Our annual training programme allows chaplains to choose the training that they feel will allow them to develop professionally. All of the courses are accredited by the UK Board of Healthcare Chaplaincy (UKBHC) allowing for recognition outside of our organisation. 

Training will usually take the form of either one-day or two-day events, and some training is delivered via Zoom. Training sessions will include time for learning, sharing and reflecting, which we feel are crucial aspects for the consolidation of knowledge. We make our training available throughout the year at a range of different venues. As there is often a high demand for limited places early booking is strongly advised as places may be limited on some courses. Only those who have booked in time can be guaranteed free places. Importantly, training for all of the above is only free to members of the NIHCA. Individuals outside of the association will be required to cover costs if they wish to attend.

You can view our current training programme here: Training Programme

You can learn more about the grant application process here: Applying for a Training Grant


MDT Training – Assisted Dying and the NHS – Friday 24th November

Northern Ireland Hospice, Somerton Road

Nov 1st 2023 – Please note this MDT Training ‘Assisted Dying and the NHS’ is fully subscribed. A waiting list has been created.


Advanced Notice – Reflective Writing and MDT Training Date Change

Monday 6th November, Reflective Writing (Zoom) with Rev Dr Steve Nolan, 2.00pm-3.30pm

Friday 24th November, Assisted Dying: The Debate, Baroness Ilora Finlay, Prof Max Watson & Dr Matt Gore, Crescent Church, Belfast, 9.30am-4.30pm

CPE – Upcoming Unit at the Ulster Hospital

We are delighted to be able to advertise an upcoming unit of CPE. It will be based at the newly accredited centre in the Ulster Hospital.

The next unit of CPE is planned for Spring/Summer 2024, beginning Monday 22nd April 2024 until Friday 5th July 2024.

NIHCA members must submit a Grant Application Form (see below) if they wish their fees to be paid first. Funding may also be available for non-members who are exploring chaplaincy. Please note, a percentage of the fees must be paid in advance to secure your place after success at interview.  Please submit grant applications no later than Monday 20th November. 

Please send completed CPE applications (see below) directly to Rev Don Gamble, Director of CPE – don.gamble@setrust.hscni.net

The closing date for applications is 5:00pm on Friday 24th November 2023. No extensions will be granted.

Grant Application Form: Grant Application&Guidelines-2022.23-1

CPE Application Form: Level-1-Application-Form


Updated Training Programme for 2023 – 2024

(as of November 1st 2023)

You can download the programme for 2023/204 here or view it below: Training Programme 2023_24


Applying for Training Grants

Information on criteria applied and the form for applying for grants for training can be found here:

Applying for a Training Grant


The Advantage of Healthcare Library Membership

We thank Colleen Tierney for this helpful session.
The link to the recording is below.


More information here: https://sppu.ie/courses/higher-diploma-in-pastoral-theology-healthcare-chaplaincy