Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care – CHC42315

The Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care (CHC42315) is a nationally accredited course designed for those looking to develop their understanding and practice in people-helping. This is an entry-level qualification for people wanting to be involved in intentional Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care ministry.

The Certificate IV Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care aims to develop foundational skills that underpin growth and development as a chaplain or pastoral care worker. It is an excellent entry point for those looking to develop the basic foundational skills of people-helping skills whilst gaining an understanding of various contemporary issues such as trauma, ethics, grief, and suicide.

The Malyon Vocational Training Certificate IV Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care has been developed with feedback from a variety of people who are currently working in the Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care field. Malyon is committed to gaining industry consultation and feedback on our studies, so learners can be assured they are learning the most current frameworks and values of the industry.

The Malyon Vocational Training Certificate IV Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care is delivered by bringing the best of both the secular and Christian perspectives regarding the spiritual, emotional, and physical care of people. Your learnings are supported by scripture with a variety of assessments challenging learners to work through their beliefs on certain issues.

Learnings include:

Providing scriptural pastoral care and support
Working out your faith around contemporary issues affecting people
Identifying and assessing a person’s well-being and needs
Understanding your legal responsibilities
Providing basic direction and pastoral support while referring to appropriate professionals
Looking after yourself while caring for others

Hear what our students have to say about studying a cert IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care:

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Teaching:

The course has 5 modules and 2 elective units (learner’s choice). The modules are:

Best Practice
Working with others
Pastoral Care
Loss, Grief, Trauma, and Bereavement
Self-Development

The elective choices are (please note that not all electives will be available every semester):

Facilitate the empowerment of older people
Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
Address the needs of people with chronic illness
Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
Support clients in the decision-making process
Facilitate the empowerment of people with a disability
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Plan and conduct group activities
Deliver care services using a palliative approach
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
Support young people to create opportunities
Lead volunteer teams

Practical:

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 Chaplaincy and/or Pastoral Care, as well as engage in the further practical work as is required within the units and modules. Please note that Malyon Vocational Training is not a placement organiser, so you will need to arrange the work placement yourself and have this approved by Malyon Vocational Training’s Course Co-ordinator.

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 be signed off by a supervisor. Learners are to keep this in mind, especially when choosing electives.

Please note: *The completion of this course does not guarantee employment as a Chaplain in a Qld Baptist setting. * Although counselling electives are available, this is not a counselling qualification, and will not be sufficient for those seeking to go into this field of professional counselling practice.

Timing:

The course is designed for Learners to have flexibility in their study load per semester. This means that some Learners will complete the course in 12mths, while others can take up to 4 years. Most Learners complete in 18mths.

Learner Requirements:

Learners need a minimum of basic computer skills* with reliable internet access. Some assessments require the learner to record in audio and video formats (MP3 and MP4). Learners also need a satisfactory grasp of English skills (reading, writing and speaking).*Basic computer skills include being able to open, edit, and save both new and existing word documents, selecting and moving text, save documents with new file names, the uploading and downloading of documents, videos, audio, images etc, the use of PowerPoint, email, using of auto forms etc.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

Often people will present with considerable existing knowledge and experience in pastoral care and/or chaplaincy.  In these situations, Malyon Vocational Training 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.

For more information: 2022 Certificate IV Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care Information Booklet

Learn more about Ministry through chaplaincy – Crossover “Ministry Outside the Church Walls through Chaplaincy” https://www.crossover.org.au/chaplaincy-ministry-outside-the-church-walls/

More information on the course fees can be found here: