Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study
VET studies completed in other Australian states are recognised as equivalent to Western Australian standards. Applicants who have undertaken VET study are selected and accepted on the grounds of a Cert IV or above in any field of study.
When an applicant has completed a VET Diploma in Christian Ministry and Theology, they will be credited with up to 4 units (12 semester hours) credit towards a Diploma of Ministry. This credit provides an exemption from two of the four New Testament and Old Testament Introductory units in conjunction with an exemption from two electives. Perth Bible College currently offers credit for studies completed through the Jesus Discipleship Movement (JDM) in South Korea.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
To obtain recognition of prior learning, applicants must provide documentary evidence of appropriate previous tertiary study and/or relevant practical experience. Such study and/or experience must be in accordance with the objectives of the relevant course and demonstrate how the applicant has achieved relevant outcomes. Each student’s prior qualifications and/or area of experience are considered for credit on a case by case basis by the Dean of Studies in consultation with the Dean of Academics and Research or the Principal. This process helps to maximise the credit offered while maintaining the integrity of qualification outcomes and discipline requirements of the course to which the credit is to be granted.
When a prospective student claims overseas qualifications, the college will ascertain whether the applicant only wishes to gain admittance into a course, or whether they wish to claim recognition and advanced standing within a course.
The first step will be the same for either intention: applicants have to provide an authorised transcript of their relevant qualifications. This will usually be sufficient to determine simple admission, along with the guidelines in P02 Admissions Process. Applicants are advised in writing by the Dean of Students as to the result of their application.
The Dean of Studies deals with applications for recognition of prior learning according to P19: Recognition of Prior Learning. Two sources are always consulted in this regard:
- The website of the institution(s) where the prior learning took place, and
- The Australian Government’s Department of Education and Training website.
The Dean of Studies advises all applicants of the outcome and reasons in writing.
Possible career paths with a PBC qualification
Pastor, Leader, Minister, Lecturer, Chaplain, Preacher, Missionary, Youth Pastor and Pastoral Counsellor.
How to apply
Applicants who wish to apply for a course offered by Perth Bible College should do so via direct application to the institution. The application process can vary between two weeks to six months or more. A two-week turnaround for an application is dependent upon receiving all required information from the applicant and referees.
Applicants should attend the college to discuss the application process with the Dean of Students. This face to face discussion is primarily for the benefit of the student, to provide information about the courses, the contents of units, the requirements of the study programmes, and to enable them to become familiar with the facilities and procedures of the college. Selection criteria may be discussed and clarified during the discussion, but no new selection criteria are included. The Dean of Students will assess applications to ensure that all relevant materials have been received. Required materials are outlined in the Australian Student Prospectus and the Overseas Student Prospectus. PBC will reply to the applicant letting him/her know that the application and specified fees have been received. The Dean of Students will then send a request for referral and a PBC referral from to the applicant’s nominated referees. Once all required documents are received, and all application fees are paid the application will be processed. Applicants that meet the above requirements are then interviewed (if possible) by the Dean of Students.
An interview is only undertaken if a face to face discussion is geographically possible. Selection criteria may be discussed and clarified during the interview, but no new selection criteria are included for discussion at the interviews. The application is then either approved or declined by the Dean of Students in consultation with one other faculty member, preferably the College Principal or the Dean of Academics & Research in line with the requirements for entry criteria. Applicants are notified of the approval or declination decision within 14 days of receipt of a completed application. All students will also be sent a formal Letter of Offer. All students will then be required to complete and return the Acceptance of Offer along with all required fees before a Confirmation of Acceptance and Overseas Student Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE), will be issued. The CoE shows that PBC has notified the Australian Authorities that the applicant has been accepted to a particular study program.