Diploma of Ministry

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The Diploma of Ministry is designed to provide you with a solid Biblical foundation, basic communication skills and character development. The course has a solid Biblical core with the flexibility of choosing a number of specialised practical subjects. Students who graduate from the course will be more confident and excited about their faith and be able to communicate it in whatever context God may be leading them. The Diploma of Ministry is ideal as a gap year plan, as an internship program, as a year out for personal growth, or for those seeking to be involved in ministry.

The course is fully accredited, Austudy approved, and Fee-Help approved (for Australian Citizens).

Career Options

  • Mentor
  • Chaplain
  • Group Leader
  • Pastoral Carer
  • Mission Worker
  • Youth Worker

Course Details

Course Specifications
Entry requirements: Every candidate must:
  • Be a Christian, 17 years or older
  • Overseas students must be 18 years or older.

All students will also be required to demonstrate English Proficiency, which is equivalent to an academic IELTS band of 6.0 overall and in reading and writing subset. This can be demonstrated by either:

  • Evidence of the completion of studies undertaken only in the English language
  • Evidence of the completion of English studies undertaken at TAFE or an equivalent institution
  • Completion of an external assessment of English language, for example an IELTS (Academic Version)
  • Completion of an onsite English evaluation. Candidates will be required to attend the PBC campus to complete the evaluation.
ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS: Every candidate must either:
  • have completed year 12 in the Australian school system or equivalent,
  • have other acceptable post-secondary qualifications (e.g. Cert IV or above in any field),
  • qualify for admission as a mature age student by obtaining a satisfactory grade in both the Essay and Test A of the “Alternative Test for Tertiary Admission” conducted by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre Inc, or
  • qualify for Provisional Admission as outlined in P03 Admission Policy (available: www.pbc.wa.edu.au/resources/policies).
Duration: 1 year full time, or a maximum of 4 years part-time.
Structure: The course structure is based on two semesters (each 15 week duration), with four units taught in each semester. It comprises of:
  • 4 Core units
  • 1 Study Skills unit
  • 4 Ministry Units

Each unit carries 3 credit points and graduates require a total of 24 credit points to successfully complete the course.

Core units : First Semester
  • Either OT501: Old Testament A – Narrative OR NT501: New Testament A – Narrative
  • HE501: Interpreting the Bible

Second Semester

  • Either OT502 Old Testament B – Life Before God OR NT502 New Testament B – Life Before God
  • TH501 Introduction to Theology
  • PM501 Personal & Ministry Formation A (1st semester, preferred)
  • PM502 Personal & Ministry Formation B (2nd semester, preferred)


  • PA601 Leading Christian Ministry
  • PA602 Pastoral Ministry
  • PA603 Preaching
  • CO602 Pastoral Counselling in a Christian Context


  • CO601 Models for Pastoral Counselling
  • CO602 Pastoral Counselling in a Christian Context
  • CO603 Pastoral Counselling as Community Care
  • CO604 Marriage & Family


  • MI601 Foundational Mission Perspectives
  • MI602 Cross Cultural Training
  • MI603 Christianity & World Religions
  • MI605 The Local Church & Mission
  • MI501 Ministry in a Cross Cultural Context


  • CP601 Missional Chaplaincy
  • CP602 Chaplaincy Processes
  • CO601 Models for Pastoral Counselling
  • CO603 Pastoral Counselling as Community Care
  • CP501 Educational Chaplaincy – Field Education
  • CP604 Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
  • CE504: Study Ready

Advanced Diploma of Ministry or Bachelor of Ministry

2 Years additional study at either Advanced Diploma or Bachelor level.

Course Completion

Students may exit the course at any given moment, and will receive a Statement of Attainment with a list of all the completed Units. When a student has completed all the requirements of the 4 core Units and 4 Ministry Electives, they will be awarded with the Diploma of Ministry. The Diploma of Ministry is equivalent to 1 year of the Advanced Diploma or Bachelor of Ministry.

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CRICOS Course Details
Course Name Diploma of Ministry
CRICOS Course Code 061404G (Course ID: 61404)
Course Sector HE (Higher Education)
CRICOS Provider Perth Bible College (Inc.)
(Trading as Perth Bible College)
CRICOS Provider Code 00986G
Institution Course Code DIPM