About the Advanced Level Catechist Formation


Advanced Level Program Links

Advanced Level Program Overview

DOSP Advanced Level Course Catalog

Searchlight Course Catalog

Advanced Level Clearance Form

How to Get Started with the Advanced Level Catechist Certification
Step 1:
Obtain DOSP Clearance by sending in the  Advanced Level Clearance Form along with a  $15.00 check made payable to the Diocese of St. Petersburg.

Step 2:
When CCP approves,  you will receive instructions via email  from our office regarding accessing Searchlight for the completion of your online registration.

Step 3:

Contact Searchlight directly for your first course, Vatican II.

Application for Advanced Level Certification
When a participant has completed the requirements of all courses of instruction for the Advanced Level of Catechist Certification (see the schema of the Diocesan Catechist Certification Program in this guide), it is his or her responsibility to notify the Parish Catechetical Leader or Catholic School Administrator that the requirements have been completed. The Parish Catechetical Leader/Catholic School Administrator will issue an application form to the participant to complete. When the form is completed and returned, the Parish Catechetical Leader/Catholic School Administrator will send the form to the Diocesan Office of Faith Formation: Catechist Certification. The Advanced Level Certificate will be issued upon verification that the requirements have been met.
Renewal of Advanced Level Certification
Advanced Level Catechist Certification is renewable three years from the date of issuance of the certificate. Renewal of Advanced Level requires the successful completion of no less than three courses offered through the Diocesan Lay Pastoral Ministry Institute or one college level course as approved by the Diocesan Director of Evangelization and Lifelong Faith Formation.