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Officer Formation Pathways

You are unique. We recognise that you have unique experiences and skills and we are committed to providing individualised training to help your formation for the mission of officership.

We facilitate the formation of individuals as officers who are innovative leaders of Christlike character led by the Spirit and equipped for the current and emerging mission context.

All pathways lead to the completion of the Certificate of Salvation Army Officer Training and are full time programs.

Have a question? Contact us on +61 3 9847 5400, or send us an email candidates@aus.salvationarmy.org

Find your pathway

Cadet Trainee

As a Trainee  you will be in a residential face-to-face program based at Ringwood in Melbourne. This is an individualised program and suitable for those seeking an intensive and supported training approach. Training includes a variety of placements and experiences under the supervision of officer formation staff and specialists.

  1. Is this pathway for you?
    • Do you have some experience in leadership in a local corps or centre?
    • Are you capable of completing tertiary level of study?
    • Do you learn better in a class based face-to-face learning environment with easy access to teaching staff?
    • Would you appreciate an intensive-style of spiritual formation in a community setting?

If you answer “yes” to all these questions, this may be the pathway for you.

  1. 2 Years
  2. Residential based training 
  3. What your training will include
    • The completion of required academic subjects in mission, bible, theology and pastoral care
    • Observation and participation in a variety of corps and centres
    • Two full-time immersion placement experiences : three month full-time at a corps placement and five week full-time in a social placement
    • Experience in preaching and leading worship gatherings
    • Participation in spiritual formation
    • One-to-one coaching and mentoring sessions

Cadet Apprentice

As an Apprentice you will engage in training that blends formal learning with a fixed-placement in either a corps or centre. It is suitable for those with limited prior ministry experience desiring a placement based training option. The placement will be under the direction and supervision of an experienced officer and you will benefit from a hands-on approach to ministry formation with distance and/or face-to-face learning.

  1. Is this pathway for you?
    • Do you have some experience in leadership in a local corps or centre?
    • Is there a reason why you are unable to relocate for your training?
    • Are you self-motivated?
    • Are you capable of completing tertiary level of study?
    • Do you learn better in a “hands-on” environment but have the capacity to complete formal learning via distance education?

If you answer “yes” to all these questions, this may be the pathway for you.

  1. 3-4 Years
  2. Fixed placement and formal learning by distance and/or face-to-face
  3. Training includes
    • The completion of required academic subjects in mission, bible, theology and pastoral care
    • A full-time appointment to a corps or social centre, working alongside an experienced officer
    • Opportunity for other short-term placements to widen experience
    • One-to-one supervision

Cadet Intern

As an Intern you will be responsible for an appointment and will do formal learning by distance and/or face-to-face classes.  It is suitable for those with extensive ministry experience and who want to transition from employed ministry roles to officership. You will have some supervision from an experienced officer during your training period.

  1. Is this pathway for you?
    • Do you have some experience in leadership in a local corps or centre?
    • Is there a reason why you are unable to relocate for your training?
    • Are you self-motivated?
    • Are you capable of completing tertiary level of study?
    • Do you learn better in a “hands-on” environment but have the capacity to complete formal learning via distance education?

If you answer “yes” to all these questions, this may be the pathway for you.

  1. 2-4 Years
  2. In appointment training and learning by distance and/or face-to-face
  3. Training includes
    • The completion of required academic subjects in mission, bible, theology and pastoral care
    • A full-time appointment to a single corps or social centre
    • One-to-one supervision

Cadet Specialist

As a Specialist you will have the option to train either in a residential training model or the choice to do a placement and learn by distance and/or face-to-face. This is a unique approach to officer training, suitable for those with a pre-existing skill set that can be utilised for a specialised role within officership.  

Completion of a Specialist pathway will require confirmation of intention by The Salvation Army to use you within your specialist qualification for officer service.

  1. Is this pathway for you?
    • Do you have specialist skills and qualifications in an area of service relevant to The Salvation Army mission?
    • Are you driven and self-motivated?
    • Are you capable of completing tertiary of study?

If you answer “yes” to all these questions, this may be the pathway for you.

  1. 1-2 Years
  2. Two training options - Residential OR Fixed placement and learning by distance and/or face-to-face

    The completion of a reduced number of academic subjects to supply core knowledge for officer service.

    Opportunity post-commissioning to complete additional training for future service in “generalist” officer roles.