One of our students reading the Bible with her friendly mentor

The Certificate IV in Christian Ministry & Theology (10742NAT) is stage 1 of VBC training.

Over the course of one year learners will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to be a key member of their local church and a well armed soldier for Christ in their workplace.

The qualification is delivered full-time over a period of 12months (2 x 19 week semesters with mid semester and end of semester breaks).

The study load each week is approximately 25 hours. During this time, learners will complete a range of supervised and unsupervised learning and assessment activities and will spend approximately:

  • 2 days per week in Ministry Placement - The learner will work in their chosen ministry area (e.g. Church, TAFE, Prison etc.) under a mentor.

  • 1 day per week in the Classroom - The learner will complete bible and ministry training, in a small class environment, at an approved VBC campus/training centre.

The Learner will also be expected to complete some homework tasks each week.

Part time study is allowed with learners completing the qualification over two years. Please contact VBC for further details.

Preferred Entry Requirements

We prefer our learners to have the following experience/education prior to enrolling in this qualification:

  • Committed member in their local church

  • Work experience where they can demonstrate their ability to achieve work goals, work effectively with other and lead work teams, and

  • A vocational qualification at AQF 2 or 3, a Year 12 or Year 10 Certificate or equivalent

Ministry Placement

To successfully undertake this course learners will need to have access to a suitable workplace where they can perform roles such as:

  • Leaders and lay assistants in parishes in the areas of ministry and pastoral care

  • Volunteer or paid pastoral positions

  • Youth or Sunday School leaders

  • Women’s or Men’s ministry leaders

This work requirement is necessary so that the learner can fulfill the Ministry Placement requirements of the program.

Units (Subjects)

There are 9 units (6 Core + 3 Electives) in this course:

  • CMTTHE401 Interpret and discuss Christian Scripture and Theology
    (Early Church History)

  • CMTTHE402 Interpret theological data (Introduction to the Bible)

  • CMTTHE403 Compare and present information on a theological theme or issue
    (Old Testament 1)

  • CMTTHE404 Compare and apply new theological insights
    (New Testament 1)

  • CMTMIN401 Explain the application of Christian ethics to contemporary life issues
    (Ethics of family)

  • CMTMIN402 Communicate theological information

  • BSBWOR404 Develop work priorities (Ministry and Life)

  • MSMSUP382 Provide coaching/mentoring in the workplace (Discipleship)

  • CHCGRP002 Plan and conduct group activities
    (Ministry in Small Groups)


This course costs $445 per unit/subject. This includes the set text, learning and assessment guide and handouts provided in class. The total cost for all 9 units/subjects is $4,005.

Additional Information

Additional information about each of the above topics can be found in the VBC Prospectus. The prospectus also contains important information about VBC policies including privacy, complaints and grievances and support services.