The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta  

Certification Programs

These guidelines detail the catechist certification process for the lay faithful in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. The requirements for levels of catechist certification come from the 2001 Communicating the Catholic Message and are still in effect.

For commonly asked questions about certification, please refer to the documents below:

Certificado en Teología Pastoral

In an effort to support faith formation for parish catechetical lay leaders serving the Hispanic Catholic community, the Office of Formation & Discipleship has formed a partnership with the University of Dallas' School of Ministry to sponsor an on-line 3 year program: Certificado en Teología Pastoral/Certificate in Pastoral Theology (CPT) in Spanish.

The Certificado en Teología Pastoral is specially designed by the University of Dallas' School of Ministry to meet the reality and the needs of the Hispanic Catholic community in the United States. Instructors have parish leadership experience in addition to advanced degrees. The CPT program offers theological & pastoral formation to leaders in the areas of catechesis, prayer, leadership, and methodology.

First course begins January 13, 2013.

Registration for the Spring Semester 2013 is closed.

For more information and inquiries, please contact Monica Oppermann at Office of Formation & Discipleship: or 404-920-7632.

Catechist Faith Formation Days Around the Archdiocese 

These one-day formation days are being hosted by different deaneries around the Archdiocese. They provide great opportunities for catechist certification. The day usually includes both English and Spanish keynote speakers, as well as many featured speakers. Sessions are offered for all phases of catechesis, and all experience levels of catechists. Lunch is provided for all participants and the fee is very minimal (around $10 per day). Visit their registration page to sign-up!

Catholic Schools Principals

Catechist certification requirements and forms are available for principals access on the Office of Catholic schools' Policy Manual Webpage. Please contact the Office of Catholic Schools for access.