AQF Level 5 Award

Undergraduate CertMin prepares graduates for engagement in one of the following areas: Chaplaincy, Intercultural Ministry, Children’s Ministry, Youth Leadership, Church Worship.

Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry

The Government has announced the addition of a new Undergraduate Certificate to the AQF which can be taken at level 5, 6, or 7. Undergraduate Certificate is a short award to help meet a need during this COVID19 time to help people study/upskill.

The Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry (CertMin) provides students with the opportunity to undertake AQF Level 5 study in practical ministry-oriented disciplines, in order to enhance their prospects of employment in a ministry setting, within a church or para-church context.

It is an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills appropriate for engagement in practical Christian ministry within a limited scope of defined operation. It is specifically

  • Chaplaincy
  • Intercultural Ministry
  • Children’s Ministry
  • Youth Leadership
  • Church Worship.

Credit Points



6 months full-time or 1 year part-time

Fee Information

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Study Terms

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Award Specifications

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Entry into the Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry requires

  • Satisfactory completion of Year 12 in the Australian school system, or its equivalent; OR
  • Mature Age and Special Entry Admissions for those who have reached the age of 20, with evidence of capacity for successful study at this level.

English Proficiency

Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction normally require a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.0 with no result below 5.5.

The undergraduate Certificate in Ministry requires the completion of 36 credit points (4 units from the list of approved units listed in Schedule 1) which shall include:

  • 9 credit points in Biblical Studies or Systematic Theology;
  • 18 credit points in Christian Life and Ministry which will pertain to one area of practical engagement;
  • 9 credit points chosen from any other units, as listed in Schedule 1.


The list of approved units for the Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry:

  1. Choose ONE unit from:
    • B5010 Introduction to Biblical Studies
    • B5020 Introduction to the Old Testament
    • B5030 Introduction to the New Testament
    • T5005 Introduction to Christian Doctrines
  2. Choose any TWO units from ONE of the following streams:
    • EITHER
      • (i) Chaplaincy
        • C5041 Introduction to Chaplaincy
        • C5046 Basic Pastoral Counselling
        • P5010 Introduction to Pastoral Theology & Ministry
    •  OR
      • (ii) Intercultural Ministry
        • M5060 Reaching Australians/New Zealanders with the Gospel
        • M5085 Introduction to Cross-Cultural Mission
        • M5092 Introduction to Mission
    • OR
      • (iii) Children’s Ministry
        • P5010 Introduction to Pastoral Theology & Ministry
        • P5017 Children’s Ministry
        • P5082 Supervised Ministry 1
    • OR
      • (iv) Youth Leadership
        • P5011 Introduction to Youth Ministry
        • P5015 Developing a Youth Ministry
        • P5082 Supervised Ministry 1
    • OR
      • (v) Church Worship
        • P5028 Basics of Christian Worship
        • P5029 Basics of Pastoral Preaching
        • P5082 Supervised Ministry 1
  3. Choose ONE unit from any other units listed in sections A and B above.

Graduates will have:


Introductory biblical and theological knowledge and knowledge of technical concepts and processes involved in a practical area of service as a basis for effective performance and for further learning.


Cognitive, communication, and technical skills in a ministry-related body of knowledge, so that they are able to:

    • identify, analyse, and act on ministry-oriented information from a range of foundational sources
    • express ideas and perspectives related to Christian faith
    • communicate ministry-related knowledge, skills and ideas to others.

Applications of Knowledge and Skills

The ability to:

    • demonstrate an understanding of theological knowledge by applying it in Christian ministry
    • perform technical operations within a specific field of Christian ministry, taking personal responsibility for them
    • organise the work of self and others and plan and coordinate the work of teams within well-defined parameters.


A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 18 credit points in the Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry.

Credit will be granted for units that are from an equivalent award or institution and have outcomes, content, demand hours, and assessment equivalent to that of units in the Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry.

Articulation to other awards

Students who complete the Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry will be eligible to proceed to the Sydney College of Divinity Diploma of Ministry or Diploma of Theology with full credit of 36 credit points.

The Undergraduate Certificate in Ministry will be offered through the individual colleges.  The registrar will be able to help you with any information regarding your study, including fees, units, mode of delivery and timetable.

A domestic student is designated as full-time if enrolled in three units (27 credit points) or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than three units (27 credit points) per semester.

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