Canadian Institute of Ministerial Development (CIMD)


The Faculty of Chaplain Studies was designed to train Chaplains. A chaplain is essentially a spiritual representative attached to a secular institution. Chaplains may or may not be certified, have a theological education, or be ordained or commissioned by a particular denomination, though many are. Chaplains serve the spiritual and emotional needs of others. Some chaplains perform wedding or funeral ceremonies, administer communion, deliver spiritual messages, offer prayer at public meetings, and provide advice and comforting words when needed. Other chaplains meet the need of the moment, usually through listening and prayer. This course is designed to teach the Minister of the Christian faith how to fulfil the role of a chaplain in today’s society.

Admission Requirements

To qualify for this course the applicant must be an Ordained Minister.

Text Book

The textbook for this course is “The Work of the Chaplain” by Naomi Paget & Janet McCormack.

Certificate and Badge

Students completing the program will be issued a Chaplain’s Certificate and a Chaplain’s Badge.

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee includes the cost of textbook, a chaplain’s badge and membership in Canadian Christian Ministries Chaplains’ Association.

Membership and Renewal Fees

Graduates become members of Canadian Christian Ministries Chaplains’ Association. The Chaplain’s Certificate is valid for one year and must be renewed annually on June 30. The renewal fee is $50. Chaplains who are certified in the first half of the year do not have to pay a renewal fee on June 30 of that year. They will begin paying the fee the following year. Chaplains must maintain their membership in Canadian Christian Ministries Chaplains’ Association.

Start Date and Time

This program is administered in classroom sessions only. The program shall run for 6 consecutive weeks on Saturdays only. Each session shall be 3 hours long from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm with a 15 minute break inclusive. The program shall be run twice per year. CIMD will be taking in two batches of students in the year 2020. The course dates are as follows:

Ontario Dates:

  • First batch - Saturdays - April 4, 11, 25 and May 2, 9, 23 (Closing date to apply is March 28, 2020)
  • Second batch - Saturdays - September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 17, 24 (Closing date to apply is September 5, 2020)
  • All applications must be received at least one week before the start date.

Alberta Dates:
  • Start on Saturday February 29 from 11am to 1pm


The chaplaincy course is currently available for Ontario and Alberta residents only. Please choose one of the links below to request an information package and an application form.

Click here If you live in Ontario

Click here If you live in Alberta



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