IMPORTANT: At the time of publishing, this qualification is not yet approved and accredited by NZQA. Information below reflects our application and proposal to NZQA and is subject to change.

We are now accepting applications for next year's intake on this basis.


Offered every year.

The Certificate in Chaplaincy is for people passionate about helping others through life’s ups and downs. This programme provides training and upskilling for professionals and volunteers already supporting and pastoring others in their role, as well as students wanting to enter this field.

You will learn how to effectively minister to individuals and communities in a variety of contexts, across a spectrum of life events.

Chaplaincy skills are sought after in a range of settings, such as hospitals, schools, universities, the military, emergency services, prisons, and sports teams. Increasingly, employers and organisations recognise the need to provide wellbeing support to employees and associates, which provides further opportunities to Certificate in Chaplaincy graduates.


Award upon completion: Certificate in Chaplaincy, leading to the New Zealand Certificate in Christian Studies (Level 5), Christian Ministry Strand

NZQF Level: 5 - About NZQF Levels
Credits: 60
Length: One year part time. (Approx. 15 study hours per week).
Accreditation: Approval by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority is being sought.
Prerequisites: No prior study needed. Students will need to arrange a practical chaplaincy placement. (Talk to us if you need assistance with this.) Police clearance required. See SPBC's standard Admission Requirements for all applicants.
Course costs: Tuition fees: $2400 + $40 administration. Additional textbooks will need to be purchased. (All other compulsory readings will be provided online).

Delivery: Online only. Students must be located in New Zealand or Australia.


This certificate will comprise the following four courses:

CMN501 Chaplaincy Foundations (15 Credits)

Students will gain an understanding of the role of a chaplain, as distinct from other jobs such as minister, coach, or counsellor. Students will also explore chaplaincy environments in New Zealand, such as interfaith settings and agency work, and relevant implications for practice.

CMN502 Chaplaincy Spiritual Practices (15 Credits)

Avoiding burnout and achieving longevity needs a careful approach. This course provides a framework of ethics, boundaries, and life habits to assist chaplains in preserving their spiritual, emotional and mental health while serving others.

CMN503 Chaplaincy Pastoral Care (15 Credits)

One of the most powerful skills of a good chaplain is their ability to listen effectively, and to be present with people in their time of need. In this course, students will gain the tools and techniques required to master these essential capabilities.

CMN504 Chaplaincy Practicum (15 Credits)

Participating in and reflecting on a real-world chaplaincy placement, students will integrate the knowledge and concepts taught in the above courses, and embed them into their practice. Guest practitioners will share further real-world perspectives from various chaplaincy settings, in online learning sessions.

Online Course Approach

Online Course Approach

You will complete self-directed study of online materials, and attend a weekly online session with your course facilitator and student cohort to discuss course content, chaplaincy practice, and receive guidance with assessments. In addition, you will complete a practical placement, including regular meetings with your placement supervisor. On average, this will total approximately 15 hours per week.


Use this form to apply.

2021 Application and Enrolment Form_Chaplaincy.pdf

Use this form as evidence of your practical placement.

2021 Chaplaincy Placement Agreement.pdf

Read more about the application process.