Certificate IV Christian Ministry and Theology

Certificate IV for those who continue to study from Certificate III or enter into the course with advanced standing
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The Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology is for those who continue to study from Certificate III or enter into the course with advanced standing. The Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology continues and extends a vibrant faith-building journey in the Word of God, developing a greater depth of understanding and relationship with the Word.

Those continuing from Certificate III build on the themes, skills, and knowledge already presented in Certificate III. However, Certificate III is not a pre-requisite for Certificate IV.

The Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology 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 depending on the student’s capacity and the circumstances for study.


Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology OR similar Bible college award OR verifiable ministry experience of a minimum of 2 years. An LL&N test may be required to determine eligibility to enter the course.

Certificate III

Certificate IV Christian Ministry and Theology



Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology is an Advanced Standing Entry Level” and is a pre-requisite for the Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology. The course is suited to those who have previously completed some formal Bible College studies, are experienced in ministry and wish to prepare people for full or part-time Christian ministry or service.

The subjects are selected to develop a sound biblical base and build upon a stable foundation for learning.

Our combination of theology and elective skills make this the ideal course for those involved in and seeking to develop their formal Christian ministry skills. It is suitable for those students who:

11 Types of Students Who Might Benefit From Certificate IV


Austudy Requirement

Require Austudy or Youth allowance or other government funding


Ministry Seekers

Seeking ministerial qualifications



Seeking ordination qualifications


Pursuing Internship

Are entering into an Internship in their local church or denomination


Pursuing Pastoral Work

Desire to enter into formal pastoral or Christian work


Involved In Ministry

Are people involved in ministry or Christian work and service


Pursuing Truth

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


Diploma Entrance

Want to prepare for entrance to a diploma course, and above


Deeper Study

Wish to continue into deeper levels of study to serve Christ and the church better


Personal Growth

Are seeking personal growth and development in Christ


Personal Choice

Personal choice and preference



The Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology can be taken with an emphasis in Chaplaincy or Christian Counselling.

To satisfy their study requirements the student will select alternative subjects from the Vision Colleges “Counselling Stream” for the doctrine subjects in the Cert IV or Diploma

To satisfy the study requirement for the elective units the student shall select alternative subjects from the Alternative Elective Units.

The decision of the Principal on the suitability of the choice will be final.

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 IV Subjects

The Theology subjects continue to develop a sound understanding and depth of knowledge in the Word of God for Christian life in their ability to serve the Lord Jesus Christ.

The elective subjects are appropriate for someone involved in ministry with some responsibility while subject to pastoral oversight, such as a youth leader; women or men’s ministry leader; other ministry department leader;

The student will complete the following units −

  • 6 Units of Biblical Theology, are identified as “CMT” units.
  • 3 Practical Ministry Skills units.


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.

Award Recognition

Vision International College is an independent Bible college. Many Christian churches and denominations highly value our awards for ministry training purposes.


However, Vision International College cannot offer or guarantee any posting to any church or missions organisation due to the diverse requirements of differing denominations. While our awards are highly respected, applications and inquiries to such bodies must be made in person by the student/graduate.


Upon completing this award, learners should have acquired the necessary knowledge, attitudes, and skills to serve effectively as Christian workers, religious instructors in churches, parishes, para-church organisations, missionary organisations, and religious education.

Full List of Certificate IIVSubject Options

VIC has nominated subjects to satisfy the CMT units. Students may request alternative topics provided they fulfil the unit elements. The decision of the Principal on the substitution request is final.

Certificate IV: Biblical Theology Subjects

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

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

Royal Priesthood

Authenticity and Authority of the Bible

Highly Exalted

The Cross and the Crown

Christian Life

Equipped to Serve

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.

Providing Pastoral Care

Planning Ministry Activities

Christian Communications I