4.4. Training - 2022 Update

We conduct an annual training course for chaplains, the next of which will be taking place at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth between 6th-9th February 2023.

This course has two streams, one for new chaplains who need to do their Basic Training (Modules 1-4) (BASIC/INITIAL)
And one stream for all other chaplains. (ADVANCED/CONTINUATION)

The course follows the following pattern

The course starts Monday afternoon/evening

Monday - Arrival day - familiarisation with the base, the course, practical details
Tuesday - Training Day - Either Basic Modules for new chaplains or danced modules for returning chaplains
Wednesday - Spirituality Day - Some deeper theological offerings, some retreat and silent space, with our Eucharist and Mess Dinner in the evening
Thursday - Update Day - A chance to hear the very latest news from the Captain, from Offshore and from other parts of there SCC to make sure we are the most fully up to date members in our units

The course usually finishes Thursday after lunch

Booking onto the course:

All courses within the SCC are lodged in the SCCs Electronic System called Westminster.
You will need to book onto the course through whoever in your unit usually does all the bookings - there will be someone as Cadets have to be booked onto things all the time so it is a well established part of units.
They should be able to find the courses but the codes are:

Initial - EXC/PAG/23/876651 
Continuation - EXC/PAG/23/876683

Once they've put you down, they will at some stage give you a sheet to sign. Sign it, and return it to them and they will send it in, which will eventually confirm your place.

You will receive joining instructions in due course - 
We spend most of the course in our 3s (Trousers, Clerical Shirt (or LS Shirt+Tie) Wooly Pully, Cap). If you have not been issued with 3s by the time of the course please wear your regular clerical or smart ministerial attire.
We also have a special Mess Dinner where we wear 2s or black tie/dress or smart suit /dress.  

The Sea Cadets will usually either provide you with travel to the base, or reimburse travel so no chaplain should be out of pocket.