The process involved in becoming a spiritual counselor varies depending on the institution you choose to have certify or otherwise recognize you as a spiritual counselor. Each company that offers certification has different requirements and training, depending on the religion practiced. No matter which company you choose to get certification or recognition through, when you are finished you will be able to offer spiritual guidance to those in need.
Choose a company that offers certifications in spiritual counseling that align with your spiritual beliefs. Read its web pages and review other third party documentation you may find online. You can learn more about each company by reading their codes of ethics, any oaths posted on their websites and reading through the headings of the curricula offered by each institution.
Register with the institution of your choice. This could be done over the phone or Internet. Pay any fees required by the company.
Submit any documentation that may count towards completing the requirements of the company offering the certificate or official recognition in spiritual counseling.
Complete any training required by the institution. Upon satisfying all of the requirements to earn you a certificate or official recognition in spiritual counseling, you may begin offering your services as spiritual counselor.
Many seminaries offer programs in pastoral counseling. Requirements are likely to be more rigorous than certificates offered by commercial entities online, but may be considered to be more legitimate by those seeking counseling.
Spiritual counseling is not the same nor intended to replace standard medical psychological counseling. If you become a certified spiritual counselor, make sure you know the limits of the laws you are able to operate in and do not diagnose any medical conditions.
Check the certifying company’s better business rating by looking them up by business name on the Better Business Bureau website at bbb.org. Search the Internet for reviews of companies or details of others' experiences with a company before signing any contracts or committing funds.