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Institutional Certification Process

What is the Process for Training Center Certification?

Did you know that ACBC does not just certify individuals in biblical counseling, but also institutions? These certified institutions are thoroughly vetted and evaluated for their doctrinal standards, training quality, and commitment to biblical counseling. When certified, these training centers are cleared to offer programs leading to ACBC certification. If your church, school, or counseling ministry is interested in becoming a Certified Training Center of ACBC, you’ve come to the right place!

The following six (6) phases below provide a bird’s eye view of the institutional certification process.

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Prospective Training Centers

Phases 1-4 include the preliminary assessment, application, program evaluation, and report of findings related to the institutional certification process. An organization within any one of these phases is considered a Prospective Training Center.

Candidate Training Centers

Phase 5 comes as the Committee votes to recommend the Prospective Training Center for a full vote of the Board of Trustees. An organization within this phase is considered a Candidate Training Center.

Certified Training Centers

Phase 6 comes at the successful completion of the institutional certification process and culminates in the organization becoming a Certified Training Center.

Phase 1 | Pre-Application Assessment

Phase 2 | Application

Phase 3 | Evaluation

Phase 4 | Report and Committee Referral

Phase 5 | Board Decision

Phase 6 | Orientation and Operational Requirements

See the Certified Training Center Manual for an outline of the process in more detail.

If you have any questions about our Certified Training Centers or if you would like to discuss the process to establish one in your area, please contact the Director of Training Center Certification, Sam Stephens, at sstephens@biblicalcounseling.com