Frequently Asked Questions for Basic Level Catechist Certification

What is a module?

A Catechist Module consists of 5 two-hour sessions that cover the content of the topic, pedagogy (how best to teach the topic to the age group the catechist is teaching). There are  4 modules that make up the BASIC LEVEL Catechist Certification. They are Module 1 CREED,   Module 2 SACRAMENTS, Module 3 MORALITY, Module 4 PRAYER.
Modules may be taught one two-hour session at a time over 5 weeks (offered in the evenings at a parish or in the afternoons at a Catholic School) or Modules may be offered in a DOUBLE Session format (usually Saturday or Sunday  for example:  Saturday starting at 10AM going to 12 Noon would be session 1 . Then there is a break time for lunch. Usually at least 30 minutes. After lunch or break time; the next 2 hours are used for the next session (session 2).  This format is then repeated on another Saturday –not limited to the next calendared Saturday (sessions 3 and 4) . The remaining 5th session of the module is then scheduled for another Saturday.

Do I have to take the Modules in numerical order?

The Catechist Modules DO NOT have to be taken in numerical order:  Module 1 CREED, Module 2 SACRAMENTS, Module 3 MORALITY, Module 4 PRAYER.  Please take them as your personal schedule allows and as they are offered in your area.  Please note that the modules are offered throughout the five counties of the Diocese of St. Petersburg: Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.  You may need to travel to participate. You can also encourage your parish or Catholic school to host the module(s).   Please contact the CCP Office:  (727) 344-1611  ex. 5367

How does one find out about when and where the Catechist Orientation and/or modules are scheduled?

You may use the Diocesan Catechist Calendar to see what is available.  (do link to Catechist Calendar)
You may share your e-mail with the CCP office and it will be placed on our Diocesan Constant Contact CCP e-mail distribution list and each time a Catechist Orientation or Module is scheduled, you will be notified directly.
Your Parish Catechetical Leader (Director Faith Formation or Coordinator of Religious Education (CRE) and Youth Minister, as well as your Catholic School Principal, or Early Childhood Center Director receives these e-mails on a regular basis, and they can forward them to you upon your request

What is the cost for the Catechist Orientation and Modules?

A participant fee is charged to defray the cost of textbooks, related course materials, and other administrative expenses.  The amount of the fee may vary according to the certification level and will be announced prior to the beginning of each session. Fees are to be paid at the time of the first session.
The cost for the Catechist Orientation is $18.00 to cover the materials shared and a small stipend for the instructor.
The cost of each Catechist Module is $20.00 (for the entire 5 two-hour sessions= 10 hours total) to cover the materials shared and a small stipend for the instructor.

Who pays for the Catechist Orientation and Modules?

Sometimes the parish or Catholic School pays for the active catechist/teacher to participate in appreciation for your services or the individual catechist covers the costs. A participant fee is charged to defray the cost of textbooks, related course materials, and other administrative expenses.  The amount of the fee may vary according to the certification level and will be announced prior to the beginning of each session. Fees are to be paid on or before  the time of the first session. Checks are payable to the DIOCESE OF ST. PETERSBURG.

Are the Catechist Modules on-line?

No. Because we still meet face to face with those to whom we minister, it is important to develop the faith-sharing skills, and interpersonal skills to carry out this ministry, so the 4 Basic Level Catechist Modules are taught in gathered sessions with a live instructor facilitating the learning process. Most of the Advanced Level courses are on-line.  (then do link to Advanced Level section)

What if I miss a session?

Make-up sessions can be scheduled with the Instructor, if feasible,or by attending the missed session(s) at another site. If the participant needs to attend the missed session(s) at another site, the participant should keep the Module Completion Verification Form and take the make-up session. That Instructor will sign the form once the participant has attended the missed session(s).  Two sessions can be made up, however participants who have missed more than two sessions will be required to repeat the Module.

Are the modules in Spanish?

Yes—see the Spanish section.

How do I start the Advanced level?

This is explained in the Advanced Level section