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ACBC certification equips you in utilizing the Scriptures to address problems people face. Our biblically-grounded process is made up of three phases: learning, exams and evaluations, and supervision.

Phase 1 | Learning

Complete the Fundamentals Training Course, counseling observations, and approved reading

Phase 3 | Supervision

Complete 50 sessions of supervised
counseling with an ACBC Fellow

Phase 2 | Exams & Evaluations

Complete your theology
and counseling exams

ACBC Membership

Learn more about the benefits of membership and how to maintain your certified status annually

How to Become Certified

ACBC comes alongside individuals to train and certify that they are faithfully ministering the Word of God in the counseling room. We offer a comprehensive biblical counseling certification program that is rigorous, but attainable.


  • Cost

    Approximately $1400

  • Timeline

    2 year average completion 

    4-year deadline for Phases 1 and 2 

    1-year deadline for Phase 3 

  • Doctrinal Affirmation

    Regardless of the completion of any or all of the phases of the certification process, applicants and their churches must affirm certain doctrinal standards to the satisfaction of ACBC before earning certified status. Please read them carefully before you begin:  Standards of Doctrine, Standards of ConductCovenant

  • Professional Affiliation

    ACBC reserves the right to deny applicants admittance to or advancement within the certification process if their professional affiliations or occupations restrict or do not align with our doctrinal and methodological standards. To find out more about what we believe, please visit our Beliefs page.

  • General Disclaimer

    ACBC does not guarantee certified status to those who complete the three phases of the certification process. In order to become certified and maintain certified status, applicants must also meet several membership requirements that involve external vetting and recommendation. Please read the complete list here before you begin: Policies and Procedures, Constitution and Bylaws

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