Certificate IV in Christian Leadership

(CRICOS: 078746B)

The Certificate IV in Christian Leadership is our first year of study at our Adelaide Bible College. The course is broken down into the following: core subjects, electives and ministry experience. The 12 month course covers leadership, biblical study and practical experience; with students getting exposure to foundational studies in God, leadership and the Bible. This course is great for people who want to be involved in ministry in any capacity, and for those who want to develop their foundations in God.  Completion of this course can lead to a paid or voluntary role as a team member, assistant leader, assistant small group leader, youth or children's worker, junior assistant pastoral worker in a church or Christian organisation.

Due to the practical nature of the course each student is required to have a mentor to supervise them in the ministry experience component throughout the year. A mentor can be anyone who is a key leader or Pastor in a Christian Organisation. The mentor should be someone who is willing to provide guidance and discipleship throughout the course of your study, and needs to be approved by the Bible College. 

Click HERE to see the entry requirements and ministry experience requirements for entry into the Certificate IV.



The Certificate IV offers study through two streams: Internship stream and Studies stream. As a student you get to decide which stream fits your study needs, even if you have never studied at Bible College before. Read below for more information on each stream and to help you make a decision about which one would be best for you. 

Internship Stream

More than just study, it's a lifestyle. The Intern stream involves more ministry experience hours and less classroom time. This course can be completed full time over two days a week.
This stream is perfect for those who are looking to develop leadership skills under the supervision of a ministry supervisor in their local church.



The Studies stream involves more classroom time and less ministry experience hours, giving you access to a wider range of subjects. This course can be completed full time over two days a week.
This stream is perfect for those looking to broaden their knowledge of the Bible and their foundations in God and is also recommended for international students.


The Ministry Stream is for anyone who has completed at least 12 months as an employed Pastor on staff at a church. This stream can be completed over 5 sessions and covers the core foundational units involved with obtaining the Certificate IV. Please contact the college for more information about this stream, and when the next sessions are being delivered. 

Cert IV Full Time


Internship: Approx. $3,300

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Studies: Approx. $3,800

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Internship: 7.5 hours of lectures per week
 10 hours of ministry experience per week

Studies: 11 hours of lectures per week
3 hours of ministry experience per week

Cert IV Part Time

Part time study for the Cert IV is available. Simply choose any of our subjects and complete them either on or off campus.

Part time course fees range from $55 to $240 per subject (depending on the size of the subject selected).

Assessed or Non-Assessed

You also have the option of studying assessed or non-assessed. If you choose to study non-assessed you will receive a discount of 50% off your subject fees. However you will not be eligible to receive a Certificate IV in Christian Leadership qualification without upgrading to an assessed course. In essence, you will be completing the subject for your own personal growth and knowledge, and not as an accredited course. 


Recognition of prior learning is available at ILC. RPL is a grading that is allocated to a particular subject that you feel you have completed the sufficient prior academic learning for, or you have life experience in that area. If you meet the standard for completion of that particular subject then you will be given an "RPL" and you will not be required to complete it. Please contact the ILC staff for more information and about fees for RPL. 

Credit Transfer

Credit transfers are available for students who have already completed the identical course at another institute. Credit transfers do not incur any costs.