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Certified Pastoral Counselor

Certified Pastoral Counselor
The standards for this membership category of certification include:

  • B.A. and a Master of Divinity or a Masters or Doctoral level degree in theological/spiritual or biblical studies, or a Masters or Doctoral level degree in Pastoral Counseling, from schools accredited by agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Religious body endorsement to ministry
  • Active relationship to a local religious community
  • Completion of a supervised self-reflective pastoral experience, the most common of which is one unit of clinical pastoral education
  • Three years in ministry
  • 375 hours of pastoral counseling together with 125 hours of supervision of that counseling with one-third of such supervision to have been with an AAPC Diplomate, an AAPC Fellow (who is under supervision of supervision), or in an AAPC approved Training Program in Pastoral Counseling

*NOTE:  Due to significant decrease in requests for certification and liability issues AAPC will discontinue the Certification process on June 30, 2016.  For new candidates, one must submit an application by August 31, 2015 and complete all requirements for Certification by June 30, 2016.  Going forward, all certified members will maintain one's level of certification that was achieved by or before June 30, 2016.

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