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Is a NCCA Christian Counseling License Right for You?

Do you have a High School Diploma / GED as a minimum? If so, you can pursue a Christian Counseling license with the National Christian Counselors Association.

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Easy to Start. Easy to Finish.

Budget Friendly

Very affordable modular or per course tuition payments via "Easy Go" plan. See the schedule below. You will earn the license level as shown in the table below.

At Your Own Pace

Start right away. Earn your license at the pace that best suits your schedule. Weekends, evening, lunch break? It's up to you

We're Here to Help

We'll assign you a Personal Clinical Supervisor to help with every phase of your studies.

Just the Beginning

You can begin the license-only program and receive 100% course credit towards a degree in Christian Counseling.

What you will learn...

Complete three (3) Basic Courses – Phase I:

  • Basic Christian Counseling
  • Creation Therapy
  • Christian Counseling: Integrating Temperament and Psychology

“Easy Go” single course payment plan available.

Complete ten (10) Arno Profile System (APS) Counselor Reports. One hour counseling/teaching session to receive a review of your personal profile is included.

  • Complete three (3) Basic Courses – Phase II:

    • Mastering Pastoral Counseling
    • Temperament Case Studies
    • Counseling the Codependent: A Christian Perspective Using Temperament

    “Easy Go” single course payment plan available.

Complete fifteen (15) Arno Profile System (APS) Counselor Reports.

Final Licensing Requirements

  1. Complete a practicum. This consists of administering the Arno Profile System to twenty-five (25) persons in the student’s community. This practicum will be completed under the supervision of your Clinical Supervisor.
  2. Respond in writing to fifty (50) ethical questions posed by NCCA’s National Licensing Board of Examiners.
  3. Submit NCCA annual dues of $50 (included in tuition, first year only). The student will also become a member of the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling (Creation Therapy course) and the $75 first year fee is included in the student tuition.
  4. Provide required documentation.
  5. Complete individual reports (case studies) developed from the candidate’s work with 25 persons using the Arno Profile System reports. Format provided by Academy
  6. Background check completed ($100 fee included in tuition).
  7. A ministerial credential is required by the end of Phase II. This comprises one of commissioning, licensing or ordination. The NCCA suggests options for gaining that if not already held by the student. This credential is not required to apply or begin the program.
  8. Licensing level at the completion of the program is dependent upon the student’s prior degree/education level per the table below.

Earn the Right License for You

Your Current Education Level NCCA License You Will Earn

HS Diploma / GED

NCCA Certified Pastoral Counselor

Bachelor’s Degree (any discipline)

NCCA Licensed Pastoral Counselor

Master's Degree (any discipline)

NCCA Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor

PhD / Doctorate (any discipline)

NCCA Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor-Advanced Certification

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Are You Called to Christian Counseling?

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