Pastoral Counseling Certification

National Certification

This certification is ideal for someone who has a strong understanding of how to integrate theology and other faith-based principles with the knowledge, and understanding of common behavioral health issues, to help individuals that struggle with mental and emotional challenges. As a shepherd, the pastor’s responsibility is to protect feed, and care for the people and their congregation allowing them to gain spiritual wholeness and ethical growth. This certification confirms and certifies your knowledge and skills in these areas.

Upon receiving a passing score on the practice exam, will be ready to sit for the (5-Fold National Certification Board) Students will be able to sit for the PC-C Exam (can take series 1 thru 5). Students who receive a passing score will become 5-Fold Certified Pastoral Counseling Professional®  to become Pastoral Counseling CertifiedCCP-C S-1

Certification Cost

CertificationCertification TypeCost
5 Fold National CertificationPastoral Counseling Professional C-PC-S-1Certification Series 1$388.99
5 Fold National CertificationPastoral Counseling Professional C-PC-S-3Certification Series 3$768.88
5 Fold National CertificationPastoral Counseling Professional C-PC-S-5Certification Series 5$1,244.80

All single certification cost only Includes Exam costs, practice tests, study guide, certification conferred and mailed with wallet size certificate, and application fees. For the series certification, only application fees, exam costs, study guide, and practice exam fees for all series have been included. No Certification conferred fees have been added until you decide which certification you need to be mailed out.

Upon completion and receiving a passing score of 80% or greater, candidates are eligible to receive the following:

  • Certification Conferral Eligibility and Verification 5FC1000  
  • Certification Preparation and Distribution 5FC1000 
  • Life-Time Certification Verification and Validation 5FC1000 
  • 5-Fold Certification Wallet Card and Seal Authorization 5FC1000 


Students who have taken a 3 or 5 series exam, can walk across the stage during our annual graduation convocation. TBD

Career Development

All certification holders are eligible to receive the following optional services with no additional charge to assist with their vocational development.

  • Introduction to Experiential Learning 5FC1000 
  • Fundamentals of Attracting Employers 5FC1000 
  • Developing Experiential Skills 5FC1000 
  • Methods for Developing and Landing a Career 5FC1000 

Career Field

This certification is for those who have already earned a bachelor’s degree or higher and hope to pursue or advance their career in psychology, drug counseling, or as a therapist. For those who are looking for a career as a school counselor, or substance abuse counselor, work in hospitals, hospices, or a religious-based counseling center, the program facilitates those career choices. Students will leave the program with a profound understanding of how faith and mental health are an important part of everyday life.

Education Advancement

Upon attaining certification, candidates can enroll in degree programs within 30 days and use their results to test out of courses to Fastrack completion and lower tuition cost. The enrollment must be within the first 30 days of being certified and candidates must start classes within the first 60 days after achieving certification.

Program Length and Credits

  • Self-Pace Time Allotted 4-5 Months
  • Certification Awarded Credits- 3