Catholic Faith Formation and Education
Catechist Formation
Tracks & Levels of Certification


The Albany Diocese’ formation (training) and certification guidelines provides for five separate certification tracks or specializations:

Because the strategies, tools and resources that someone would use with a particular group depends in large part on the age/grade level of the audience.

If you click on the track title above, you will be able to access that track/specialization’s certification transcript which includes a listing of all required certification topics for that track, by certification level. A volunteer or teacher can use the transcript to keep track of what topics they have completed towards their certification. The parish or school where a person serves in catechetical ministry is to keep the official copy of the transcript.

While many courses or topics count towards multiple tracks, other topics are specific to a particular track or specialization. Intergenerational Catechists will typically be able to choose from among the specialized courses for either catechists working with children, youth ministers and catechists of adults, although they should include a mixture from all three of those tracks. Catholic School religion teachers sometimes have to choose a course that is either for teachers working with lower or upper grades, based on the grade level they primarily work with.


There are five levels of catechist, youth ministry and Catholic school teacher certification in the Albany Diocese:

If you click on a certification level’s title above, you can view its specific topics and requirements. You can also check out:

Get an overview of the certification topics for each track/specialization by certification. A simplified, two page overview of the requirements

Courses for Provisional, Basic and Intermediate Certification are typically two hours in length; some of the Advanced Certification topics (those dealing with Theology and Scripture) may consist of four two hour sessions, totaling eight hours for each topic. While the three methodological topics of basic certification are specific to the age level the minister is working with, be it as a catechist of children/elementary Catholic school teacher (usually up to Grade 6), a youth minister/secondary Catholic school teacher (generally Grades 7 and up), or adult catechist, most of our intermediate and advanced courses are applicable towards most, if not all of the certification tracks.