Minister's Chaplaincy Upgrade

This is a short course for Pastors and Ministers with 5 years of experience looking to upskill or move into the Chaplaincy field. This includes compulsory attendance across a 3-day Intensive (9am-4pm AEST) and assessments completed online. Pastors who choose this option complete 2 units of study, receive a statement of attainment, and may continue on to the complete Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care.

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

  • 5 years of experience in pastoral ministry or equivalent.
  • Letter of Endorsement from relevant church body.
  • Relevant state or territory Working With Children Check (WWCC).
  • Unique Student Identifier (USI) number.
  • 200-word Statement of Purpose for studying this course.

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).
  • Letter of Endorsement from relevant church body.
  • Working with Children Check (use your home state registration process to gain the WWCC). Applicants require a ‘volunteer’ WWCC.

Study Modes

Locations: Online and other locations as available
Duration: One Term
Next intake: Please refer to the timetable or contact

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 the MCU please see our Timetable. To find the next intake:

  • Level of award = VET
  • Your Course = School Chaplaincy Upgrade

Government loans are unavailable for this course.

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