The NPFCA curriculum is a thorough program of critical training that meets the requirements of the International Confrerence of Police Chaplains (ICPC) and the Federation of Fire Chaplains (FFC), both international certifying organizations.  The following information outlines the topics covered both in lecture and in practical work.

The academy starts on a Sunday afternoon for check in and socializing.  Classes resume Monday morning and last through Friday afternoon around 2pm.  The week includes over sixty hours of training.  The days are long. However, the quality of instructors is high.  Every bullet point is a golden nugget.  No one attending will regret the training. There is a practical hands-on exercise at the end of the training.  

Candidates that graduate will attend a graduation ceremony on Thursday evening in uniform-if they have one The ceremony will include various leaders from local and state agencies as well as many faculty friends and families.  A professional diploma is provided along with a practical kit including tools for chaplain use on an everyday basis.




The following list includes training areas that are covered in the academy.

 International Conference of Police Chaplains - ICPC

  • Introduction to Law Enforcement Chaplaincy--
  • Stress Management (CISM, PTSD & Burnout)
  • Ceremonies & Events
  • Confidentiality and Legal Liability
  • Death Notifications
  • Responding to a Crisis
  • Law Enforcement Family
  • Ethics
  • Substance Abuse
  • Suicide
  • Sensitivity and Diversity
  • Officer Injury & Death


Federation of Fire Chaplains - FFC

  • Personhood of the Fire Chaplain
  • Foundations of Fire Chaplaincy
  • Ministry to Personnel
  • Confidentiality & Professionalism
  • Incident Command System
  • Chaplain Safety
  • Death Notifications
  • Ministry to Crisis Victims 





Additional Classes and : Hands-On Training.  

  • Protocols for saluting, uniforms etc., Casket flag use, chaplain gear needs, Trauma kits, cold weather gear, tactical lights and much more.
  • Forensics and Crime Basics--Tour of the WSP Crime Lab The most advanced crime lab in Washington State
  • Working with other Agency Chaplains--Hospital chaplains, other police agency chaplains and fire agency chaplains.
  • Hands-On orientation to police and fire equipment.
  • Radio and Communications basics
  • Medical Examiner/Coroner orientation and basics
  • Developing relationships  for new chaplains
  • Chaplaining the next generation--Millenials