Practitioner Training

As people walk through the Science of Mind Curriculum, they may feel drawn toward becoming a licensed Practitioner or Minister. CSLDallas provides courses for the attainment of these paths.

The beginning coursework for becoming a Minister starts with Professional Practitioner Training, which leads to the RScP license with the Centers for Spiritual Living (CSL) and allows the Professional Practitioner to be a member of the ecclesiastical arm of a Spiritual Community.

A licensed Professional Practitioner may choose to continue to receive a Master Practitioner Certificate and/or choose to enter the Ministerial Training Program to become a Centers for Spiritual Living minister.

How to Become a Professional Practitioner

The Professional Practitioner Studies Program is offered as a 9-month course (September – May).

In order to be eligible for entry into the Professional Practitioner Studies Program, the student must have completed all required courses, as specified in CSL’s Policies and Procedures Manual. All certificated courses must be completed within the preceding five years of enrolling into Practitioner Studies. If more than five years has elapsed, then that course must be retaken. For example, if more than five years has elapsed since taking Foundations, the course must be retaken. No certificated course older than five years will be counted as meeting any requirement for entering Practitioner Studies.

There is a written examination at the end of the year, which is the first step in the licensing process. Upon passing the written exam, licensing candidates proceed to an oral examination by a panel of ministers and practitioners. After successfully passing the oral examination, the individual is licensed by the Centers for Spiritual Living. The individual is then ready to serve as a licensed Professional Practitioner for their spiritual community. They are also licensed to conduct private spiritual coaching sessions as an established business for themselves.

A license is valid for two years. Licenses are then renewed every two years upon validation of 250 hours of service, referred to as Continuing Licensing Units (CLU’s) and 35 hours of Continuing Education Units (CEU’s).

If a student delays applying for a license, the Practitioner training certificate is valid for two years from the date of the class completion.

If more than two years have elapsed since completion of classes, the student must retake Practitioner training before reapplying for licensing.

If more than five years have elapsed, the student must retake the Foundations Class, Inward Journey and Practitioner Training before initiating the licensing process.

Practitioner Licensing: The Practitioner Training certificate is valid for two years from the date of course completion for applying for licensing.

If more than two years have elapsed since completion of Practitioner Training, the student must retake Practitioner Training before reapplying for licensing.

If more than five years have elapsed since completion of Inward Journey or Practitioner Training, the student must retake the Foundations Course and Practitioner I and/or II before, initiating the licensing process.

Responsibility for Adhering to Time Requirements: It is the member community’s responsibility to verify that time limits have been adhered to and that course work that was previously taken is appropriately registered at CSL before permitting registration into any additional course.

Variances to these Requirements and Recommendations: The Spiritual Director of a member community may make a request to CSL for a variance to any of these policies.

Course Description: Practitioner Training

The purpose of Professional Practitioner studies is to graduate and license powerful Practitioners who are: skilled in the art and science of spiritual mind treatment and healing; teachers of Truth; active, loyal and supporting members of their spiritual community; and role models for other spiritual seekers. This year of study focuses on the skills and responsibilities of the Professional Practitioner. It covers their relationship to clients, to the process of healing, to their spiritual community, to their global community and to the world. It is the students’ opportunity to apply what they’ve learned to assisting others on their path of evolution and teaching them to “live a life of their choice” and “to live their life fully.”

Term 1

10 weeks – Covers “Professional Skills and Responsibilities” dealing with Practitioner/Client sessions.

Term 2

13 weeks – Covers “Spiritual Healing” devoted to the process in healing, working specifically with challenges related to money, creative self-expression, emotional health, physical health, death and dying, grief and loss, and relationships.

Term 3

7 weeks – covers “Dedication, Commitment to Service” and empowers the intention of each student to develop their Practitioner practice within the spiritual community and the world.

Length of course (All 3 Terms): 30 weeks
Prerequisites: Completion of the Science of Mind and Spirit Track Required Courses
Certified hours: 90

Term 1 Required Reading

  • Centers for Spiritual Living Policy and Procedures Manual (available at
  • How to Use The Science of Mind, Ernest Holmes
  • The Science of Mind, Ernest Holmes
  • Seven Thousand Ways to Listen, Mark Nepo 

Term 2 Required Reading

  • The Abundance Book, John Randolph Price
  • Concordance to the Science of Mind (Optional)
  • Creative Mind and Success, Ernest Holmes
  • Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof that You Can Heal Yourself, Lissa Rankin, M.D.
  • The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity, Edwene Gaines
  • The Science of Mind, Ernest Holmes
  • Seeing Good At Work, Dr. Joyce Duffala and Dr. Edward Viljoen
  • The Seven Secrets for Healthy, Happy Relationships by Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr.
  • Seven Thousand Ways to Listen, Mark Nepo 

Term 3 Required Reading

  • The Science of Mind, Ernest Holmes
  • Seven Thousand Ways to Listen, Mark Nepo
  • Documents from Login as username: “practitioner” and password “prayer” (all lower case). Under the user menu, click on Business and Administration. Then click on the desired document(s) to download.