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Join with other students from around the world to explore topics such as:
- How do we change through the person of Christ?
- How do we walk alongside others who are seeking to find hope and help in the gospel?
- What does it look like to help others in the context of the local church?
- How do we apply all of Scripture to all of life?
Details of the Certificate
While CCEF is not an accredited institution, we do offer a robust certificate program. Certificates represent that a student has completed courses in our program. The School of Biblical Counseling awards three different certificates: Foundations of Biblical Counseling, Topics in Biblical Counseling, and Counseling Skills and Practice.
Students who are working toward a certificate represent diverse backgrounds and ministry goals–they are pastors, youth ministers, counselors, small group leaders, laypeople, missionaries, business men and women, retirees, and more.
Please note that CCEF is not a certifying agency. CCEF does not “certify” or “endorse” counselors who have completed one of our certificate programs. A significant part of any professional certification process is supervised counseling to observe if a student is appropriately applying what has been learned, along with periodic recertification requirements. At this time, CCEF only awards a certificate of completion from our organization, representing that students have completed coursework within that certificate.
If you wish to refer to yourself as a “certified counselor” or “certified biblical counselor,” you should pursue certification through an organization that provides this type of certification. Some organizations will accept CCEF courses as part of their training requirement. Licensure as a professional counselor is offered through state agencies and typically requires a graduate degree from an accredited institution. Some of our students do go on to be licensed.
Time Required for Completion
Effective Fall 2018, students are not required to complete certificate courses within a specific timeframe.
Order of Study
Students are required to complete Dynamics of Biblical Change prior to any other CCEF course. Once Dynamics of Biblical Change is completed, students may take courses in any order. They are not required to complete the Foundations of Biblical counseling certificate prior to enrolling in courses within the other certificates.
Students must complete a Foundations certificate before they can receive a Topics or Counseling Skills certificate. After completing the Foundations certificate, students may choose to complete either the Topics or Counseling Skills and Practice certificates in whatever order they prefer.