Practitioner Training Requirements

Practitioner Training is completed as two courses, Practitioner I & Practitioner II, over a two year period.  Each course begins in Fall term, lasts 30 weeks, and culminates in a required end-of-year retreat.

Students who have completed the 6 required prerequisite courses can apply for entry into Practitioner Training through the Online Education Program.  Students who apply are required to complete the steps listed below as part of the application process.

1.) Online Education Program Practitioner Training Application.  Please select your application from the following options:

Applications can be submitted to the Online Education Coordinator.

2.) At least 2 Letters of Recommendation, with at least one recommendation coming from a Minister.  Additional letters of recommendation can be submitted by previous instructors or Practitioners. Instructions on how to submit the letters of recommendation are listed on the entrance application.

3.) Interview with Practitioner Training Instructor.  All students are required to complete an interview with the Practitioner Training Instructor prior to entry into the course.

To schedule an interview with a Practitioner instructor, please review schedule and facilitator information under the Registration section below and click the appropriate link.


Registration for Fall term opens August 1st.  Once the above requirements have been completed, students can register for the Practitioner Training course (see Upcoming Courses for details)  Tuition for the course will include all additional fees, including the retreat fee for the required end-of-year retreat.  Students can choose to pay the tuition in full at the time of registration, or can elect to utilize a payment plan, which will include additional processing fees.

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2018 Practitioner Training Course Schedule Options

Prac I  Prac IPrac IIPrac II
Facilitated by: Rev. Michelle WadleighFacilitated by: Rev. Ogla SilvaFacilitated by: Dr. Christina Tillotson & Linda Watson, RScPFacilitated by: Rev. Sunday Cote
Schedule an Interview with Rev. Michelle: Click hereSchedule an Interview with Rev. Ogla: Click hereSchedule an Interview with Dr. Christina or Linda Watson: Click hereSchedule an Interview with Rev. Sunday: Click here
Day of the Week: TuesdaysDay of the Week: SundaysDay of the Week: ThursdaysDay of the Week: Tuesdays
Time: 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM Pacific TimeTime: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Pacific TimeTime: 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM Pacific TimeTime: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Pacific Time
Dates: Sept. 18, 2018 – May 21, 2019Dates: Sept. 16, 2018 – May 19, 2019Dates: Sept. 27, 2018 – May 16, 2019Dates: Oct. 9, 2018 – May 14, 2019
In-Person Retreat: May 31 – June 2, 2019 (June 3 is optional)In-Person Retreat: May 31 – June 2, 2019 (June 3 is optional)In-Person Retreat: May 31 – June 3, 2019In-Person Retreat: May 31 – June 3, 2019

Not sure who to take Practitioner Training with? Click on the instructor name to learn more about our Practitioner Training instructors through the Online Education Program.

Practitioner Course Tuition

Students have 2 options for payment of tuition for Practitioner Training courses.

1.) Payment in full at the time of registration.
Students can elect to pay the tuition and fees in full for the year at the time of registration (including registration, technology & retreat fees).
Total tuition when paid in full at the time of registration = $1200

2.) Payment Plan
Students can elect to pay the tuition and fees in 3 installments, paid out the first week of each term.  Please note all Payment Plans include a non-refundable payment plan fee.
Total tuition when paid utilizing a payment plan = $1300 ($433.33 per term).
*To register with a payment plan, register online, select offline payment and then contact the Online Education Program Coordinator to set up your payment plan.

End-of-Year In-Person Retreat


Students who complete Practitioner Training through the CSL Online Education Program are required to attend an End-of-Year Retreat in-person, for each year of Practitioner Training.

Retreat fees are included in the tuition for the Practitioner course.  However, students will need to provide and coordinate their own travel & lodging.  Some meals will be provided over the retreat weekend, but not all.


2018 - 2019 Practitioner Course Retreat

Dates: Friday May 31, 2019 - Sunday June 3, 2019
Location: Seaside Center for Spiritual Living, Encinitas, CA 92024