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This page is your go-to resource for training relevant to all kinds of Workplace Chaplains and we’ll aim to keep this directory regularly updated.


Training to become a Chaplain

for Workplace Chaplaincy

WCM UK and the Industrial Mission Association have been training workplace chaplains for over 60 years. WCM can advise on how to:

•            set up a Workplace Chaplaincy

•            organise a Chaplaincy Team

•            train volunteers for Chaplaincy see An Introduction to Workplace Chaplaincy Course

Different Geographical regions and teams may be running courses at difference times of year, find your local chaplaincy team

for General Chaplaincy

The Methodist Church: Chaplaincy Everywhere
Training Courses for General Chaplaincy: Chaplaincy Everywhere – available from Methodist Church Chaplaincies https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-work/our-work-in-britain/chaplaincy/chaplaincy-everywhere/
including a short course from the Methodist Church for small groups interested in exploring voluntary chaplaincy within their community. https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-work/our-work-in-britain/chaplaincy/chaplaincy-everywhere/chaplaincy-everywhere-course/

Overview of training to be a Chaplain: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/chaplain  

Baptist resources for ordained ministers: Follow this link for more information


Occupational training and CPD for Chaplains

The Workplace Chaplaincy Team in Scotland, WPCS, have generously opened up their wide range of training courses to WCM UK members. Please browse their website to see what is available.

Forum Training Professional Development offer seminars for different topics and sector. Examples include training for mental health sectors, healthcare, and charities. Specific topics include counselling, mental health at work, bereavement training but also wider training for all Chaplains including management topics (managing teams, effective supervision online, safeguarding) https://www.forumbusinesstraining.co.uk/

Mental Health at Work England – offer a wide range of resources and links to training courses

Bereavement counselling courses – Cruse offer online training and resources: https://www.cruse.org.uk/training

Mental Health awareness and training including Stop Suicide Training – contact your local branch of MIND or browse nationwide virtual courses and training: https://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/mind-training/virtual-training/

Mental Health at Work – online resources: https://www.mentalhealthatwork.org.uk/


University Study into Chaplaincy practice

Several UK Universities offer accredited study into ‘Chaplaincy’:

St Padarn’s Institute – MTh in Chaplaincy Studies: In partnership with Cardiff University
Ministry Training – St Padarn’s Institute (stpadarns.ac.uk)

Newman University (Birmingham): Chaplaincy with Young People https://www.newman.ac.uk/course/chaplaincy-pgcert/september-2021/  

Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge, Peterborough, Chelmsford) https://aru.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/pastoral-care-and-chaplaincy

Cambridge Theological Federation: https://www.theofed.cam.ac.uk/postgraduate/ma-aru/ma-pastoralcare/

Westcott House Cambridge: Church of England training and courses and wider Anglican Communion https://www.westcott.cam.ac.uk/

The Woolf Institute combines teaching, scholarship, and outreach, focusing on Jews, Christians, and Muslims, to encourage tolerance and foster understanding between people of all beliefs. It offers a wide range of Courses, summer schools, lectures, and events https://www.woolf.cam.ac.uk/about

The Centre for Chaplaincy Studies, St Michael’s College, Llandaff
The Cardiff Centre for Chaplaincy Studies at St Michael’s College, in partnership with Cardiff University School of Religious and Theological Studies, draws together practitioners and academics to study and research chaplaincy in the UK and beyond. Cardiff Centre for Chaplaincy Studies (The) — Anglican Church of Canada – CEP online

CYM (Children, Youth and Mission) Chaplaincy with Children and Young People (PG Cert/ PG Dip/ MA). A flexible postgraduate studies pathway ideal for those newly appointed into Chaplaincy roles, or those more established who are seeking to challenge and deepen their understanding and practice: https://cym.ac.uk/centre-for-chaplaincy/

Certificate in Muslim Chaplaincy – Markfield Institute of Higher Education, Leicestershire Certificate in Muslim Chaplaincy | MIHE


Healthcare Chaplaincy

Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Trust: Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Chaplaincy and Postgraduate Certificate in Spiritual Care in Health https://www.guysandstthomas.nhs.uk/education-and-training/chaplaincy-courses.aspx

Another introductory course has been set up by the UK Board of Healthcare Chaplaincy (UKBHC) which is free of charge: http://learn.ukbhc.org.uk/  During the course of the training period (and indeed beyond this), a number of seminars, conferences and longer courses are offered each year, which are of general or specific interest to healthcare chaplains and which are part of Continuing Professional Development.

The College of Health Care Chaplains (and its largest special interest group, the mental health chaplains) hold annual study conferences of 2-3 days duration: https://www.healthcarechaplains.org/training/

Foundation Degree in Healthcare Chaplaincy – St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, London http://www.smuc.ac.uk/foundation/healthcare-chaplaincy/

PG Certificate in Healthcare Chaplaincy – University of Glasgow
University of Glasgow – Postgraduate study – Taught degree programmes A‑Z – Healthcare Chaplaincy

MA/MSc in Spirituality, Theology & Health – Durham University
Centre for Spirituality, Theology & Health – Durham University