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CF Chaplaincy Foundations

Study chaplaincy at Eva Burrows College and start building the skills necessary to work as a chaplain in a variety of settings and be equipped to meet people at their point of need. In this course you will learn a broad range of cognitive and advanced communication and relational skills to help others.

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  • Duration9 Months
  • Date2022 Enrolment Intake:
    Sydney: 13 June – 26 June
  • Delivery ModeClassroom
  • VenueSydney: 426 Church St, Parramatta
  • Trainer(s) Major Tracey English
  • Fees$1,625 AUD
    This fee includes all learning and assessment resources, online support and assessment services for a period of nine months. A non-refundable 10% deposit is required at time of enrolment.

Who should considering this training?

In a chaplaincy role you often work with people who are experiencing times of crisis, grief and loss or have experienced a crucial life-changing incident. Engaging with such vulnerable people requires sensitivity and the discerning application of extensive knowledge and skills. You will need to be able to work independently and self-manage your time, activities and wellbeing.

This short course has been developed by the College in consultation with The Salvation Army's territorial chaplaincy support unit. The course meets the foundation development and training needs of chaplains and will equip you to provide services and/or interventions to clients in a variety of settings.

Be empowered with pragmatic learning to pursue your commitment to serve in the ministry you are called to.

Chaplaincy Foundations comprises of five key units from the accredited 11070NAT Diploma of Chaplaincy, delivered in a five-day face to face workshop. This program provides a stepping-stone towards the 11070NAT Diploma of Chaplaincy.

A Day in the Life of a Chaplain

Chaplains meet people at their point of need to provide support. To help you explore whether the life of a Chaplain is a good fit for you, watch the video below to hear a lived Chaplaincy experience.

Yasmin - Salvos Store Chaplain, Victoria

3 Important Things to Know

1. You will attend face to face workshops

Sydney Workshop

11-15 July 2022
Eva Burrows College
426 Church Street, North Parramatta, NSW
Note: Delivery of training depends on minimum numbers being met and COVID-19 restrictions permitting.

2. You have 9 months to complete this course.

From time of enrolment, you will have 9 months to complete all components of this competency based short course.

3. Transition to 11070NAT Diploma of Chaplaincy

The Chaplaincy Foundations program is a starting point for students who want to increase their Chaplaincy skills and expertise but may not be ready to commit to the two-year 11070NAT Diploma of Chaplaincy course. On successful completion of the Chaplaincy Foundations program, you can transition into 11070NAT Diploma of Chaplaincy and receive credit for the five units of competency.

Additional Information

Entry Requirements

The following entry requirements apply to this course. You will require:

- Biblical and theological qualifications at a Certificate IV level OR be able to demonstrate that you have a proficient level of biblical and theological knowledge.

- Sufficient literacy skills to read and interpret the Bible, prayer books or other religious material.

- Sufficient digital literacy skills to undertake research and complete assessments online.

- A letter of sponsorship from your denominational senior clerical representative, or chaplaincy team leader or employer if you are working in the field of chaplaincy, endorsing your application for the course and confirming your engagement with the church/corps.

- To be over 18 years of age.

- Have current Working with Children Check documentation.

- Police Check with relevant authority.

This course is open to anyone living in Australia. It is not available to any residents living outside of Australia. The eligibility of students will be confirmed during enrolment.

Course Structure

The Chaplaincy Foundations program is a competency-based program which requires five (5) units. On successful completion you will be issued with a Statement of Attainment.

Possible Fields of Work

Chaplains meet people at their point of need to provide support. This support can be anything from a chat about how things are going, to helping people through the death of a loved one. The role of the Chaplain can be quite broad with an emphasis on offering practical, emotional and spiritual support.

Some sectors Chaplains can find themselves in, providing support to individuals are prisons, emergency services, schools, aged care facilities, and rural areas.

Eva Burrows College is also proud to be one of the approved education providers for the Civil Chaplaincies Advisory Committees in NSW, an organisation that helps coordinate chaplains in Health Services, Corrective Services and Juvenile Justice.

Ready to Apply?

To register your interest, email The 2022 Enrolment Intakes for this course are:

Sydney: 13 June – 26 June


An online enrolment application link will be emailed to you once the intake opens.


  • CHCCCS017 Provide loss and grief support

  • CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships

  • CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues

  • NAT11070001 Provide chaplaincy services in response to spiritual and religious needs

  • NAT11070002 Apply theological concepts in the context of client’s needs and beliefs

One qualification – three pathways

Pathway 1

Pathway 2

Pathway 3

New to Chaplaincy
Currently in a Chaplain role with no formal qualification
Wanting to update your current qualification?
For all aspiring and new Chaplains
You are currently working as a Chaplain or in a ministry or community role but do not hold a current accreditation for chaplaincy.
You already hold a qualification but want to update your qualification.

Upon successful completion of this foundations program, you will be equipped to utilise a broad range of cognitive and advanced communication skills and relational skills to collaborate with others to meet their needs.

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