Diploma of Chaplaincy
Welcome to the Diploma of Chaplaincy!
The Higher Education Diploma of Chaplaincy is an accredited qualification for aspiring chaplains in all contexts. Through this exciting new program students receive practical and theological training on how to minister to those in need, gain greater understanding of those around them and are empowered to make a real and lasting difference in people's lives.
A dynamic learning environment for chaplains has been created through this award being completed in a mix of online and Intensive study. All students completing the Diploma of Chaplaincy attend Intensives as a part of the course. These intensives are supplemented by the practicum component of working in the field in areas such as prisons, schools, hospitals and aged care.
Students can join the Ministry/Leadership face-to-face classes where available for BIB001 and THE001. (These 2 subjects can also be completed online.)
All Alphacrucis Chaplaincy training is endorsed by Chaplaincy Australia.
Study chaplaincy and be transformed as you gain a greater understanding of yourself and those around you. Empower others and play an important part in building healthier communities by pursuing a rewarding career in chaplaincy.
Program Director, Chaplaincy
CRICOS Course Code: 094095K
Course Structure and Course Dates
The Diploma of Chaplaincy consists of eight subjects: 6 core subjects and 2 electives.
Electives: (choose 2)
Length of Program
- Full-Time: 1 Year (4 subjects per semester)
- Part-Time: Up to 4 Years (1 - 2 subjects per semester)
- Selected Campuses (For Intensives and Bible subjects)
- Global Online Campus (BIB001 and THE001 only)
INTENSIVES: All students who study the Diploma of Chaplaincy are required to attend 5 Intensives at AC Campuses and approved locatioins. Intensives are generally Thursday- Saturday, 8.30-5pm and cover content for multiple subjects (see below). Additional lectures, information and assessessments for each subject is then completed online.
INTENSIVE 1 & 2 (2 x 3-day Intensives) - MIN001, SSC001
INTENSIVE 3 & 4 (2 x 3-day Intensives) - EXP001A, SSE005
INTENSIVE 5 (1 x 2-day Intensive) - EXP001B, 2x Electives
(Note: Two Electives are chosen by student vote)
ONLINE/FACE-TO-FACE: Two of the subjects (BIB001, THE001) can be completed either online or face to face at selected campuses.
FACE-TO-FACE: Available for BIB001 and THE001 at selected campuses.
Weekly 3 hour lectures.
ONLINE DELIVERY: Available for BIB001 and THE001.
Weekly video/audio lectures provided to be viewed at own convenience.
PLACEMENT: Students also arrange and undertake a 100 hour chaplaincy placement in an area of their choice and engage in professional supervision as a part of their training.
Suggested Study Plan
SEMESTER 1 - MIN001, SSC001
Intensive 1 & 2 2 x three-day Intensives + online course work and assessments
Upon completion, students can continue their studies into the Bachelor of Applied Social Science. See the Awards Offered page for more information.
2019 COURSE DATES
HE DIPLOMA OF CHAPLAINCY INTENSIVES
NEW SOUTH WALES
Intensive 1: 21-23 February 2019
QLD17 – BRISBANE
Intensive 1: 7-9 March 2019
NEW SOUTH WALES
Intensive 1: 14-16 March 2019
WA15 – PERTH
Intensive 1: 14-16 March 2019
TAS2 – HOBART
Intensive 1&2: 11-15 March 2019
SA2 - ADELAIDE
Intensive 1&2: 6-10 May 2019
VIC29 - MELBOURNE
Intensive 1: 11-13 April 2019
DIPLOMA OF CHAPLAINCY INTENSIVE DATES:
Intensive 1: 21-23 February 2019
Intensive 1 & 2: 5-9 November 2018
WAD13 – PERTH
Intensive 1: 23-25 August 2018
Intensive 1: 23-25 August 2018
Intensive 1: 9-11 August 2018
QLDD16 – BRISBANE
Intensive 1: 9-11 August 2018
WAD12 – GERALDTON
NSWD71 – CENTRAL COAST
Intensive 1: 17-19 May 2018
NSWD68 - WOLLONGONG
For prospective students from a non-English speaking background, an IELTS Score of 5.5 (or demonstrate equivalent English proficiency) is recommended.
Academic Entry Requirements
Completion of a NSW Higher School Certificate or equivalent; OR Articulation from another AC course or equivalent.
Professional Entry Requirements
Mature age entry (21 years and over).
How To Apply
Complete an online Application for Admission Form
Application for Chaplaincy Programs requires the submission of key proof of identity documentation, which includes:
1) Certified copy of your birth certificate or passport. (If born overseas, certified copy of your permanent residency status or Australian Citizenship Certificate)
2) A passport style ID photo
3) Certified copy of your relevant academic transcripts (may include high school record of results or academic records)
4) 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 leaders could be a Pastor or Minister, Rotary Member, Council Member, or JP.
5) A Statement of Intention (Minimum 200 words explaining why you would like to be considered for entry into this course. Please include mention of relevant practical experience such as ministry/community service that you have participated in)
Please note: Your application requires a government issued, Unique Student Identifier (USI) number. Consult http://www.usi.gov.au/ for details and to secure your USI.
Complete Fee Schedules and FEE-HELP information (where appropriate) for all Alphacrucis courses can be found in our Documents section, under the Fees and FEE-HELP Information link.
Rev. Dr Damon Adams (faculty profile)
Damon originally trained as a Presbyterian minister and was later ordained as a Pentecostal minister. Damon has lectured in Historical Theology, John Knox Theological College, Sydney; Theology, Biblical Studies and Church History, Tabor College, Tasmania; and is currently Senior Lecturer in Theology, Biblical Studies and Church History at Alphacrucis College, Hobart Campus, Tasmania. Additionally, Damon is presently the History Subject Coordinator at Alphacrucis. Damon holds a PhD in Theology.
Rev Dr Dean O'Keefe (faculty profile)
Dean is a devout Queenslander, the son of a preacher man, the husband of one wife (Lisa) and father of four children. In 1998 he taught Mathematics and Science for two and a half years before moving to Sydney in 2001 to commence a Bachelor of Theology. Dean was a youth pastor for two years before joining the team at AC. He has served as children's pastor for several years, was the State Chaplain for Rangers Australia NSW, and completed a Doctor of Ministry with AGTS, Evangel University in 2018.
Rev Dr Nigel Pegram (faculty profile)
Chaplaincy Support (faculty profile)
Vici Tunney (faculty profile)
Vici has had a background in Education both in NSW and Qld, serving as Deputy Principal in several schools in both states. Together with her husband she pioneered a Christian school in Gladstone, planted a campus of Springfield Christian Family in Brisbane and pastored the campus fulltime for 10 years.
Outside College life, Vici is actively involved in preaching, pastoral work, teaching and missions. Vici is one of five Church Elders with oversight of the 4 campuses of Springfield Christian Family and an ordained minister with Australian Christian Churches. Her interests include reading for a purpose, mentoring the next generation and lively theological & philosophical discussions. Her personal values include being a committed follower of Jesus, an encourager of others and a life-long learner,
Vici has ministered in churches and to missionaries in Ukraine, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia & Vietnam. She travels regularly with her husband who is involved in monitoring development projects in South-east Asia. Vici is married to Craig and have twin boys and a daughter, all married with 6 grandchildren.
Ps Jeremy Weetman (faculty profile)
Jeremy has served in pastoral ministry for over twenty-six years following his graduation from Commonwealth Bible College in 1991. He has been involved in most aspects of church life including senior leadership and also been involved at a state and regional level with the ACC. Jeremy has been teaching Bible and ministry subjects since 2011.
Jeremy began his MA (Min) with Harvest Bible College in 2011, and on completion progressed to doctoral studies with a particular interest in sacred space and contemporary spirituality. His interests involve cycling, cooking, reading, and is a self-confessed cricket tragic.
Jeremy is married to Vicki, who is completing a PhD with Griffith University in cultural theory (meaning exciting study dates…), and is dad to four adult children who are amongst his favourite humans to spend time with.
Units offered as part of this Award:
- BIB001 - Introduction to the Bible
Description: Understanding the Bible is foundational for the Christian life. Whilst many of us have read the Bible, there are many sections that are seemingly foreign and strange, or that we just plain avoid. This unit aims to introduce you to the Old and New Testaments, and its big-picture message. We will explore the historical and thematic developments of the Bible, assisting you to understand how the different biblical books and message all fit together. Further, we will discuss how the message of Scripture, which was set in a very different context to us, can be applied to today’s context. Unit detail page >>
- BIB007 - Introduction to Israel’s Scriptures
Description: The foundational documents of the Christian Faith are found in the Old Testament. It is the first instance of God’s self-revelation to humanity, it points forward to Jesus, and it provides glimpses of the Holy Spirit at work. The themes, theology, wisdom, history, and narrative form the basis for anything the New Testament has to teach us. This Subject will equip you to uncover the significance and relevance of the Old Testament to being a disciple of Jesus. Unit detail page >>
- BIB008 - Introduction to the New Testament
Description: The New Testament is an exciting document that outlines the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and the early writings of the church. This subject will introduce the purpose, content, and message of the New Testament books with particular focus on the historical and cultural implications of their setting, and how this broad diversity of literature presents an incredibly unified and coherent message. Unit detail page >>
- BIB102 - Introduction to Israel's Scriptures (Old Testament)
Description: TBA Unit detail page >>
- BIB103 - Introduction to the New Testament
Description: This course seeks to introduce the content of the books of the NT with a view to providing a basis for further reading and study. The primary focus will be on the message of each book within its particular historical-cultural setting, with some attention being given to its contribution to the theology of the NT as a whole. Selected critical issues will be dealt with on occasion. Unit detail page >>
- EXP001 - Professional Practice
Description: Itching to connect the realm of the classroom with some real-life experience? Professional Practice is designed with just this aim in mind. Students will have the have the chance to engage academically with issues pertaining to their Major Specialisation plus experience a hands-on placement. Working with an experienced supervisory mentor, students will complete a 100 hour placement over the course of semester(or split into 50 hour placements over 2 semesters), with a variety of formats to choose from. For instance, do you have a heart for youth leadership? You could complete 8 hours a week at your local church, working with the youth department. Or perhaps you have visions of becoming the next CEO of World Vision? A block placement at a Christian organisation, working with a field specialist, could be the kick start you need. Alternatively, have you been wanting to make a difference while experiencing cross cultural ministry overseas? Your 100 hours could be served with an overseas mentor in a concentrated three or so weeks of professional practice. The sky is the limit! Unit detail page >>
- MIN001 - Introduction to Pastoral Ministry
Description: In this introductory unit, students will explore a broad variety of topics that form the very basis of pastoral ministry. Primarily, students will consider contemporary pastoral models that connect academic reflection with the real world. Topics discussed will range from defining ministry, calling and ordination to conflict resolution, and being effective in caring for others. Students will also be provided with ample opportunity to engage creatively with these topics to make connections with their own contexts. Unit detail page >>
- SSC001 - Psychology of Emotion
Description: Throughout this unit students will have opportunity to engage with their emotions as a basis of understanding the emotions of others. Topics explored include: common mental health issues, loss and grief support and self-care. Unit detail page >>
- SSC002 - Working with Trauma
Description: In this elective unit students will develop an understanding of trauma and the knowledge and skills necessary for working with those affected by trauma and domestic and family violence. Students will also integrate an understanding of trauma into a self-care plan. Unit detail page >>
- SSE003 - Working with Addictions
Description: This elective unit aims to equip chaplains and carers with knowledge and skills to be able to provide care and support to people with addictions, as well as their close friends, families and communities. Unit detail page >>
- SSE005 - Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care
Description: In this core unit students develop a theoplogical understanding of major chaplaincy related issues. Students explore the contexts and common pastoral care issues faced by Chaplains, and the role of the Chaplain / Pastoral Carer. Topics discussed range from the cycle of programming, implementing, evaluating, and reflecting in Chaplaincy to reporting, accountability and self care. Unit detail page >>
- SSE009 - Methods of Youth Work
Description: Throughout this elective unit students will look at the various contexts and values that impact on youth work. Students will look at best practice in providing support to young people. Unit detail page >>
- THE001 - Christian Worldview
Description: Do you have questions about God that you have been unable to answer? Do you sometimes wonder whether Christian beliefs about things like the Trinity and the divinity of Jesus make any sense? This unit provides you with the opportunity to explore those beliefs that are foundational to Christianity. It argues that what we believe about God (our theology) has a practical impact upon our life and ethics and, therefore, provides an overview of Christian faith, and reflects on the ways in which this faith informs our everyday life and calling. The topics addressed range from the doctrine of God, creation and sin, to discussion on the person and work of Christ, and the nature of the coming kingdom of God. Unit detail page >>