UUAMP Certification Program

UUAMP Certification Program

The UUAMP Certification Program is….


  • Pertains to the work you are doing.
  • Ability to choose modules that meet your learning needs and goals. For certified status, you must complete a predetermined number of modules.


  • Each unit is designed for completion in 10-15 hours.
  • Efforts are being made to provide the majority of the learning module options at limited or no cost.


  • Variety of formats and options.
  • Available for part-timers and lead volunteers.
  • In-person training opportunities will be coordinated with pre-GA Professional Day or in conjunction with regional events.


Why Certification?

Benefits to the Professional

  • Form and structure for one’s professional development
  • Gain skills and understandings across areas of your work
  • Nurtures confidence, competence, and creativity
  • Opportunities for collegiality and networking
  • Helps membership professionals understand their work as a ministry

 Benefits to the Congregation

  • Provides training and resources unavailable at congregational level
  • Promotes professional excellence
  • Fosters healthy staff relations and shared ministry
  • Supports congregational growth

Benefits to the Profession

  • Establishing standards and best practices elevates the position across the board
  • Parity with religious educators and musicians

Benefits to Unitarian Universalism

  • Membership professionals provide expertise that fosters growth as a movement
  • Professional network shares broadly and generously with staff and lay leaders

Learn more here:

Certification FAQs

Program Completion Information

Participant and Advisor Covenant

Registration Form

List of Competencies

Fostering a Culture of Welcome (Core)

  • Membership as Ministry
  • Visitor experience
  • Creating a membership committee or team
  • ARAOMC (Anti-racism, Anti-oppression, Multiculturalism)
  • Accessibility

Building a Community of Belonging (Core)

  • Understanding your congregation (past, present and future)
  • Creating a culture of belonging
  • The membership process
  • Engagement tracking

UU History and Identity (Core)

  • Your Congregation's History
  • Unitarian, Universalist, and UU History
  • Congregational Polity
  • Understanding the process of building UU identity
  • Future Trends

Boundaries (Core)

  • Your Position
  • Right Relations and Professional Ethics
  • Self Care and Time Management
  • Systems and Conflict
  • Staff Relations
  • Accountability and Supervision

Administration & Volunteer Management (Choice)

  • Volunteer management
  • Administration, including Database

Engagement (Choice)

  • Small Group Ministry
  • Program Development
  • Retention

Integration and Leadership (Choice)

  • Leadership Development
  • Meeting Management
  • Understanding the Governance Culture
  • Strategic Planning and Identity

Pastoral Care (Choice)

  • Expectations of and communication with minister
  • Volunteer pastoral care team
  • Mental Health awareness

Communications and Social Media (Choice)

  • Congregational communication vehicles - print and web
  • Social media

Stewardship (Choice)

  • Stewardship as ministry
  • Understanding your congregation's stewardship culture
  • Stewardship data tracking
  • Membership experience