For nearly 40 years, we've been training and certifying biblical counselors. Our process is made up of three phases: learning, exams and application, and supervision. Visit each category for a detailed account of what the process looks like.


Helping others to live a transformed life begins with a Gospel-centered, biblical approach, so the first phase includes a training course, counseling observations, and outside reading.

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In this phase you will be completing your Theological and Counselor exams.

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Life isn’t lived in a classroom. During this phase, you will complete 50 sessions of supervised counseling with an ACBC Fellow.

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How to Become ACBC Certified

Benefits of Certification

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Frequently Asked Questions

Question: What Will the Biblical Counseling Certification and Membership Cost?
Basic Training Course: varies, depending on where you complete it
Application Fee: $100
Observation DVDs: $168
Supervision Fee: $500
Books & Resources: $85 (minimum)
Membership Dues: $100 (annual)


Question: How Long Will the Certification Program Take?
Time varies, depending on how much time you have and how much training you’ve had. Many people complete the certification process within a year after completing the Basic Training Course.


Question: What Are the Membership Levels?
After you complete the certification process, you will become a certified biblical counselor and can renew your membership annually.
Level 1
Level 2 – Ordained ministers
Fellows – Level 2 who have completed and passed Fellow applications, exam process, and supervision. For more information on becoming a Fellow, click here.


Question: “I have prior education/experience in biblical counseling. Is there a fast track to certification for me?”

We are thrilled to have people pursue certification who have prior education and experience in counseling, as well as those with no prior education and experience. However, our certification standards require that each applicant must complete all three phases of the ACBC Certification process. Additionally, the Basic Training Course required for ACBC certification must be completed through an ACBC Certified Training Center or other ACBC Certified Training source.

About ACBC

For nearly 40 years, the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (formerly known as NANC) has been certifying biblical counselors to ensure doctrinal integrity and to promote excellence in biblical counseling.
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