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Diploma of Counselling/Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care (CHC51015/CHC42315)

VET Course

About this Course


Empower young people to reach their potential by supporting them through life changing moments. Work in schools, hospitals, churches and community centres under a supervisor. The dual qualification CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling / CHC42315 Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care allows for students to develop knowledge and skills in guiding clients through challenging life events, and empowering them to live with the inevitable changes that occur through these. Practical subjects equip students to provide ongoing ethical, moral and spiritual support to clients.

Both of these qualifications are nationally recognised.

Professional Outcomes

Students develop self-awareness and undertake professional supervised practice throughout the course, and learn and practise a variety of counselling techniques and styles. A work-based placement of minimum 240-300 hours is completed under supervision. Both of these qualifications are nationally recognised.

Students are required to:

  • complete a minimum work requirement of 240-300 hours
  • apply for a DCSI Employment screening check
  • complete the Respond to Abuse and Neglect – Education Care (RAN-EC) training

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.

Units of Competency Structure

21 Subjects total
20 Core
1 Elective


Respond to client needs CHCCCS016
Requires 60 nominal hours
Provide loss and grief support CHCCCS017
Requires 55 nominal hours
Recognise and respond to crisis situations CHCCCS019
Requires 45 nominal hours
Use communication to build relationships CHCCOM002
Requires 55 nominal hours
Establish and confirm the counselling relationship CHCCSL001
Requires 100 nominal hours
Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills CHCCSL002
Requires 60 nominal hours
Facilitate the counselling relationship and process CHCCSL003
Requires 120 nominal hours
Research and apply personality and development theories CHCCSL004
Requires 50 nominal hours
Apply learning theories in counselling CHCCSL005
Requires 65 nominal hours
Select and use counselling therapies CHCCSL006
Requires 70 nominal hours
Support counselling clients in decision-making processes CHCCSL007
Requires 120 nominal hours
Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management CHCCSM005
Requires 75 nominal hours
Work with diverse people CHCDIV001
Requires 40 nominal hours
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety CHCDIV002
Requires 25 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
Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing CHCMHS011
Requires 80 nominal hours


Work effectively in trauma informed care CHCMHS007
Requires 40 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.

How long does it take?

2 years (24 months) full-time or part-time equivalent , which is 30 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: CHC51015/CHC42315 Diploma of Counselling/Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care (CHC51015/CHC42315)
SATAC: Not applicable

Course Level

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