Undergraduate Certificate of Ministry

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Course Description

The Undergraduate Certificate of Ministry is a great introduction to the Bible and ministry.

Graduates will be equipped to serve in their churches and communities with a more informed approach to ministry. If you are wanting to pursue full-time ministry, we encourage you to look into our Bachelor and Masters courses. *Eligibility criteria applies.

Please note that the Undergraduate Certificates are approved for delivery until 30/06/2025. 

Course Details

Duration 6 months full-time
Part-time equivalent (maximum 2 years)
Mode  On-campus, Online, Multi-mode
May include intensives, online, on-campus and study tours
Course Level Australian Qualifications Framework Level 5
Unit Level Delivered at levels 5-7
Graduates may complete further study in Diploma of Ministry
Advanced Diploma of Ministry
Associate Degree of Ministry
Bachelor of Ministry
Admission Requirements
  • ATAR: Completion of Year 12 with an ATAR of 65 or above; OR
  • Previous Qualifications: Successful completion of a qualification at AQF Level 5 or above; OR
  • Demonstrate Academic Suitability for course: successful completion of the Ridley Bridging Program or Interview.
  • Language Qualifications for NESB: IELTS 6.5 overall with minimum of 6.0 in each subtest OR 10 years in Australia with English being the language primarily spoken both at home and work.
Fee-Help Eligible for FEE-HELP and Centrelink allowances
Credit Points 48 credit points total (4 subjects)

Course Structure

The Undergraduate Certificate of Ministry requires completion of four subjects, each worth 12 credit points.

Core Subject (12 credit points)

Choose one of:

  • OT001-512: Old Testament Foundations
  • OT002-512: Old Testament Prophets and Writings
  • NT001-512: Jesus and the Gospels [online]
  • NT002-512: The Early New Testament Church [online]
  • NT003-512: New Testament Overview [campus]
  • BB002-512: Biblical Theology and Interpretation [campus]
  • TH005-512: Foundational Christian Beliefs

Additional Requirements (24 credit points) 
You may choose any two subjects from our Ministry and Practice page. Please note the subject must be within the level of study you undertake for the Undergraduate Certificate.

Elective Study (12 credit points)
1 subject at level 5-7 from any unit field.


This is a course of the Australian College of Theology.

We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri People, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which the Ridley College campus is built.
Ridley College is an affiliated college with the Australian College of Theology, CRICOS Provider Code 02650E.
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