Continuing Education Certificates And Programs




Students receive an institutional College Credit Certificate upon completion and the program’s title is added to the student’s transcript.There are various kinds of certificates available: from undergraduate to graduate and advanced certificates. Certificates serve a multitude of purposes for different students: they are sometimes used to bridge the gap between different phases of academic study, or to provide additional professional training and qualifications. There are certificates in a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Humanities, Business, Biological and Life Sciences, Engineering, Technology, Natural Sciences and even more. The variety of different certificates can be overwhelming – don’t let it stop you! Start your search by looking at the most popular certificates listed below.



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Hindu Chaplaincy Certification

—International Hindu University offers several intensive programs for training Hindu chaplains worldwide.

—All offerings are online through virtual classrooms which facilitate live discussions and student participation.

—These training programs along with the CPE training facilities Board Certified Chaplaincy (BCC) for the candidate.


—Masters of Hindu Philosophy with a focus in Chaplaincy: This 30 credit hour program will prepare a participant with basic studies in six areas:

          –Hindu Traditions (6 credits)

          –Language and Scriptures (3 credits)

          –Communication and Counseling (9 credits)

          –Interfaith Studies (3 credits)

          –Specialty Trainings in Hindu Ceremonies or Chaplaincy Areas of Interest (3 credits)

          –Field Practice (3 credits) to be done in a health facility and also in a Hindu community, or the larger community.


—Associate Hindu Chaplain Certification:

A chaplaincy choice for those serving in specific fields already, professionally or within a Hindu community. This 18 credit hour program would include credits in all six areas of the Masters’ of Divinity Studies. Field Practice could focus in any area of Chaplaincy and or at a Hindu community


—Certificate for Volunteer Hindu Chaplain:

This 6 credit hour program consists of two basic courses.


—Introduction to Hindu Chaplaincy


—Hindu Chaplaincy:

Listening and Communication Skills

—Other Connections:

International Hindu University will also coordinate with Clinical Pastoral Education programs to assist IHU students in becoming full Board Certified Chaplains through the Association of Professional Chaplains. All certified chaplains need 4 CPE credits and 800 hours of study and field experience to be certified. There are also papers on the person’s spiritual beliefs, their own growth as professionals, and more. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad, with members of the extensive Hindu community, have developed and endorsement body (HREB-Hindu Religious Endorsement Body) to recommend all future Hindu chaplains for certification.


Hindu Priesthood Certification

This is a unique online program designed for lay people and youth who wish to take up the vocation of Hindu Priest. For those who wish to pursue further studies in the field can transfer these credits into the Master’s program offered by IHU. The certification requires completion of the four courses listed below. Each course is for 12 weeks and students who take 2 courses per semester can finish the requirements in six months. The program also includes 12 weeks of practical training at a local temple under the supervision of the temple priest.


All the courses in this certification course are practical, tradition specific training under the guidance   of qualified instructors in traditional systems. The specific requirements of the training would be decided by the instructors depending upon the student’s abilities.


Graduates of this certification program can serve the local community by performing pujas in home settings or assist temple priests in services.


The following four courses are required:

HRP 5101: Saṃskāras (3 credits): The Participant will provide detailed written description of the religious duties relating to each of the 16 Samskaras (out of 40 total Samskaras) according to the traditions of the respective sampradayas.


HRP 5102: Festivals and Pūjās (3 credits): The Participant will identify the major Hindu Festivals and provide detailed written descriptions about their observances according to the traditions of the respective sampradayas.


HRP 5103: Rituals  (3 credits): The Participant will be able to identify the rituals and provide detailed information about their performance according to the traditions of the respective sampradayas (their own and that of the devotees engaging their services).


HRP 5104: Capstone Field Practice (3 credits): Through field observation and practice in a local Hindu temple of the participant’s choice and under the supervision of their Priest/Officiant the Paurohit candidate will learn the skills necessary for public performance in an established temple environment during attended services.


The fee for the instructional program for certification is $2000.