Archbishop’s Certificate

A new syllabus for the Archbishop’s Certificate in Church Music has been introduced. As before, it caters for those within the Church of Ireland who wish to pursue the training scheme.

However, the new syllabus is highly flexible, in recognition of the interest expressed from people of other denominations. It is designed to suit organists of different denominations at all levels of experience. It is now possible to enrol for examinations without being a student on the training scheme.

Exams will take place twice yearly, before Christmas and in early summer. Any student of an appropriate standard may enter for any level (there are no prerequisites to any exam). For more information or to express interest please contact the Hon. Secretary, Jacqueline Mullen at


ACCM syllabus 2021 Final, 26th November 2021.pdf

ACCM Syllabus

ACCM Syllabus effective from November 2021

Click here: to view the recommended reading list for students.

The course has been in place since 1991 and the first group of students completed the course in 1994. To date, 99 students have completed at least one year of the course; 60 students have successfully completed the full three years.

Click here to see a list of graduates since the course was established.

Click here to view list of speakers and topics at previous years’ Living Worship seminars.


At present the student pays €600 and the parish pays €500 for each year. The rest of the cost is met by the diocese through Church Music Dublin. Students also pay for the cost of music and books and for travel if training takes place away from Dublin.

Application forms are available from the Hon. Secretary