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Explore the deep, faith-building benefits of completing one of our Certificate Programs. 


Each of our practical certificates serves as a building block as you progress towards larger goals, like one of our Degree or Diploma programs as you advance in your ministry.  


Would you like help navigating your goals?  Which program is right for you?  

Reach out to us via email  or call (262) 644-5504 to speak with a staff member about meeting your ministry and spiritual goals with the Berean Bible Institute. 

Associate of Biblical Foundations (ABF)

This two year degree is designed to supply the learner with a solid foundation that will enhance their service in the local church.

The ABF degree can be earned by transferring 30 general education credits from another academic institution and completing 30 ministry credits with a minimum of 30 credits through BBI. This degree is not intended to fully equip anyone for full-time vocational ministry. It is a transitional degree designed to encourage and equip the laymen to better serve Christ in the local church. 

The ABF degree may be used as a transition into a Diploma of Advanced Biblical Studies or a Bachelor of Ministry degree offered at Berean Bible Institute.

The Associate of Biblical Foundations degree may be earned through BBI’s distance studies program combined with meeting the general education requirements from another acceptable institution of higher learning. Should a student desire to pursue a Bachelor degree or Diploma of Advanced Biblical Studies, that student would be required to sign a statement of agreement with the BBI doctrinal statement.

This degree supplies the man or woman of God with a solid foundation that will enhance their service within the local church.  The ABF is equivalent to the Certificate of Basic Bible Studies with the addition of general education credits (transfer requirements).   Therefore, students who are currently studying or have previously studied at another college or university are ideal candidates for this degree. 

This degree particularly serves well:

  • Christians currently studying at a secular university
  • New Christians
  • Sunday School Teachers

A total of 60 credit hours are required to earn this degree.

  • 30 credit hours must be taken from BBI
  • 30 credit hours of general education must be transferred from another institution (see next question for further details)

Required courses:

  • 101 Dispensational Survey (2 credit hours)
  • 102 Apologetics (2 credit hours)
  • 105 Basic Bible Doctrines I (2 credit hours)
  • 106 Basic Bible Doctrines II (2 credit hours)
  • 107 Personal Evangelism (2 credit hours)
  • 108 Romans (2 credit hours)
  • 109 Dispensational Hermeneutics (2 credit hours)
  • 110 Acts (2 credit hours)
  • 116 Biblical Worldview (2 credit hours)
  • Bible Exposition (103, 104, 203, 204, 303 or 304) (4 credit hours)
  • Approved Electives (8 credit hours)*

*Approved electives for the Associate of Biblical Foundations are chosen by the student with the recommendation of an academic advisor.

The following required general education credits must be transferred in order to earn the Associate of Biblical Foundations degree:

  • English (Composition or writing required) – 6 credit hours
  • History – 3 credit hours
  • Math/Science – 6 credit hours
  • Speech – 3 credit hours
  • Electives – 12 credit hours

All required courses can be taken via any combination of the following delivery formats:

  • On Campus Courses (schedule varies)
  • Instructor-Led, Virtual Courses (schedule varies)
  • Self-Directed Courses (start at any time)

While the most motivated students can complete the required 30 credit hours of study at BBI in as little as 1 academic year, students have the flexibility to work at a pace that works with the needs and demands of their life and ministry. Call BBI today to discuss how we can support you personally in your training goals.

Students, paying at the full tuition rate, will be charged for 30 credit hours at $100 per credit hour for a total of $3,000. Textbooks, course materials and fees are additional expenses.  

See our financial information page for further details on our generous discounts and all applicable scholarship opportunities.

Are you ready for success?


"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service." Romans 12:1


"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15


"Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:13-14