Diocesan Youth Ministry Certification Process

The Diocese of Columbus offers four Youth Ministry Certificates
  • Introductory Certificate in Youth Ministry--Completion of YML Course 1 and one additional YML Course (either 2, 3, or 4) and Introductory Catechist Certification
  • Basic Certificate in Youth Ministry--Completion of YML Courses 1-4, Basic Catechist Certification, and 12 monthly mentor meetings
  • Advanced Certificate in Youth Ministry--Completion of YML Courses 1-4 and 4.1.1-4.1.8, Advanced Catechist Certification, 12 monthly mentor meetings, and three Core Competencies Courses.
  • Certificate in Pastoral Juvenil Hispana--Completion of PJH Courses 4.2.1-4.2.11.
National Certification as a Youth Ministry Leader

The Diocesan Certificates in Youth Ministry and the certification courses offered by the Diocese are based on the National Certification Standards for Lay Ecclesial Ministers serving as Youth Ministry Leaders, incl. Pastoral Juvenil Hispana, created by the Alliance for the Certification of Lay Ecclesial Ministers and approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Commission on Certification and Accreditation. By completing the requirements for the Diocesan Advanced Certificate in Youth Ministry through the courses offered by the Diocese, or other approved courses, one will have all the core and specialized competencies required to apply for National Certification. The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry would be happy to assist anyone working toward National Certification, and has laid out a Diocesan Certification Process to help people in these efforts.

Diocesan Certification Courses

Diocesan Youth Ministry Certificates also require Catechist Certification. For a listing of those courses/requirements click here.

Each of the courses listed below are offered as a two-week online course and do not need to be taken in any particular order.

  • YML Course 1.0: Introduction to Catholic Youth Ministry
  • YML Course 2.0: Adolescent Development and Youth Culture
  • YML Course 3.0: Application and Methodology
  • YML Course 4.0: Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation
  • YML Course 4.1.1&4.1.3: Catechesis and Evangelization
  • YML Course 4.1.2&4.1.6: Prayer and Community
  • YML Course 4.1.4&4.1.5: Catholic Social Teaching and Pastoral Care
  • YML Course 4.1.7&4.1.8: Advocacy and Youth Leadership
  • PJH Course 4.2.1-4.2.5: Unity in Communion
  • PJH Course 4.2.6-4.2.11: Culture and Tradition
  • Core Competencies Course 1.0: Human
  • Core Competencies Course 2.0: Spiritual
  • Core Competencies Course 4.0: Pastoral

Upcoming Course Offerings

Diocesan Youth Ministry Certificates also require Catechist Certification. For a listing of those courses opportunities click here.

  • YML Course 4.1.1/4.1.3: Evangelization and Catechesis

    October 15-29, 2017

    YML Course 4.1.1/4.1.3 is a two-week online course covering requirements YML 4.1.1 on "utilizing the aims, principles, processes, and methods of catechesis with youth in implementing faith formation" and YML 4.1.3 on "inviting youth to and facilitating opportunities for youth to grow in intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and empowering them to live and witness as disciples in today’s world." Registration for this course will be open in August. Course 4.1.1/4.1.3 has two sessions to choose from: a morning session and an evening session. Class size for these two sessions is limited.

    Register for Course 4.1.1/4.1.3
  • YML Course 4.1.2/4.1.6: Prayer and Community

    December 3-17, 2017

    YML Course 4.1.2/4.1.6 is a two-week online course covering requirements YML 4.1.2 on "facilitating the development of community among youth, their families, and within the Church and society, including the development of small faith communities by youth from different cultures, spiritualities, or pastoral models" and 4.3 on "empowering youth to celebrate and deepen their relationship with the triune God through individual and communal prayer and participation in the liturgical and devotional life of the Church." Registration for this course is open. Course 4.1.2/4.1.6 has two sessions to choose from: a morning session and an evening session. Class size for these two sessions is limited.

    Register for Course 4.1.2/4.1.6
  • YML Course 4.1.4/4.1.5: Catholic Social Teaching and Pastoral Care

    May 13-27, 2018

    YML Course 4.1.4/4.1.5 is a two-week online course covering requirements YML 4.1.4 on "engaging youth in the social mission of the Church in accord with Catholic social teaching" and 4.1.5 on "fostering healing and promoting healthy growth and development in youth and in their relationships as a vital part o their human and Christian maturity process.” Registration for this course will be open in March 2018. Course 4.1.4/4.1.5 has two sessions to choose from: a morning session and an evening session. Class size for these two sessions is limited.

  • YML Course 4.1.7/4.1.8: Youth Advocacy and Leadership

    June 10-24, 2018

    YML Course 4.1.7/4.1.8 is a two-week online course covering requirements YML 4.1.7 on “engaging the Church and the broader community in voicing and addressing the rights, responsibilities, and needs of youth” and 4.1.8 on “affirming and calling forth the unique gifts of youth and the adults serving them by providing opportunities for their ongoing spiritual growth, leadership development, and vocation discernment.” Registration for this course will be open in April. Course 4.1.7/4.1.8 has two sessions to choose from: a morning session and an evening session. Class size for these two sessions is limited.