Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology - Chaplaincy Program

Cert IV Christian Ministry emp. chaplaincyPre-requisite: While there are no formal academic prerequisites for this course a student is required to show evidence of  reasonable knowledge of the word of God sufficient to satisfy first year and foundational understanding of the Bible and or evidence of consistent ministry  experience.  This can be attested by academic transcripts from a Bible college or through your Pastor's testimonial evidence or  other verifiable evidence.

Vision Colleges Christian Ministry and TheologyThe Chaplaincy Program will best suit you if:

  • You are seeking an entry level option that develops a sound foundation for Christian life and work.
  • You wish to enter into Ministry or Christian Service as lay people or in full or part-time ministry.
  • You are entering an Internship and are looking for a flexible option.
  • You wish to enter into a deeper level of study to serve Christ and the church.
  • You wish to go on to the Diploma of Christian Ministry.
  • You are seeking Practical Ministry Skills Development.

Vision International College's program is an ideal and flexible option for ministry interns or trainee pastors.


The programme can be completed in one year as Distance Education study programme. This time frame is a guide only and is dependent upon the student's own capacity and circumstances. The programme attracts Austudy, AbStudy or Youth Allowance for eligible Australian students.

The student is required to complete a minimum of 9 units, which include the development of practical skills within their local church or with a community based organization. The student will complete the units as indicated below:

  • 6 Units of Biblical Theology, identified as “CMT” units
  • 3 Practical Ministry Skills units

VIC has nominated the subjects for the “CMT” units and for the Practical Ministry Skills units; however, students may request alternative subjects if they are appropriate. The decision of the Principal on the substitution request is final.

Biblical Theology Subjects

Practical Ministry Skills Subjects

To develop practical skills the student will be involved in a local church or community-based programme under qualified leadership and document the work experience as required in each unit.

The minimal number of practical units to be undertaken for this award is 3 and the minimal nominal hours for the practicum must not be less than 140 hours regardless of the units selected. Alternative Practical Ministry Skill options may be available on request from Vision International College.

Recognition Given To Certificate IV - Chaplaincy Program

Upon completion of this qualification learners should have acquired the necessary knowledge, attitudes and skills to serve effectively as workers and religious instructors in churches, parishes, para-church organisations, missionary organisations, and in religious education. Students will learn to apply biblical principles to their daily life, and learn how to explain and share those principles with others.

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