CHC42315 - Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care | Eastern College Australia

CHC42315 - Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care

Course Code: CHC42315
This course is not open to overseas students to study in Australia.

The course consists of nine core units of competency and a minimum of four elective units. The selection of particular electives allows the learner to add a degree of specialisation to their award. The completion of all units allows the learner to develop the self-awareness and identity that underpins effective work in pastoral and spiritual care. This development occurs for the learner over time through the consideration of theory while simultaneously being involved in professionally supervised practice. This supervised placement may take place in a range of contexts, including schools, community outreach and local churches in a paid or volunteer capacity.


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.

Delivery locations

  • Online (Partial)
  • Wantirna (Partial)

Admission Criteria

  • General Entry Requirements for all courses at Eastern College Australia.
  • There are no academic entry requirements for this course.
This course is not open to overseas students to study in Australia.

English Language Requirement

• There are no formal entry requirements. However, it is recommended prospective students demonstrate ACSF level 3 in learning, reading, writing and oral communication as a minimum. Initial pre-training assessment will be conducted by reviewing the prospective student’s on-line application and/or written application form. Further pre-training assessment shall be conducted during the mandatory face-to-face interview.

• Where pre-training assessment suggests ACSF levels are below the recommended level the prospective student may be directed to complete a foundation skills course (at their expense) prior to acceptance into the course.

Course Structure

  • Students must successfully complete 13 units of competency to complete the award - 9 core and 4 electives.

Electives are offered as needed and not all listed electives will be offered every year. Other electives will be added based on course specification and industry need.

Competencies attached to this course

Competency Hours Core
CHCCCS016 Respond to client needs 60 Core
CHCCCS017 Provide loss and grief support 55 Core
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships 55 Core
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 40 Core
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically 55 Core
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues 80 Core
CHCPAS001 Plan for the provision of pastoral and spiritual care 45 Core
CHCPAS002 Provide pastoral and spiritual care 60 Core
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice 120 Core
CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients 100 Elective
CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people 50 Elective
CHCCDE003 Work within a community development framework 65 Elective
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 25 Elective
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing 80 Elective
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk 40 Elective
CHCVOL001 Be an effective volunteer 25 Elective
HLTAID003 Apply first aid 18 Elective
HLTAID011 Provide First Aid 18 Elective
MSMSUP106 Work in a team 30 Elective

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