How can I train to become a counsellor?

If you trained with BCT the usual course progression would be:
  1. Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (90 hours)
  2. Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (90 hours)
  3. Level 4 Diploma in Counselling (420 hours over two years)
On completion of the Level 2 and Level 3 certificate courses you would be able to seek a counselling placement with a counselling agency as part of further training. 
To become an accredited counsellor you would need to train to diploma level and complete a certain number of counselling hours to meet the criteria set by the accrediting body.
Do I need any qualifications to start the Level 2 course?
We would recommend students have functional skills - GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above - to begin the Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills. There are home assignments to complete as part of the course including a personal learning log, essays and book review.  We understand it may be some time since participants have done this type of academic work and your tutor is available to explain what is required.
I have already done some counselling training. Can I join your courses at a higher level?
The awarding body, CPCAB, sets minimum requirements for students to be able to start straight onto a higher level of training. In order to start straight onto a Level 3 course for example, you would need to have completed a minimum of 75 hours of training in counselling skills on a Level 2 course or equivalent. This can be as a single course, or as a module of a longer course of study.
I have completed my earlier training with a different training agency.   Could I still apply for a BCT course? 
Providing you meet the requirements set by the awarding body (as above) you would be able to join a BCT course to continue your training.
Do your qualifications carry credits?
The Introduction, Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4 courses are on the QCF (Qualifications Credit Framework). The Introduction course carries 5 credits;  Level 2 Certificate carries 17 credits at Level 2; the Level 3 Certificate course carries 20 credits at Level 3 and the Level 4 Diploma carries 120 credits at Level 4.  
Are your courses BACP accredited?
Our courses are not accredited by BACP. They carry secular recognition through the CPCAB, Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body, ( and are recognised by the Association of Christian Counsellors, ACC ( Students who have completed their training up to Level 4 with Barnabas and completed additional counselling hours have successfully sought formal accreditation with BACP using the training hours from their Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications.
Do you offer online training courses?
BCT does not currently offer training online. 
What is the format of your training courses?
Our courses are very part-time to allow students to continue their existing work and church commitments. The Level 2 and Level 3 Certificate courses usually follow the academic year with courses running from September – July. The 90 hours are divided across 12 training days, usually Saturdays, run once a month with an extra session in one month to make up the hours. 
Do you offer intensive training courses?
Our courses are all part-time to allow students to continue with existing commitments. 

What counselling model do you teach?  

Our integrative course introduces students to a broad spectrum of counselling theories and models from a secular and Christian perspective. This provides a rich learning environment for students to explore many different approaches and to evaluate them in the light of their own Christian faith. Out of this they will formulate their own preferred integrative approach as a qualified counsellor. 

Do your training courses include placements? 

The Level 2 and Level 3 Certificate courses do not include a counselling placement.  Counselling skills are developed through group work and role play counselling scenarios during the training course sessions.

Students enrolling on a Level 4 course are expected to find a counselling placement and to complete 100 counselling hours during the two years of study.  The pre-course interview provides an opportunity to discuss placements further and BCT can advise of agencies which have vacancies for trainee counsellors.
If I complete a Christian counselling course, will it be accepted in a secular setting?
All of our courses are offered through a secular awarding body, the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) so carry secular recognition. Our courses are all recognised by the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC).

Do I have to be a Christian to join one of your courses?     

It is not a requirement for students enrolling on a BCT course to be a Christian though individual centres make their own decisions regarding their selection criteria.  We are committed to maintaining the wholly Christian framework in which we offer our courses.  However, in order to accommodate differing perspectives among our students, BCT does offer a choice of titles for written essay assignments.  

What is BCT's Statement of Faith?

As an organisation affiliated to the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) BCT follows the ACC Statement of Faith. Further information can be found on their website