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10032NAT Diploma of Chaplaincy

The 10032NAT Diploma of Chaplaincy is the only accredited chaplaincy diploma course in Australia. The course is developed by Booth College in consultation with The Salvation Army's chaplain services and chaplains.

The course meets the development and training needs, and accreditation of chaplains. This qualification equips chaplains to provide services and/or interventions to clients in a variety of settings.

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  • DurationOne year with 3 Intensives
  • DateSydney first Intensive 3-7 April, 2017; Brisbane first Intensive 20-24 March, 2017
  • Delivery ModeClassroom and online
  • VenueSydney classes will be held at Booth College, 120 Kingsland Road, Bexley North, NSW 2207; Brisbane class venue TBA
  • Trainer(s) Lyndsay Smith | Mavis Salt
  • Fees$4200 (This fee includes all textbooks, learning and assessment resources and meals during Intensives)

The 10032NAT Diploma of Chaplaincy is a nationally recognised training.

This qualification equips chaplains to provide services and/or interventions to clients in a variety of settings. 

The total number of units required for completion for the course is 14 units (10 core, 4 electives - not all electives will be available in this course)). Elective units are grouped into occupational streams: Alcohol and Other Drugs Stream, Ageing Stream, Children and Youth Stream, Courts and Prison Stream and Organisational Stream.

Course requirements also include:
- 140 hour work experience (or on-the-job) Chaplaincy placement, to be arranged by the student
- 10 hours qualified supervision (with a professional counsellor) at student’s own arrangement and cost

The Salvation Army personnel may be eligible for finanacial assistance through the Course Assistance Board (CAB). Interested applicants should submit a signed CAB Form to All submitted CAB forms must be signed by the line manager/division to demonstrate the support of the applicant's department/corps/division. 

The successful course participant will qualify with the advanced skills necessary to work as a Christian chaplain in a range of contexts such as community based organisations, residential aged care services, outreach services, statutory authorities (e.g. fire brigade), correctional facilities, defence services, hospitals, urban and rural settings. 

Entry Requirements

The following entry requirements apply to this course.  Please contact the Vocational Training Office for an Application Form to address these requirements and for an Enrolment Form. You must:
- have some biblical and theological studies, at a Certificate IV level, OR, be able to demonstrate that you have a proficient level of biblical and theological knowledge,
- have identified a suitable workplace to gain 140 hours’ work experience (or on-the-job) placement in the chaplaincy field or similar, e.g. welfare related work within the community or pastoral care within the church,
- be prepared to engage in, at your own arrangement and cost, during the course, 10 hours of Qualified Supervision (with a professional counsellor)
- have sufficient literacy skills to read and interpret the Bible, prayer books or other religious material that clients may request, as well as refer to theory/research from other sources, 
- provide (if you are not currently employed by The Salvation Army) a letter of sponsorship from your denominational senior clerical representative including:
    · a general endorsement of the student by the pastor,
    · a confirmation that the student has a solid biblical and theological knowledge,
    · a confirmation of work/on-the-job experience in Chaplaincy (if being completed through your church)


  • CHAMIN501A Provide chaplaincy services in response to spiritual and religious needs

  • CHAMIN502A Effectively discuss theological concepts in the context of client's needs and beliefs

  • CHAMIN503A Provide pastoral interventions to people experiencing crisis reactions

  • CHAPPD501A Implement holistic personal and professional development

  • CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide

  • CHCCCS017 Provide loss and grief support

  • CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships

  • CHCDFV007 Work with users of violence to effect change

  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

  • CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues


  • CHCADV002 Provide advocacy and representation services

  • CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people

  • CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia

  • CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context

  • CHCCDE011 Implement community development strategies

  • CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence

  • CHCGRP002 Plan and conduct group activities

  • CHCPAS002 Provide pastoral and spiritual care

  • CHCPRT002 Support the rights and safety of children and young people

  • CHCYTH001 Engage respectfully with young people

  • PSPCRT410B Provide court support to Indigenous clients

For information on what you could study after graduating from this course email or speak to our course coordinator who may be able to guide you.

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