AQF Level 8 Award

GradCertChap provides transferable knowledge and skills in Chaplaincy for ongoing professional development

Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy

The Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy (GradCertChap) is an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate. It is designed for those possessing a three-year undergraduate degree in any field who wish to acquire transferable knowledge and skills in Chaplaincy as part of their continuing professional development for ministry employment and further learning.

The Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy focuses on building capacity in Chaplaincy for people involved in a wide scope of religious, non-profit, community-focused enterprises. Students may be working for denominationally based organisations in education, welfare, aged care, local church or other ministries requiring specific leadership training for ministry or mission.

Credit Points



6 months full-time or 2 years part-time

Fee Information

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Study Terms

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Award Specifications

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An applicant for admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy shall:

  • hold a three year AQF 7 award in any field from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or
  • professional entry as determined by the Student Support and Administration Committee.

Professional entry

This award is a short course for professional development where the student may acquire transferable knowledge and skills over a reasonably short period of time.

On this basis, professional entry into the Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy will be considered by Student Support and Administration Committee (SSAC) on the basis of three years’ experience in a ministry or professional role. The candidate must be able to demonstrate that they have led people or projects even though their role may not have been senior in their organisation.

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 7.0 in all bands of the test.

The Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy requires the completion of 36 credit points from 8500 and 9600 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study. This consists of one compulsory unit (9 credit points) plus the choice of three units (totalling 27 credit points) as detailed in the below list of approved Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy units.

Compulsory 9 credit point unit

  • C8227 Professional Chaplaincy

Choice of three units for a total of 27 credit points

  • C8504 Theory and Practice of Pastoral Counselling
  • C8546 Pastoral Counselling in Ministry
  • C8565 Pastoral Counselling: Grief, Loss and Trauma
  • C8597 Seminar in Chaplaincy
  • C9627 Chaplaincy Project
  • C9628 Chaplaincy Focused Study
  • Or other units determined from time to time by the Sydney College of Divinity Academic Board

Graduates will have added particular transferable knowledge and skills in Chaplaincy to enhance their work in the not-for-profit religious sector:


Graduates will possess:

  • specialised theoretical and technical knowledge related to the practice of Chaplaincy which are transferable to a variety of complex religious, not-for-profit, ministry enterprises;
  • an understanding of the principles and methods of inquiry transferable to different contexts within real-world ministry practice.


Graduates will demonstrate specialised cognitive and technical skills in Chaplaincy within a ministry-related body of knowledge, so that they are able independently to:

  • analyse critically, evaluate, and apply information to complete a range of activities associated with Chaplaincy in a ministry related context;
  • analyse, generate and provide solutions to complex problems to guide the ministry in the field of Chaplaincy within a religious, not-for-profit, community organisation;
  • transmit transferable knowledge, skills and ideas through coherent and sustained ministry in Chaplaincy to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Applications of Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will possess the ability to:

  • apply transferable knowledge and skills in a way that demonstrates autonomy, well developed judgment, adaptability, and responsibility as leaders in religious, non-profit, community-focused enterprises.

Credit and Recognised Prior Learning

  • A candidate may seek credit for previous accredited study and/or Recognised Prior Learning up to a maximum of 18 cps in the Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy.
  • Credit may be granted only from units at graduate level where the outcomes, content, demand hours and assessment are equivalent to those of existing Sydney College of Divinity units.
  • Credit for Recognised Prior Learning may be granted subject to a successful application.

Articulation to Other Awards

Students who satisfactorily complete this award will be eligible to articulate with full credit to the SCD Graduate Diploma of Arts or other SCD Graduate awards, provided that they meet the entry requirements of that award.

The Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy is offered through the individual colleges and an application for enrolment must be made to the Registrar of the teaching institution. The registrar will be able to help you with any information regarding your study, including fees, units, mode of delivery and timetable.

A domestic Sydney College of Divinity 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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