Certificate III Christian Ministry and Theology

Department of Theology

10741NAT certificate III Christian Ministry and Theology


  • This course is intended to provide participants with the following knowledge and skills to deepen their understanding of Christian theology and to perform limited functions associated with serving in a Christian church group or ministry context:
  • Knowledge of theological sources
  • Understanding of theological information
  • Understanding of Christian practice
  • Skills to identify theological insights
  • Ability to communicate theology effectively


Entry Requirements

To enter

10741NAT Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology, candidates should have a year 10 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 full time.

The AQF Volume of Learning for a 10741NAT Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology is 1200 ~ 2400 hours. Please refer to details of how this program meets this requirement on following pages including our timetable and details about weekly training and assessment, online lecture, practice in workplace.



The primary pathway from this qualification is into the Christian Ministry and Theology. Students may also undertake further studies in Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology by undertaking qualifications such as Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology and Advanced Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology.


Employment Outcomes

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

The graduate will have factual, technical, procedural and some theoretical knowledge of Christian Ministry and Theology and be able to apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy and judgement and to take limited responsibility in known and stable ministry contexts within established parameters. They will be able to complete routine activities and provide and transmit solutions to predictable and sometimes unpredictable problems within a Christian Ministry environment.


The purpose of this course is to either:

  • Qualify individuals to serve in church groups and other ministry contexts within a broad range of defined roles and in accordance with the values, procedures and practice guidelines of those church groups and Christian ministry contexts, or
  • To provide a pathway for further learning by progression to higher level of qualifications developed in conjunction with this Course, and in particular, to the Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology

Graduates of this course will have acquired knowledge related to fundamental, basic beliefs of church groups and which are relevant to certain Christian ministry contexts.

The graduates of this course will also have gained skills consistent with the Certificate III AQF descriptor such as the ability to:

  • Interpret information related to basic Christian beliefs;
  • Propose what actions are appropriate in a limited range of life and ministry situations based on interpretations about Christian beliefs;
  • Provide some information related to Christian beliefs and understandings to some Christian and some non-Christian audiences;
  • Fulfil relatively informal roles, and some more formal roles with higher levels of expectations and requirements, within the Christian ministry sector.


Graduates of this Course will demonstrate the application of the knowledge and skills they have gained:

  • By using some discretion and judgement when advising others on possible courses of action in life or ministry related situations;
  • By adapting some approaches they have gained to the study of Christian concepts and beliefs to a limited range of subjects and topics.


The course outcomes of this Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology are consistent with the qualification type descriptor found in the Australian Qualification Framework Second Edition, January 2013.

The volume of learning for this qualification is consistent with the Volume of Learning identified in the AQF Qualification Type Descriptor for this AQF qualification level.


Core and Elective Units

Packaging Rules


Total number of units = 12

  • Each term 2 units,
  • 6 core units
  • 2 elective units, of which:
  • 4 Additional Units (Choose two from CMTTHE 302 & two from other CMT units)

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

Core Units
Unit Code Unit Title

Research Christian Scripture and Theology (108 hrs)

(Introduction Theology 1 & 2, Christology, Ecclesiology, Soteriology, Eschatology)


Identify theological data (108 hrs)

(Introduction Bible, Introduction New Testament 1.2, Introduction Old Testament 1.2, Synoptic Gospel, Moses’s Pentateuch, Historical Books, Prophets, Paul’s Letters, Understanding Acts, John’s Gospel, General Letters, Revelations, Wisdom Literature, Psalm, Apocalyptic Literature)


Present information on a theological theme or issue (108 hrs)

(History of Bible, History of Old Testament, History of New Testament, History of Intertestamental Period, Early Church History, Medieval Church History, Reformation History,  Comparison Bible History and General History)


Apply new theological insight (216 hrs)

(Biblical Leadership, Biblical Worldview, Mission Perspective, Lay Theology)


Apply theological knowledge to contemporary ethical issues (216 hrs)

(Practical Theology, Pastoral Counselling, Christian Counselling, Christian Ethic, Christian Education)


Communicate theology in everyday language (216 hrs)

(Preaching Studies, Pastoral Practice, Theology and Science, Vocational Theology, Discipleship Training, House Church)

Elective Units
Unit Code   Unit Title
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues(Mental Health) (108 hrs)

Support group activities (108 hrs)

(Group Ministry)

CHCMHS008                                      Promote and facilitate self- advocacy (108 hrs)