Diploma of Chaplaincy

The Diploma of Chaplaincy is an accredited qualification for aspiring chaplains in all contexts and endorsed by Chaplaincy Australia. This course is overseen by Sharon Clark.

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

Course Description

Through this exciting program, you will receive practical and theological training on how to minister to those in need, gain greater understanding of those around you, and be 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 and complete a practicum component of working in the field.

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Course Structure

This course structure is based on two semesters (each of 13 weeks duration), with four subjects taught in each semester. It comprises:

  • 50 credit points (5 subjects) of core subjects
  • 30 credit points (3 subjects) of specialisation OR elective subjects

To qualify for award of the degree of Diploma of Chaplaincy a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 80 credit points, including satisfactory completion of the core subjects.

For more information see the Student Handbook.



The specialisation for this course is optional. Students can complete three alternate elective subjects from any discipline.

View the full list of subjects for this course.

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


The required subjects for this course have changed in 2022. Students who commenced before 2022 are encouraged to contact Student Services for enrolment support.

Admission Criteria


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

Applicants admitted on the basis of their recent secondary education must demonstrate the completion of NSW Higher School Certificate or International Baccalaureate (or the completion of the interstate or overseas equivalent qualification and result) for admission into this course.

Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study

Applicants whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification must demonstrate the completion of an AQF Level 3 Certificate III or higher by an authorised institution or registered training organisation for admission into this course.

The Program Director will conduct a pre-admission interview (either face-to-face or phone or via Zoom) with all applicants seeking entry into the course on the basis of a Certificate III qualification. This interview aims to assess academic suitability and preparedness of the applicant for undergraduate level study.

Applicants with Higher Education Study
Applicants whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a complete or partially complete higher education qualification must demonstrate the completion or partial completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree (or higher) by an authorised institution for admission into the Diploma of Chaplaincy.

Applicants with Work and Life Experience

If you are under the age of 21 at the time of commencement, you can apply to a prescribed program of non-award study on the basis of provisional entry, and complete the provisional entry qualifying period to become a full candidate of this course.

If you are over the age of 21 at the time of commencement, you can apply for admission into this course on the basis of provisional entry, and complete the provisional entry qualifying period to become a full candidate.


Overseas students are required to demonstrate their English proficiency skills. Such students admitted into our programs must attain an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 5.5 (with no score below 5.0 in any of the four skills areas). IELTS (or equivalent) is not required for applicants who have undertaken five years of required higher education study (or equivalent) in English from an approved country or who have completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification awarded in English under the Australian Qualification Framework by an authorised institution or registered training organisation.

Essential Requirements for Admission

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 Mode: Blended, Intensive, Face-to-face, Online
Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Selected Other Locations
Duration: 1 year full-time/4 years part-time
Intakes: Multiple intakes. See the Chaplaincy website for details.

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 Chaplaincy website.

FEE-HELP is available for eligible students to assist you in financing your studies. For more information and other options, please visit the Financing Your Study page. For students who cannot access government loans, an alternative option is Study Loans, a private student loan provider. To learn more about loans provided by Study Loans, click here.

For further details including MCU and Professional development dates please see https://chaplaincy.ac/.

Course Learning Outcomes


  • general understanding of key issues, recent scholarship and practices within the discipline area of chaplaincy, 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 area of chaplaincy.

Demonstrated ability to:

  • identify, analyse and synthesise theoretical knowledge in the discipline area of chaplaincy;
  • examine complex problems or presenting issues using appropriate methodologies and theories from the discipline area of chaplaincy;
  • employ specialist technical and creative skills to express ideas and perspectives related to the discipline area of chaplaincy;
  • communicate effectively to transfer knowledge and specialised chaplaincy skills to peers, clients, and general audiences in diverse contexts;
  • apply theoretical and technical knowledge and skills acquired within the specialist area of chaplaincy in a range of professional contexts;
  • work independently, responsibly and with the level expected in a broad range of professional 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.

Alumni Stories

“I really liked putting into practice what we were learning in our practical hours. I also liked that our trainers/facilitators/educators could all give examples through their own chaplaincy experiences to illustrate what we were being taught. It was good to be made to self-reflect. It’s an exercise I would usually avoid, but is beneficial – and of course necessary – for the role of a chaplain or pastoral carer.  I felt part of a family within our cohort.”

Alan Findlay,

Chaplaincy graduate

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Work-Integrated Learning

As part of the core subject EXP009 Professional Practice in Chaplaincy, students must 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.

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

CRICOS Course Code: 094095K