BCBC – Board Certified Biblical Counselor


Basic Requirements:

  • An earned associate or bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university in a mental health discipline, OR from a program that has a substantially equivalent accreditation, OR is un-degreed, but in all cases, must be an advanced lay caregiver.
  • Identify and practice as a lay Christian counselor. This refers to 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.
  • If applicant has a bachelor’s degree in a mental health discipline, a minimum of 90 contact hours/CEs related to the incorporation of biblical principles and counseling skills with clinical theory, knowledge, and practice is required. If applicant has a degree in a non-mental health discipline, a degree from a non-accredited institution, or no degree at all, a minimum of 150 contact hours/CEs are necessary.
  • Once the credential is awarded, maintain at least 30 CEs (15 Hours per year) related to the incorporation of biblical principles and counseling skills with clinical theory, knowledge, and practice on a biennial basis (every two years).

Additional Supportive Documentation Needed:

  • Copy of diploma(s).
  • Contact hour/CE-related documentation that demonstrates the education/training incorporated biblical
    principles and counseling skills with clinical theory, knowledge, and practice.