PHase 3

of the irbc biblical counseling certification process

This phase begins upon approval of all Phase 2 submissions. Phase 3 involves completing 50 hours of supervised counseling with an assigned IRBC Supervising Counselor (one will be assigned to you after your completion of Phase 2). Supervision will be conducted typically via phone, Zoom, and/or email. Case reports need to be filled out for each counseling session and shared with the Supervising Counselor. All 50 supervised sessions must be completed within one year of starting Phase 3. After satisfactorily completing your hours of supervised counseling, your Supervising Counselor will recommend you to the credentialing committee for a Provisional IRBC Counseling Certification. This is a valid biblical counseling credential. This certification will become a Standard IRBC Counseling Certification after satisfactorily fulfilling the requirements for a standard certification. More details are outlined below. 

Completing 50 hours of supervised counseling

During Phase 3, one needs to complete 50 sessions of supervised counseling that are at least one hour in duration. Counselees may come from your family, church, or local tSw center (if there is one in your area). All of these counseling sessions must be done within one year. 8 of the 50 sessions must be with the same counselee. 5 of the sessions need to be audio-recorded and sent to your IRBC Supervising Counselor. Click here to download the Supervised Counseling Log form, which helps you keep track of your counseling sessions. Usually, there is a $600 fee for supervised counseling, but that fee is currently being covered by the IRBC Board. 

Audio-recorded sessions

As stated above, 5 of the 50 supervised counseling sessions must be audio-recorded and sent to your IRBC Supervising Counselor. The easiest method of doing this would be to record an audio memo on a smartphone (if possible), and then share the file with the IRBC Supervising Counselor (possibly through Google Drive or some other platform, if the file size is too large for simple sharing via phones). Alternatively, if audio-recording equipment is available on site (at a church, tSw center, etc.), that can also be used. 

Case Reports

Case reports must be filled out for every session and shared with the IRBC Supervising Counselor. To download the case report form, click here

Provisional IRBC Biblical Counseling Certification

After the IRBC Supervising Counselor deems that you have satisfactorily completed Phase 3 (i.e., approved your time log, your 50 case report forms, your 5 audio-recorded sessions, and overall counseling ability), he/she will recommend you to the IRBC credentialing committee to receive a Provisional IRBC Counseling Certification. Upon their approval, you will receive a valid biblical counseling credential. To make the biblical certification a Standard IRBC Biblical Counseling certification (and/or renew your Provisional Biblical Counseling Certification), see the requirements outlined in the next section below. 

Aquiring an IRBC Standard biblical counseling certification

Year One Requirements: 

  • Engage in at least 25 hours of counseling. Record time in the "Counseling Time Log Form", and submit the information here
  • Read Trusting God (Jerry Bridges), read 300 pages of Bible/Theology books, read 300 pages of biblical counseling books, and watch/listen to at least five 30+ minute audio/video lectures on any given counseling topic (these audio/video lectures can be downloaded from IRBC, IBCD, ACBC, or CCEF websites). Upon completion of reading/listening requirements, click here to fill out/submit the associated form. A book list showing approved books for the Bible/Theology and Biblical Counseling reading portion can be accessed here.
  • Have your church consistory fill out a Provisional Counselor Evaluation Form. To do this, send either download the form and get it to them, or have them download and print the form. They can send the completed form to IRBC at 6442 - 36th Avenue; Hudsonville, MI 49426, or scan it to irbcdirectorsasst@gmail.com
  • Fill out and submit a renewal form. The renewal fee will be paid for by the IRBC Board at this time. 
  • Sign and submit a Code of Ethics form and Statement of Intent form. 


Year Two Requirements:

  • Engage in at least 25 hours of counseling. Record time in the "Counseling Time Log Form", and submit the information here
  • Read Resolving Everyday Conflict (Ken Sande and Kevin Johnson), read 300 pages of Bible/Theology books, read 300 pages of biblical counseling books, and watch/listen to at least five 30+ minute audio/video lectures on any given counseling topic (these audio/video lectures can be downloaded from IRBC, IBCD, ACBC, or CCEF websites). Upon completion of reading/listening requirements, click here to fill out/submit the associated form. A book list showing approved books for the Bible/Theology and Biblical Counseling reading portion can be accessed here.
  • Have your church consistory fill out a Provisional Counselor Evaluation Form. To do this, send either download the form and get it to them, or have them download and print the form. They can send the completed form to IRBC at 6442 - 36th Avenue; Hudsonville, MI 49426, or scan it to irbcdirectorsasst@gmail.com
  • Fill out and submit a renewal form. The renewal fee will be paid for by the IRBC Board at this time. 
  • Sign and submit a Code of Ethics form and Statement of Intent form. 


Upon meeting these requirements, and sending in the associated forms/documents, you will be granted a Standard IRBC Biblical Counseling Certification. To maintain this biblical counseling certification, continuing education requirements must be fulfilled.

continuing education requirements

to maintain irbc standard biblical counseling certification

Once you have acquired your IRBC Standard Biblical Counseling Certification, there are some annual requirements that you must completed to maintain that certification. They are listed below: 


1. Annually sign and submit a Code of Ethics form

2. Annually undergo a counselor evaluation by your consistory to renew your Standard Certification. Send your consistory the following downloadable form, or ask them to download and print it. Then have them mail the completed form to IRBC headquarters (6442 - 36th Avenue; Hudsonville, MI 49426); or have them scan the completed form to irbcdirectorsasst@gmail.com

3. Complete and submit the Standard Certification Renewal Form. At this time, IRBC will cover the fees associated with this step.