School Chaplaincy Upgrade

Students needing to obtain the two mandatory units for school chaplaincy can complete the School Chaplaincy Upgrade (SCU) by attending the relevant sessions during a School Chaplaincy Upgrade course. Dates for upcoming SCU are listed on the AC timetable page. This intensive with assessments is completed online.

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.


Course Structure

This course comprises 3 units of competency completed over one semester full-time or equivalent part-time.

To be awarded the School Chaplaincy Upgrade, students must demonstrate competency in all three units.

Units Included

  • Respond to client needs (CHCCCS016)
  • Work with people with mental health issues (CHCMHS001)
  • The School Chaplain and Self-Care (additional non-accredited unit)


  • Respond to client needs (CHCCCS016)
  • Work with people with mental health issues (CHCMHS001)
  • The School Chaplain and Self-Care (additional non-accredited unit)

Entry Requirements

  • Relevant state or territory Working With Children Check (WWCC).
  • Unique Student Identifier (USI) number
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letter of Endorsement

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

Delivery Modes: Online recorded
Locations: Online
Duration: One Semester
Next intake: 17th - 19th April, 9am to 4pm

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.

Government loans are unavailable for this course. An alternative option is Study Loans, a private student loan provider. To learn more about VET loans provided by Study Loans, click here.

Course Learning Outcomes

Not applicable to VET courses.

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