Counselling and Chaplaincy- 1 year Diploma


Alif Institute presents the Certified Islamic Professional Chaplain (CIPC) Diploma Programme 

  • Muslims are part of the religious and cultural landscape of Britain. As with other communities, they are affected by a number of social problems in all sections of society. The need is growing for Muslim chaplains in Further and Higher Education, the National Health Service (including hospices), social welfare, prisons, the Police, Armed Forces and Industry. An overview of the situation in Europe reveals a similar pattern. As Muslims become an integral entity within the social fabric, the development of strong institutional infrastructures become essential. 
  • The development of specific courses which facilitate and train professionals working in the areas of chaplaincy and pastoral care are illustrated by the current situation of Muslim communities in the UK particularly, and in Europe generally.
  • What Does a Chaplain Do?
  • Chaplains lead nondenominational religious services and provide spiritual support to those who are unable to attend organised religious services. A chaplain may work in a hospital, prison, or university, or serve as part of the military. Although prison, military, school, and hospital chaplains work in very different environments, they all provide spiritual guidance to individuals who do not have access to formal religious services offered by their faith of choice

The syllabus for this module will include key aspects of applied subject knowledge ; including:

• An exploration of models of chaplaincy

• Theological approaches to chaplaincy

• The Chaplain as reflective practitioner

• Crisis Counselling

• Stress Management

• Islamic therapeutic communication

• Islamic Spiritual Care

• Essential counselling skills (CBT ; listening skills ; empathy etc)

• Understanding Addiction Behaviour (Addiction Counselling)

• Islamic Grief and Bereavement Counselling.

• Core principles and practices of chaplaincy from a Muslim perspective.

• The distinctive contribution of Chaplaincy within community provision

Areas of Chaplaincy:

• Spiritual / Hospital / Hospice Chaplain

• Community Chaplain: Caregivers trained as Chaplains are rapidly joining the ranks of psychologists ; social workers ; and human services personnel as an independent class of care providers

• Prison Chaplain

• Civil Chaplains: This category includes police ; fire and civic organisation chaplains.

• Mosque / Religious Institution Chaplains: This is a growing field with these chaplains often extending the reach and scope of local pastoral ministries.

• Military Chaplains

Although students will be given the option to do just level 2 or just level 3 (depending on qualifications), students must complete both level 2 and level 3 to become qualified Chaplains.
The full 1-year programme is accredited by the CPCAB.
There are no formal practice requirements for this module. Students can participate in this module as practitioners (Chaplains) or for the purpose of a study of Chaplaincy practice.
Applicants should be 18 years of age or above and be proficient in English reading, writing and speaking.
No, this qualification is open to all individuals regardless of their background.
In order to make sure that assessment is fair to all candidates, CPCAB requires all registered centres to have an appropriate candidate support system in place and to make appropriate arrangements to meet individual assessment needs. Students can ensure that their own learning and assessment needs are being met by discussing their own needs/difficulties with their tutor, who can ensure that they receive the appropriate support at their centre.
If a student’s external assessment result is ‘Not Proficient’, the candidate’s centre can make arrangements with CPCAB for them to re-sit the assessment or else appeal against the assessment result. A fee is charged for both a re-sit and an appeal, but if the appeal is successful the candidate’s fee is refunded. Candidate’s tutor can ask CPCAB for verbal feedback on external assessment results in order to help the centre decide whether an appeal is warranted.
Should students wish to withdraw from one of our courses, students have until the first session (class one) from the start of teaching in which they can cancel their place on the programme and receive a refund if they’ve paid in full (candidates must however pay for the first weekend - £226.97 Registration fee – which is non-refundable) – after which students will not be able to receive a refund as by registering to study with us, you have agreed to pay your fees in full. Candidates are therefore expected to pay their fees in full, whether they wish to continue or not, after the first session, unless they have a mitigating circumstance, whereby evidence will have to be provided.
In order to register on to our course, students will be required to pay a £226.97 Registration Fee (effective from 1st January 2020) which is non-refundable. 
The Registration Fee must be received within two weeks prior to the student’s course to guarantee their place on the chosen Alif Institute Islamic Counselling programme.
The Registration Fee will be offset against the student’s overall course fee. 
It is paramount that students attend all sessions. Students should only miss up to a maximum of 2 sessions in circumstances where it is absolutely necessary. Should students miss a class, they should try and make this up by attending the same class session in a different city.
  • Course Dates: 
  • Times: 10am – 6pm
  • Location: London, Birmingham & Manchester
  • Certification: Full Diploma (CICP) and trainee counsellor qualification 
  • Format: Level 2 (7 weekends) ; Level 3 (7 weekends) – one weekend per month. Chaplaincy; (1 Weekend)
  • Entry Requirement: 


Original Price: £2,250 for full diploma 

*Early Bird: £1,450 for full diploma - DEADLINE: 31st October 2019

Early Bird Level 2 ONLY : £650 - - DEADLINE: 31st October 2019

Early Bird Level 3 ONLY: £850 - - DEADLINE: 31st October 2019

       * Payment package available


  • Course Assessment: Reflective Journals, short assignments and 30 hours of supervised placement. 
  • The practical part of the course will involve at least 30 hours of placement in a prison, a hospital or an educational establishment. The objective of the placement is to enable each student to observe closely and, wherever possible, practice and experience in an area relevant to his or her field of interest. Within the context of the placement, the student should be able to demonstrate his or her ability in relating the skills and knowledge gained from the course. This will help integrate theory and practice, and to develop good learning patterns for the future. For practical training, students will undertake supervised training in either HM Prison Service, NHS Hospital or in Further or Higher Education chaplaincy.

Entrance Criteria: 

  • Applicants should be 18 years of age or above and be proficient in English reading, writing and speaking. 
  • Practice Requirements:
  • There are no formal practice requirements for this module. Students can participate in this module as practitioners (Chaplains) or for the purpose of a study of Chaplaincy practice.
  • Awards of Qualification:
  • The full 1-year programme is accredited by the CPCAB. It is the level 2 & 3 in counselling skills with added chaplaincy modules. In order to receive the Certified Islamic Professional Chaplain (CIPC) licence the full diploma must be completed. Level 2 & 3 is mandatory. Level 2 must be completed prior to completing level 3. The certification in chaplaincy and counselling skills will be awarded to those who complete level 2 only and not the full Diploma. 
  • Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)
  • Those who have completed level 2 & 3 of the counselling with Islamic principles by Alif Institute will be awarded the Certified Islamic Professional Chaplain (CIPC) license provided that they do 15 hours of supervised (voluntary or otherwise) chaplaincy work at a recognised institution. 
  • Those working as chaplains and have completed a recognised counselling skills course may fast track to be awarded the CIPC licence provided they cover 2 modules on chaplaincy with Alif Institute.

Those who have completed level 2 in counselling with Alif or another institute may join level 3.

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Duration: Level 2 (7 weekends) ; Level 3 (7 weekends) – one weekend per month. Chaplaincy; (1 Weekend)
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