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CHC42315 Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care -Distance Education



CHC42315 Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care

The CHC42315 Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care is a nationally accredited course which provides a biblical understanding of the role and responsibilities of a Chaplain.

It has been developed in close consultation with industry practitioners, to equip you with the necessary chaplaincy skills to be effective in any workplace.

Subjects Include:

  • Introduction to Chaplaincy,
  • Chaplaincy to Diverse Individuals and Groups,
  • Work Health and Safety for Chaplains,
  • Specialist Communication Skills for Chaplains,
  • Providing Pastoral Care,
  • Supporting People in Grief and Loss,
  • A Chaplain’s Holistic Response to Client Issues,
  • Working in Mental Health,
  • A Chaplain’s Spiritual, Personal and Professional Development.

SCHOOL CHAPLAINCY and the National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP):

This nationally accredited CHC42315 Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care meets the minimum qualification standards of the NSCP including the required units of competency:

  • CHCMHS001 and CHCPRP003.


The following units of competency are delivered within twelve chaplaincy subjects:

CHCLEG001  Work legally and ethically
CHCDIV001  Work with diverse people
HLTWHS001  Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCCOM002  Use communication to build relationships
CHCPAS001  Plan for the provision of pastoral and spiritual care
CHCPAS002  Provide pastoral and spiritual care
CHCCCS017  Provide loss and grief support
CHCCCS016  Respond to client needs
CHCMHS001  Work with people with mental health issues
CHCPRP003  Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Choose 3 of the following Elective Units:
CHCCCS003  Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCAGE001  Facilitate the empowerment of older people
CHCDIS007  Facilitate the empowerment of people with a disability
CHCPAL001  Deliver care services using a palliative approach
CHCYTH001  Engage respectfully with young people
BSBRES401  Analyze and present research information


In addition, to studying time, students are required to complete 120 hours of volunteer work (Work-Based Training) within a community-based ministry where they can gain chaplaincy skills and experience.


Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is a process where students may be granted credit towards a qualification in recognition of their prior skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training.

The process requires students to gather evidence of their skills. Fees apply.

Ask Hope College for an RPL Application Form.


Hope College recognises and accepts Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications and Statements of Attainment issued by any other Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Direct Credit Transfer (DCT) will be given to any student who has successfully completed units in any of our accredited courses with another RTO.

Students must produce a certified copy of their Record of Results/Statement of Attainment for our records prior to the commencement of studies. There is no fee for DCT.


To be eligible to enroll an applicant must be:

  • 18 years or over
  • A person who involved in a Christian Church
  • Able to read and write English to a sufficient standard to work with the supplied course materials.


All applicants must:

  • Complete a Student Application Form
  • Provide a USI number
  • Pay $ 150 non-refundable application fee (per course)
  • Read the Student Handbook
  • Sign the Student Handbook Declaration Slip
  • Complete a Chaplaincy Questionnaire to ascertain their suitability for community based work
  • Obtain a reference from your local church pastor (Pastoral Reference Form available from Hope College website)
  • Complete Work-Based Training Agreement and Training Plan

All forms can be downloaded from


Online application is available now!


Assessment tasks include questions, case scenarios, research, portfolios, and workplace competency.

Depending on the student’s location and WBT, evidence of some practical skills may need to be submitted in media format.

Upon successful completion of the course requirements, you will be awarded a CHC42315 Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care.

Participants who exit the course without completing all assessments tasks including practical hours will be issued with a Statement of Attainment for those units in which they have demonstrated competency.


Training support is provided by Hope College staff via phone, email and/or internet for the duration of the course.


Completion of this course will provide partial Direct Credit Transfer into the 10433NAT Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology and a range of nationally recognized qualifications such as:

  • CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services,
  • CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work and
  • CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling.


This course is Centrelink approved. 

You may qualify for Austudy, Youth Allowance, Abstudy or PES. 

For information on your eligibility, contact Centrelink



Full time:

  • 12 subjects plus 120 hours work-based training
  • must be completed in 1 year (1 subject per month)

Part time:

  •   12 subjects plus 120 hours work-based training
  •   must be completed in 2 years (1 subject bi-monthly)