Australian College of Theology ACT 

About Timothy Partnership Certificate

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Timothy Partnership Certificate is committed to equipping every Christian, everywhere.

Offering online, distance education to study the Australian College of Theology Certificate in Theology or Academic Studies in Theology Certificate (ASTC), our aim is to make learning available to anyone, anywhere.

We believe that practical and theological training shouldn’t be limited only to those who are able to study full-time and on campus. Every Christian should have access to learning that can equip them to serve God in their local church and community.

Our dream is to see every Christian everywhere in some form of ministry, confident and equipped in bringing others closer to Jesus.

Timothy Partnership Certificate is a collaboration between Presbyterian Youth and Christ College, an affiliated college of the Australian College of Theology.


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Certificate of Theology

The Certificate of Theology is a course that enables every Christian everywhere to be better equipped to read & understand the Bible. It’s practical, accessible and flexibly delivered to your computer through audio recordings, readings and forum participation. Like a first aid certificate, it is important training, equipping all Christians wherever they are, and can be completed in as little as 12 months.

How the Certificate of Theology works

The three core units in the Certificate in Theology are New Testament, Old Testament and Christian Belief. The elective units (ie you only need to choose three) are Religious Education, Teaching Faith in the Classroom, Christian Leadership & Management, Lay Ministry Field Education, Introducing Pastoral Care and Advanced Pastoral Care. The last two units are the Pastoral Care units needed to become a School Chaplain.

The Academic Studies in Theology Certificate (ASTC)

(ASTC) is a course that enables every Christian everywhere to be better equipped to read and understand the Bible. You’ll cover the material through a combination of audio panel discussions, accessible study guides and engagement in an online learning community. The ASTC combines the flexibility of distance learning with the quality of an award that is issued by the Australian College of Theology. It is important training, equipping all Christians wherever they are, and can be completed in as little as 12 months.

The Academic Studies in Theology Certificate is also approved by Centrelink for AUSTUDY/Youth Allowance, as a foundational and preparatory course for further theological study. In order to be eligible for AUSTUDY/Youth Allowance, a student must undertake at least 75% of a full time load to qualify, and these allowances are means-tested. The ASTC is being used for example, by MTS for their scholarship program.

How the ASTC works

The course will take you through eight units; five are core units (Old Testament, New Testament, Christian Belief, Introducing Study Skills and Developing Study Skills), and the remaining three units are electives of your choice. If two of these electives include the Pastoral Care units, your Academic Studies in Theology Certificate could help qualify you to work as a chaplain in schools.

Each unit only requires 35 hours of your time over a whole semester (two to three hours per week), so it’s easy to fit your study in around other commitments. The ASTC is carefully designed to be as manageable, interesting and as helpful as possible, so it’s a great option for anyone looking for a flexible, practical and engaging way to study the Bible and prepare themselves for further theological study at diploma and/or degree level.

  • Award of the Academic Studies in Theology Certificate requires the completion of 8 units
  • To be qualified as a school chaplain, you need to take the 2 pastoral care units as part of your elective choices
  • Units require approximately 35 hours of work – or 2-3 hours a week – per unit

The online, flexible delivery means no wasted travel time and you can study when and where it suits you. The full Academic Studies in Theology Certificate can also be credited as two units towards a Diploma of Theology or Diploma of Ministry if you choose to continue your studies.

Difference between Certificate of Theology and ASTC

Certificate of Theology ASTC
NT (core) NT (core)
OT (core) OT (core)
CB (core) CB (core)
ISS (core)
DSS (core)
Elective 1 Elective 1
Elective 2 Elective 2
Elective 3 Elective 3

Certificate-level units

Here’s a brief description of each of the units:

    • New Testament – a study of New Testament writings in their original context with a view to discovering their meaning in the life of today’s Church. The unit includes a review of New Testament geo-political history, an overview of the gospel of Mark and a consideration of the emerging church.
    • Old Testament – introducing students to Old Testament literature, deepening your understanding and strengthening your faith. The unit provides an historical outline of the Old Testament with a review of the interplay between history and prophecy.
    • Christian Belief – an introductory study of the Christian faith, aimed at producing sound knowledge and an increase in faith and commitment. A review of the doctrines of God as Creator, the nature of Christ, the work of the Holy Spirit, the Trinity and the nature of the Church.
    • Lay Ministries Field Education – a unit designed to enable experiential based supervised learning through observation, participation and reflection with a mentor and using a journaling process.
    • Christian Leadership and Management – a unit designed to provide an introduction to the principles and dynamics of Christian leadership applicable in a church or mission setting. The unit comprises Biblical Principles of Leadership, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Styles, Transformational Leadership and Management, Collaborative Leadership and Management, Power, Authority, Responsibility and Influence, and Principles of Organisation.
    • Introduction to Pastoral Care – Establishes a biblical basis and characteristics of pastoral care, enables students to develop an understanding of people in social relationships, discusses the pastoral opportunities and approaches in crisis situations and enables students to begin to develop skills in pastoral care. This is a core unit for Chaplains.
    • Advanced Pastoral Care – Deals with specialist issues in relation to mental health and referral. The unit introduces students to the major factors and contexts relating to mental health issues, the relevant standards and practices that inform and regulate provision of care, the needs of people facing mental health issues and the key steps in assessing when and where to refer. This is a core unit for Chaplains.
    • Apprenticeship Project
    • Teaching Christian Faith in the Classroom
    • Religious Education
    • Introducing Study Skills
    • Developing Study Skills

Unit Schedule – Semester 2, 2019

Certificate Level Students (Certificate and ASTC)

AP – Apprenticeship Project

APC – Advanced Pastoral Care

CB – Christian Belief

DSS – Developing Study Skills

IPC – Introduction to Pastoral Care

ISS – Introducing Study Skills

N481 – Lay Ministry Field Education

RE – Religious Education

TCFC – Teaching Christian Faith in the Classroom

Cornhill Units

CB Cornhill – Christian Belief for Cornhill students
NT Cornhill – New Testament for Cornhill students

Course fees

Fees are set by the Australian College of Theology:

      • 2019 – Certificate and ASTC units: $940 per subject

Census and Withdrawal Dates

Semester 2, 2019
Census date: 31st of August
Withdrawal date: 13th of September


Certificate study is not eligible for FEE-HELP. Course fees must be paid upfront, invoiced after the census date.

Austudy, Abstudy and Youth Allowance

A 75% minimum load – or 3 units per semester – is required to access Centrelink benefits.

Students enrolling in 3 or more units of the ASTC are able to apply to Centrelink for Austudy, Abstudy and Youth Allowance. Christ College (through the Australian College of Theology) is registered with Centrelink as a provider of higher education: Christ College Institution code (for Christ College units) is 2P004. Students who qualify are able to apply for Austudy, Abstudy or Youth Allowance.

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The Timothy Partnership Certificate is a joint venture between Presbyterian Youth and Christ College, an affiliated college of the Australian College of Theology. The tuition fees are set by ACT on an annual basis. More information about tuition fees is available at


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