The Compass Points certification program is comprised of eight courses of study, which are scheduled on a repeating two-year cycle. Participants can attend just one class or can receive a certificate when they complete all eight courses. The faculty for the classes are seminary professors and camp/conference professionals. The classes are offered in the fall and spring at either the seminary or at camps and conference centers around the country. The Compass Points program is designed for those new to the field or experienced professionals who may be seeking to broaden their knowledge base. It may also be appropriate for those considering a call to camp and conference ministry.
Columbia Theological Seminary continues the Compass Points program in partnership with the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association and its partner organizations Lutheran Outdoor Ministries, the Outdoor Ministries Association of the United Church of Christ, and the United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries to offer this certification program for leaders.