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Professional Naval Chaplaincy - Resident Training Programs
Chaplains and Religious Program Specialists


All Professional Naval Chaplaincy – Resident Training Courses focus on preparing students who attend with the requisite Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to provide religious ministry in the sea services. The needs of the Department of Navy (DoN) and the student are served through the careful alignment of training requirements of the occupation filled by each individual. Curriculum is aligned with identified training requirements through the Instructional System Design (ISD) process. The Navy's ISD process includes Planning, Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation (PADDIE) of courses of instruction, as found in the NAVEDTRA 130 series.

Professional Naval Chaplaincy – Resident Training Courses are administered by the Naval Chaplaincy School and Center’s Training/Operations Department and overseen with the approval of the Command Officer. All courses and/or programs are qualitatively consistent, regardless of training location, with the policies and procedures established by NCSC and higher authority guidance in accordance with NAVDTRA 135 and 140 series.

Initial Skills / Accessions

Professional Naval Chaplaincy Initial and Accessions level skills training exist to fulfill the journeyman training requirements for 1945, 4105 and 4100 naval officer designators and Religious Program Specialists (RP).

Intermediate and Advanced Leadership

Professional Naval Chaplaincy Intermediate and Advanced level training is available at significant career milestones to support ministry at intermediate leadership (O4 and E5/E6) and advanced leadership (05/06) levels in areas of professional competence.

Individual Student Records

Individual student training documentation is maintained electronically in the Corporate enterprise and Training Activity Resource System (CeTARS). These records document reservations for a course, enrollment date, graduation date, performance data, and any event that may cause interruption of instruction, such as medical or legal hold. Information on courses attended by students, graduation information, and other data become a permanent part of the student electronic Training Jacket (ETJ). Student files are also maintained on site at NCSC for a minimum of two years, which document the student's personal contact information, course information and performance data.

Course Catalog
  • Religious Program Specialist - A Course
  • CIN: A-561-0002
  • CDP: 06V5
  • RP-A is designed to provide non-designated personnel with organized training in technical knowledge and skills to effectively perform as apprentice Religious Program Specialists. Upon completion of the course, the trainee will be able to: recognize or recall ideas, phenomena, symbology, and terminology associated with the Command Religious Program; comprehend and apply principles, rules, and concepts associated with the Command Religious Program; and use resources in solving problems while performing tasks or functions related to the Command Religious Program.

  • Religious Program Specialist - Managers's Course (RPMC)
  • CIN: A561-0006
  • CDP: 06ZV
  • The Religious Program Specialist (RP) Managers Course (RP Managers Course) is designed to provide RP1s and senior RP2s with organized training in knowledge and skills to manage the execution of the Command Religious Program (CRP). The RP Managers course enables RPs to accommodate religious ministry requirements of various faith groups and support the provision of religious ministry; facilitate the free exercise of religion for all sea service personnel; support the delivery of care as part of a Religious Military Team (RMT); and advise leadership on morale, ethical decision-making, cross cultural awareness and conflict resolution.
  • Professional Naval Chaplaincy - Basic Leadership Course (PNC-BLC) - PHASE 1
  • CIN: P-5G-4301
  • CDP: 06ZS
  • Professional Naval Chaplaincy - Basic Leadership Course (PNC-BLC) – PHASE 2
  • CIN: V-5G-0002
  • CDP: 06ZU
  • Professional Naval Chaplaincy - Basic Leadership Course (PNC-BLC) – PHASE 3
  • CIN: V-5G-0001
  • CDP: 06ZT
  • PNC-BLC is designed to provide the required religious ministry training necessary to qualified basic chaplains prepared to serve the Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard. The course is designed to challenge the mind, the body, and the soul. There is an emphasis on leadership, spirituality, and fidelity. Military Ministry in the Sea Services is dynamic, demanding, and requires dedication; the Profession Naval Chaplaincy - Basic Leadership Course is designed to bring a grounded awareness to these realities so students are prepared as they enter into their ministry settings.

  • Professional Naval Chaplaincy - Intermediate Leadership Course (PNC-ILC)
  • CIN: V-5G-4302
  • CDP: 07A0
  • The PNC-ILC course prepares Navy Chaplains (O-4 and O-4 selects) to serve in intermediate levels of leadership, management, and supervision. This course develops the knowledge, skills, and abilities for Professional Naval Chaplaincy and institutional ministry at the intermediate level. Chaplains will be equipped to support the commander's mission by demonstrating Naval leadership competencies, supervise the delivery of the Chaplain Corps' core capabilities, and executing professional staff functions.

  • Professional Naval Chaplaincy - Advanced Leadership Course (PNC-ALC)
  • CIN: V-5G-4303
  • CDP: 067A1
  • The PNC-ALC prepares Navy Chaplains (O-5 and O5 selects) to serve in senior leadership and staff positions. This course develops the knowledge, skills, and abilities for Professional Naval Chaplaincy and institutional ministry at the advanced level. Chaplains will be equipped to conduct planning, advisement, coordination and supervision of religious ministry in their commander's areas of responsibility. Topics will include: leadership, policy, manpower, budgets, and training and certification of subordinate RMTs, in accordance with standards established by OPNAV and requirements set by the Naval Service.

  • Academic Calendar

    Initial Skills / Accessions:

  • - Religious Program Specialist "A"
  • - Professional Naval Chaplaincy - Basic Leadership Course
  • Class times may be obtained from your recruiter (officer/enlisted). Because you must attend either Recruit Training Command or Officer Development Course, we do not publish this information for new Chaplains or Religious Program Specialists. For informational purposes, our initial skill's courses typically convene four times (February, June, August, and September) per calendar year. Dates and Times are subject to change without notice.

    Intermediate and Advanced Courses:

  • - Religious Program Specialist 'F'
  • - Professional Naval Chaplaincy - Intermediate Leadership Course
  • - Professional Naval Chaplaincy - Advanced Leadership Course
  • Class schedules may be obtained using the following source links:

    Accreditation / Recommendation

  • Council on Occupational Education
  • NCSC is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE). For more information about COE, click here.

  • International Association for Continuing Education and Training
  • NCSC is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). For more information about IACET, click here.

  • American Council on Education
  • The Navy College provides student course information in the form of a Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART) transcript. NCSC Courses that have been evaluated for recommendation for college credit by the American Council on Education (ACE) display the credit recommendations on the student SMART transcript.

    • Notes:
      • CIN: Course Identification Number - A CIN is a unique number identifying a formal Navy Course.
      • CDP: Course Data Processing Code - The code assigned to uniquely identify each Course of instruction and its location.
      • Course Length - The number of days encompassed by Convene (Start) Date, Instructional Days, weekends, official holidays and Graduation Date, The Course Length is usually the same for all CDPs within a Course Identification Number (CIN); however, in the event an Activity has a need to teach the course over a shorter or a longer period of time, the Constrained Length is entered, along with the Capacity Type that is responsible for the duration difference.
      • Mobile-Training-Team - Training is taught at fleet locations world-wide.

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