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.
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
Successfully complete NBCPC 3 exams
both of the following:
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 CertificationState 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.
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.
NCPC 3 counselors are required to be re-certified every 3 years.
NCPC 3 counselors are required to complete 24 approved CEU's per year.