Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy

About this course

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.

The Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy is not offered to international students.

An applicant for admission to candidature for the Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy shall have a three-year AQF 7 award or equivalent in any discipline.


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 the Student Support and Administration Committee (SSAC) 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.


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 the **Schedule 1 list of approved units for the award.


**Schedule 1
  • 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.

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.



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 up to a maximum of 18 credit points in the Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy.

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.

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.

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

The Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy is not offered to international students.


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. SCD offers a wide range of units and students have the option to study one or more units across the colleges delivering SCD awards, whilst enrolled with one college.


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