Certificate IV in Chaplaincy
and Pastoral Care – CHC42315

The Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care is a course designed for those looking to develop their understanding and practice in people-helping.

This is an entry level qualification for people involved in an intentional way in chaplaincy and pastoral care.

This qualification prepares chaplaincy and pastoral care workers to:

Provide pastoral care, advice and support
Identify and assess client well-being and needs
Provide basic direction and pastoral counselling with referral to appropriate professionals
Provide pastoral care information

This qualification aims to develop foundational skills that can underpin growth and development as a chaplain or pastoral care worker. Note that this is a not a counselling qualification and will not be sufficient for those seeking to go into this field of professional practice. It is, however, an excellent entry point for those looking to develop the basic foundational people-helping skills and gaining an understanding of contemporary social issues, and is a suitable qualification for people training as chaplains. Please note though the completion of this course is not a guarantee that you will be employed as a chaplain in a Qld Baptist setting.

Course Requirements

 Learners undertaking this qualification will be required to have a mentor who is more experienced and preferably qualified in the area of chaplaincy or pastoral care, as well as meet the practical hours element of this qualification, which involves 100 hours of supervised practice of skills relevant to the training.

This qualification is offered via distance mode. Some units may be offered as an option in face to face mode from time to time if there are sufficient learner numbers to facilitate this. Recognition of prior learning is also available in part or full depending on prior training and experience. The practical element to attain this qualification is for the learner to complete a minimum 100 hours of work (either paid or volunteer) in the area of study, as well as engage in the further practical work as is required within the units and modules. It is highly recommended that the learner arranges a practical placement prior to commencing the course and receive written consent from the workplace.  Please note that MVT is not a placement organiser, so you will need to arrange the work placement yourself and have this approved by MVT’s Course Co-ordinator.

The 100-hour practical requirement can be done in one workplace or in many workplaces. Learners are required to have an experienced practitioner as a mentor/supervisor who is willing to observe and sign off on demonstrated skills. It is essential that the learner understands that, before they can be deemed competent in any unit, s/he must have demonstrated the appropriate skills to a satisfactory standard and by signed off by a supervisor. Learners are to keep this in mind, especially when choosing electives.

How is this course delivered?

This qualification consists of 9 core units and 4 electives of your choice. These are delivered in 5 modules and 2 individual units.

Your modules are:

Communication and Self Care
Pastoral Care
Working with Others
Working Legally, Ethically, and with Diversity
Loss, Grief, Trauma, and Bereavement
Your electives choices can be found in the module and fee information

The modules are delivered through audio recorded teaching sessions, supported with skeleton notes for the student to record their own notes while listening to the recording. This allows for the student to learn utilising various learning styles, supports dyslexic students, and grows the ‘listening’ skills of students, a much-needed tool for those going into this field.

Often people will present with considerable existing knowledge and experience in pastoral care and/or chaplaincy.  In these situations MVT will work through a Recognition of Prior Learning process and identify gaps in learning and experience.  Where gaps are identified we will offer the missing units of competency through an online distance program.

There is no reduction in course fees for RPL for this qualification.

There are no entry requirements for this qualification. Learners will need a satisfactory grasp of English skills (reading, writing and speaking) which will be assessed on application. Learners are also advised to have a mentor who can guide and support them in their study.  Learners will be required to have moderate word processing, email and web browsing skills and the use of a reliable computer with good internet access. Some assessments require the recording of audio and video formats (MP3 and MP4).

More information on the course fees can be found here: