Application, Admission and Interview Process

NOTE: The Center for Chaplaincy and CPE accepts student applications throughout the year. We are currently accepting students for the Fall 2018 Extended unit; all our 2018–2019 residency positions are full.


CCCG’s ACPE/CPE program has program specific admission criteria and protocols in compliance with current ACPE Standards and stipulations in the 2016 ACPE Accreditation Manual. All complete applications will be reviewed by Care and Counseling Center of Georgia in order to conduct an evaluation of the applicant's qualifications. Only qualified applicants will be invited to complete an admissions interview as part of the application process.

CCCG does not discriminate against any qualified individual in an admissions decision for reasons of race, color, national origin, gender, age, physical disability, sexual orientation, or faith group.

Application Deadlines

Send complete applications to The Clinical Pastoral Education Program, Care and Counseling Center of Georgia, CPE Administrator, 1814 Clairmont Rd, Decatur, GA 30033. The Center receives applications at any time. The Center will review an application either within 30 days of file completion or 30 days after the Center’s scheduled review date, which is usually three months before an internship begins and six months before a residency begins.

When ACPE units are advertised with start and ends dates, the application deadline is two months before the residency begins and one month before an internship unit begins.

It remains the Center’s right to waive a program deadline if admittance of a qualified student is necessary to satisfy the peer group standard or if there is a need to diversify a CPE education group. Admission decisions are made within 30 days after a complete application is received and after admissions screening interviews have been scheduled and completed. Submission of an application does not guarantee an interview, and no reason will be given in case of the decline of an interview or admission to the program.

Application Decline

Once a decision has been made not to accept an applicant, application materials will be disposed of within thirty (30) days after the decline letter has been mailed in a manner that protects confidentiality, or declined applicants may request in writing for their application materials to be mailed back to them. The applicants need to understand that neither the submission of an application, nor any subsequent invitation for an interview by a representative of CCCG, constitutes an offer of enrollment in any of the CCCG Clinical Pastoral Education Programs. In the event that an applicant in a Pastoral Education Program is denied, CCCG is not obligated to provide the declined applicant with a reason for its denial. In the event of a student dropping out of the program, the search for a replacement may involve use of a list of a pool of applicants who applied, were not accepted yet agreed to keep their file active and be on a waiting list. If no active list is on file, the ACPE center will seek interested and qualified persons.

Application Acceptance

The Director for CCCG Clinical Pastoral Education Program signs all letters of admission. Acceptance letters will be sent out within thirty (30) days after the applicant’s last admission’s interview.

The accepted student signs all required documents (training agreement, confirmation of policies and procedures, consent forms, Student Information update sheet, CPE education contract, tuition payment plan) during the Center Orientation. No student is allowed to begin orientation and CPE education at any of the satellite programs/sites without completing these required documents.

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Application Form for CPE Interns and Residents (PDF)