PHASE 2: Exams & Application


After Phase 1 is completed, you are ready to begin Phase 2.

1. Exams

Complete your Theological and Counselor Exams (templates also available in the link below).

Download Theological and Counselor Exams

Tip: Read the exam specifications very carefully before submitting your exams. Much time will be saved during the application and grading process if your exams are formatted correctly.

2. Application

Complete the online application which includes the following elements:

  • Introduction to the ACBC Application
  • Review and Affirmation of ACBC Guiding Documents and Statements from the Board of Directors

    Documents and Statements found at the top of our Phase I webpage

  • Application
  • Submission of Observation and Reading Logs
  • Pastor/Elder Evaluation
  • Colleague Evaluation
  • Church Member and Authority Letter
  • Submission of Ordination Certificate (optional – men only)
  • Submission of Theology and Counselor Exams
  • Creating an ACBC Candidate Account and Paying Application Fee

Tip: Please ensure that your exams and all required pieces of your application are submitted within a six week period in order to complete the process in a timely manner. ACBC is able to send exams on to a grader only after receiving in all pieces of the Application.

Frequently Asked Questions

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)

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.

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.

Have more questions? We’d love to answer them! You can email us at or call us at 816-282-2836.