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

ACPE Ireland’s Day of Celebration

All current and former CPE students are invited to join us as an association for a day of celebration and learning on Wednesday 12th June at Mount Saint Anne’s, Portarlington, Co Laois.
This day is fully funded and offered as a gift to you
It is a day of celebration and reconnection
It is a day of celebration for the gift that CPE brings to us in pastoral care
It is a day of shared learning

Speakers are:
Debbie Moore Borland: ‘How CPE prepared me for prison chaplaincy’
Rabbi Elana Dellal, CPE Observation Supervisory Candidate: ‘Why CPE? preparing for supervisory training’
Prof Drew Gibson: ‘The Other Long Covid – Chaplains Supporting our Healthcare Colleagues by walking through the Pastoral Cycle’

A CPD Certificate of Attendance will be provided.

Final date for registration is Tuesday 04 June 2024. Follow the link below to register.



New Online Learning Module – Catholic Healthcare Ethics

in the 21st Century

My name is Eileen and I work in the Centre for Mission and Ministries, St Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth. I co-ordinate a new online-learning module – Catholic Healthcare Ethics in the 21st Century – the first in a number of modules, offered by us in collaboration with Bon Secours Health Care and aimed at providing Continuing Professional
Development for those in allied healthcare, professional and administration roles, and people working in pastoral care or chaplaincy.

This module begins on 15 April and runs over 10 weeks. Closing date for applications is 5 April. There will follow further modules in the areas of pastoral care, ethics, and value-based leadership. The course fee is €420. Lectures and reading material are provided online. Students will be encouraged to draw on their work-related experience for group discussion, reflection, engagement with lecture topics, etc.

In terms of time commitment, typically this requires 10 hours per week of engagement. As course delivery is asynchronous, this can be at a time suited to the learner. Assessment is by means of a 3000 word essay. After the 10 weeks of module delivery, students will have a further 4-5 weeks to complete and submit this.

This module – Catholic Healthcare Ethics in the 21st Century – is a 10 ECTS credit module. Two further 10 ECTS credit modules are planned from September 2024. It is possible to study each as a stand-alone module for certification or to work towards a postgraduate diploma by completing all modules and a research project. It is only after completing three modules that one can apply to register for the postgraduate diploma.

If you would send me your email address, I can send you further information. I would appreciate if you would share that with your colleagues in the Northern Ireland Healthcare Chaplaincy Association. If you have any questions, please contact me.

Kind regards, Eileen


This training event is likely to be popular so sign up as close as you to the date that registration opens (11th March). Please circulate to you multi-disciplinary team colleagues.


Congratulations to those in our membership who were successful in gaining a place on the upcoming unit of CPE. Our thanks Rev Don Gamble and Sr Maryjo Corcoran for their oversight and supervision.

Healthcare Pastoral Visitors Course 2024

Download the programme here as a PDF:


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