Undergraduate Satisfaction*
in Postgraduate Educational Experience^
All AC Courses: 100% Online**


Social support including Chaplaincy and Community Services are an integral part of your community, providing care and support to those in need. Our Applied Social Science awards offer you a range of practical focus areas including Counselling, Youth Work, Chaplaincy, Case Management, Pastoral Care, Social Welfare and Community Services. We have a range of training options, allowing you to tailor your learning to your calling.


“AC really equipped me to start Chaplaincy Australia in its early years, and empowered me to develop things (key to its success) like its values and organisational structure.”

Anne Iuliano
AC Graduate and Sessional Lecturer
Founder, Chaplaincy Australia
Citizen of the Year, Willoughby City Council, 2019

Head to the dedicated Chaplaincy website to see full course details

You will find:

  • Course details
  • Intake periods
  • Class timetables
  • Inspiring stories from our students



AC Chaplaincy courses are endorsed by Chaplaincy Australia.
AC Counselling qualifications are accredited by the
Australian Counselling Association.



Do you find yourself invested in the care of others? Do people come to you for their spiritual care? Perhaps you’re called to be a Chaplain. AC offers the training and accreditation pathways that are right for you. From the most experienced Chaplain through to the person who is just starting to think about becoming a Chaplain. Whether you’re a school leaver or a retiree, working full time or looking for a career change, we equip you to provide a high standard of care in a range of Chaplaincy settings.

Minister’s Chaplaincy Upgrade (MCU)
We even have a Ministers Chaplaincy Upgrade (MCU), which is a short course for Pastors and Ministers with years of experience looking to upskill or move into the Chaplaincy field. This includes a 3-day (8.30am-5pm) Intensive and assessments completed online. Pastors who choose this option complete 2 units of study (below), receive a statement of attainment, and may complete additional units.

CHCCCS016 Respond to client needs

CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues


Want to be better equipped to actively serve your community? AC’s Diploma of Community Services is a unique program designed to equip people to think and act differently regarding community transformation. 

This course is specifically designed for experienced community workers and those who have experience in church-based community services work. The Diploma of Community Services is a fully accredited VET Award endorsed by the ACC Community Engagement Director, Pastor Paul Bartlett. An RPL option is for people who have 5 or more years’ experience in community services.


From time to time, Alphacrucis College is able to offer people with 5 or more years community services experience the opportunity to obtain an accredited Diploma of Community Services by applying for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and participating in a special 5-day RPL intensive delivery mode. This RPL mode draws upon your many years of community engagement ministry experience and provides quality gap training. To find out more about the RPL course, visit the Diploma of Community Services - RPL.


“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.”

Chaplaincy Graduate

“Completing the Diploma has enabled me to have more confidence working in this field and developing programs to be effective and of a high standard. It has also brought increased credibility when attending community gatherings and interagencies as I am now seen by others working in these fields to be qualified for the work.”

Diploma of Community Services Graduate

“The Diploma of Community Services will build your understanding, capacity and your credibility, whether you are looking for a career change or just starting fresh. Get a nationally accredited qualification while you work. Underpinned by a Christian worldview and presented in a dynamic learning environment, this course will assist you to gain skills, strategies and confidence; understand the uniqueness of your community; build credibility through networking and engagement; and enrich the lives of others.”

Senior Pastor, Lighthouse Churches & State
President NSW ACC and ACC Community
Engagement National Leader

*16% higher than the national average. UG Federal Government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching 2018.
^Postgraduate Business and Leadership, 2018 QILT Survey.
**Subjects with required face-to-face delivery, such as Social Science and Education practicals, will meet physical distancing measures and required hygiene practices. Based on the latest Government advice, we are planning for a gradual return to face-to-face teaching for students who can attend campus.