) will provide information to the CCPC indicating their education, supervised internship and specialized training in the field of Thanatology. 


The application and documentation will first be screened for eligibility for certification by 
an Evaluator, and then scrutinized and approved by the CCPC Board of Examiners. 

The Purpose of Certification for the Thanatologist Pastoral Specialist is to recognize, by 
way of the certification process, those who have acquired an acceptable standard of 
training, skills, and effectiveness as a Thanatologist Pastoral Specialist. 


CCPC Global extends the professional credentials CTPS to individuals indicating the 
minimum skill level reached.

The focus is: 
1. To provide the avenue for qualified persons who have studied, worked and developed 
skills in the field of Thanatology to receive professional recognition. 
2. To provide the public with the confidence that Thanatologists have attained an 
acceptable level of competency. 
3. To provide Certified Thanatologists Pastoral Specialist with encouragement for 
continual spiritual awareness, education and professional development. 


Who May Be Certified? 
Any person may apply for credentials as a Certified Thanatologist Pastoral Specialist 
(CTPS). However, he or she must be able to meet the “Standards Criteria” set by the 
CCPC Examining Board. The application process provides the opportunity for the 
applicant to demonstrate adequate skill, knowledge and competence as a Thanatologist. 


Education Required 
The CCPC has set the following Education standards for the CTPS certification process. 
An applicant applying for certification must have a master's degree from a recognized 
accredited institution with a focus in biblical, theological studies and a minimum of six 
courses in thanatology. 


The CCPC has set the following standards for the experience part of the certification 
process. Formal education may NOT be substituted for the experience requirement. All 
experience must be documented. 


The applicant must complete a minimum 260-hour internship that is approved by your academic institution. At the end of the internship period, the applicant’s supervisor is 
asked to complete a Supervisors Evaluation and Endorsement Form accompanied by a 
letter on official stationery. 
It is recognized that each academic institution has their own internship guidelines, 
however the basic requirements of this internship is to find a placement site offering a 
ministry experience in the field of thanatology, with a mentor/supervisor committed to 
meeting with the intern once a week for reflection and feedback. The intern will have 
opportunity to work along side an experienced mentor in order to develop competency in 
this ministry, to set and meet individualized learning goals and to confirm their calling and 
giftedness in this ministry. Some examples of placements are a church or chaplaincy 
setting, hospice, palliative care, funeral services, working with first responders. 


Professional References 
Applicants are asked to obtain two letters of reference from qualified professionals 
indicating the applicant’s personal integrity and suitability. All references are treated 

For an application and more information please contact:
CCPC Global Inc. Head Office 
20 Bergen Road Toronto, ON 
M1P 1R9 Canada 
Direct: (416) 724-5339 
Toll Free: (1-877) 727-9217 
Fax: (1-877) 727-9218 

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