Certificate Programme FAQs

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Certificate Programme FAQs

Pastors, social workers, youth workers and vocational counsellors have all benefited from the course. Most students, however, are ‘ordinary’ church members eager to improve their ability to love those around them in biblically wise ways. 

Foundation Certificate in Conversational Ministry – for those who want to grow in their ability to have conversations that foster the deep, relational one-anothering that the New Testament describes.

Intermediate Certificate in Conversational Ministry –  for those who want to develop their skills in coversational ministry in the context of relationships and the struggles of everday life.

Advanced Certificate in Theology for Biblical Counselling – for those who want to deepen their theological understanding of people and their problems

Advanced Certificate in Skills for Biblical Counselling – of particular interest to those who want to develop more advanced helping skills for more formal pastoral/counselling conversations.

Students watch weekly online lectures and complete reading and assignments at a time that suits their own schedule. Feedback on coursework is provided by BCUK graders.

Fortnightly seminars allow students to review the material with others under the guidance of an experienced tutor and add a skills component to the training.

Details of Seminar Venues and Tutors ↗

Students start with the Foundation Certificate in Conversational Ministry,  and can choose to go on to take further Certificates in subsequent years. Each term is usually 10 weeks.

Foundation Certificate in Conversational Ministry - from Sept 2024
  • Autumn: Dynamics of Biblical Change
  • Spring: Helping Relationships
  • Summer: Church Pastoral Care^
  • Conversational Skills day, Foundation level (usually at the end of the Spring term)
^Formerly Counselling in the Local Church
Intermediate Certificate in Conversational Ministry - available Sept 2025
  • Autumn: Scripture for Life and Ministry
  • Spring: Relationships in Life and Church*
  • Summer: Helping Everyday Problems*
  • Conversational Skills day, Intermediate level*
*New BCUK course in preparation
Advanced Certificate in Theology for Biblical Counselling - available Sept 2026

Students choose three courses from:

  • Applied Theology of the Person
  • Theological Perspectives on Psychology^
  • Counselling Embodied Souls*
  • Theology for Counselling*

*New BCUK Course in preparation
^Formerly Theology and Secular Psychology

Advanced Certificate in Skills for Biblical Counselling - available Sept 2026
  • Marriage Counselling
  • Counselling Abusive Marriages
  • Advanced Skills Training*
*New BCUK course in preparation

All students begin with Dynamics of Biblical Change. Once a student has also passed the second course, Helping Relationships, they may take any other courses we offer.  However, we strongly recommend students complete the Foundation courses before progressing to the Intermediate level.

To be eligible for a Certificate of Completion, students must pass the courses in that Certificate and fulfill the attendance requirement (currently 11 out of 15 seminars).

Dynamics of Biblical Change provides a foundation for all the other courses but can be taken for stand-alone study, either in the first term of the Certificate Programme or in the slower-paced Dynamics of Biblical Change over 6 months course. It can also form part of a ministry sabbatical – email for details.

Each course takes one academic term, usually of 10 weeks, and each Certificate can be completed in an academic year.

This varies according to the module but a rough guide is 8–10 hours per week in addition to attending the fortnightly seminars.

Applications open in March each year for the following September. We ask for a supporting reference from your church pastor. The application deadline is early July each year.

Each course costs £515. The one-day Skills training days in the Foundation and Intermediate Certificates are £75. 

Yes. Our Bursary Fund match-funds financial assistance from a student’s local church up to one third of the course fees.

The course is run on a non-accredited basis. The online teaching material from CCEF has been adapted by us for the UK context, and we have added to it material of our own. The seminars, together with Skills Training Days in the Foundation and Intermediate Certificates, and Advanced Skills Training provide the practical component of the course.

Accredited counselling courses, such as those that would be recognised by BACP (The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists), include extensive requirements for supervised counselling hours and serve a different purpose to that provided by this programme.

Students satisfactorily completing the Foundation and Intermediate certificates will be able to indicate that they have completed training in the theory and skills of conversational ministry.

Students completing the Advanced Certificates will be able to indicate that they have successfully completed training in the theology and practice of biblical counselling.