Is the training biblically sound?
Yes. The N.C.C.A. is totally devoted to the Lord and the training is all biblically-based.
What are the benefits of a degree and/or counseling license?
A degree and licensing opens many doors of opportunity. Many who enter the program already are involved with their church leadership in a Christian counseling ministry there and wish to better trained and credentialled. Others may wish to operate an independent ministry in affiliation with a number of area churches who are willing to commission their services. Still others, desire to open an independent counseling ministry in their community under the authority of a church ministry/ordination covering.
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How long does it take to complete the program?
The honest answer is that it is basically up to the student! The courses are self-paced and we have seen motivated students complete the Masters program in less than a year and PhD students do it in 15 months or sooner! Are you disciplined? Are you good at scheduling your time to study? If so, you can do it quickly!
Can I accept remuneration for counseling?
If you are an ordained, licensed or commissioned minister, you probably can accept remuneration for counseling since most states exempt clergy from having to be state licensed. However, you need to check your state’s statutes. The N.C.C.A.’s license is national, not state and, like ordination, it is a “Sacred” office.
Once credentialed by the N.C.C.A., will I qualify for professional malpractice/liability insurance?
Lockton has reviewed the N.C.C.A.’s requirements and credentialing procedures and will provide professional malpractice/liability insurance coverage for our members who reside within the continental United States. Some restrictions apply, e.g., persons who have been convicted of a felony. There are also other insurance policies available for pastoral counselors and are quite inexpensive (<$200 per year), including hpso.com. Contact Dr. Ibbitson for more information.
How do I get started?
Complete the online application. We’ll be back to you in less than two business days with your acceptance and instructions on how to get started.
Do I need a state license in order to counsel?
You do not need state licensing function as an NCCA-licensed pastoral counselor. Each state has different licensing and certification requirements if you want to be state-licensed (as a Mental Health Counselor, for example) and this program is best suited to those who want to function in church/ministry environment.
I do not have a ministerial license or ordination, can I start your program?
Yes! However, you will be required to be a licensed, commissioned or ordained minister prior to completion of Phase II of the program (Module D). There are many options available to you, however Above & Beyond can help you. Check out the program and requirements: Licensing and Ordination at A&B.
What are the requirements to start the Bachelors Degree program?
In order to earn a Bachelors degree, you must be a High School graduate or have a GED equivalent. We will need to have a photocopy of your diploma / certificate.
If I complete the Bachelors program with you, can I continue on to earn a Masters degree?
Yes! We have a very attractive “Bachelors to Masters” Upgrade program that will allow you to continue. You can choose to have your Masters from the same institution as your Bachelors Degree or you may select a different one.
I want to pursue a Masters Degree; will my Bachelors degree be sufficient?
If you have earned a Bachelors degree from an accredited institution in any discipline, you are eligible to pursue a Masters Degree in Clinical Christian Counseling through our Academy. Contact us if you have specific questions about this.
If I complete the Masters program with you, can I continue on to earn a Doctoral degree?
Yes! We have a very attractive “Masters to PhD” Upgrade program that will allow you to continue. You can choose to have your PhD from the same institution as your Masters or you may select a different one.
I want to pursue a Doctoral Degree; will my Masters degree be sufficient?
If you have earned a Masters degree from an accredited institution in any discipline, you are eligible to pursue a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Christian Counseling through our Academy. Contact us if you have specific questions about this.
Can I start the "NCCA License Only" program and at a later time transfer into one of the degree programs?
Yes, the courses build upon one another and your studies in the License only program are 100% transferable to one of the degree programs.
What seminary or university will I get my degree from?
Depending upon whether you are in the Bachelors, Masters or Doctoral programs, you will select your degree school from the list of available seminaries. You do not attend classes or have to visit these schools; we handle all of the paperwork for you. All of your course work and clinical supervision happens through Above & Beyond Counseling Academy. Depending upon the institution you select, you are normally able to take part in onsite graduation ceremonies if you choose to do so. See the list of NCCA Seminaries.
Do I have to attend any onsite classes?
All of the course study is done in the comfort and privacy of your own home. There is no requirement for onsite classes. The courses will be shipped to you, and some are available online if you choose to study in that format.
I do not live in the United States, can I enroll in your program?
Yes! We have many international students in the program. The tuition prices shown INCLUDE shipping to your location worldwide. Some of the courses are available online also if you choose that option.
Are your courses available online or do they have to be shipped to me?
The NCCA has made most of the courses available for online study and testing. There is no longer a need for “proctored testing”; all tests can be taken online. You can always have courses shipped to you and you can both online and shipped courses for an additional $50 per course.
I do not have the full Module A payment to get started. Can you help me?
We recognize that while the module payments are very affordable compared to other institutions pricing, some will find it difficult to pay for three courses initially. We have a special “Easy Go” program that will allow you to start with one course only! Contact us for details.