Diploma of Chaplaincy

Be equipped to be there for people in their time of need.


This course is endorsed by Chaplaincy Australia and provides practical and theological training for those wishing to work as a chaplain. The course and professional practical units prepare students to make real and lasting impact in people's lives.
  • Course Structure
  • Course Load
  • Study Intensives
  • Fee-Help and Austudy
  • Pathways

The Diploma of Chaplaincy is comprised of 8 units and is completed via online facilitation. This facilitation is broken into four 2.5-day intensive sessions held online, as well as a face-to-face involvement in our study intensive. 

  • In this unit students will explore a variety of topics that form the basis of pastoral care and be encouraged to creatively engage these topics with their own context.

  • This unit helps students develop a theological framework and understanding of major chaplaincy related issues, which are common to pastoral carers and chaplains. This unit also discusses topics on self-care and accountability of those in chaplaincy areas.

  • This unit allows students to explore topics around grief, loss, common mental health issues, seeking support and self-care. Students will have the opportunity to learn to engage with their emotions, and to develop an understanding of the emotions of others.

  • Throughout this unit of study, students are encouraged to explore Christianity’s foundational beliefs and reflect on the way their faith influences their life and calling.

  • Students will select one of two bible units either BIB007 Introduction to Israel’s Scriptures OR BIB008 Introduction to the New Testament 

These units will explore the historical and thematic themes of the Bible, students will be encouraged to consider the message of Scripture and its application for today’s context.

  • Christianity is about transformed lives, and this year-long unit provides students with an opportunity to develop an understanding of Christian spirituality and the disciplines and attitudes necessary for personal spiritual formation.

  • Highly practical, in this unit students engage in 100 hours of practical placement in an area of specialisation, with a qualified supervisor.

Full Time: 1 year

Part Time: 2-4 years

You can change your enrolment status from full time to part time for any semester however after census date, any withdrawals are counted as fails.


These training weeks incorporate in-depth discussion of the semester’s unit material, a safe environment for the practical application of spiritual gifts, and the chance to build life-long friendships


A FEE-HELP loan is available for eligible students enrolling in the online Higher Education Courses with Alphacrucis College*. Please note that FEE-HELP has a loan fee of 25%. Visit: https://www.studyassist.gov.au/help-loans/fee-help.

This course is Austudy approved subject to eligibility criteria.

Students can change from course loads from Full Time to Part Time. Please be aware that a change to your enrolment status can affect your Austudy eligibility and benefits. Please consult with Centrelink for more details.

For more information about FEE-HELP eligibility visit https://www.studyassist.gov.au/help-loans/fee-help

 For more information about Abstudy & Austudy eligibility visit https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/

This program equips you to become a Chaplain or pastoral carer in setting such as

  • Prisons
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Aged Card Facilities

as well as other settings

such as sporting clubs and emergency services.


Lorraine - Chaplain

Diploma of Ministry

When I began my journey with Training I was stuck in a rut and not sure who I was or even where belonged. I was shy, withdrawn and broken. With a gentle persuasion I stepped into CRC Training. I am now out of my rut,  confident in who I am and who God has called me to be. I am free to step into my calling in Christ!