As an Affiliated College of the Australian College of Theology, PTC is approved to deliver its courses.
Interested in deepening and broadening your theological knowledge?
Wanting to try out study at the PTC before enrolling in a tertiary-level course?
PTC’s certificate level courses could suit you. The Certificate in Theology and the ASTC are flexible, low-cost courses, offering online and oncampus, in English and Cantonese.
They can also be taken as audit units, if you don’t want to complete the assessments. Select the ‘audit’ option on the Certificate and short course units enrolment page.
Study in a way that works for you. Complete your course 100% online at times that suit you, or come to an evening class on campus. PTC has two new certificate units on-campus every semester, held in the evening. One is in English and the other in Cantonese. We tend to call these our ‘short courses’.
The cost of the units is kept as low as possible. Last time we checked, PTC offers the certificates at the lowest rate in Australia – by far. Full-time ASTC (only) students, studying 3 or more units per semester, may be eligible for Centrelink study allowances. (Fee-help is not an option for the certificates, though.)
Assessments are kept straightforward. A unit typically has two short assignments (for credit students).
Audit: if you do not want to do the assessments and get credit with the ACT, you can simply audit the units. This halves the unit fee, too!
Single unit study: you can also enrol for a single unit study if you want to do a unit for credit with the ACT, but do not want to do a whole certificate.
The certificates are accredited by the ACT.
The certificate courses are not an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualification.
“I highly recommend the course to anyone seeking to learn more about the God of the Bible. There’s a great mix of theological and ministry subjects, and the essays cement the experience.”
Click the enrol button.
Select the award you wish to undertake.
Select the number of units you wish to take in the relevant semester, and the study level (credit or audit).
Complete the transaction.
Review your enrolment.
Contact you if further information is required.
Give you access to the unit/s in online.ptc.edu.au.
If you are enrolling for ACT credit, please enrol by
the end of February for first semester studies
the end of July for second semester studies.
We might be able to enrol you at a later stage – please ask the Registrar about this.
If you are enrolling for audit, you can enrol at any time.
All work for the certificates should be submitted by 15 June (for first semester studies) and 15 November (for second semester studies).
Ages 16 – 21: completed year 10 or equivalent
Ages 21+ : no prerequisites
Domestic students only
Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: up to 4 years (ASTC) or 3 years (CertTh)
Certificate in Theology – N/A
ASTC – may receive credit for two units into an undergraduate ACT degree
Certificate units can be taken as audit units. In this case, you do not formally enrol in the Certificate of Theology or the ASCT. You will have access to all the unit materials but do not have to do the assessment items. If you still want to do the assessment items as a sort of practice exercise and get some feedback from the lecturer, speak to your lecturer.
“Through these courses, I’ve become better equipped to serve Christ’s church and deepened my understanding of the faith. They’re a great way to put your ‘toe in the water’ of theological study.”
The 3 core units and any 3 electives
The 3 core units, any 3 electives, and 2 study skills units
The online units are listed below. A new unit is offered on-campus every semester (which PTC usually calls a ‘short course’)