Licensing School for Local Pastors

More detailed information about the Course of Study & Licensing School can be found at

All students who are certified candidates within the United Methodist Church are welcomed to the Western Jurisdiction Licensing School.  We believe that all students can do well in this program.

This program provides 80 hours of education to prepare students to become licensed by their Bishop as a Local Pastor.  The areas for study are worship, preaching, administration, spiritual formation, mission, evangelism, pastoral care, educational ministries, and United Methodist tradition.

Licensing School is the first step in the educational process to be followed by the five years of Course of Study classes.


June 27 – July 8, 2016


$800 fees – lunch on school days is provided with this fee; housing and travel costs vary per students; see the Resource section of this website to view the housing that is available.

Checks for fees and housing (except hotels) should be made out to Western Jurisdiction Course of Study.  Payment should be sent to Western Jurisdiction Course of Study at 1325 N. College, Claremont, CA 91711 before arriving for class.  Payment will be accepted before class on the first day.


Registration Forms can be down loaded from this site.  Signatures of a student’s District Superintendent and Annual Conference Local Pastor Registrar must appear on the registration form.  Mail the forms to Western Jurisdiction Course of Study, 1325 N. College, Claremont, CA 91711.

Link to Registration Form

Further Information:

Please feel free to contact us about any information you need or concerns you have.
Call or email Susan Slusher Bell at 909-447-2573 or

Licensing School Faculty:

Rev. David Nieda, Licensing School Director –  contact:
Rev. John Woodall
Rev. Lyda Pierce

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