Certificate III Christian Ministry and Theology

Certificate III is the first step in an exciting journey of discovery into the word of God and preparation for ministry.
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No study can impact a person’s life as the study and application of the Word of God.  Certificate III Christian Ministry and Theology is the platform that will launch you into a deeper and more exciting relationship with God, the Church and his people.


Certificate III attracts Austudy, AbStudy and Youth Allowance for eligible Australian students.


The course can be completed in one year as a Distance Education study program; the time frame is a guide only dependent on the student’s capacity and the circumstances for study.



There are no formal academic requirements for enrolling in Certificate III.  However, a knowledge of the English language sufficient to read your preferred version of the Bible is desirable.  An LL&N test may be required to determine eligibility to enter the course.

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Certificate III Christian Ministry and Theology


The Certificate III Christian Ministry and Theology are higher than the School Leaving Certificate within the education system. It is the first year of formal Bible College study.

Subjects are selected to establish a sound biblical base and a secure ministry foundation. Our combination of theology and Elective skills makes this the ideal starting point for students seeking to develop their skills for ministry. It is suitable for those students who:

8 Types of Students Who Might Benefit From Certificate III


New To The Faith

Are new to the Christian Faith and wish to learn the word of God


Austudy Requirement

Require Austudy or Youth allowance or other government funding


Bible Students

First-year Bible college students


No Ministry Experience

Have little or no ministry or life experience


Gap Year

Wish to complete a “Gap Year” course for students completing high school


Mature Age Students

Mature age students who have not been involved in formal studies for a significant period and will benefit from an introductory level of education


Pursuing Truth

Desire to undertake studies for personal benefit and the application of learned truth


Certificate IV

Intend to continue to Certificate IV

The Word

And truly He gave some to be apostles, and some to be prophets, and some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. 

Ephesians 4:11-12 NKJV

Certificate III Subjects

Theology subjects are selected to develop a sound foundation for Christian life and work, to assist Christians to grow in their knowledge of God and the scriptures. The subjects will nurture their faith and ability to serve the Lord Jesus Christ.

The elective subjects are selected to suit those entering church or ministry activities. Students should be involved in some form of ministry under the oversight of a mentor. These subjects are also appropriate in the secular workplace.

The student will complete eight (8) units as follows −

  • 6 Biblical Theology subjects, identified as “CMT” units.
  • 2 Elective units.

VIC  has nominated subjects from their curriculum to satisfy the units. Students may request an alternative study option to meet the unit requirements. The decision of the Principal on the substitution request is final.

Full List of Certificate III Subject Options

The recommended subjects for this course are listed below as “Biblical Theology Subjects” and “Elective Practical Theology Skills”.  In keeping with our policy of allowing students to tailor the course to suit their training needs, we are providing a link to the full list of subject options available.  Students can use the recommended list or request a substitute from the link below.

VIC  has nominated subjects from their curriculum to satisfy the units. Students may request an alternative study option to meet the unit requirements. The decision of the Principal on the substitution request is final.

Certificate III: Biblical Theology Subjects

Students are provided with a textbook, assignments and complete instructions to complete the subject.


Alternative subjects may be selected from the Study Streams, although the final decision on an alternative rests with the Principal of the College.

Dynamic Christian Foundations

New Testament Survey

Old Testament Survey

Great Words of the Gospel

Faith Dynamics

Clothed with Power

Elective Practical Theology Skills

There are two options to complete the elective units:


  1. Through our “Online Training Portal”, The student has access to a comprehensive and interactive learning and training experience.   The Assignments teach and determine competency in the units.
  2. Access with detailed instructions is provided to students as they enter each unit.  Go to The Student User Guide to preview the Vision International Colleges Training Portal.


  1. If a student cannot access the internet or is uncomfortable with online learning, the same unit is available by mail in hard copy as a workbook with written assignments.

The student must complete a minimum of two elective units with a minimum of 40 nominal hours.

Students may request alternative options for the elective units. See section Elective Skills Units VIC. The decision of the Principal on the choice will be final.

It is helpful, but not required, for a student to be involved in a local church or community-based program under competent leadership and to document their work experience for each unit. This documentation will assist in establishing competencies.

Organise Ministry Priorities

Assisting in a Church Ministry