Since effective catechesis depends on virtuous and skilled catechists, their on-going formation should enhance the human, spiritual, and apostolic qualities and catechetical skills they bring to their ministry. The pastoral care of catechists is an essential aspect of the diocese's overall catechetical plan.

p. 239--National Directory for Catechesis , USCCB, 2005

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Need to complete or begin
Course 1: Introductory Course?
Attend New Teacher’s Orientation
Great Opportunity for Parish Catechists,
Adult Faith Formation
August 2017


Summer Certification Courses logo
Week of June 12-16, 2017
Course 1: 1.4, 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9  mornings ONLY
 Course 2 -- mornings
Week of June 19 -23, 2017
Courses 3 -- mornings
Course 4 & 5 -- evenings

Registration Form


Diocesan Certification

The Diocese of Columbus offers three levels of Catechist Certification
  • Introductory Level--18 hours: Completion of Course 1: Person as Catechist
  • Basic Level--40 hours: Completion of Introductory Certification and 22 hours (11 sessions) from any other course.
  • Advanced Level--70 hours: Completion of all courses.
Diocesan Certification Courses
  • Course 1: Person as Catechist--9 two hour sessions
  • Course 2: Scripture--5 two hour sessions
  • Course 3: Christ and the Church--5 two hour sessions
  • Course 4: Liturgy and Sacraments--4 two hour sessions
  • Course 5: Morality--4 two hour sessions
For a printable copy of Diocesan Certification Requirements, click here
For more information on certification course offerings and course objectives, click here.


There are several on-line opportunities that meet Diocesan Certification requirements. Courses may be taken on a one-time basis. Certificate Options are also offered.

Partial tuition reimbursement is available. Click here for an application. Contact the Office of Religious Education and Catechesis for more information.

Boston College

STEP University of Notre Dame

Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLCFF)--University of Dayton
The Diocese of Columbus is a Partner Diocese with the VLCFF program and all participants who are members of the Diocese of Columbus are eligible for a reduced rate. For recommendations on how to register for a VLCFF course, click here .

See links for a correlation between VLCFF Course Offerings and Diocesan Certification Course One--Introductory Certification and all other Courses.

Here is a list of essential forms used in the certification process.


For a list of frequently asked questions, click here.


Please keep in mind that all Certification Opportunities are also excellent occasions for Adult Faith Formation!
All Diocesan Certification Classes are free for anyone who just wishes to learn more about the faith.
There are a wide variety of non degree earning faith formation opportunities found under the Degree Opportunities Link.