Diploma of Counselling | Australian Institute of Family Counselling

CHC42315 – Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care

Introducing aifc’s Dual Qualifications:

CHC42315 – Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care &

CHC51015 – Diploma of Counselling


By completing the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling first, students can enrol and only need to complete another three units of competency to gain the CHC42315 Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care meaning students graduate with 2 Nationally recognised qualifications. Completing both qualifications gives graduates the ability to gain employment in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care while working towards the Advanced Diploma in Counselling with Stirling Theological College.

Incorporating a Christian worldview throughout, these courses prepare you to work with clients using established counselling modalities whilst considering theological, psychological and spiritual dimensions to people’s problems. There is a deliberate focus on students’ personal and spiritual development and equipping as foundational before being able to help others. The Certificate IV and Diploma are nationally accredited, developed to agreed industry standards, and responsive to the current and future demand for counselling skills within the local church and in the broader Australian society. You will learn essential communication, micro-counselling, interviewing and intervention skills that will equip you to be an effective counsellor in a number of settings, including faith communities, not-for-profit organisations, community health centres, education agencies and government departments.

As part of the CHC42315 Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care, students will be able to put the skills developed into practice by completing 100 hours in a pastoral care or chaplaincy setting under supervision.


The CHC42315 Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care is to be completed over 20 weeks once the Diploma of Counselling has been completed and requires 25 to 30 hours a week. 

aifc is intentional in creating a vibrant and engaging learning community for students.

aifc’s flexibility enables you to complete your course work in a time that suits you over the week. By joining the aifc community, you can complete work online from your own environment as you engage with live interactive online sessions, utilising our advanced online resources and systems, working alongside peer students, all while being supported by qualified assessors. This makes it possible to become a qualified counsellor from anywhere in Australia or even overseas, with easy access to staff for support and guidance throughout your course. Twice each year, you will be able to join other students in our face to face skills-based seminars where you can join the aifc community, connect with others and develop your counselling skills.

Our courses are delivered through live interactive online training for each unit of competency; these training sessions are recorded for your convenience if you cannot attend live. In addition to specific training for each unit, each term aifc delivered a live skills-based seminar online or face to face. Students are required to attend a certain percentage of seminar days based on your course progression, which will allow you to develop skills and work alongside other students in the aifc community.

The Friday is a student-focussed day, offering opportunities such as further practical skills practice, role play observations of relevant unit content, and the opportunity to join the aifc community.

The Saturday is ‘aifc community day’ open to current students, aifc alumni and the wider community. Subject matter expert, guest speakers and staff members, will share sessions and workshops relevant to our accredited courses training material and also as professional development for practicing counsellors. Again, this presents another value-add opportunity for our students to engage further in their course content.

Course Units


Training Module Topic Unit Code and Name


Semester 3

Students are now out in the field implementing what they have learnt in semesters 1 and 2 and apply them to real situations in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care settings and workplaces.

Our guiding text is John 13:34-35

Recognise and meet the needs of people who experience mental health issues, trauma, and other issues in a pastoral care setting.


Respond to client needs

Engage with pastoral care providers and establish placement. Develop the skills of risk assessment and providing care legally and ethically.


Plan for the provision of pastoral and spiritual care

Engage with people in the community who are hurting and provide them with pastoral care and support from a Christian worldview.


Provide pastoral and spiritual care

Entry Criteria

Students must have enrolled and completed the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling.

All students are required to provide a proof of identity document. (a certified copy of drivers license or passport). Be of a mature age (over 18 years).

Students should also consider where they will conduct their placement as this needs to be arranged with the support of aifc by the student.

Students applying for VET student Loans assistance to complete the Diploma of Counselling are also required to provide evidence of completion of a minimum of year 12 or Certificate IV and above. If unable to provide sufficient evidence, the applicant may be asked to complete a Language Literacy & Numeracy (LLN) test, and achieve a minimum of ‘working at level 4 / exit level 3‘ in the Reading and Numeracy tests.

VET Student Loans is not available for the CHC42315 Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care units.

Locations Offered
Seminars are offered at the following locations twice a year.

Please note that seminars may be held online due to COVID-19 restrictions.


Stanmore House
53 Harrow Road
Stanmore NSW 2048




178 Springwood Road
Springwood QLD 4127


Perth Bible College
1 College Court
Karrinyup WA 6018


2022 Course Fees

On the completion of the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling (Diploma Course Fees for 2022 are $9792), the Course fees for the CHC42315 Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care are $1,728

Click here to see a detailed breakdown of unit costs.

Note students must have successfully completed the CHC51015 prior to enrolling into the Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care.

What should I look for when choosing a provider?

When choosing the Provider for your christian counselling education, it is important to ask yourself



Our courses integrate theology, psychology and spirituality. We train and equip Christian counsellors, rather than Christians who do counselling.


Taught by professionals

Our trainers and assessors are all experienced professionals in their field. High quality teaching, combined with one-on-one access to trainers makes the difference.



aifc offers both live online and face-to-face training. You choose which delivery mode is best suited to your lifestyle and work commitments.


Our courses include a range of VET accredited qualifications and non-accredited short courses. aifc is also the only Christian counselling provider to be accredited by ACA, CCAA and is a member of ITECA.



Finding a course that fits your budget is important. With funding options and Austudy & Abstudy available to eligible students, our courses continue to be affordable and within reach of those seeking to become a qualified counsellor.


Membership to aifc Counsel

An innovative online counselling platform, that offers state-of-the-art counselling features with the opportunity to collaborate with your counselling peers and build a thriving counselling practice.


At aifc, our sole focus is to train and equip Christian Counsellors. More than just a counsellor, a Christian counsellor trusts in God and listens to His still small voice above all else.

It’s a big difference.

Nicholas Marks, CEO aifc

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