How Do I Choose a Biblical Counselling Training Centre?

You want to be trained in Biblical Counselling, but you’re bombarded with the plethora of options available to you through workshops, seminars and programmes. You know it’s important for the training you receive to be biblical, but you’re not sure how to narrow the search to get the best training possible; you’re not even sure where to start or what questions to ask. Well, here are a few simple questions you can ask about any programme you want to investigate:

Who are the programme’s teachers?

One of the most critical aspects of any training programme is the teaching staff. Start your investigation by finding out the extent of the staff’s training. Are the teachers recognised or certified by any prestigious or even just local certifying body? If so, which one? What kind of practical, hands-on counselling experience have the teachers had? You want to know if the people training you are actually qualified to do so!

Is the programme legitimately recognised as a training body?

Investigate whether the programme is recognised and certified by a credible and reputable organisation. You want to invest your time in something that will be respected and valued after you complete the programme.

What qualifications does the programme provide?

It is important to find out if the programme will help you advance in the field of Biblical Counselling or in some way acknowledge the time you’ve invested in being trained. Do the programme’s contents, materials and resources lead you to a qualification or certification of some kind? Will your training meet the requirements of a higher education degree?

How will I personally grow in my field through this programme?

You want to put your training to practical use after completing the programme. You have the tools and resources to counsel people, but you desperately need experience out in the field. Does the programme you’re researching provide mentorship opportunities?

Strengthening Ministries Training Institute (SMTI) is currently the only certified training centre for the Association of Certified Biblical Counsellors (ACBC) in Southern Africa. We’d love to answer these questions for you! Please visit so we can answer these questions for you!