Upholding and Defending the Christian Faith

Certificate Programs

The Institute of Biblical Defense currently offers four certificate programs. These educational opportunities are available both locally in Bremerton, Washington and through distance education Certificate Programs. Each course includes personal mentoring by an Institute staff member, audio resources and feedback on all tests and papers.

General Course Information

Reading Assignments:

Each course has both required and optional textbooks. It is the student’s responsibility to acquire the textbooks and read them. The Institute does not supply textbooks, however books by Dr. Fernandes are available for sale through the Institute or Amazon.com.

Each lecture requires 1 to 3 pages of written notes for instructor review and 1 to 2 pages per textbook. Each course's reading and writing requirements are worked out between the course mentor and the student. In all things the mentor has the final say.

Grading Scale:

  • A: 100% - 91%
  • B: 90% - 81% 
  • C: 80% - 71% 
  • D: 70% - 61% 
  • Fail: 60% - 0%

Examination Requirements:

Papers and tests will vary based on the instructor’s style. Some instructors may use mid-term and final and others simply a final.

Fees and Registration

Financial Information for Resident Students (Seattle-Bremerton, WA area only)

  • 1 year program
  • $75.00 per course ($750.00 for entire program). This covers the cost of facilities, grading and program administration.
  • 10 courses to complete certificate program
  • Payment Plan - $75.00 per month for 12 months; payments are due on the 15th of the month with a 3 day grace period.
  • $10.00 application fee, plus $25.00 graduation fee
  • All classes are in the evening

Financial Information for Correspondence Students

  • 1 to 2 year program
  • $75.00 per course for downloaded lectures ($750 for entire program)
  • $100.00 per course for mailed course audio cassette tapes, audio CD's or mp3 CD's ($1,000.00 for entire program)
  • Correspondence Payment Plan- Each course must be paid prior to course credit offered or next course materials shipped if applicable.
  • $10 application fee, plus $25.00 graduation fee
  • No certificate is issued until tuition has been paid for in full. Payment is in US Dollars and can be by check (US), bank draft, money order or by credit card (VISA, MasterCard or American Express) or by PayPal.

General Course Information

The description of each program has been designed to be as thorough as possible and contains all basic information a prospective student should know. However if you have any detailed questions about any aspect of this program, please contact us with your specific questions.

Note: Filling out the enrollment form means you are ENROLLING. If that is not your intention, do NOT fill out this form. Click the "contact us" link above to request information. To enroll in the Certificate of Christian Apologetics program please fill out the enrollment form.

All enrollment requests will be processed as soon as received. When this form is received an official application will be mailed to the prospective student. The student will then fill out, sign and date form. The form will specify which electives the student wants to take, establish the payment options and establish the enrollment date and expected program completion date. After completion of the application, the prospective student will mail the application along with the enrollment fee back to the Institute. After review and approval, a confirmation will be sent and the program will begin.

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Christian Apologetics ^ back to top

Certificate Objectives

 Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:

  • Intelligently discuss the various arguments for the existence of God.
  • Recognize and refute the various arguments against the existence of God.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of basic theology.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of basic hermeneutical principles.
  • Based upon the electives chosen, the student will be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of various world religions, cults, philosophy of religion, and Christian ethics.

Required Courses (6):

  1. Theology I
  2. Theology II
  3. Modern Religious Cults
  4. Hermeneutics
  5. Introduction to Apologetics
  6. Advanced Apologetics

Elective Courses (choose 4):

  1. Introduction to Christian Ethics
  2. New Age and the Occult
  3. World Religions
  4. Introduction to Philosophy
  5. Philosophy of Religion
  6. Roman Catholicism
  7. Christology
  8. Soteriology
  9. Theology Proper

Christian Theology ^ back to top

Certificate Objectives

Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:

  • Discuss and/or instruct others in the basic beliefs of the Christian faith.
  • Identify and refute doctrinal teaching that is opposed to historic Christian theology.
  • Discuss, in depth, the doctrine of Christ.
  • Discuss, in depth, the doctrine of salvation
  • Discuss, in depth, the doctrine of the end times.
  • Depending upon the electives chosen, the student should acquire a working knowledge of New Age / Occult practices and beliefs, various world religions, OT and NT overviews, and apologetics.

Required Courses (6):

  1. Theology I
  2. Theology II
  3. Theology Proper
  4. Christology
  5. Soteriology
  6. Eschatology

Elective Courses (choose 4):

  1. Introduction to Apologetics
  2. Advanced Apologetics
  3. Old Testament Survey
  4. New Testament Survey
  5. Hermeneutics
  6. New Age and the Occult
  7. World Religions
  8. Modern Religious Cults
  9. Introduction to Philosophy
  10. Roman Catholicism

Biblical Studies ^ back to top

Certificate Objectives

 Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a familiarity with the content of OT books.
  • Demonstrate a familiarity the content of NT books.
  • Apply principles of biblical hermeneutics in discussion
  • Explain in depth the content, themes, style, and theology of the Gospel of John.
  • Explain in depth the content, themes, style, and theology of the book of Romans.
  • Explain in depth the content, themes, style, and theology of the book of Revelation.

Required Courses (6):

  1. Old Testament Survey
  2. New Testament Survey
  3. Hermeneutics
  4. Gospel of John
  5. Advanced Romans
  6. Book of Revelation

Elective Courses (choose 4):

  1. Epistle to James
  2. Theology I
  3. Theology II
  4. Theology Proper
  5. Christology
  6. Soteriology
  7. Eschatology
  8. Introduction to Apologetics

Christian Philosophy ^ back to top

Certificate Objectives

 Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:

  • Display a working knowledge of the history of Christian philosophical thought.
  • Explain and discuss the various divergent paths of Christian philosophical thought.
  • Apply Christian epistemology to the development of a Christian philosophy.
  • Explain the role of Christian philosophy in the area of apologetics.

Required Courses (6):

  1. Introduction to Philosophy
  2. Philosophy of Religion
  3. Introduction to Christian Ethics
  4. History of Christian Philosophy
  5. Introduction to Apologetics
  6. Advanced Apologetics

Elective Courses (choose 4):

  1. New Age and the Occult
  2. World Religions
  3. Modern Religious Cults
  4. Christology
  5. Soteriology
  6. Theology Proper