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Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care (CHC42315)

VET Course

About this Course


The CHC42315 Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care provides skills and knowledge for person-centred approaches to caring for vulnerable people. Practical subjects equip students to provide ongoing ethical, moral and spiritual support to clients.

This qualification is nationally recognised.

Professional Outcomes

Be equipped to work in schools, hospitals, community centres and churches in paid or volunteer capacities.  A work placement of minimum 120-150 hours allows students to practice the skills learned throughout the course.  Students develop self-awareness and undertake professional supervised practice throughout the course. This qualification is recognised nationally. Potential pathways include: Diploma in Applied Social Science, Diploma of Counselling, Bachelor of Applied Social Science, and Bachelor of Theology.

Students are required to:

  • Complete a minimum work requirement of 120-150 hours
  • Apply for a DCSI Employment screening check
  • Complete the Respond to Abuse and Neglect – Education Care (RAN-EC) training (if working with children)

Work Placement

Students are encouraged to find their own Work Placement according to their interests and intended career paths. Over the duration of the Work Based Placement (WBP) the student’s role is that of support worker. In that capacity the student will be expected to demonstrate their ability to perform specific tasks with each client according to the organisation’s service delivery protocols. The WBP mentor will provide additional training regarding the organisation’s policy and procedures that guide the work that is done. The student will work in consultation with their mentor regarding any actions that are taken for or with clients. The way the students support work is structured will be guided by the host organisation mentor in order to meet organisation requirements. Therefore, this aspect of the WBP is not prescriptive.


Students completing the CHC42315 Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care may be awarded between 105-110 Stage 2 SACE points if undertaking this full qualification for SACE purposes, dependent on electives chosen. For students wanting to use this towards an Australian Tertiary Admission Ranking (ATAR), only 20 of these points will be used (provided the student has successful completion of the certificate). For students wishing to gain entrance into a higher qualification needing an ATAR, contact SATAC or the provider directly for further course information.

Skills Sets

Tabor offers the skill set in Chaplaincy and Pastoral care which consists of:

• CHCCCS016 Respond to client needs
• CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
• CHCPAS001 Plant for the provision of pastoral and spiritual care
• CHCPAS002 Provide pastoral and spiritual care

Skill sets are not qualifications. They are groupings of units of competency which are combined to provide a clearly defined statement of the skills and knowledge required by an individual to meet industry needs or a licensing or regulatory requirement.

The Training Package Development Handbook defines Skill Sets as 'single units of competency, or combinations of units of competency from an endorsed training package, which link to a licence or regulatory requirement, or defined industry need'.

Skill Sets identified and developed within training packages are formally recognised on a statement of attainment.

Units of Competency Structure

13 Subjects total
9 Core
4 Elective subjects


Respond to client needs CHCCCS016
Requires 60 nominal hours
Provide loss and grief support CHCCCS017
Requires 55 nominal hours
Use communication to build relationships CHCCOM002
Requires 55 nominal hours
Work with diverse people CHCDIV001
Requires 40 nominal hours
Work legally and ethically CHCLEG001
Requires 55 nominal hours
Work with people with mental health issues CHCMHS001
Requires 80 nominal hours
Plan for the provision of pastoral and spiritual care CHCPAS001
Requires 45 nominal hours
Provide pastoral and spiritual care CHCPAS002
Requires 60 nominal hours
Reflect on and improve own professional practice CHCPRP003
Requires 120 nominal hours


Select 4 subjects from the Electives listed below:

Identify and respond to children and young people at risk CHCPRT001
Requires 40 nominal hours
Support young people to create opportunities in their lives CHCYTH003
Requires 45 nominal hours
Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence CHCDFV001
Requires 50 nominal hours
Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide CHCCCS003
Requires 110 nominal hours
Facilitate empowerment of older people CHCAGE001
Requires 50 nominal hours
Support independence and wellbeing HCCS023
Requires 80 nominal hours

What do I need for entry?

Students must meet the minimum language, literacy and numeracy standards
Recognition of prior learning / credit transfer
If you can provide evidence of competency for some of the units, you may not have to undertake those units.
In simple terms, RPL means that if you have not already undertaken the unit or its equivalent, but have the required knowledge and skills to demonstrate competency for the unit, you won’t have to study the unit.
Credit transfer is where you have a Statement of Attainment or a qualification which clearly states you have demonstrated competency in those units or their equivalent.

More information

If you wish to apply for RPL or Credit Transfer, you can do so via the RPL Kit. Download link below.
Further information

How long does it take?

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent , which is 18 months study.

Where can I study?

You can study this course via Blended Learning or Online.

How much does it cost?

When can I start?

Semester 1 – February
Semester 2 – July

Additional Information


As with most adult study, students will be required to complete pre-course reading and related activities prior to attending their weekly classes. In addition, it is expected that students will undertake a certain amount of homework such as reading, research, completing written assignments, etc. During enrolment in this course, students are advised that they can expect an average of 20 hours self-directed study or homework per week.

Course Codes

Tabor: CHC42315 Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care (CHC42315)
SATAC: Not applicable

Course Level

Make an Enquiry

Vocational Education and Training (VET) Department
Phone: 1300 482 267
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