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Cantor Certification Programs

Cantors may complete requirements for all the NPM Cantor Certificates during the 2014 Annual Convention.

  • Written Exam
    The BCC, ICC, and CCC written exams, excepting the CCC Liturgy exam, may be completed Monday, July 14, NOON - 1:00 PM
  • Singing Portion
    The singing portion will be offered on Wednesday, July 16, 12:30 - 3:00 PM and Thursday, July 17, NOON - 3:00 PM
  1. Basic Cantor Certificate Onsite Registration Form
  2. Intermediate Cantor Certificate Registration Form
  3. Cantor Colleague Certificate Registration Form

Registrations are limited. Pre-registration required; no on site registration. Application Deadline; postmarked by June 20, 2014.

Effective August 5, 2013:
Applicants for NPM Cantor certificates must take them in order beginning with the BCC. Only those with a music degree may begin with the ICC or CCC.

There are three cantor certificate programs available to cantors:

1. Basic Cantor Certificate (BCC)
Katherine LeDuc

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

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


2. NPM Intermediate Cantor Certificate (ICC)

Tammy Schnittgrund

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)
bulletICC Study study guide (PDF)
bulletPublishers for ICC psalms: GIA Publications, Oregon Catholic Press, World Library Publications, Liturgical Press


3. NPM Cantor Colleague Certificate (CCC)

Brent McWilliams

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)

Future Liturgy exam: Friday, June 13, 2014; Friday, January 23, 2015; Friday, June 12, 2015.

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 3:00 pm Eastern Time and the candidate has until 6:00 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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