Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care – CHC42315



This qualification reflects the role of chaplains and/or pastoral and spiritual care workers who provide ongoing ethical, moral and spiritual support to clients using a person-centered approach.
Workers operate within the guidelines and practices of their organization and within the professional and ethical standards of their relevant association. The development of self-awareness and identity underpin effective work in pastoral and spiritual care and are developed over time, through professionally supervised practice and mentoring.
Work may take place in a range of contexts, including schools, community outreach and local churches in a paid or volunteer capacity. Work in these roles may also require commissioning from a recognized religious institution.
To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 100 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.
National school chaplaincy regulations or legislation may apply to this qualification.

Australian college of Christianity offer this qualification using a Mixed mode consisting of Classroom and Online.

Entry Requirements

To enter CHC42315 Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Carecandidates should have a year 11 school certificate, its equivalent or maturity and appropriate life experience. It is recommended that candidates have relevant experience to indicate likely success at this level of qualification in a job role involving:

  • The self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas
  • The exercise of independent judgement and decision-making
  • The application of relevant technical and other skills.

Course Prerequisites

no prerequisite requirements.

Duration of Qualification and Volume of Learning

This program is a full-time course completed over a period of 1.5 years of full time
The AQF Volume of Learning for a CHC42315 Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care is 640 ~ 2400 hours. Please refer to details of how this program meets this requirement on following pages including our timetable and details about weekly class (Training and assessment), online lecture, chaplaincy or pastoral care.


The primary pathway from this qualification is into the Community Workers Industry. Students may also undertake further studies in Mental Health like Diploma of mental Health or in counselling by undertaking qualifications such as Diploma of Counselling and Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling.

Employment Outcomes

Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

  • Workers in Religious Organizations, Chaplain, and Christian Care Workers

Total number of units = 13

  • core units
  • 4 elective units, of which:

All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

Core Units

Unit Code Unit Title
CHCCCS016 Respond to client needs (90)
CHCCCS017 Provide loss and grief support (90)
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships (90)
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people (90)
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically (90)
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues (90)
CHCPAS003 Plan for the provision of pastoral and spiritual care (180)
CHCPAS004 Provide pastoral and spiritual care (90)
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice (180)

Elective Units



Unit Code Unit Title
CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs
CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety