1.  A mining company in a remote area may seek a local church pastor for the role of mine chaplain. Try contacting the mine management and organizing an appointment. If you have prior work experience in a mine that can be a big plus.For those who are seeking to become chaplains in the mining industry there are a number of different options available. Most important is to pray. God has amazing ways of opening doors. If God has called you He will make it happen.

2.  Having a chaplaincy qualification can be helpful. Here are some options:

  • If you are in a remote area you may consider on-line training. Tabor College (see below) may appeal to you.
  • Non-denominational training. Please be aware that some non-denominational training is secular. Tabor College may be a good option.
  • Denominational training. The different denominations offer various chaplaincy training courses dealing with such things as emergency response, hospitals, nursing homes and schools. I am not aware of any denominations offering mining chaplaincy training. However, simply having a chaplaincy qualification may be sufficient in your application with a mining company.

3.  Speak to your denominational HQ about mine chaplaincy. Their representation to the mine company could be advantageous.

4. Go to the Out of the Pit website www.outofthepit.org click on the resource tab. There you will find some documents regarding the positive input of chaplaincy for mining companies. You may like to utilize this information in your application process.

Non-denominational training centres:

Converge International


State Offices

National Head Office


Level 5, 255 Bourke Street Melbourne, VIC, 3000

Telephone:  03 8681 2444 Fax:  03 8681 2488

Email:  info@convergeintl.com.au



Suite 704, 491 Kent St Sydney, NSW, 2001

Telephone:  02 8264 3128 Fax:  02 9269 0855

Email:  info@convergeintl.com.au



Level 2, 141 Logan Rd Woolloongabba, QLD, 4102

Telephone:  07 3018 3875

Email:  info@convergeintl.com.au



174 Pulteney St Adelaide, SA, 5000

Telephone:  08 8127 7333

Email: info@convergeintl.com.au



5 / 14 Reid Promenade Joondalup, WA, 6027

Telephone: 08 9318 4080

Email:  info@convergeintl.com.au


Canberra   Level 5, 7 London Circuit Canberra, ACT

Email:  info@convergeintl.com.au


Hobart   Level 6, Reserve Bank Building 111 Macquarie St Hobart TAS

Email:  info@convergeintl.com.au


Murdoch University, Western Australia

Graduate Diploma in Chaplaincy


Tabor College

Tabor College is non-denominational, their Hobart campus provides on-line chaplaincy training:


Denominational Training Centres:

Anglican Church of Australia

General requirements for mining chaplaincy (according to Rev’d Peter Palmer) is minimum 2 years of theological education, and CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) training.

For more info contact Peter Palmer (Mining Chaplain): 0402 062 842

Apostolic Church


Australian Christian Churches

Alphacrucis College http://ac.edu.au/chaplaincy/essentials/

Chaplaincy Australia http://www.chaplaincyaustralia.com/

Baptist Church

Accreditation policy for chaplains see:


Morling College


Catholic: Chaplains Without Borders

Father James Grant Email: frjames@cwb.net.au    Mobile: 0425 721 962


Christian & Missionary Alliance


Christian Reformed Church


Churches of Christ (Vic & Tas)

1st Floor, 582 Heidelberg Rd  Fairfield  VIC  3078


Phone 03 9488 8800

Congregational Church & Wesley Mission


C3 Church


Foursquare Gospel


Lutheran Church


Nazarene Church


Presbyterian Church

The Presbyterian Theological College (Vic, Aust).


Salvation Army 

Westcare Chaplaincy Training:


Booth College


Uniting Church

The Uniting College



Click here to download the PDF of the Chaplaincy Training Directory.