Minister's Chaplaincy Upgrade

This is a short program for Pastors and Ministers with 5 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, receive a statement of attainment, and may complete additional units.

Course Description

This short program is a component of CHC42315 Certificate IV in Chaplaincy & Pastoral Care which is designed to provide you with a wider scope of competencies and understanding of chaplaincy and pastoral care.

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Course Structure

This course requires you to complete two units:

  • CHCCCS016 Respond to client needs
  • CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues


  • CHCCCS016 Respond to client needs
  • CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues

Entry Requirements

  • Currently employed as a pastor or minister with 5 years of experience
  • Relevant state or territory Working With Children Check (WWCC).
  • Unique Student Identifier (USI) number
  • 200-word Statement of Purpose

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

How to Apply

Apply online at

  1. Scroll down the page to "Other Application Forms and Information" > "Ministers and School Chaplaincy Upgrade"
  2. You can now "Click to Apply" for the MCU.

Online application prompts you to create a login username and password. Be sure to retain your login information. You can pause, save your application progress at any point and return at a later time. During the application process you will be asked to upload supporting documentation, which includes:

  • Proof of Identity (eg. Birth Certificate or Passport)
  • A government issued, Unique Student Identifier (USI) number. Consult for details and to secure your USI.
  • Statement of Purpose (a short 200-word summary of why you wish to study this course)
  • A CV documenting 5 years of ministry experience (Required for this special cohort)
  • Working with Children Check (use your home state registration process to gain the WCC). Applicants are classified a ‘volunteer’ in Education.

Study Modes

Locations: Online
Duration: One Semester
Intakes: Semester 1 and Semester 2
Next intakes: 28-30 Nov, Online Campus.

For future intakes, enquire now.

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 our Timetables.

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.

Course Learning Outcomes

Not applicable to VET courses.

Student Story

"I recently completed the Ministers Chaplaincy Upgrade. The balance of a 3-day intensive and then assignments in an online setting made the course very manageable.

The intensive equipped me to better understand some of the challenges and principles around issues like mental health and responding to client needs. The assignments resourced me to know what is available in my local area to support people, which I have found invaluable. It has also opened a door for me to volunteer as a Chaplain in my local community. Highly Recommended."

Ps Paul McCullock
Hope Unlimited Church

Ps Paul McCullock