Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care - CHC42315

Alphacrucis College

Type of institution: Higher Education Institutions
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00958A

This qualification reflects the role of chaplains and/or pastoral and spiritual care workers who provide ongoing ethical, moral and spiritual support to clients using a person-centred approach. Workers operate within the guidelines and practices of their organisation and within the professional and ethical standards of their relevant association. The development of self-awareness and identity underpin effective work in pastoral and spiritual care and are developed over time, through professionally supervised practice and mentoring.Work may take place in a range of contexts, including schools, community outreach and local churches in a paid or volunteer capacity. Work in these roles may also require commissioning from a recognised religious institution. To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 100 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.National school chaplaincy regulations or legislation may apply to this qualification.


  • 13 units: 9 core
  • 4 elective


  • Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
  • Facilitate the empowerment of older people
  • Plan for the provision of pastoral and spiritual care
  • Provide pastoral and spiritual care
  • Engage respectfully with young people
  • Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
  • Be an effective volunteer
  • Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • Work effectively with young people in the youth work context
  • Work with diverse people
  • Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies
  • Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
  • Work within a community development framework
  • Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
  • Work with people with mental health issues
  • Plan for and provide care services using a palliative approach
  • Work with forced migrants
  • Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
  • Support independence and wellbeing
  • Work within a structured counselling framework
  • Use communication to build relationships
  • Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness
  • Support young people to create opportunities in their lives
  • Respond to client needs
  • Support clients in decision-making processes
  • Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
  • Work legally and ethically
  • Provide first aid
  • Provide loss and grief support
  • Work effectively in the problem gambling sector
  • Address the needs of people with chronic disease
  • Assess co-existing needs
  • Facilitate the counselling relationship
  • Provide suicide bereavement support
  • Deliver care services using a palliative approach
  • Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
AC Central, Parramatta International: $3,900 Yes

Further information

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 100 hours of work.

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