Training & Certification


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 Training & Certification Process

​​The first initiative of the Catechetical Master Plan called for the establishment of a Training and Catechetical Certification Process for those who hold catechetical roles in our parishes, Catholic schools and other settings where catechesis takes place. Those who would be a part of this certification process include parish catechetical leaders, in particular those who have no formal training to date in catechesis or any formal accreditation, catechists, youth ministry leaders and volunteers, RCIA leaders and team members, and Catholic school teachers.

The diocesan-wide certification process includes:

  1. Orientation sessions for those new to catechetical ministries.
  2. The establishment of basic and permanent certification levels.
  3. Local and national on-going formation opportunities.
  4. Attendance and record keeping policies.

The training and certification process includes alternative certification options, as well as credit given for equivalent courses.​

 Attendance & Record Keeping

Attendance

  1. Attendance​ is required. Participants must attend the full class or workshop to get credit for attendance. For the orientation, basic, and permanent levels attendance will be taken by sign-in sheets at both the beginning and ending of the class or workshop.
  2. For those who want to receive on-going formation credit by attending the annual Evangelization and Faith Formation Conference (diocesan sponsored) they will need to turn in a credit/attendance form at the end of the conference.
  3. security_keyboard.jpgThose attending conferences/workshops not sponsored by ​the Diocese of Greensburg will have to send in a copy of the conference schedule and a written reflection on the conference along with a credit/attendance form after the conference.
  4. Those who would like on-going formation credit by attending a conference not on the on-going formation list will first have to seek the approval of the diocesan managing director of the Office for Evangelization and Faith Formation.

Record K​eeping

  1. The training and certification records of all leaders, administrators, teachers, catechists, volunteers, or team members will be kept by the Office for Evangelization and  Faith Formation. However it is recommended that all principals, faith formation, youth ministry, and RCIA leaders keep a record of training and certification at the school or parish site.
  2. A record for each leader, administrator, teacher, catechist, volunteer or team member will be established after a determination has been made on grandfathering credit by the diocesan managing director of the Office for Evangelization and Faith Formation.
  3. Starting with the 2010-11 catechetical year all faith formation, youth ministry, and RCIA leaders will submit, with their annual surveys, an updated roster of catechists, volunteers, and team members, so the Office for Evangelization and Faith Formation can update its records of those working in faith formation in the diocese, as well as their training and certification status. The updated roster will need to be returned to the Office for Evangelization and Faith Formation by September 15 of each year.
  4. Starting with the 2010-11 academic year all principals will be sent a letter from the diocesan managing director of the Office for Evangelization and Faith Formation requesting submission of an updated roster of teachers and school personnel by September 15 of each year, so that the office can update its record of those working in Catholic schools in the diocese, as well as their training and certification status.
  5. The Office for Evangelization and Faith Formation will notify principals, faith formation, youth ministry, and RCIA leaders of the training and certification status of those working in their school or parish by October 15 of each year.

 Equivalency

​Pathways/Alpha
Pathways is the diocesan adult faith formation program. It is a series of 12 sessions, three workshops and a retreat. Each of the 12 sessions addresses a specific topic that is presented in the form of a question. Participants must attend the first workshop, "Called and Gifted," prior to attending classes, and attendance is mandatory to earn the Pathways Certificate of Completion. Earning a Pathways Certificate of Completion will satisfy all the requirements for basic certification.

This equivalency will only be given to those who have earned a Pathways Certificate of Completion since 2004-05. A Pathways/Alpha Certificate of Completion earned prior to 2004-05 will satisfy the creed, sacraments, morality, and liturgy and prayer requirements of basic certification. Participants will still have to satisfy the Ecclesiology requirement to complete basic certification.
 
Echoes of Faith
Echoes of Faith is a partnership between RCL/Benziger and the National Conference of Catechetical Leaders to assist you in your theological, spiritual, and practical formation. The following tables show the Echoes of Faith courses and the equivalent diocesan courses.
 
Catechist Modules in Echoes of Faith Diocesan Equivalent
All ​Catechist Modules ​Diocesan Orientation Level
 
​Theology Modules in Echoes of Faith ​Diocesan Equivalent
​I Believe/We Believe Creed​
​Liturgy and Sacraments Sacraments​
​Catholic Morality Morality​
​Prayer and Spirituality Liturgy and Prayer​
​The Scriptures Scripture, Permanent Certification Course
​The Church ​Ecclesiology
 
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) applies Montessori principles of education to catechesis of children. This model builds on the child's religious potential and nascent spirituality, serving the religious needs of the child. It respects the natural relationship that children experience with God.

Catechesis occurs in a religious environment called an atrium using objects and furniture that have been adapted to children's levels and needs. The children discover liturgical symbols, engage in stories of sacred Scripture and work with religious symbols and objects. Catechists are specifically trained to facilitate an encounter between Christ and the children through the use of Scripture and liturgy.

Training in the specific levels of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd will satisfy the varying levels of the Training and Catechetical Certification Process.
 

Courses

Level Satisfied
Levels I and II and Sacramental Preparation Training        Basic Certification
Levels II and III Training                                                Permanent Certification

 Get Answers Regarding Training and Certification

​Naturally, the unveiling of a new process causes questions. Below are answers to some of the more frequently asked questions regarding the training and certification process. As always if you have any further questions, please consult with your principal, faith formation or catechetical leader, or email us at the Office for Evangelization and Faith Formation.
Answer
expand Question : Does the certification apply to me if I am a volunteer? ‎(1)
expand Question : How do I track my training and certification courses if I am a diocesan employee?  ‎(1)
expand Question : How do I track my training and certification courses if I am a non-employee?  ‎(1)
expand Question : How long will training and certification take? ‎(1)
expand Question : I have completed the Certificate in Pastoral Ministry Program or have a degree in theology or a similar field, what should I do next? ‎(1)
expand Question : What will the courses/workshops look like? ‎(1)
expand Question : Who is required to attend training and certification? ‎(1)
expand Question : Why do I need training and certification? ‎(1)
expand Question : Will there be any out of course work expected? ‎(1)

 Course Tracking on myHALO

Course Records & Tracking for Employees

  1. Address to access portal site: Select the myHALO icon above or within the Menu, or in the footer on the diocesan website. Once there, you may want to bookmark the site as a favorite for future use.
  2. Log in with user name and password: When the log in screen appears you have entered a secure/password protected site. Enter your user name and password. Upon log in success, you be directed to the myHALO home page.
  3. books.jpgAccessing your personal certification records: Select Certification Records from the 'What would you like to do?' section on the myHALO home page.
  4. Adding a new course or logging ongoing formation hours: Once you have arrived at the Evangelization and Faith Formation Certification Records page you now have access to your personal course records. To enter a new course, or log ongoing formation hours, simply select 'New' by double clicking or selecting 'New Item' from the drop down.
  5. Viewing the course form: When the new screen appears, you will have the ability to enter the required course information. Please note that items entered in this list require content approval and submissions will appear as pending until approval or denial of the course entry has been given by the diocesan office. The office approves courses the last business day of each month, as long as the course does not fall within the last week of the month. Please monitor your course records to view updates.
  6. Filling out the course template correctly: Complete the template with the appropriate information. i.e. Location - enter the full parish or school name where the course was taken by using the browse book icon feature. i.e. Course Code - Enter the code given to you by the instructor.

Course Records & Tracking for Non-Employees

  1. Address to access the portal site: Open your web browser and visit http://halo.dioceseofgreensburg.org. Once there, you may want to bookmark the site as a favorite for future use.
  2. Log in with user name and password: When the log in screen appears you have entered a secure/password protected site. Enter your user name (email address) and password (enter the password you received from notification@dioceseofgreensburg.org).
  3. Enter current password - Select security question: Once you've arrived at the myHALO portal page you will be prompted to enter your current password and select a security question. When finished select submit. You will then be directed to the myHALO home page.
  4. Access my account - Change password: Once at the myHALO home page you will need to change your password. Select My Account from the upper right corner of the screen. Once you've selected a new password, select, Change Password. If your password is changed successfully, you will receive the Change Password Complete message. Select continue to return to the myHALO home page.
  5. Access your personal certification records: You now have access to your records. Select Certification Records from the Quick Links box.
  6. Adding a new course or logging ongoing formation hours: Once you have arrived at the Evangelization and Faith Formation Certification Records page you now have access to your personal course records. To enter a new course, or log ongoing formation hours, simply select 'New' by double clicking or selecting 'New Item' from the drop down.
  7. Viewing the course form: When the new screen appears, you will have the ability to enter the required course information. Please note that items entered in this list require content approval and submissions will appear as pending until approval or denial of the course entry has been given by the diocesan office. The office approves courses the last business day of each month, as long as the course does not fall within the last week of the month. Please monitor your course records to view updates.
  8. Filling out the course template correctly: Complete the template with the appropriate information. i.e. Location - enter the full parish or school name where the course was taken by using the browse book icon feature. i.e. Course Code - Enter the code given to you by the instructor.