BCPC – Board Certified Pastoral Counselor

Basic Requirements:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, ordination, religious licensure, and/or certification from a recognized entity – pastoral counselors with state sanction, national certification, denominational recognition, and/or religious licensure.
  • Identify and practice as a Christian counselor – pastors, chaplains, associate/assistant pastors, youth ministers, pastoral counselors, etc., who are engaged in significant counseling ministry in church, para-church settings, Bible colleges and seminaries, and pastoral counseling agencies.
  • Be able to document a minimum of one year of experience in counseling-related activities and caregiving.
  • A minimum of 60 contact hours of education/training in counseling and/or caregiving related to the incorporation of biblical principles and counseling skills with theory, knowledge, and practice.
  • Maintain at least 20 Continuing Education contact hours every two years related to the incorporation of biblical principles and counseling skills with theory, knowledge and practice.

Additional Supportive Documentation Required:

  • Copy of ordination, religious license, appropriate certification and/or credentials.
  • Documentation demonstrating that education/training incorporated biblical principles and counseling skills with theory, knowledge, and practice.

BCBC – Board Certified Biblical Counselor

Basic Requirements:

  • Identify and practice as a lay Christian counselor – small group facilitators, church-based lay counselors, hospice workers, registered nurses, bachelor level social workers, substance abuse counselors, group home workers, etc., who are engaged in significant counseling/caregiving ministry.
  • Be able to document at least one year of experience in counseling-related activities or lay caregiving and be in an active relationship with someone who provides oversight and accountability.
  • A minimum of 150 contact hours of education/training in counseling and/or caregiving related to the incorporation of biblical principles and counseling skills with theory, knowledge, and practice.
  • Maintain at least 20 Continuing Education contact hours every two years related to the incorporation of biblical principles and counseling skills with theory, knowledge and practice.

Additional Supportive Documentation Required:

  • Copy of earned degree(s) if applicable.
  • Documentation demonstrating that education/training incorporated biblical principles and counseling skills with theory, knowledge, and practice.