Basic Certification and Renewal
How to Become a Certified Catechist
Basic Catechist Certification is a learning process designed to help you gain basic knowledge and skills to communicate effectively the basic Catholic Christian message. The Bishops of California have established criteria to promote and standardize the competence of catechetical programs.
In the Diocese of Oakland, certification is granted after:
- Successful completion of the Serra Catechetical Institute, or other certification course taught by a Master Catechist and approved by the diocese (60 hours);
- One year of catechetical experience;
- An observation and evaluation of the catechist in a catechetical session.
Basic Catechist Certification Guidelines
Basic Catechist Renewal Form
Basic Catechist Renewal Worksheet - NEW in 2017
For More Information:
Please refer to our guidelines (above), and our Recommended Resources, or contact Dr. Margaret M. Turek, S.Th.D. at MTurek@oakdiocese.org.