Church Personnel Certification

Sustaining and Fostering a Safe Environment

Church Personnel Certification

As Christian adults, we have a moral and legal responsibility and are entrusted by God with the spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being of everyone – especially minors and vulnerable adults – as they participate in activities within or sponsored by our diocese. It is our responsibility and commitment to provide an environment which is safe and nurturing.

All Church personnel in the Diocese of Tyler must have a Church Personnel Certification (CPC). The CPC includes training, a criminal background check, and commitment to the diocesan Code of Conduct for Church Personnel. The CPC is required for all employees and other volunteers who will be working with minors or vulnerable adults. A CPC is valid for three years.

Church personnel are defined in the diocesan Guidelines and Procedures for Ethics and Integrity in Ministry as follows: all clergy, seminarians, religious in parish/school ministry, employees (full-time and part-time), and those volunteers who could reasonably be expected to come into direct contact with minors or vulnerable adults.

Information for Church Personnel (Employees and Volunteers)


NEW CHURCH PERSONNEL (FIRST TIME)

Step 1: Go to the VIRTUS portal at https://diotyl.org/virtus and create an account. You will provide required contact information and select the primary location (parish/school) where you work or volunteer.

Step 2: You will read and commit to the diocesan Code of Conduct for Church Personnel.

Step 3: You will select a facilitated training session to attend within the first 60 days of ministry.

Step 4: Click the link provided to complete the background check process with Integrated Screening Partners. You must agree to and complete all steps.

Step 5: Attend the facilitated training session you selected in Step 3. Be sure to sign-in on the registration sheet when you arrive.

Step 6 (Optional): For those who will begin employment/ministry prior to attending the facilitated training session, an awareness video presentation is required. This will be selected during the registration process or assigned by an administrator.

CURRENT CHURCH PERSONNEL (RECERTIFICATION)

60 days prior to the expiration of your background check or training, you will receive e-mails from VIRTUS prompting you to renew your background check and register for new training. VIRTUS will use the e-mail address that is on file from your last certification. If you have changed your e-mail address, please notify your Local Contact Person.

Step 1: Log-in to the VIRTUS portal at https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/ and update your contact information.

Step 2: You will read and re-commit to the diocesan Code of Conduct for Church Personnel.

Step 3: You will select a facilitated training session to attend.

Step 4: Click the link provided to complete the background check process with Integrated Screening Partners. You must agree to and complete all steps.

Step 5: Attend the facilitated training session you selected in Step 3. Be sure to sign-in on the registration sheet when you arrive.

LOCAL CONTACT PERSONS (PARISH SAFE ENVIRONMENT COORDINATORS)

Each parish, school, and organization has a Local Contact Person to assist with the Church Personnel Certification process and other requirements of the diocesan Ethics and Integrity in Ministry program. If you have questions about your Church Personnel Certification or need assistance with the process, reach out to your Local Contact Person.

Information for Pastors/Principals/Directors and Local Contact Persons


SCHEDULE TRAINING SESSIONS

If you wish to schedule an in-person training session in your area, pastors or parish administrators should follow the requirements below and contact a certified CPC facilitator (see below).

FACILITATORS

The diocese has appointed a group of facilitators from every deanery to lead the in-person training sessions for the Ethics and Integrity in Ministry program.  These facilitators have been trained and have agreed to serve the diocese in this capacity.  For parishes, schools, and organizations, please select facilitators closest to your parish when hosting a session.

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