Designated NPM Cantor Trainer Certificate

Requirements and Checklist

  1. Demonstrate vocal skills and musical/liturgical knowledge by passing all sections of the NPM Cantor Colleague Certificate (CCC).
  2. Download and submit the NPM Designated Cantor Trainer Application Form.
  3. Download a recommendation form which is to be completed and submitted by a Supervisor who has seen the candidate teach, and can attest to the applicant’s experience and effectiveness. This might be the Parish Music Director or Diocesan Office of Worship Director, or another person whose judgment relates to teaching and a cantor’s role.
  4. Submit a 15-minute teaching video.
  5. Prepare and submit a five-page paper on the Psalms. The paper should include a discussion of the various types of Psalms, as well as the role of the Psalms in the context of the Mass. In addition, the paper should include a reflective component in which the applicant chooses a Sunday in the liturgical year (A, B, or C) or another specific liturgy, and discusses the personal impact of studying the Responsorial Psalm and preparing to proclaim it.