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What is Waverley Abbey Chaplaincy?

As a Christian, you’re passionate about making a difference in your local community and seeing it transformed. You’re fired up to respond to the Great Commission. But the more you think about it, the messier it seems. So where do you start? Waverley Abbey Chaplaincy trains and equips you, whatever your local context, to respond to Jesus’ call and commission to help others.


Who can be a Chaplain?

Anyone can train to be a chaplain. Every day people in their every day contexts giving hope to others when they need it most. Whatever season of life you are in you can be a chaplain anywhere, to anyone, any time.

‘Being a chaplain has been one of my greatest joys in over 40 years of ministry. Chaplaincy is a challenging and invigorating adventure, discovering where Jesus is at work in the most unexpected of places and people. It is at the cutting edge of the mission of the church today and I would urge anyone who senses a call to be a chaplain to give it a go!′

Ian Nicholson – Sports Chaplain, Woking Football Club

Where can I be a Chaplain?

There are all kinds of places where people are Chaplains, varying from the school playground, local parks through to sports clubs and business. There are so many opportunities and the need is great. You can be part of the answer to your community or place of influence.

Explore your routes to becoming a chaplain



With the option of tutor or self paced learning, this online course will start your journey to begin ministering as a Chaplain.



In partnership with Perth Bible College, Australia, we are delighted to be able to offer an online Graduate Diploma in Ministry (Chaplaincy) – available from April 2024.

Not sure which option is right for you?

Reach out to our friendly team and we will be happy to chat through any questions you might have.

Email to discuss your options.

Looking for training for your group or team?

Our highly renowned chaplaincy training can be tailored to suit the needs of your team, group, network or organisation. This means that individuals can be awarded the Waverley Abbey College Certificate in Contemporary Chaplaincy, having studied in a way that suits your context, ministry and maximises the impact you want to see.

Personal Discovery Session

By booking a Personal Discovery Session, you will:


  • Receive personalised guidance on choosing the right course for your programme for your academic background and personal circumstances.
  • Get answers to all your questions about course content, structure, and entry requirements.
  • Learn about the best funding option for your financial situation
  • Understand the application process and receive assistance with your form.
  • Discover how our courses integrate faith and learning to support your spiritual and academic journey.