Booth College is The Salvation Army's education & training body in the Australia Eastern Territory. We are an accredited Higher Education provider through the Sydney College of Divinity and are also a Registered Training Organisation for nationally accredited Vocational Training. Booth College is comprised of 4 main Campuses and numerous Vocational Training sites throughout NSW & Qld. With flexible study options & a wide range of courses available, NOW is the time to Learn...Challenge...GROW!
Booth College will equip you to take God’s love and message to the poor and hurting, the lost and lonely—and in fact to everybody.
Our approach is to integrate excellent teaching with authentic Salvo-style practical work. Every student is given opportunities to do practical ministry and service in a variety of settings.
Booth College develops minds and hearts and hands to make a difference in a hurting world.
Booth College is The Salvation Army's education and training body in the Australia Eastern Territory. We are an accredited Higher Education provider through the Sydney College of Divinity and a Registered Training Organisation for nationally accredited vocational training. Our programs are offered through distance and class.
A brief history
The first efforts in theological education for The Salvation Army in Australia began in 1883, only two years after the first leaders had arrived from England to take charge of the fledgling Army. This training was exclusive to its officers [ministers], to give them some preparation for ministry. In 1921 the Eastern Territory Training College was opened at 55 Livingstone Rd, Petersham and the cadets [ministers-in-training] undertook a ten month residential course. Time in training was extended for cadets in 1965 to two years.
Between 1932 and 1935, because of the Great Depression and the need to economise, the college in Sydney was closed and all officer training was carried out in Melbourne.
1980 saw the Sydney Officer Training College, [now the School for Officer Training], move from Petersham to its present location at Bexley North. In 1996 The Salvation Army introduced a training program at the Lake Munmorah Campus with emphasis on Leadership & Discipleship for young adults within The Salvation Army. This has now moved to Berkeley Vale.
February 1997 saw the commencement of theological education for all who wished to study, but were not looking at becoming an officer. The first semester of classes through the now School for Christian Studies was held and in June 1999 the new College of Further Education (now Booth College) building was opened on the site at Bexley North with modern classrooms and an updated library.
This inaugurated a unique program designed to bring the existing training programs:
- The School for Christian Studies,
- The School for Officer Training,
- The School for Youth Leadership (now called the Salvos Discipleship School) and
- The School for Leadership Training (now called the Stanmore House)
under one umbrella.
This facilitated an integrated approach which features two defining objectives:
- To harmonise curricula, and
- To rationalise resources.
Booth College provides a wide range of accredited and non-accredited courses in ministry, theology, leadership and management, counselling, pastoral care and several vocational courses.
The full list of all courses available at Booth College are listed under COURSES in the main navigation bar. The full scope of VET courses available may be viewed on the National Register. (Registered Training Organisation - National ID 0328)
Booth College currently has students enrolled in their schools from all around the world.
Booth College offers study at various levels, including higher education accredited study, accredited vocational study and non accredited programs.
The Higher Education programs on offer are:
- Individual Study Program (choose one or more units)
- Diploma of Christian Studies (1 year full-time, up to 3 years part-time)
- Associate Degree of Christian Thought and Practice (2 years full-time, up to 6 years part-time)
- Bachelor of Ministry (3 years full-time, up to 9 years part-time)
- Bachelor of Theology (3 years full-time, up to 9 years part-time)
- Master of Divinity (3 years full-time, up to 9 years part-time)
- Master of Theology (1½ years full-time, up to 4½ years part-time)
- Master of Arts: Specialisation in Christian Leadership (18-month full-time, 4½ years part-time)
To contact us to learn more about the Higher Education programs click HERE
The vocational training courses on offer are:
- BSB30415 Certificate III in Business Administration (March - December 2016 Sydney, NSW)
- CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services (March 2016 - February 2017 Sydney, NSW)
- CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services (March - December 2016 Sydney, Online)
- CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs (April - December 2016 Sydney, NSW)
- CHCSS00111 Problem Gambling Skill Set (May - July 2016 Online)
- CHCSS00077 Financial Literacy Education (June - August 2016 Online)
- BSB42015 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management (July 2016 - July 2017 Sydney, NSW)
- CHC51115 Diploma of Financial Counselling (July 2016 - July 2018 Online)
- BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership and Management (June 2016 - June 2017 Online)
- 10032NAT Diploma of Chaplaincy (August and November 2016 Sydney, NSW)
- CHCSS00111 Problem Gambling Skill Set (September - November 2016 Online)
- CHCSS00077 Financial Literacy Education (October - December 2016 Online)