Diploma of Chaplaincy and Diploma of Ministry

The Diploma of Chaplaincy and Diploma of Ministry combines practical ministry training with key skills to help others, accredited and endorsed by Chaplaincy Australia.

Complete this double diploma in 1.5 years (full-time), instead of 2 years.

Course Description

The combined Diploma of Chaplaincy and Diploma of Ministry is designed to prepare you for a wide variety of ministry roles.

Through this exciting program, you will receive practical and theological training on how to minister to those in need, gain greater understanding of yourself and those around you, and be empowered to make a real and lasting difference in people’s lives. 

The Diploma of Chaplaincy portion of the course will contain intensives as well as practicum components of working in the field. Combined with solid biblical knowledge,  graduates will be well-positioned for a wide variety of roles in chaplaincy, community services, churches and para-church organisations.

This combined diploma also provides a solid foundation for students who may wish to progress onto an undergraduate course in Ministry or Theology. Candidates with individual diploma awards from AC can also qualify for credit/subject exemptions to receive this double diploma. 


Course Structure

This double diploma arrangement is based on the three semesters (each of 13 weeks duration), with four subjects taught in each semester. It comprises:

  • 8 Core Subjects (80 credit points)
  • 4 Elective Subjects (40 credit points)

To qualify for award of the degree of Diploma of Chaplaincy and Diploma of Ministry a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 120 credit points.



An optional specialisation in Community Chaplaincy is available to all students. Students interested in becoming accredited Chaplains must complete the subjects in this specialisation.

Electives / 4 Subjects (40 credit points)

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

View the full list of subjects for this course.

Rules of Progression

Any rules of progress defined in the Diploma of Chaplaincy or Diploma of Ministry apply.

Admission Criteria

Applicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past 2 years)

Applicants with recent high school education only will demonstrate completion of the NSW Higher School Certificate, or the completion of the interstate or overseas equivalent qualification.

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study

Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification will demonstrate the completion of a Certificate III or higher qualification awarded by an authorised institution or registered training organisation (RTO).

Applicants with Higher Education Study

Applicants whose highest level of study enrolment since leaving secondary education is a higher education qualification will demonstrate the completion of an AQF Level 5 Diploma (or higher) by an authorised institution for admission into this course.

Applicants with Work and Life Experience

Applicants who have not completed formal higher education study are eligible for direct entry into this course.


If English is not the applicant’s first language or if their first degree was awarded in a non English speaking nation, they will be required to show proficiency in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (or equivalent) with an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of at least 5.5, with a score of not less than 5.0 in any of the four skill areas, or equivalent. 

Other Essential Requirements

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letter of Endorsement
  • Working with Children Check (WWCC)

For details of how to meet these essential requirements, check the How to Apply page.

Study Modes

Locations: Online, Sydney
Full-time Duration: 1.5 years
Part-time Duration: Up to 5 years
2023 Intakes: Oct Intake, Nov Intake
2024 Intakes: Sem 1, Sem 2, Nov Intake

See the timetable to confirm individual subject location and mode availability.

Fees & Timetable

Fee-Help information and a complete Fee Schedule for all Alphacrucis courses can be found in our Fees Information section.

For a full list of course dates for new and continuing students, please see our Timetables.

Course Learning Outcomes


  • general understanding of key issues, recent scholarship and practices within the discipline areas of chaplaincy and ministry, consistent with a Christian worldview;
  • depth of understanding of practical fieldwork;
  • technical and theoretical understanding of basic research principles and methods, and knowledge of research approaches used in the discipline areas of chaplaincy and ministry.

Demonstrated ability to:

  • identify, analyse and synthesise theoretical knowledge in the discipline areas of chaplaincy and ministry;
  • examine a complex problem or presenting issues using appropriate ministry and chaplaincy methodologies and theories;
  • communicate technical and creative skills to express ministry ideas and perspectives;
  • communicate effectively to transfer knowledge and specialised chaplaincy skills to peers, clients, and general audiences in diverse contexts;
  • communicate effectively and creatively ideas and perspectives on key ministry issues, recent scholarship and practices in ministry to peers and general audiences in diverse contexts;
  • apply theoretical and technical knowledge and skills acquired within the specialist area of ministry in a range of professional contexts to develop appropriate solutions to chaplaincy issues;
  • work independently, responsibly and with the level expected in a broad range of professional, ministry, and chaplaincy contexts;
  • collaborate in team projects to make a positive contribution toward social issues;
  • undertake self-reflection and evaluation of performance for the purpose of vocational development.

Ministry Career Opportunities

Graduates of this course of study may find employment in a relevant occupational field, such as: churches, business and professional organisations; mission-based or not-for-profit organisations or educational institutions that require skills in creative and innovative thinking.

Chaplaincy Career Opportunities

Wherever there are people, chaplains are needed.

Sectors where chaplains work

This program equips you to become a Chaplain or pastoral carer in diverse areas such as: Schools, Street Chaplaincy, Sports, Universities, Workplaces, Aged Care, Ambulance, Arts, Defence Force, Community, Corrective Services, Courts, Cruise Ships, Disaster Relief, Fashion Industry, Airports, Food Care, Home Care, Hospitals, Mental Health, Mining, Police, RSL & Veterans, Rural, State Emergency Service and Shopping Centre Chaplaincy.

Pastoral care topics

Some of the topics you might cover when providing pastoral care include:

family and relationships, trauma, loneliness, death or dying, unemployment, disaster response, colleague tension, grief and loss, education and schooling, housing and accomodation, medical or physical health, career transition or relocation, domestic and family violence, addictive behaviour including drugs and alcohol, moral or ethical decision-making, self-harm or harm behaviour, suicide ideation, geographical separation issues as well as spiritual health or belief.


"Studying at AC has provided me with the perfect blend of experience and theory, exposed me to different perspectives and helped me to broaden my worldview."



Student Services

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

This course is not currently available to International Students.