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Cantor Certification Programs

On-Site Cantor Certification at the convention in Cincinnati: We are no longer accepting applications for the On Site Cantor Adjudications in Cincinnati.  Please contact the certificate administrator to begin the process at home. 

Beginning February 1, 2017 – ALL NPM Cantor Certificate applicants must begin with the Basic Cantor Certificate (BCC). For ALL Cantor certificate questions – please email npm.cantor.certifications@gmail.com

Scope and Sequence for Cantor Certificates

There are three cantor certificate programs available to cantors:

1. Basic Cantor Certificate (BCC)

The Basic Cantor Certificate is a means to recognize the achievement of fundamental skills expected of cantors. This certificate marks the first stage in the NPM certificate program for cantors.
There is a $25.00 non-refundable fee for this program.

NPM Requirements/Application (PDF)
BCC Adjudication sheet (PDF)
Current BCC Recipients
BCC information
BCC FAQs

On Site Adjudication Information
Note: This information does not apply to all applicants.  These links are intended for those holding a certification session with an approved adjudicator present. 

How to hold a BCC On Site Adjudication (PDF)
Adjudicator’s duties (PDF)
Coordinator’s duties (PDF)


2. NPM Intermediate Cantor Certificate (ICC)

The Intermediate Cantor Certificate is a means to recognize the achievement of more developed skills expected of psalmists and cantors. A certificate presumes an understanding of a spirituality of ministry.  This certificate marks the second stage in the NPM certificate program for cantors.
There is a $50.00 non-refundable fee for this program.

NPM Requirements/Application (PDF)
bulletICC Vocal Adjudication sheet – Psalms, Gloria, Alleluia, Sight Singing and Teaching Music (PDF)
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Sample Script for Teaching New Music (PDF)
bulletICC Study Guide (PDF)
bulletICC Psalm Paper Rubric (PDF)
bulletICC Psalm Essay Guide (PDF)
bulletPublishers for ICC psalms: GIA Publications, Oregon Catholic Press, World Library Publications, Liturgical Press
ICC - Gelineau Psalmody Demonstration Video
Current ICC Recipients


3. NPM Cantor Colleague Certificate (CCC)

Cantor Colleague Certificate is a means to recognize the achievement of advanced skills expected of psalmists and cantors. This certificate marks the third stage in the NPM certificate program for cantors.
There is a $75.00 non-refundable fee for this program.

NPM Requirements/Application (PDF) 
CCC Scoring sheet - psalms and sight singing (PDF)
Cantor Colleague Certificate Study Guide (PDF)
Current CCC Recipients


2017/2018 CCC Liturgy Examination Dates
  • June 16, 2017
  • January 26, 2018

Candidates will receive the exam questions by e-mail on the day of the exam and will be required to return their responses by email. The exam begins 12:00 pm Eastern Time and the candidate has until 3:00 pm Eastern Time to complete the exam.

Publishers for CCC psalms: GIA Publications, Oregon Catholic Press, World Library Publications
bullet Current CCC Recipients




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