Online Certification for Spiritual Directors

At A Glance

9 Months
12 Semester credit hours
$499 Cost per semester credit hour*


ATS (Association of Theological Schools), NWCCU


Hybrid (online courses with a BridgeWeek intensive in Portland in September)

Application Deadlines

Rolling application deadline; apply now

Tuition Cost For Entire Program


Courses Per Semester

2 (eight weeks each)

Weekly Workload

16 hours

* All stated financial information is subject to change. Does not include fees for BridgeWeek intensive nor the costs associated with personal spiritual direction or supervision. Financial aid available.

Create a Space for Spiritual Transformation

If you feel called to guide others on their spiritual journeys, our spiritual direction certification program will empower you as a generous listener, a contemplative presence and a compassionate soul companion.

Through a series of robust learning experiences, you’ll cultivate your God-given talents and gain insights about your own spiritual walk. By the time you graduate, you’ll be fully equipped to facilitate sacred spaces for all who long to be seen, heard and loved.

What will I experience?

Rooted in historical, theological and psychological exploration, this cohort-based program illuminates the significance of hosting spiritual conversations. You’ll weave personal experience with course teachings as you look through diverse metaphorical lenses and contemplative practices. 

The practical implementation of core principles fosters director-directee relationships through evocative and contemplative methods. The journey deepens with a focus on the interiority of both directors and directees, allowing you to develop competencies through thematic studies and personal reflection. 

You’ll continue honing your spiritual direction skills through peer and supervisor guidance and contemplative feedback. Personal and communal reflection will allow you to synthesize contextual and vocational considerations, preparing you for final certification.

After four eight-week courses, you’ll craft a summative reflective project that will be evaluated by experienced instructors and supervisors. Approval by course leaders paves the way for you to emerge as a certified spiritual director. 

Pursue this Certification if ...

  • You wish to practice spiritual direction vocationally
  • You wish to increase the professional value of your calling in spiritual direction


Students will be equipped to: 

Prerequisites & Details

This certification is open to students who have completed a spiritual direction training either at an ATS-accredited institution or a substantial spiritual direction training program. If you're not sure if your spiritual direction training qualifies, please contact admissions.

If you do not meet these requirements, you can apply for our Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation degree, which would allow you to continue into the Spiritual Direction Certification following completion.

Within this certification, you will:

Certification for Spiritual Directors Requirements

Admission Requirements

Students must have completed ONE of the following to be admitted to the Certification for Spiritual Directors program:


Haley Holman

Haley Holman

Admissions Counselor, Portland Seminary

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