Advanced Sports Chaplaincy Training

Certificate in Sports Chaplaincy

Our Advanced Sports Chaplaincy Training (Certificate in Sports Chaplaincy) is generally presented in two modules:

  • Present People, and
  • Sports Chaplaincy Context Training

Completion of both modules is required for anyone seeking accreditation as a sports chaplain with Sports Chaplaincy Australia. It includes 21 hours of delivered content (including a minimum of 14 hours face-to-face or online), along with additional reading and video presentations. The training includes instruction and practical experience around certain skill sets, along with discussion and reflection.

Select a training session below to view details.

You want to be intentional about following Jesus. You want to see your care for others, your prayers, your words, and your life bring new hope to the community around you. You want to put into practice Jesus' calling to love and discipleship.

Present People provides a simple approach, and effective tools, to make a kingdom difference in the places and the people that are part of our everyday lives.

It can be attended as a standalone course that is applicable in any community context, or as the first module in our Advanced Sports Chaplaincy Training.

This innovative training will change the way you think about ministry!

You've completed our Present People course, and you're ready to take the next step towards representing Jesus in a place and space where your community gathers - sports.

 Our Sports Chaplaincy Context Training covers all you need to know to get started in a wide variety of sports chaplaincy settings.

 Ready! Set! Go!

This module covers:

  •  Providing Christian chaplaincy in a community context
  • The Guiding Principles of sports chaplaincy
  • Being available at a club or sporting community
  • Suicide awareness - basic training
  • Referral - when and how to refer to further help
  • Introduction to pastoral care debriefs / critical incident responses in sports communities
  • Emotional, mental and spiritual "anatomy" of sports people
  • Sports environments (clubs, events, tours, institutes/academies, individual sports)
  • Club culture issues
  • Self-care for chaplains
  • Promoting sports chaplaincy to sport and the church
  • SCA's Professional code of conduct
  • Accreditation processes and requirements

Online Training
If you are in a remote area, or find that a regular weekly commitment suits you better, then online might just be for you!

Over 200 trainees have very much appreciated our online Advanced Sports Chaplaincy Training sessions - and many have indicated that it is the best online experience in training they have encountered. It generally runs over 7 weekly sessions of 2.5 hours.

Training at your church

If you want your church to be fully equipped and ready to take advantage of this great opportunity to connect with, and serve, your local community, we at SCA would love to speak to you about delivering our Chaplaincy Training to your church. Please contact us at [email protected]


We want our training to be accessible regardless of your circumstances. Please contact your state coordinator (see the contacts page), or email [email protected] to ask about concessions.

Upcoming Chaplaincy Training Opportunities

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EXPRESS INTEREST in Advanced Sports Chaplaincy Training - 2022
Select this option to register your interest in SCA's Advanced Sports Chaplaincy Training for 2022.

When: December 31, 2021 – December 31, 2022
Advanced Sports Chaplaincy Training - Online (Starts 25 July 2022)
This training is made up of two components, our innovative Present People training and our Sports Chaplaincy Context training.
 Over 7 Monday evenings - 7:30pm to 9:45 pm (Sydney/Melbourne time) (with one week off mid-training).

When: July 25 – September 12, 2022
Advanced Sports Chaplaincy Training - Online (starts 11 October 2022)
This training is made up of two components, our innovative Present People training and our Sports Chaplaincy Context training.  Presented by Steve Stubbings (National Training Director) and Richard Sharp (Senior Trainer).
Over 7 Tuesday evenings - 7:30pm to 9:45 pm (Sydney/Melbourne time) (with one week off mid-training).

When: October 11 – November 29, 2022

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