Diploma of Chaplaincy

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Diploma of Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy in Australia is more important than ever. Whether in schools, defence, emergency services, hospitals, airports, prisons, caravan parks, aged care facilities, or workplaces, chaplains represent a crucial interface between the Christian community and the wider world. Chaplaincy is complex and challenging, requiring the skills to meet people where they are at, often in distress, or facing major crises.

St Mark’s Diploma of Chaplaincy provides graduates with the pastoral and organisational skills to be highly effective professionals within the complex interpersonal and institutional contexts that shape various forms of chaplaincy in contemporary Australia. It’s a course for those who want to do chaplaincy with excellence.

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2 years part-time

Classroom-based learning in four intensives per year in Canberra, plus online work and assessments.

Classroom-based learning in four intensives per year in Canberra, plus online work and assessments.

Canberra Campus

15 Blackall Street, BARTON  ACT 2600


Candidates for the Diploma of Chaplaincy must:

  • have completed biblical and theological studies at a minimum of Certificate IV level, OR be able to demonstrate that you have a proficient level of biblical and theological knowledge,
  • be willing and able to arrange and pay for 10 hours of pastoral supervision (with a professional supervisor)
  • have sufficient literacy skills to read and engage with complex theological material and other literature related to chaplaincy.
  • provide a letter of sponsorship from a denominational senior clerical representative including:
    • an endorsement of the student by the pastor or minister,
    • 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)
  • be over 18 years of age
  • meet the requirements for working with children
  • complete a Police Check with the relevant authority

CHAMIN001 Provide chaplaincy services in response to spiritual and religious needs

CHCCOM002 Use Communication to build relationships

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

CHAMIN002 Apply theological concepts in the context of client’s needs and beliefs

CHAPPD001 Implement holistic personal and professional development

CHCCCS017 Provide loss and grief support

CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide

CHCDFV007 Work with users of violence to effect change

CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues

CHAMIN003 Provide pastoral interventions to people experiencing crisis reactions

CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically

CHCPAS002 Provide pastoral and spiritual care

CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence

CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

Completion of the Diploma involves extensive training in practical skills, as well as 140 hours of work placement, 10 hours of pastoral supervision, and 20 hours of reflective learning. It is designed to shape highly competent and self-aware chaplains.


Session 1: Begins 1 March, ends 30 June 2019
Session 2: Begins 1 August, ends 30 November 2019


  • Friday 15 to Saturday 16 March 2019
  • Friday 24 and Saturday 25 May 2019
  • Friday 2 and Saturday 3 August 2019
  • Friday 22 and Saturday 23 November 2019


February intake: 15 February

For applicants seeking Recognition of Prior Learning for 2019 intake, closing date for applications is 1 November.


Session 1: 1 April
Session 2: 1 September

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