Diocesan Certification is awarded to persons completing course requirements in the particular areas of competence for preschool catechesis and special religious education.

Diocesan certification is issued for three years and is renewable by attending  at least thirty hours of course work or workshops. Diocesan specialization courses do not qualify a person for California Catechist Certification, but automatically count towards renewal of the California Catechist Certification and may be applied for Advanced Catechist Certification for the person who already holds a California Catechist Certificate.

Preschool Certification

The Diocesan Preschool Certification Course is designed to equip beginning catechists/teachers with sufficient background and skill to begin teaching at the preschool level. The course offers resources, methodology and practical ideas according to the liturgical year so the catechist/teacher can effectively implement a variety of age appropriate activities. 


Special Religious Education Certification

The Special Religious Education Certification Course provides catechetical formation for catechists of persons of any age with mild to severe learning and/or physical disabilities. Certification is granted upon completion of the Special Religious Education coursework.