Certificate Course

Our 1-3 year certificate programme is offered in partnership with CCEF (The Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation) and supported by Oak Hill College.

It provides a theoretical and practical introduction to the biblical counselling approach developed by CCEF who have been setting the pace in biblical counselling for over 40 years.

Short of time?

You can take the first module on its own over 6 months. Go to our Dynamics of Biblical Change for Leaders page.

What’s different about the Certificate Course?

Many in the UK have benefited from CCEF’s Distance Education programme. The Certificate in Biblical Counselling offers the chance to study this material with others.

Students study modules from CCEF online in their own time and attend fortnightly seminars to review the course material together. These seminars and a week-long Summer Intensive add a skills component to the training.

Seminars take place about every two weeks on a weekday evening in term time (7pm – 9pm).

Seminar venues

**COVID-19 – For information about arrangements for seminars, see the Applications section, below**

The Course is offered in the following locations:

  • Bath – next intake September 2021
    Mondays, Widcombe Baptist Church, Pulteney Road, Bath BA2 4JR
  • Belfast – next intake September 2021
    Thursdays, Union Theological College, 108 Botanic Avenue, Belfast BT7 1JT
  • Edinburgh – next intake September 2020
    Mondays, St Columba’s Free Church, Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2PW
  • Liverpool – next intake September 2020
    Wednesdays, in central Liverpool (email the course administrator for details)
  • London – next intake September 2020
    Tuesdays, Oak Hill College, Chase Side, London N14 4PS
  • Sheffield – next intake September 2021
    Tuesdays, Christ Church Central, Egerton Hall, Fitzwilliam Street, Sheffield S1 4JL

What previous students have said

Allan – Why I did the course

Ali – My highlights

Who would benefit from the Certificate Course?

Current students include pastors, counsellors trained in secular therapies, church pastoral workers and many ‘ordinary’ church members who simply want to improve their ability to love those around them in biblically wise ways.

How much does it cost?

The cost of each module is currently £480.

The Summer Intensive week is £425 (with accommodation and meals available for an additional charge).

There is a limited  Bursary Fund which we are pleased to make available to students with significant financial need.


September 2020 intake

Applications for September 2020 have now closed.

To be notified when applications open for September 2021, please courses@biblicalcounselling.org.uk.

COVID-19 Arrangements for Seminars
In September 2020, the first-year Foundations certificate will be offered in London, Edinburgh and Liverpool.  Due to social distancing requirements, during the autumn term seminars will take place online in all these venues on their usual evenings – Mondays for Edinburgh, Tuesdays for London and Wednesdays for Liverpool.

Where we are able to do so safely, in-person seminars may resume in the spring and summer terms.  However, at least one of the venues will continue to offer online seminars throughout the academic year 2020-21, providing an online-seminar option for the whole of the first-year Foundations Certificate.

Term dates for 2020-21 (new students)

Course Descriptions – revised October 2020

Student Handbook

Modules and venues 2019-2025

Summer Intensive 2020

A full-time, residential week, the Summer Intensive was planned to be offered in the following locations in 2020:

Belfast – Sunday 14th June to Friday 19th June – CANCELLED

Liverpool – Sunday 5th July to Friday 10th July – CANCELLED

London – Sunday 26th July to Friday 31st July – CANCELLED

We hope to be able to run the Summer Intensive in 2021

Priority is given to Certificate Course students, but spare places (if any) will be available for non-Certificate Course students who will need as a minimum requirement to have passed the CCEF modules Dynamics of Biblical Change and Helping Relationships.

To be notified when information is available for the 2021 summer intensive, please email us at courses@biblicalcounselling.org.uk.

How can I get more information?

Join our mailing list to receive updates about our Certificate Course programme.

Email: courses@biblicalcounselling.org.uk

Phone: (voicemail): 0333 344 4341