CHC42315 Certificate IV in Chaplaincy & Pastoral Care

The Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care is a 12-month course for developing practical skills to help people work through life issues and assist in times of crisis. This course is overseen by Amanda Lennestaal.

For more details, including intakes and class timetable, go to the dedicated Chaplaincy website.

Course Description

Whether you're just starting to think about becoming a chaplain, or maybe you've been caring for people for years, our nationally accredited qualification will equip you to provide a high standard of professional care in a range chaplaincy contexts. 

Our trainers have extensive experience in chaplaincy and pastoral care, with an in-depth understanding of how to implement theory into real, practical and ethical care. You will also get to complete a practicum component, working in the field in areas such as prisons, schools, hospitals and aged care.

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Course Structure

This course comprises 13 units of competency completed over 1 year full time or 2 years part time.

To be awarded the Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care, students must demonstrate competency in all units.


Unit code Unit name Unit description
CHCPAS001 Plan for the provision of pastoral and spiritual care

This unit allows a leader to prepare for pastoral care work…

CHCPAS002 Provide pastoral and spiritual care

This unit describes the skill and knowledge required to ide…

CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships

This unit describes the skills and knowledge to apply speci…

CHCCCS017 Provide loss and grief support

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to re…

CHCCCS016 Respond to client needs

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to re…

CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to es…

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to wo…

CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to as…

CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide

This unit describes the skills and knowledge to identify an…

CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to ev…

CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to id…

Elective / Choose two of the following
CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context

Be trained with the knowledge and skills to support clients…

CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people

Develop the skills and knowledge that reflects an understan…

CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence

Equip yourself to identify and respond to domestic violence…

CHCSOH001 Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness

Prepare yourself to work with people who are experiencing h…

For more details on which subjects you can choose, see the current enrolment guide for this course.

Entry Requirments

Essential Requirements: Nil.


This program requires a government issued Unique Student Identifier (USI) number. See for details and to secure your USI.

A 200-word Statement of Intent, which is a short summary of why you wish to study this program.

A reference from a Minister/Community Leader which endorses your readiness and suitability to complete the chaplaincy training and undertake a chaplaincy work placement in the community. The letter should contain the endorser's letter head, contact details and signature. Examples of appropriate community include: Pastor or Minister, Rotary Member, Council Member, or JP.

Study Modes

Delivery Modes*: Face-to-Face (Campus class), Online Live (Zoom class), Online RecordedIntensives
Locations**: Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Online
Duration: 1 year full-time/2 years part-time
Intakes: Multiple intakes across the year

* Our study modes are flexible so you can mix-and-match different modes throughout your course to fit your needs. For example, a face-to-face student can choose to attend some classes online or an online student may choose to take some subjects face-to-face.

** Some subjects may only be available in certain study modes each semester. Please check the timetable for the most up-to-date information. Face-to-face classes can be delivered weekly or via intensives, where the subject is delivered in a block over consecutive weekdays and/or weekends. Some subjects must be completed face-to-face to meet professional accreditation requirements.

Fees & Timetable

A complete Fee Schedule for all Alphacrucis programs and courses can be found in our Fees Information section.

For a full list of course dates for new and continuing students, please see the dedicated Chaplaincy website.

Government loans are unavailable for this course. An alternative option is Study Loans, a private student loan provider. To learn more about VET loans provided by Study Loans, click here.

For further details including MCU and Professional development dates please see

Course Learning Outcomes

Not applicable to VET courses.

Alumni Stories

"After getting my placement in an Aged Care facility, I nominated to do one full day a week there. After only finishing my essentials in chaplaincy, and being there for a bit over three months, they offered me a choice of two positions. I took the homecare job, because I’m still studying to finish my Cert IV, but I feel so blessed that now I can start as a Chaplain. God has given me the desires of my heart.”

Ben Hoitink,

Cert IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care

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Course Options

Minister’s Chaplaincy Upgrade (MCU)

This is a short program for Pastors and Ministers with years of experience looking to upskill or move into the Chaplaincy field. This includes a 3-day Intensive (8.30am-5pm) and assessments completed online. Pastors who choose this option complete 2 units of study (below), receive a statement of attainment, and may complete additional units.

CHCCCS016         Respond to client needs

CHCMHS001       Work with people with mental health issues

Professional Development Days

We have a range of electives to equip you for some of the biggest issues faced today. Our electives allow you to specialise in your field of interest, in subject areas as varied as Domestic Violence, Homelessness, Problem Gambling, Drugs & Alcohol, Aged Care and Young People. These electives are available to be completed as a Professional Development Day with accredited training option.

Work-Integrated Learning

As part of unit CHCPAS002 Provide Pastoral and Spiritual Care, students must arrange and undertake a 100-hour chaplaincy placement in an area of their choice and engage in supervision as a part of their training.

Career Opportunities

This program equips you to become a Chaplain or pastoral carer in diverse areas such as:

  • prisons
  • schools
  • hospitals
  • aged care facilities
  • different sporting codes
  • and other community settings

Professional Accreditation

All Alphacrucis Chaplaincy training is endorsed by Chaplaincy Australia.

Student Services

For more information on the suite of student support services available, please see our Student Services section.

Course Code

Course Code: CHC42315