BCPC – Board Certified Pastoral Counselor


Basic Requirements:

  • An earned bachelor’s degree (or higher) from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university OR a program that has a substantially equivalent accreditation.
  • Ordination, religious licensure, and/or certification from a recognized entity. This would include pastoral counselors with state sanction, national certification, denominational recognition, and/or religious licensure.
  • Identify and practice as a Christian counselor. This refers to pastors, chaplains, associate/assistant pastors, youth ministers, pastoral counselors, etc. who are engaged in significant counseling ministry in church, para-church settings, Bible colleges & 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/CEs related to the incorporation of biblical principles and counseling skills with clinical theory, knowledge, and practice.
  • Once the credential is awarded, maintain at least 20 CEs (10 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).
  • Copy of ordination, religious license, and/or appropriate certification.
  • Contact hour/CE-related documentation that demonstrates the education/training incorporated biblical
    principles and counseling skills with clinical theory, knowledge, and practice.