Certificate Program in Youth Ministry Studies™

Equipping leaders with the knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques needed for creative and comprehensive youth ministry. The Certificate Program in Youth Ministry Studies™ helps to create a common vision for effective youth ministry in your diocese or region, forging a connected network of leaders and promoting collaboration among parishes, schools, and diocesan staff.

Now Accepting Sponsors and Students for 2022!



Participants gain greater confidence in their capabilities by successfully applying current theory and integrating innovative approaches into their ongoing work with young people.


A comprehensive sequence of courses provides a solid foundation of theory, theology, and practical approaches, which can be applied in any parish or school youth ministry setting.


This nationally-recognized curriculum has been offered in 25 sites and sponsored by over 50 dioceses, whose graduates are in parish, school, and diocesan leadership positions all over the U.S., Canada, Ireland, and Scotland.

Certificate Courses

Principles of Youth Ministry

Year 1

Through an examination of scripture and the riches of the Church’s sacred tradition, a spiritual and theological foundation will be laid for effective ministry with today’s teens.

Practices of Youth Ministry

Year 1

Drawing on contemporary research and the centuries of Catholic practice, youth ministers will be presented with strategies for raising up the next generation of Catholic disciples.

Foundations for Ministry Leadership

Year 1

The formation of the minister as a dedicated disciple of Christ Jesus is necessary for an effective proclamation of the gospel. Participants will grow as Christian leaders through this course.

Skills for Christian Leadership

Year 1

Participants will develop practical tools for ministerial leadership. The course will focus on overcoming obstacles encountered in ministry.

Evangelization and Catechesis

Year 2

The Church exists to evangelize. The course will provide a vision for evangelization and the skills need to accompany young people along to the road to full Christian maturity.

Prayer and Worship

Year 2

The liturgy is summit of our life in Christ and source for our life in Christ. Strategies will be provided for nurturing a personal prayer life with teens and forming them in a eucharistic spirituality.

Justice and Service

Year 2

The work of ministry is to reconcile all things in Christ. This course will introduce the wealth of the Church social tradition and provide skills for engaging teens in the Church’s social mission.

Pastoral Care

Year 2

The course provides principles and methods of caring for young people from various cultures and their families as it seeks to promote healthy adolescent development and their families.

Opportunities to Join

  •   Sponsor a Program

    Provide a program with much-needed financial support.
  •   Enroll in a Program

    Grow your own knowledge and experience base to make your youth ministry the best it can be.
  •   Learn About Programs in Canada, Ireland, and Scotland

    If you're interested in joining one of our international programs, contact us for more information.

Learn More

We are currently accepting sponsorships and enrollments for 2022. Are you a diocese interested in sponsoring a program or a student looking to attain your certificate? Please contact us for more information.