Certificate in Advanced Professional Counseling (CAPC)
The Certificate in Advanced Professional Counseling is designed for any student with a completed master's level degree in counseling who desires to pursue licensure. Prospective students must have a completed MA in Counseling with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Any person seeking entry into the CAPC must also complete an application that includes an official transcript from an accredited graduate institution. See application for more information.
Application for this certificate is open each term. Please apply using our online application system, or the forms linked on this page.
Additional Requirements for Students Needing Fieldwork Hours:
Should prospective CAPC students also need to enroll in BTS’s fieldwork courses and complete the requisite practicum and internship experiences (i.e., MAC 520, 600, and 610), they will need to provide the following to their admissions counselor:
- Evidence of completion of a course equivalent to MAC 510 Helping Relationships and MAC 525A, Ethics and Professional Orientation. If a student has not taken an equivalent course, they will be required to take it at BTS prior to starting fieldwork.
- A full-session video exhibiting their counseling skills. You and your counselee must complete this Video Consent and Evaluation Form and submit it with the video. Please submit the video on a DVD or USB drive.
- A written reference by a counseling faculty member from their graduate institution explaining why they did not complete fieldwork at this institution (e.g., none available) and that they would heartily endorse the student as fit for clinical practice. This is in addition to the Academic_Professional Reference Form included in the CAPC application.
- Criminal and child abuse background checks for your state. Click here to review the guidelines.
- Obtain liability insurance (1mil/1mil) or provide a copy of your current personal liability insurance. If you need liability insurance click here and apply for either mental health counselor or clergy/pastoral counselor (your preference based on population you are counseling).
- Complete an interview with the Graduate School of Counseling (Admissions will arrange this for you).
The counseling department may require a live mock counseling session (done with the director) to evaluate further the student’s readiness for fieldwork. Those students with skill deficits may be first required to take MAC 510 prior to enrollment in MAC 520, 600, and/or 610. Those students accepted into these courses recognize that BTS does not guarantee field placements. All students are responsible for procuring field sites meeting BTS's minimum criteria.
Fieldwork hours done prior to starting fieldwork at BTS will not be accepted
The design of BTS’s Certificate in Advanced Counseling program allows exposure to a variety of counseling topics, with a focus on practical application and higher-order thinking skills. I'm really impressed by the dedication and care for the students, and the way instructors shepherd to teach shepherding, and counsel to teach counseling.
Beiye Gu CAPC, 2013
Courses Available for CAPC During the 2016-17 Academic Year
- Career & Lifestyle Development- MAC804A
- Fall 2016: Sept. 12 – Oct. 23
- Register by August 31
- Research & Program Evaluation- MAC802A
- Fall 2016: Oct. 31 - Dec. 18
- Register by October 14
- Social & Cultural Diversity- MAC803A
- Winter 2017: Jan. 3 - Feb 12
- Register by December 16
- Psychological Assessment- MAC801A
- Spring 2017: April 10 - May 28
- Register by March 31
On Campus Courses
- Helping Relationships- MAC510
- Fall 2016: Sept. 12 – Dec. 12
- Register by August 31
- Human Development- MAC500
- Fall 2016: Oct. 31 – Dec. 12
- Register by October 14
- Group Counseling- MAC805
- Winter 2017: Feb. 20 – Mar. 27
- Register by February 10
Available Fieldwork / Clinical Instruction
- Practicum & Professional Experience - MAC520
- (Not offered again until Spring 2018)
- Professional Orientation Online Independent Study - MAC525IA
- Internship & Professional Seminar - MAC600 & MAC610
- (Includes 600 clock hours of internship by completing both fall & winter semesters)
- Fall 2016: September 12 - December 12 (Register by August 31)
- Winter 2017: January 9 - March 27 (Register by December 16)
Note: There are additional application requirements to complete in order to register for these courses and to accrue fieldwork hours. See above.
* BTS welcomes online students from outside of Pennsylvania. Different states have various authorization requirements for institutions offering distance education to their residents. BTS cannot register students in online courses who live in certain states. Please email
for more information.
What are the requirements for licensure in PA?
The primary license for master’s level counselors in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential (enacted in 1998). To obtain this license, individuals need to complete 60 graduate hours in a counseling related program of study, 3000 hours of supervised postgraduate work and pass a national counseling exam. Details can be found on our Licensure page.
Please note that the practice and testing requirements for licensure will be the student’s responsibility after graduation. While BTS makes every effort to stay abreast of licensing changes, our primary goal is to train and educate wise, godly counselors for kingdom work. Those seeking licensure in their jurisdiction need to take personal responsibility to ensure that BTS’s program meets their needs.
"I'm so glad I did the Certificate in Advanced Professional Counseling after completing my MA in Counseling. It was wonderfully life-changing as well as mind and soul altering. I am so appreciative for the BTS professors and the challenges to learn."
Kathe DeSanctis Moyer, MA in Counseling, 2008