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11070NAT Diploma of Chaplaincy

This course is for any individual looking to train as a Chaplain; a vocation that meets people at their point of need and provides support.

Delivered via face-to-face workshops, online classroom sessions and self-paced learning, the Diploma of Chaplaincy will empower you with pragmatic learning to pursue your commitment to serve in the ministry you are called to.

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  • DurationStudents will have a maximum of two years to complete 14 units of study, plus 140 hours of work placement and 10 hours of Pastoral Supervision.
  • Date2022 Enrolment Intakes: 13-27 June (Sydney)
  • Delivery ModeBlended delivery including face-to-face workshops, online classroom sessions and self-paced learning.
  • Trainer(s) Major Tracey English
  • Fees$4,550 AUD
    This fee includes all learning and assessment resources, work placement assistance, online support and assessment services for a period of two years.

The 11070NAT Diploma of Chaplaincy has been developed by The Salvation Army to equip Chaplains in a variety of roles. This course is for any individual looking to train as a Chaplain; a vocation that meets people at their point of need and provides support.

Delivered via face-to-face workshops, online classroom sessions and self-paced learning, the Diploma of Chaplaincy will empower you with pragmatic learning to pursue your commitment to serve in the ministry you are called to.

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 required 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.

"I studied the Diploma of Chaplaincy, having some anxiety about formal study, I was not sure what to expect. However I  really enjoyed obtaining my diploma, it was both interesting and challenging. The intensives were very informative, and the lecturers were outstanding. Tony Montgomery was there to answer any queries that I had during the week. Having done chaplaincy for some number of years, I would fully recommend those considering to gain some new skills to do this course."

Tim, Graduate of 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

Three Important Things to Know

1. You will attend face to face workshops

Students will attend scheduled workshops, as well as participate in online classroom sessions and self-paced learning. Students will have a maximum of two years to complete this course. Workshops for 2022 are scheduled for:

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. 140 hours of work placement is required to complete the Diploma of Chaplaincy.

To ensure you are well equipped for the role, this qualification also includes a mandatory 140 hours of work placement.

3. 10 hours of pastoral supervision is a requirement of this course.

Pastoral supervision (with a qualified supervisor) of ten hours, at the student's own arrangement and expense, is required to complete this course.

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.

- Pastoral supervision for 10 hours with a qualified supervisor at your own expense.

- 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, 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 11070NAT Diploma of Chaplaincy is a competency-based course which requires 14 units for the qualification (10 core units and 4 elective units).

Refer to the Units tab above for a full list of units available at Eva Burrows College for this course.

Work Placement

Whether you are already working as a Chaplain or are looking to move into the field, work placement will give you an invaluable opportunity to put your course theory into practice. Successful completion of this course requires 140 hours work placement in the chaplaincy field. It may be possible to undertake your placement on-the-job if you are working in a suitable role in the sector. If you are not currently working in the industry, you have the flexibility of identifying a placement or our Placement Officer can assist you to locate a suitable work placement. Due to the ever-changing demands placed on organisations it is not possible for the college to guarantee a suitable placement. For further information email the Course Coordinator. 

Pastoral Supervision

Working in the chaplaincy field may expose you personally to distressing situations, for example vehicle accidents with the emergency services, aggressive persons in correctional centres and victims of violence in the community. It is important that Chaplains have both formal support (work, pastoral supervision, EAPs, etc) and informal support (family, friends, faith group, etc) for the times when you may need assistance to recover. Therefore, successful completion of this qualification includes 10 hours of pastoral supervision (with a qualified supervisor) at the student’s arrangement and cost. Your trainer can provide guidance regarding accessing suitable pastoral supervision. 

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.

Learn More

For more details about this course click on the Course Information Brochure below.

Ready to Apply?

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

- 13 June-27 June 2022 (Sydney)


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


  • CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide

  • CHCCCS017 Provide loss and grief support

  • CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships

  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

  • CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues

  • CHCPAS002 Provide pastoral and spiritual care

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

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

  • NAT11070003 Provide pastoral interventions to people experiencing crisis reactions

  • NAT11070004 Implement holistic personal and professional development


  • CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people

  • CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia

  • CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context

  • CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence

  • CHCDFV007 Work with users of violence to effect change

  • CHCGRP002 Plan and conduct group activities

  • CHCPAS001 Plan for the provision of pastoral and spiritual care (recommended)

  • CHCPRT002 Support the rights and safety of children and young people

  • CHCYTH001 Engage respectfully with young people

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 qualification, you will be equipped to work in a chaplaincy role and utilise a broad range of cognitive and advanced communication skills and relational skills to collaborate with others to meet their needs. You will be awarded a 11070NAT Diploma of Chaplaincy.

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