National Board for Certified Pastoral Counselors

Providing professional standars of practice to the service of Pastoral Counseling

National Certified Pastoral Counselor 3 (NCPC 3)

This level of certification is designed for the professional pastoral counselor or for the professional counselor working independently or in a clinical setting.

Certification Requirements

Education

Doctoral degree in Counseling, Pastoral Counseling, Divinity, Ministry, Social Work (or equivalent) from a college or university that is regionally accredited, accredited by DETC (Distance Education and Training Council), or from a NBCPC Approved Schools.

Coursework must include a minimum of 20 semester hours of graduate education in Pastoral Counseling, Ministry, or Theology with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and 20 semester hours of graduate education in Counseling with a minimum GPA of 3.0

Exam

Successfully complete NBCPC 3 exams

or both of the following:
  • Pastoral Certification

    Received a NBCPC Approved Pastoral Certifications that are accredited by one of the following organizations:
    • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
    • American Association of Bible Colleges
    • Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
    • Association of Advanced Rabbinical & Talmudic Schools
    • Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada
    • Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools
  • Counseling Certification

    State licensure as a Psychologist, Social Worker, Therapist, Alcohol and Drug Counselor (or equivalent), or successfully complete the NCE (National Counselor Examination), or recieved an approved NBCPC Counseling Certifications.

Experience

1000 hours of work as a Counselor, Pastoral Counselor, Social Worker, Therapist, Alcohol and Drug Counselor or equivalent and 50 hours of individual, documented supervision.

Re-Certification

NCPC 3 counselors are required to be re-certified every 3 years.

Continuing Education

NCPC 3 counselors are required to complete 24 approved CEU's per year.

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