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This webpage will shortly be updated with Information about 2019. In the meantime, you can click below to read information about some exciting changes.

PTC Information for 2019

The Preliminary Theological Certificate is a flexible course designed for groups and individual study

Written and developed by Moore College faculty, the Preliminary Theological Certificate is designed for people who want to grow in their personal knowledge of Christ’s word.

The PTC has three flexible options for study: online, correspondence, face-to-face. It is an ideal course for anyone wanting a self-paced introduction to theology.

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Course features

Three levels
Six units in each level
Study online, by correspondence or face-to-face
Full Access to the Online Learning Environment (OLE)
Detailed exam feedback
Study tools
Interaction through online forums
Study at your own pace
Enrolment includes 12 month subscription to Moore Access

Course structure

The PTC consists of three levels with 6 units in each level. A choice of 8 units is available for selection as Level 2 and Level 3 electives.

PTC level 1
    • Introduction to the Bible
    • Promise to Fulfilment
    • The Pentateuch (OT1)
    • Mark (NT1)
    • Knowledge of God (Doctrine 1)
    • Ephesians

PTC level 2
    • Former Prophets (OT2)
    • Acts (NT2)
    • Christ and His Work (Doctrine 2)
    • Early Church History
    • Elective 1
    • Elective 2

PTC level 3
    • Latter Prophets (OT3)
    • Paul’s Letters (NT3)
    • The Church (Doctrine 3)*
    • Reformation Church History
    • Elective 3
    • Elective 4

PTC electives
    • Apologetics*
    • Apostolic Writings (NT4)*
    • Christian Ethics
    • Christian Worship
    • John
    • Prayer Book
    • Romans
    • Wisdom & Exile (NT4)

*The Church (Doctrine 3) is available as a paper-based unit only, not available online
**Apologetics and Apostolic Writings (NT 4) are available as a paper-based units only, not available online

Term dates and exam windows


Term 1
Term 2
Term 3
Term 4

5 Mar – 25 May

4 Jun – 24 Aug

3 Sept – 23 Nov

3 Dec – 22 Feb ’19

Enrolments Due*

26 Feb

28 May

27 Aug

26 Nov

Online Exam windows (anytime in term)

5 Mar – 25 May

4 Jun – 24 Aug

3 Sept – 23 Nov

3 Dec – 22 Feb ’19

Paper exam windows (1 week)**

12 – 18 May

11 – 17 Aug

10 – 16 Nov

9 – 15 Feb ’19

* Enrolments will be accepted after the due date, but delivery of notes before the term commences cannot be guaranteed.

**All paper-based exams must be taken during paper exam windows.

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Study options

» Online study

The PTC can be completed fully online using our Online Learning Environment (OLE). The OLE contains all study materials and assessments for the course, including interactive maps, audio resources, extra reading and forums – as well as the final exam.

» Correspondence study

Students may purchase PTC Correspondence notes at the time of enrolment. These notes allow you to study anywhere – with or without access to the internet. Many students have enjoyed collecting the notes to refer to years after completing the course. Correspondence students can choose paper exams, which are mailed out, or online exams.

» Face-to-face study (Evening classes)

Each year four units are offered as face-to-face evening classes at the Moore College Newtown campus. If you enjoy the interaction of a group, or would like the opportunity to learn from Moore College faculty, you can select the evening class add on when you enrol.

The dates for evening classes are based on lecturer availability and different from the actual PTC terms. See the table below for the dates and details of our face-to-face evening classes.

Block 1
Block 2
Block 3
Block 4

30 Jan – 13 Mar

1 May – 12 June

24 July – 4 Sept

16 Oct – 27 Nov

Acts (New Testament 2) Church History 2 (Australian Church History)** Romans Christ and his work (Doctrine 2)
Rev Peter Tong Rev Dr Colin Bale Dr Will Timmins Rev Dr Chase Kuhn
20 Mar*  19 June* 11 Sept* 4 Dec*

* In-class exam is opt-in for PTC students  ** This is not a PTC unit. PTC students are invited to attend although no credit can be given towards the PTC. 


Lecture series
Lecture series
lecture series
lecture series

19 Feb – 2 Apr

(not 26/3)

30 Apr – 4 June

16 July – 27 Aug

(not 6 Aug)

17 Sep – 29 Oct

(not 1 Oct)

Old Testament 1 Christian Worship New Testament 1 Apologetics
Dr Paul Williamson TBA Dr Lionel Windsor Dr Andrew Leslie


We anticipate the following units will be taught in 2020: Ministry, Old Testament 2, John and Early Church History.

Fees and enrolment

You may enrol for a term in any of the 22 PTC units you wish.

» Basic enrolment per unit

The basic enrolment fee is $45 (AUD) per unit (this cost includes online study, online exam and Moore Access).

» Optional Add-ons per unit

In addition, the following costs apply for any Optional Add-ons chosen:

+ $20 (AUD) for Correspondence course notes

+ $60 (AUD) for PTC Evening Classes

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