NRT.logo.colourCertificateIV in Christian Ministry and Theology 10742NAT

The Cert IV course is the entry level program for people looking to exercise leadership in Christian ministry in either a voluntary or paid capacity.  It is an ideal program for anyone who is looking to ground themselves in a solid understanding of Scripture and grow and develop in the particular ministry stream in which they are gifted.  It is also a good testing ground for people who may be considering vocational ministry down the track. It is offered in distance mode via the online Moodle training platform.  From time to time some modules may be offered in an intensive or face to face format.  Recognition of prior learning is also available in part or full depending on prior training and experience. People are welcome to enrol in individual modules without completing the full qualification if there are specific areas of interest to them.

Course Detail

Duration of the course: The full qualification will take between 410 and 590 hours of structured/supervised study plus additional unsupervised hours to complete (depending on the electives chosen).  Of these hours, 300 hours are in core units of study, with the remainder being in elective units.

Entry Requirements: There are no entry requirements for this qualification. Students will need a satisfactory grasp of English skills (reading, writing and speaking).  Students are also advised to have a mentor who can guide and support them in their study.  This will usually be a ministry leader within the student’s local church.

Core Skills acquired:  The subjects engaged in will equip people to –

  • Discuss the nature of the Bible and how Christian life and practice is understood today
  • Interpret and investigate theological information within themes and issues
  • Relate this theological information to a Christian way of life
  • Gain new personal understandings about God and people
  • Communicate theology in everyday language.

Modules, Course Fees and start dates:  There are no specified start dates for this course.  As it is an online program, students can commence on confirmation of their enrolment when provided with access to our online learning platform.

You can download the list of modules and fees, including the hours it should take to complete each module here



Your modules will be selected in consultation with your assigned trainer, who will talk through the course requirements and your particular areas of interest.

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