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: $650
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.


Question: Can I become certified with ACBC if I am on the Public Sex Offender Registry or currently incarcerated?
ACBC recognizes that the Lord can use men and women who have repented from past sin and who are walking in faithfulness in a local church for great kingdom work in discipleship and counseling, and we encourage these individuals to receive training and education in the area of biblical counseling. However, ACBC is not able to officially certify anyone who is currently on the Public Sex Offender Registry or currently incarcerated.