Minister’s Chaplaincy Upgrade

Course details

This three-day online Minister’s Chaplaincy Upgrade (MCU) is designed for Pastors and Ministers with at least five years of ministry experience who would like to 

  • gain a chaplaincy qualification that could lead to accreditation, and/or
  • upskill in the chaplaincy space.

This intensive is provided by Alphacrucis University College (AC) in conjunction with Chaplaincy Australia (CA), and covers two Units of study:

  • Work with people with mental health issues (i.e., establishing respectful relationships with people with mental health issues, determining the needs of people with mental health issues, and working with people with mental health issues to meet aspirations and needs), and
  • Respond to client needs (i.e., establishing an interpersonal relationship with a client, identifying the range of issues impacting a client, analysing information to determine a course of action, and referring clients to other supports).

These two Units form part of a longer course, the Cert IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care. Ministers who complete the MCU can then, if they wish, go on and complete other Units of the Cert IV to gain a broader understanding of chaplaincy and pastoral care, and a wider scope of competencies.


“I recently completed the Ministers Chaplaincy Upgrade. The balance of a 3-day intensive and then assignments in an online setting made the course very manageable.   The intensive equipped me to better understand some of the challenges and principles around issues like mental health and responding to client needs. The assignments resourced me to know what is available in my local area to support people, which I have found invaluable. It has also opened a door for me to volunteer as a Chaplain in my local community.    Highly Recommended.”

Ps Paul McCullock – Hope Unlimited Church, NSW

The specifics

Dates – Tue 24 to Thu 26 October 2023 

Times – 8.30 am to 5 pm each day

Location – @ Alphacrucis University College – Melbourne Campus

Cost – $670 (paid on enrolment)

Assessments – there will be a few hours of assessments to complete in the evenings or post-intensive

Trainer – Ps Ralph Estherby, National Director of Chaplaincy Australia

Accreditation – An MCU provides pastors with a pathway to apply for accreditation with Chaplaincy Australia. Chaplaincy opens doors to serve the community and accreditation will give organisations confidence in your qualifications and credibility.

Applying and more information

The official AC page with all the details and links is here:

Please note that this is an accredited Vocational and Education Training (VET) course, so you will need to apply as an AC Student; i.e., it is more involved than registering for a seminar or workshop.

Talking it through with an AC Future Students team member is recommended. You can complete the form here to arrange for someone to call you to discuss.