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Fellow Certification Process

ACBC Fellows are those who supervise incoming ACBC counselors in Phase 3 of certification. Fellow membership is reserved for men who demonstrate unique abilities to counsel, who serve as supervisors of counselors in training, and who provide leadership in applying biblical counseling principles to life.

ACBC remains the benchmark standard for biblical counseling training and certification. In order to keep our standards at a premium, a model has been developed to ensure an excellent Fellow training protocol.

Element One | Experience & Interview

Element One is a pre-application phase in the process that focuses on applicant experience, self-evaluation, and culminates in an interview with the Director of Member Care before being cleared to move forward to the application in Element Two.

  1. In order to be cleared for the interview, applicants must first meet the following requirements:
  1. Once the applicant has assessed that he has met these requirements, he may schedule an interview with the Director of Member Care by contacting the ACBC office at [email protected].

Element Two | Application & Review

Once cleared by the Director of Member Care and the ACBC office, the applicant may move forward to Element Two. This phase in the process focuses on the completion of the Fellow Application as well as a thorough review of the applicant’s experience, knowledge, theology, practice, and character through the submission of various supplemental documents. NOTE: Applicants should expect three to six months from the submission of the application to the Board interview.

  1. The applicant must complete the Fellow Application in full. This application provides the basis of validating Element One requirements. Within the application, the applicant will be required to upload the following supplemental documents:

In addition to these documents, which are to be uploaded within the application, the applicant must ensure that the following external recommendation forms are sent in to the ACBC office.

  1. Once the application and all supplemental documents have been received by the ACBC office, the applicant will pay a $200.00 non-refundable application fee. Access to payment will be provided by the office once all elements have been collected.
  2. Once payment is made, the Fellow Committee of the Board will examine all collected works and will determine if the applicant should be presented to the Board of Trustees for an interview and vote moving them on to Element Three.
  3. Once the Fellow Committee has approved the applicant will be presented to the Board of Trustees for an interview at one of their quarterly meetings held throughout the year.

Element Three | Supervision

Upon successful completion of Element Two, the applicant (now considered a Fellow Candidate) will be cleared to supervise two (2) incoming Phase 3 Candidates into membership with ACBC, under the oversight of an ACBC Overseeing Fellow.

  1. The Fellow Candidate will place himself under the mentorship of an Overseeing Fellow for the duration of Element Three
  1. The Fellow Candidate will supervise two (2) Phase 3 Candidates into membership.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact the ACBC office at [email protected] with any questions you may have.