If you are interested in becoming a school chaplain, please check out the following requirements

Minimum Education Department Qualification Requirements

The Queensland Department of Education requires that  a chaplain “holds a Certificate IV in Pastoral Care, Youth Work, or Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care, or an equivalent or higher qualification; and the certificate or equivalent/higher qualification must include competencies in ‘making appropriate referrals’ and ‘mental health’.”

Workers may hold other qualifications or aggregated experience  that may be deemed as being equivalent to, or higher than, the minimum requirements, provided they are related to and aligned with the requirements of the role, and include the two units of competency or equivalent.

Qualification Waivers

 In some instances, the Queensland Department of Education may consider an applicant to commence with a Qualifications waiver. Candidates on a waiver will need to complete the 2 compulsory units within 4 months of their appointment and fully obtain the minimum qualification, or equivalent, within twelve months of appointment.

Below are 4 possible pathways that may lead to employment as a school chaplain

Select the qualification option that best describes your situation.

Regardless of your qualification, you must hold units that cover, or are equivalent to the competencies of the two Education Department mandated units:-

CHCCCS016 – Respond to client needs
CHCMHS001 – Work with people with mental health issues

Right to Work Documents

See the list here

Working With Children Checks

Please check here to see the requirements

SU Requirements

The chaplain’s salary bands at SU Chaplaincy follow a sequential and stepped progression determined by the Chaplain’s qualifications and experience. To progress to higher bands a chaplain is required to hold a relevant Diploma or higher qualification.