GradCertChap Award Summary

Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy (GradCertChap)

AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate
Entry Requirements A three-year AQF Level 7 award or equivalent in any discipline
Duration          6 months full-time, or 2 years part-time
Mode           Full-time, Part-time
Structure 36 credit points from the list of approved Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy units listed in **Schedule1.
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.

Admission

International students intending to study or studying on a student visa cannot enrol in the Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy.

Domestic students should contact the Registrar of the teaching college for enrolment and fee details.

Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy (GradCertChap) is offered at:

Graduate Profile and Rationale

The Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy 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.

Outcomes

Knowledge

Graduates will have:

    • specialised theoretical and technical knowledge related to the practice of Chaplaincy which is 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.

Skills

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.

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.

Special entry may be granted by the Student Support and Administration Committee.

ACADEMIC REGULATIONS for the Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy

1 Admission to Candidature
1.1 An applicant for admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy will:
1.1.1 hold a three-year AQF Level 7 award in any field from an accredited Australian tertiary institution; or
1.1.2 qualify for professional entry as determined by the Student Support and Administration Committee.
1.2 Notwithstanding the provisions of this regulation, the Student Support and Administration Committee may require an applicant to demonstrate fitness for admission as a candidate for this degree by carrying out such work and/or sitting for such examinations as the Student Support and Administration Committee may determine.
1.3 In exceptional cases, an applicant may be admitted as a candidate for a Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy if the applicant submits evidence of other academic and professional attainments to the Student Support and Administration Committee.
1.4 A Candidate for the award will be designated as full-time or part-time. A student is designated as full-time if enrolled in 27 credit points or more in a semester or part-time if enrolled in less than 27 credit points per semester.
1.5 No candidate for the award may be concurrently enrolled in any other undergraduate or postgraduate course within the Sydney College of Divinity or any other tertiary institution unless approval has been granted by the Academic Board.
1.6 Applicants whose entry qualifications were obtained in an institution where English is not the language of instruction will normally be required to demonstrate competency in English by an IELTS (or equivalent) result of 7.0 in all bands of the test, and may be required to attend such English language courses as prescribed by the Sydney College of Divinity.
1.7 Application for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy program is made to the Registrar of the appropriate Teaching Body offering the program.
2 Course Structure
2.1 The Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy requires the completion of 36 credit points from 8100 and 9200 series units in the SCD Schedule of Units of Study.
2.2 The units will be any combination of units totalling 36 credit points from the list of approved Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy units listed in **Schedule 1.
2.3 Units coded “A” are not counted towards a Concentration or Specialisation in any discipline or subdiscipline.
3 Period of Candidature
3.1 The period of candidature for the award will normally be 0.5 year full-time and up to 1.5 years part-time.
3.2 In certain circumstances, the Student Support and Administration Committee may grant extensions.
4 Leave of Absence
4.1 The Student Support and Administration Committee may grant leave of absence from the Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy. The period of leave will not be counted as part of the period of candidature for the award.
4.2 The period of leave will normally be one semester, after which a candidate may apply for a further period of one semester, or will be required to complete candidature.
5 Assessment
5.1 The assessment of subject units will be in the manner approved by the Academic Board, in line with the College’s established guidelines.
5.2 Academic Board may require students to present themselves for oral examination.
5.3 Academic and non-academic misconduct will be penalised in accordance with the regulations of the Sydney College of Divinity, whose stipulations are severe.
6 Credit and Recognised Prior Learning
6.1 A candidate may seek credit up to a maximum of 18 credit points in the Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy.
6.2 Credit can only 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 SCD award.
6.3 Credit for Recognised Prior Learning may be granted subject to a successful application.
7 Professional entry into the Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy
7.1 This award is a course for professional development where the student may acquire transferable knowledge and skills over a reasonably short period of time. Professional entry into the Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy will be considered by the Student Support and Administration Committee on the basis of three years of 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.
8  Saving Clause
8.1 Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained herein, the Academic Board of the Sydney College of Divinity may, in any case in which it may deem it appropriate to do so, vary, dispense with or suspend any requirement or prescription by these regulations, and report forthwith to the Council of the Sydney College of Divinity.

**SCHEDULE 1

The list of approved units for the Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy:

  • C8100 Theory and Practice of Pastoral Counselling
  • C8102 Pastoral Counselling in Ministry
  • C8127 Professional Chaplaincy
  • C8145 Pastoral Counselling: Grief, Loss and Trauma
  • C8166 Well-being and Resilience for People Helpers
  • P8171 Theory and Practice of Ministry 1
  • C8192 Issues in [Topic]
  • C8193 Seminar in Chaplaincy
  • C92XX Chaplaincy Project
  • C92XX Chaplaincy Focused Study
  • Or other units determined from time to time by the Academic Board.

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