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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 study time, students are required to complete 120 hours of volunteer work (Work-Based Train-ing) 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.

  • ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR CHC42315 Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care
    To be eligible to enrol an applicant must be:
    18 years or over
    A person who is actively 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
    Read the Student Handbook and sign the Student Handbook Declaration Slip
    Complete a Chaplaincy Questionnaire to ascertain their suitability for community based work
    Obtain a reference from their Pastor (Pastoral Reference Form is supplied)
    Complete Work-based Training Plan
    Pay $150 Application Fee (non-refundable)
    All forms can be downloaded from

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.

Total cost of the course is $2,310 which includes a $150 non-refundable Application Fee. Course fees total $2,160 and are paid in 12 instalments of $180 as students purchase each subject.

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 Chris-tian Ministry and Theology and a range of nationally recognised qualifications such as: CHC42015 Certifi-cate IV in Community Services, CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work and CHC51015 Diploma of Coun-selling.

This course is Centrelink approved. You may qualify for Austudy, Youth Allowance, Abstudy or PES. For information on your eligibility, contact Centrelink