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How to Obtain a Basic Certification Certificate

EMMAUS has partnered with the Catechetical Institute of Franciscan University (CI) to provide an online learning pathway.  Basic Certification will also involve a Lumen Retreat or equivalent + submission of a Basic Certification application form.

The formation step of Basic Catechist Certification (Spanish and English) utilizing the CI platform requires completion of 14 workshops.  Two tracks are available: the Basic Catechist Certification track and the Catholic Schools Teachers track.

Step 1: Register and pay the all inclusive $75 annual fee  at the EMMAUS Student Portal and obtain an Emmaus student ID. If you have previously had an IPM student ID, that same ID will remain your ID in the EMMAUS system. Please use the same email throughout the registration process, first at the EMMAUS student portal, followed by creation of your ID on the Franciscan CI platform.

CATHOLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS: Schools are managing Step One for all faculties through a group registration. Go directly to Step 2 to create a student profile.  Be sure that the email used by your school matches the email in your student profile. Please confirm with your school administrator that group registration has been completed.

Step 2: Go to Catechetical Institute website:, create a profile and register for Institutional tracks which are the Basic Catechist Certification track or Catholic School Teachers track.

Please Note: Your emails must match between Emmaus Student Portal and Catechetical Institute (CI) in order to avoid any discrepancies and delay in EMMAUS receiving records of track completion.

Annual Cost: $75 subscription for full access to all Emmaus online/live courses.  Pay your subscription today! To log into your Emmaus Student Portal, click here.

Credit: Upon completion of CI Basic Catechist Certification track or Catholic School Teachers track, completion of each track will be posted to the learner’s file on the Emmaus Student Portal ( The Basic Certification application must also be submitted.   Basic Certificates will be issued at the end of April, August and December.