NOTE: This proposed course is subject to change and approval by NZQA. We are now gathering expressions of interest. Applications will open when approved. The planned study start date is February 2022.

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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 (Level 5)

NZQF Level: 5 - About NZQF Levels
Credits: 60
Length: One year part time. (Approx. 15 hours study commitment per week).
Accreditation: Approval by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority is being sought.
Prerequisites: No prior study needed.
Other requirements: Students will need to arrange a practical chaplaincy placement. Talk to us if you need assistance with this. See additional Admission Requirements.
Course costs: Fees: $2400. Additional textbooks may need to be purchased.

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


This certificate will comprise the following four courses:

CMN501 Foundations of Chaplaincy (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 Skills and Practice 1 (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.

CMN503 Chaplaincy Skills and Practice 2 (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.

CMN504 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.