YWAM Staff Internship

Staff Internship – Certificate IV in Christian Missions

What is it?

The Staff Internship – Certificate IV in Christian Missions (C4CM) is a two-year training course that helps you to be trained in the core aspects of being a full-time worker in YWAM. The Staff Internship – C4CM is the general foundational training for all YWAM Gold Coast staff. You must have completed a Discipleship Training School before you can enroll in this school.

The C4CM is a hands-on leadership development program for those who either feel they have leadership potential or those who want to be empowered to disciple others. As a participant of C4CM you will receive some excellent instruction on biblical leadership, have opportunities to develop your gifting as you serve others like Jesus did and finally be mentored and coached in a supportive Christian environment. Be apart of our dynamic growing ministry team here at YWAM Gold Coast as we seek to bring transformation to our city and see God’s Kingdom come.

*Applicants need to have completed a  Discipleship Training School (or DTS equivalent) prior to acceptance into this course.

C4CM Overview



We rent a number of properties in the local area for student and staff accommodation. This is included in your school fees.


All your meals during the school are included in your School fees including over the weekends. If you have any special dietary requirements please contact the registrar to make sure we can cater for your needs.


We are fortunate to be able to draw on a wealth of guest speakers in our schools, both from within and outside of YWAM.


Worship is the fuel of missions and we love to worship God deeply and passionately both corporately and as individuals. If you have giftings in this area or would like to explore your potential, there will be ample opportunity.


Alongside amazing teaching, you will be allocated your own personal one on one mentor during your C4CM to help you process what you are learning and apply it to your life.

Serving Opportunities

One element of discipleship is taking responsibility for the properties God has given us. We are all allocated different areas of responsibility as opportunities to serve. This includes cleaning the houses, kitchen duties and work around the base. If you have a specialized skill set or interest (like accountancy) make sure you let us know.

Explore your Calling

As part of your experience you will be given a variety of opportunities to explore your giftings and ministry. For example; park outreach, sports events, homeless feeding programs, coffee ministry, friendship evangelism, schools work, Muslim outreach, school leavers evangelism and much more.


We have wi-fi internet connection at the YWAM Centre available for students and staff so you can stay in touch with friends and family.

Track Record

YWAM Gold Coast has existed in this location since 1998 and has been running quality assured schools and training for over 10 years. We are a registered training organization that is Aus-Study approved and accredited.


All of the houses have access to laundry facilities with no charge to use the washing machines. There is a small charge to use the dryer due to electricity costs.



YWAM Gold Coast enjoys a location of one of the top destinations on the planet. Every year millions of tourists from around the world come to enjoy the beaches and surf of Queensland Australia and YWAM uses this as an opportunity to tell the nations about Jesus. The YWAM centre is in Ashmore, a 10 minute drive from Surfers Paradise which is the focus for most of our local evangelism.


We are a 30 minute drive from ‘Coolangatta’ Gold Coast Airport and 60 minutes from Brisbane Airport. We can organize collection from the airport. Please contact the registrar in advance.

Experiencing Australia

You will have ample opportunity to explore Australia while you are here. Students have taken advantage of cheap flights to Sydney and other
destinations during the school. There will be free time at weekends to go to wildlife parks and the beach. There will also be a camping trip and the opportunity to go ‘walk about’ in the Australian Outback visiting aboriginal communities. And yes, you will probably get to see some kangaroos!


As one of the worlds most popular tourist destinations the Gold Coast boasts a wide selection of attractions other than its beaches. Theme parks like Dream world and Movie World, Sea World and Wet N Wild water parks. Due to the climate there are tropical rainforests within driving distance with hiking tracks. You can explore some of Australia’s weird and wonderful wildlife at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Creepy Crawlies

Whilst Australia does boast some of the most poisonous spiders and snakes in the world, we rarely ever get to see them in built up areas – so don’t worry.


Be prepared for extreme heat and wear lots of protection. It can also get pretty cold too so you will need a mixture of clothes.


Unless you hold an Australian passport or have residency you will need to apply for a student visa. We will talk you through that process after you have successfully completed your application form and been accepted.

Non-English Speakers

We do accept students who do not speak English as their first language. You will have to demonstrate your English proficiency so that we are confident you will be able to understand the teaching you will be receiving in the school. You need to prove one of the following
a) you have had 3 years of study conducted predominantly in English
b) you have had 3 years of studying English as a foreign language with a pass rate of at least 80%
c) independent testing with a minimum level at or equivalent to : TOEFL: 5.5 or IELTS: 4.5



The base is next to a shopping centre with a supermarket, barbers, bakery, post office, fast food restaurants and a bus stop connecting you to Australia Fair, one of the Gold Coast’s premier shopping malls.

Skate Park

Behind the base is a BMX/skate park for those of you that are so inclined.


We have some of the world’s best waves and our very own surfboards including beginner boards. So once you’ve crammed your head with
learning, let off steam and try a new sport – or just pose for the camera and look cool.


We are a short drive from the local University beach volleyball and basketball courts. We also have access to soccer pitches behind the YWAM Centre and the neighborhood is safe for jogging. We have our own portable beach volleyball sets which we use for evangelism and social activities.


We get a lot of sun so there is a real outdoor lifestyle here. You will need to be careful about harmful rays and purchase strong ‘Australian’ brand sunscreen.


YWAM is a inter-denominational organization but we do strongly encourage church attendance and you will have the opportunity to find a church that suits you


At the completion of all units of the course, you will obtain a 52522WA Certificate IV in Christian Missions

Unit CHR243.121 Reflect the example of Christ in lifestyle and ministry

The purpose of this unit is to equip a Christian missionary with an understanding of how to apply the example of Christ’s life in their own life and ministry in the context of Christian missions.!

Unit CHR243.122 Operate effectively in Christian missions. The purpose of this unit is to equip a worker in Christian missions to operate in, understand and adapt to working in a missions environment.

Unit CHR243.123 Work effectively in a ministry team. This unit covers the requirements of the importance of working together in a ministry team and the importance of Christian character within that context.

Unit CHR243.124 Participate in evangelism within a specific context This unit equips the trainee to do evangelism in a variety of settings and deal appropriately with listener’s responses.

Unit CHR243.125 Develop specific ministry skills This unit addresses the need of the Christian missions worker/leader to not only be a leader but also be competent in the skills of the ministry in which they are involved and in their ability to impart those skills to others.

Unit CHR243.126Develop an effective support base The purpose of this unit is to equip the participant to maintain a personal support network; giving key strategies in the areas of communication, pray and finances.

When does it start?

We have 4 quarterly intakes for students
January, April, July, October

What does it cost?

Contact us for tuition and costs

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