Become a Credentialed


Steps to Apply for Credentials

Step 1

Credentialing Pre-App Form 

Click the applicable link below to fill out the Application Form. Once we receive the completed form, a member of SCHD Credentialing office will be in contact with you.


First Time Applicants ->

Upgrade Applicants ->

Reinstatement Applicants ->


Step 2

Credential Application & Fee 

The credential application and payment link will be emailed to you.


Credential application fees are as follows:

  • Certified $115
  • Licensed $120
  • Ordained $125
  • Reinstatement $200


Once a completed application is received by our office, a member of the SCHD Credentialing team will be in contact with you.

Step 3


Credential Exams

After application, application fee, and all your reference forms have been received along with a satisfactory background check, you will schedule the credential exams with your presbyter.


Credential exams are available in English and Spanish. Inform your presbyter of your language preference.

Find your SCHD Presbyter ->

Study for your Exam -> 

Step 4


Credential Interview 

After successful completion of the credential exams, you will schedule the credential interview with your presbyter.


With the recommendation of your presbyter and review of all documents by the SCHD Secretary/Treasurer Office, your application will be sent to the General Council for final review.

Step 5


Credential Review & Recognition

Upon approval from General Council, we will notify you and present you with your Assemblies of God Fellowship Card and Certificate.


Newly Certified, Licensed, and Ordained Mininsters are recognized in the fall at the LEAD One Day event in your region. Newly Ordained Ministers are also recognized in June at our LEAD Conference & Council. 

*Steps 1-3 must be completed and sent to the district office by the following dates in order to schedule your interview for the next Executive Presbytery meeting.

January 31 for April Interview

June 30 for September Interview

October 31 for January Interview

Credential Exams Study Guides




*First time applicants at the Licensed level will take all exams: Bible Knowledge, Doctrine, and Polity. Licensed upgrade applicants will take only the Polity Exam.


Most applicants will not take an exam at this level. However, there are circumstances that will require Ordained level applicants to take the exams.








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