Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care – Carinity and Malyon College

Carinity is committed to training and releasing qualified pastoral carers and Chaplains into our Carinity sites and beyond. In collaboration with Malyon Vocational Training (the Queensland Baptist Vocational Training college), we offer a Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care, enabling successful graduates to serve in schools, prisons, hospitals, and aged care sites as qualified chaplains.

Our Course Coordinator Janelle Tidey has 30 years of ministry experience.  Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology/Community Arts Development), a Graduate Certificate in Adult Education, and studies within a Graduate Certificate in Leadership. These are supported with Diplomas in Community Services, Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs, and Counselling.

To help prospective students study Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care, Carinity has initiated a generous financial incentive to complete the course. For chaplains actively serving within Carinity for two years, upon completion of the course, they can apply to the Director of Mission requesting Carinity reimburse the course fees. Those who have completed the course and subsequently serve within Carinity as chaplains can apply to the Director of Mission requesting reimbursement after two years of continuous service.

For more information about the course, contact Course Coordinator Janelle Tidey on 07 3354 5656 (Tues, Wed, Thurs) or janelle.tidey@malyon.edu.au.


“The Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care was a life-saver. It taught me skills in listening and knowing what to say and what not to say. I still reflect on it even now when a tragedy has occurred in our church family. It helped me to know what I needed to focus on” – Jason, Youth Chaplain.

“I’ve recently studied a Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care with Malyon and was pleasantly surprised at the depth and relevance the course had in providing practical, scriptural and research-based learning – on par in terms of quality and design with previous studies I’ve undertaken at tertiary degree level. I feel much better equipped now as I work with people in varying capacities, including as a Chaplain and Pastoral Carer in many different settings.  It’s a great course.  I’d thoroughly recommend it to anyone seeking to understand how to better work with people” – Jennifer, former Carinity Hospital Chaplain and current 1800Chaplain and church pastoral carer.

“At the commencement of the Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but now in my second year I am so glad as well as amazed at how much it has helped me in prison chaplaincy.  The course work has made me think deeply about my attitude to many things prompting me to form appropriate Christ-focussed responses in pastoral care.  It has shaped me in ways I would have not thought possible previously, it has challenged me to the core, and hopefully I’ve grown a little more mature as a Christian.  I love representing Jesus to the girls and women in prison and the course has so far equipped me and served me very well” – Margaret, Inside Out Prison Chaplain.