Advanced Catechist Certification is offered as an opportunity for catechists who wish to progress in their formation in a systematic fashion. It is not a requirement that catechists work toward Advanced Catechist Certification. The certificate, issued for three years, will supersede the Basic Catechist Certificate and may be renewed by 30 clock hours of renewal work.

The requirements for Advanced Catechist Certification are as follows:

  1. Current California Catechist Certification;
  2. Three to five years experience as a catechist;
  3. Sixty clock hours of coursework in the San Diego Diocesan Institute, parish courses or video courses offered at the parish level, or equivalent course work as evaluated by the Office for Evangelization and Catechetical Ministry;
  4. Letter of recommendation from DCM or Coordinator.