BCPC – Board Certified Pastoral Counselor
- 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
- 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
- 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.