Online Faculty System

How to register as a user and access the new system

The Online Faculty System came into effect in the Diocese of Chester from 1 January 2016.  If you haven't done so already, REGISTER NOW so that you're "ready to roll" for submitting faculty applications or "List B" applications.  You can register up to three users per parish.

The online system coincided with the national implementation of the new Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015.  Both initiatives aimed to help parishes by simplifying and speeding up the faculty process. The online system  helps parishes by:

  • Providing prompts to help parishes complete faculty applications correctly
  • Making consultations and faculty applications quick and easy to submit
  • Allowing parishes to track progress of their application.

Churchcare have provided an introduction to the online faculty system at national level. This includes links to user manuals and frequently asked questions, providing advice on a 24/7 basis for parishes as they get to know the new system. 

The offline system ceased from 1 January 2016.  The DAC Office will now accept paper or e-mail submissions only as a rare exception which parishes will need to justify. 

The online system was developed with the specific aim of making things easier and quicker for parishes, and has already delivered that elsewhere.  We'll all be learning about the practicalities of the new system as it beds down ... but I have every confidence that we'll soon wonder how we did without it!

  • Remember to input the name of your church when you register
  • Users can submit faculty applications from 1 January 2016 onwards
  • To register, visit Online Faculty System, then on the "register" button (top right of screen)
  • Up to three users will be authorised for each church
  • Please see the user guides and FAQs for detailed advice