Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

Level 1/Level 2

General Requirements for all CPE levels:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent
  • One or more years of theological or religious training (preferred)
  • Aptitude for caregiving and cross-cultural ministry
  • High school diploma and two years of university education
  • Admission interview by Pacific Health Ministry

Program Information

Residency Program2020 - 21

This full-time program is 52 weeks, usually beginning in late August.

The upcoming CPE Residency Program for 2020 – 2021 is full at this time. The application deadline for this program was January 31, 2020.

The next CPE Residency course is scheduled for September 1, 2021 – August 31, 2022. The application period for the CPE Residency Program 2021 – 2022 will begin October 2020 to January 2021 for US Residents.

All International CPE Resident Applications will be CLOSED till 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visa eligibility and requirements will be updated at a later date. Please check back for CPE application and eligibility requirements for CPE Residency 2022-2023 in the Fall of 2021.

Application fee of $75.00 should be paid online at this website with submission of completed CPE application.

General Requirements listed above, PLUS:

  • Support by an appropriate religious group’s judiciary body
  • Prior CPE experience (preferred)
  • Professional ministry experience (preferred)
  • Multi-cultural experience (preferred)

Extended Program 2021

This program varies from 11 – 26 weeks; schedule varies.

This tuition-based program is for one-unit of CPE.

The Extended CPE Program is a part-time program tailored for local ministers in the State of Hawaii and is also tailored as distance learning CPE in the Hawaiian islands.

We currently do not have scheduled dates for this program due to the COVID-19 situation. We hope to have more information in 2021 for the Extended CPE Program.

Application fee of $75.00 should be paid online at this website with the submission of completed CPE application.


General Requirements listed above

Summer Program 2021

This program is 11 weeks for one unit of CPE. The Summer Program is a full-focused CPE Program. The tentative dates for the Summer CPE program is June 1, 2021 – August 13, 2021.

The status of this CPE Program may change due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, so we ask interested applicants to check our website in late October 2020 before applying.

International Applicants – We do not have openings for this program as we currently do not have visas to support a short-term CPE program.

Applications fee of $75.00 should be paid online at this website with submission of completed CPE application.

General requirements listed above

Certified Educator Clinical Pastoral Education

The Certified Educator CPE Program is a specialized program for those demonstrating strong spiritual care abilities and the aptitude to become a clinical pastoral educator (to supervise CPE programs). Openings for this program are limited and become available at various times. Persons interested in this program should contact the CPE Department via e-mail to see if education offerings are available for this program before applying to the CPE center.


  • College graduation
  • Master of Divinity (graduate theological degree) or its equivalent (consideration may be given to alternative processes to becoming professionally qualified)
  • Ordination or commissioning to function as a spiritual care provider by an appropriate religious/spiritual authority as determined by ACPE
  • Endorsement/statement of accountability from an appropriate religious/spiritual authority as determined by ACPE
  • Successful completion of at least four units of Clinical Pastoral Education (Level I and II)
  • Demonstration of spiritual care and conceptual competence as evidenced by the attainment/completion of Level I/Level II Outcomes
  • Evaluation of the competencies for admission to a Certified Educator Program
  • Aptitude for cross-cultural ministry and professional adult education
  • Professional Ministry experience
  • Completion of CEC application to Accredited Center & Copy to ACPE national office, including all CPE unit evaluations (final evaluations and student self evaluations) with CEC application and payment of applicable application fees to ACPE & CPE Center.
  • Interview with the Local Center’s Certified Educator(s) and Admissions Committee

Program Information

CPE Application Fee – $75.00

CPE Deposit – $150.00

Application Information & Process

We have a continuous admissions process and accept students for all CPE programs throughout the year.  We encourage early application!  Due to the CPE Center’s setting, we receive a large number of applications. Your application will be considered once ALL application materials and the application fee are received.  US Applicants for the Residency CPE program should apply at least six to twelve months in advance.  Applicants for the Summer CPE Program should apply early in the fall thru early winter before the summer they want to train.

  • Complete the CPE Application, including your application summary and all essay-style answers, and e-mail or mail with a $75.00 application fee (non-refundable) to Pacific Health Ministry.
  • Mailing Address: Pacific Health Ministry, Attn: CPE Program, 1245 Young Street, Suite 204, Honolulu HI 96814. E-mail:
  • Application fees may be paid online at or by check or money order payable to “Pacific Health Ministry” mailed to above address. Application fees must be paid with submission of CPE application.
  • All previous CPE evaluations must be included in the application. If you are currently completing a unit of CPE and have not received your evaluation, please request a mid-unit eval summary from your respective Certified Educator. Or if you have not had a previous unit of CPE, please attach your admissions interview summary completed by a ACPE Certified Educator or qualified admissions interviewer who is knowledgeable in ACPE standard and guidelines.
  • An acknowledgement will be sent when we receive your completed application. Should additional information be required, you will be contacted for specific materials.
  • If you receive no response, please contact the education department by email or phone to check on your application status. Applications periods for various programs may overlap during a season. If there is high volume of applications, then Admissions Committee will first review applications with programs that have a closer scheduled start date.
  • Reference forms will be e-mailed to three persons listed as references on your CPE application form. Please provide full contact information on your application.
  • The Admissions Committee evaluates CPE applications, arranges interviews and makes final student selections. Persons are selected to create a diverse training group. You will be notified after the final decision about your application is made.
  • CPE Applications submitted past program submission deadlines may be placed or considered for the wait list.

International applicants:



International applicants may apply to the CPE Residency Program if they meet eligibility requirements. Please first consult the education department to see if you meet the eligibility requirements before submitting your CPE application. Current visa holders residing in the US cannot change or extend their US visa status while in the US for this program.

There is a lengthy visa application process for international applicants who are accepted to the CPE Program. There are limited slots for this program.

One-unit CPE Programs (such as Summer or Extended) do not fall into this eligible category because there are no available visas for short-term CPE Programs at this time. Please do not apply to one-unit programs if you need a visa.

If eligible, international applicants should apply as early as a year in advance.

  • ACPE Application, Summary, and related application materials to be completed and submitted.
  • A copy of current and valid passport should be attached with the application materials. Passports must be valid for the educational period that the international applicant is applying for. Copies of expired passports will not be accepted.
  • Application fees must be paid upon submission of CPE application. The $75.00 non-refundable application fee may be paid online. Please see Online Payment Tab under Clinical Pastoral Education to make payment. The application fee is in US Dollars.
  • The deadline for eligible applicants is October 31st of each year. Incomplete application submissions after October 31st will not be considered.
  • Past submissions of CPE Applications will not be held or transferred for future CPE programs. Eligibility and requirements may change and may be updated for each specified year.
  • International applicants selected for interviews will need to have access to technology that allows them to complete a phone or video conference interview.
  • Eligible international applicants will be interviewed no later than December 31st by the Admissions Committee.

CPE application submissions may be made via e-mail to

Clinical Pastoral Education at Pacific Health Ministry is Accredited by:

The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE)
55 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Suite 835
Atlanta, GA  30308
Phone: 404-320-1472