Multifaith Competency Screening Certification: How To Obtain a Certificate* Or Renew**

Who should apply for multifaith certification? Professionals responsible for providing or coordinating spiritual and religious care in a public institution e.g. hospital, long-term care facility, correctional facility. Candidates for employment positions as a spiritual and religious care provider in the Public Service Sector. A graduate of a Religious Studies Program who has an interest to work as a spiritual and religious care provider.

Who should be interested in multifaith certification? An employer looking for a competent spiritual and religious care provider who can work successfully in a multifaith context. Prepares candidates for professional positions as a multifaith religious and spiritual care provider in any public institution with the approval of and recognition by one of Canada’s largest and well-established interfaith organizations. Assures an employer that a candidate for a position as a spiritual and religious care provider has the knowledge and experience to work successfully in an unbiased fashion.

What does it mean to be multifaith competent? With the increasing religious and cultural diversity in Canadian society, it is important for professionals in the field of spiritual and religious care to have sufficient knowledge and experience to provide coordinated services that meet the unique needs of each person. Thia certification process enable candidates to demonstrate their knowledge of multifaith issues along with their ability and experience in working with persons from diverse faith backgrounds. Multifaith certifications.

The certification process All candidates are required to begin the process by submitting a Faith Group Endorsement form. This form arms the individual’s participation and affiliation with a faith group endorsement Each candidate is required to successfully complete the exam interview where they are asked a series of questions from a standardized format. The interview is designed to test the candidates knowledge, skills and experience in working in a multifaith setting. The successful candidate will receive a formal certificate of competency to work in a multifaith setting.

Future action plan:  A one-day training workshop familiarizes candidates with the core competencies to provide spiritual and religious care in a multifaith setting. Workshop participants review case studies, best practices and common challenges. Resources will be provided for additional reading. The workshop is not a prerequisite for a candidate to take training  [Details TBA]

*The Canadian Multifaith Federation (CMF) (formerly, Ontario Multifaith Council, OMC) provides a service that ensures Spiritual and Religious Care Providers (Chaplains) have sufficient knowledge and experience to provide and coordinate spiritual care and religious services in a multifaith setting. A competency process has been developed to enable candidates to demonstrate their knowledge of multifaith issues and their ability in working with persons from diverse faith backgrounds.

CMF recommends this certification to be a prerequisite for Spiritual & Religious Care positions in public, private, not-for-profit and academic institutions.  Many sectors have included this certification as an additional step in the hiring process.  Other sectors have used this certification for their volunteers working in the areas of spiritual and religious care.

CMF conducts competency interviews at various times throughout the province. Using a standard format, based on the necessary professional competencies, the Competency Committee seeks to determine the candidate’s knowledge and skills for work in a multifaith environment. The Competency Committee takes notes during the interview and after consultation informs the candidate of its decision.

Successful candidates receive a letter of Recommendation and certificate attesting to their competence. Competency is valid for five years. Candidates, who are not successful, are given information about the areas they need to address. Unsuccessful candidates may appeal the Competency Committee’s decision to the CMF and may be granted another interview. Competency documentation is confidential and is kept on file for five years.

NOTE: There is a processing fee of $250.00 which must accompany the candidate’s application.
Along with the application the candidate must submit a current resume, and a currently valid police clearance certificate.

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**Renewal of your Competency Certificate. Ask: omcsrc@omc.ca

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