ACBC & IBCD Certification Programs

ACBC Certification & The CDC Program

We believe that certification from the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) is a very helpful process for individuals pursuing biblical counseling training, and it is incredibly beneficial to the local church.

All of the training in IBCD Care & Discipleship Levels 1-3 has been designed to assist people in pursuing ACBC Certification. We have found that many people who are first being introduced to biblical counseling are not immediately ready to pursue the rigors of the ACBC process. The CDC program breaks the ACBC process into smaller steps with certifications along the way to indicate overall progress. One who has completed CDC Levels 1-3 will find himself very prepared to continue the final steps required to receive ACBC Certification if desired.

Those seeking ACBC Certification from the start do not need to take the CDC Course to become certified. IBCD’s CDC material, however, can be used to meet ACBC’s requirements. Here is a description of how the CDC Course can be used toward ACBC Certification:

Phase 1.1 of ACBC Certification

Phase 1.1 of ACBC Certification is to complete a Basic Training Course. The IBCD CDC Level 1 and Level 2 material is an approved Basic Training Course. Watching all of Levels 1 and 2 on DVD or listening to it on mp3 meets this Phase 1.1 requirement. You do not have to do the CDC assignments for ACBC, nor do you have to communicate with IBCD that you are using our course. Your completion of the material is indicated when you fill out the ACBC application, and it can be done as follows:

Basic Training Course 
Name of Certified Agency: IBCD
Completion Date: date finished listening to/watching the material
City, State: location where training occurred
Instructors and Courses: Jim Newheiser and Charles Hodges, IBCD Care & Discipleship Course

Phase 1.2 of ACBC Certification

Phase 1.2 of ACBC Certification is to complete a minimum of 10 hours of counseling observation of an ACBC certified counselor. This is also a requirement of CDC Level 3.  Watching the IBCD Observation Videos satisfies this requirement.

Phase 1.3 of ACBC Certification

Phase 1.3 of ACBC Certification is a reading requirement of 1,000 pages from the Approved Reading List. CDC Level 3 requires you to complete a total of 500 pages of reading from two books on the ACBC Approved Reading List, The Peacemaker by Ken Sande, and Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul Tripp.

Phase 1.3 - Phase 3.0

The remaining ACBC requirements to be fulfilled by the individual are:
Phase 1.3 – finish the remaining 500 pages of reading
Phase 2 – Exams and Application
Phase 3 – Supervised Counseling
More information on ACBC Certification can be found at