Christian Ministry and Theology Qualifications

New versions of the Workforce Council’s suite of Christian Ministry and Theology qualifications were accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority in February 2014. The new qualifications are:

  • 10432NAT Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology
  • 10433NAT Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology
  • 10434NAT Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology
  • 10435NAT Advanced Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology
  • 10436NAT Graduate Certificate in Christian Ministry and Theology
  • 10437NAT Graduate Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology

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See below for detailed descriptions of each qualification.

Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology

This course is intended to provide participants with the following knowledge and skills to deepen their understanding of Christian theology and to perform limited functions associated with serving in a Christian church group or ministry context:

  • Knowledge of theological sources
  • Understanding of theological information
  • Understanding of Christian practice
  • Skills to identify theological insights
  • Ability to communicate theology effectively.
Core Units of Competency for this Qualification

Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology

This course is intended to provide participants with a range of knowledge and skills needed to perform the following functions in a Christian ministry context:

  • Identify, interpret and compare information related to basic Christian beliefs
  • Provide information related to Christian beliefs and understandings to some Christian and some non-Christian audiences
  • Propose what actions are appropriate in a range of life and ministry situations based on interpretations about Christian beliefs.
Core Units of Competency for this Qualification

Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology

This course is intended to provide participants with a range of knowledge and skills to perform the following functions within a Christian ministry context:

  • Interpret, analyse and apply integrated concepts related to Christian beliefs
  • Provide considered information and ideas related to Christian beliefs and teachings to Christian and non-Christian audiences
  • Provide leadership to Christians based on demonstrated understanding of Christianity.
Units of Competency

Advanced Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology

This course is intended to provide participants with a range of knowledge and skills to fulfil the following functions within a Christian ministry context:

  • Interpret and synthesise information related to a range of Christian beliefs
  • Provide general guidance in relation to difficult questions and complex problems in Christian ministry situations based on interpretations about Christian beliefs
  • Provide leadership in a defined area within the Christian Ministry sector.
Units of Competency

Graduate Certificate in Christian Ministry and Theology

This course is intended to provide participants with a range of knowledge and skills to perform the following functions in a Christian ministry context:

  • Provide specialised knowledge related to Christian beliefs and understandings
  • Provide specialised guidance in a defined range of life and ministry situations based on interpretations about Christian beliefs
  • Provide broad leadership within the Christian ministry sector.
Units of Competency

Graduate Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology

This course is intended to provide participants with a range of knowledge and skills to perform the following functions within a Christian ministry context:

  • Provide advanced knowledge related to Christian beliefs and understandings, and their implications for Christian life and practice
  • Provide advanced guidance in a broad range of life and ministry situations based on advanced interpretations about Christian theological and contextual beliefs
  • Provide autonomous, senior leadership in a Christian ministry context.
Units of Competency

About These Qualifications

This suite of six Christian Ministry and Theology qualifications are the result of a unique collaboration between a number of Christian denominations from across Australia, and facilitated by the Health and Community Services Workforce Council.

Christian denominations leading the development of the 2014 qualifications Included:

  • Christian Community Churches Australia
  • Queensland Baptist Churches
  • Wesleyan Methodist Churches
  • Australian Christian Churches
  • Universal Education and Training (representing a range of churches and denominations)
  • Roman Catholic Church
  • Churches of Christ in Australia
  • Lutheran Church of Australia
  • Uniting Aboriginal & Islander Christian Congress (Uniting Church in Australia).

They have evolved from qualifications originally accredited in September 2002 and subsequently reaccredited in September 2008. The 2002 qualifications built on two courses that had been developed in 1993 and 1999. The two proponents of those original courses, Institute of Faith Education and Rev Rod Bullpit, plus Universal Education and Training, formed the 2002 Course Development Advisory Committee in partnership with the Health and Community Services Workforce Council as a non-church based organisation with technical expertise in training policy and products. These three training providers continue to be active participants in course development, review and accreditation committees.

Over time, the number and variety of Christian denominations utilising these qualifications has grown significantly, and each review has increased the number of denominations directly participating in the review committee. This continuity over many years, alongside increased variety in the review committees, has meant the courses remain up to date and relevant to current needs within a wide variety of Christian communities.

In a major survey of stakeholders in 2012/13, respondents identified the following in relation to the need for the qualification:

“This course supports leaders and lay people assisting in parishes in the areas of ministry and pastoral care to have a deeper understanding of Christian Ministry and Theology. We regard the courses as a learning pathway for those who wish to pursue theology and ministry studies at University who may not have studied for a while.”

 “We use the courses for a spectrum of outcomes: personal spiritual maturity (Cert III), equip team leaders for a variety of Christian ministry contexts (Cert IV), equip leaders for Christian ministry and people-helping vocations (Dip), and provide alternative pathway to higher education (Cert IV/Dip).”

“The primary purpose of delivering the CMT qualifications is to train missionary workers to work in our projects overseas and assist with the running of our Australian church. The course provides an alternative for those not wanting to do tertiary studies in Theology, and is used to train and develop young people in leadership, youth and church ministry.”

 “We offer these qualifications to people from Christian congregations who wish to be qualified to be a church pastor or youth pastor, and for those who wish to increase their knowledge of the Bible and to learn various skills for Christian Ministry.”