For 40 years, the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) has been certifying biblical counselors to ensure doctrinal integrity and to promote excellence in biblical counseling.
Who We Serve: Pastors and Disciple-makers
All pastors, professors, and other Christian servants who desire to be trained in their gospel-responsibility to be disciple-makers.
What We Offer: Certification and Training
We offer a comprehensive biblical counseling certification program that is rigorous, but attainable by even the busiest pastor. The biblical counseling certification phases include
- Learning Phase: doctrinal course, outside reading, and counseling observations
- Exam and Application Phase: theological and counselor exams
- Supervision Phase: at least 50 hours of supervised counseling
Our Theological Position
Who is ACBC?
In 1976 Dr. Jay Adams founded the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC) with the desire that the organization and its rigorous certification process would become the backbone of the biblical counseling movement. Today the organization is now known as the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) and is the oldest and largest biblical counseling organization in the world. The training and certification of ACBC counselors is recognized worldwide with over 1,700 counselors in 30 countries that speak 30 languages with these numbers growing yearly. ACBC also has over 60 certified training centers ranging from seminaries to churches.
Why Should I Pursue Certification in Biblical Counseling?
Many individuals today will say they do biblical counseling, but it is not enough to do something in name only. Biblical counselors need to actually counsel biblically. ACBC comes alongside individuals to train and verify that they are faithfully ministering the Word of God in the counseling room.
No one would go to a heart surgeon who has not endured years of rigorous training and who is not a board certified cardiologist. The care of souls is much more important work with eternal ramifications; biblical counselors need to ensure that they are equipped for the task by being trained by the most faithful biblical counselors. ACBC accomplishes the goal of training men and women to be excellent counselors by a three phase certification process.