Australia, Papua New Guinea and Beyond

Discipleship Training Schools

What is a DTS?

A YWAM DTS (Discipleship Training School) is a 22-week Christian training program designed to equip you for life. Experience God, unearth your passions and purpose in life, experience new cultures, and serve the needs of others. The DTS includes lectures and outreach integrated into a live-learn environment; giving you the opportunity to put your faith into action.

Encounter God

The DTS is not just about developing head knowledge, but heart knowledge as you grow closer to God. The DTS is a great opportunity to get away from the noise and distractions of life and set aside time to consider your calling and engage with God’s heart for you and the world around you.

Be a part of changing nations

During your DTS you’ll have the opportunity to develop your compassion for the world we live in. Our vision is to see sustainable health improvement in Papua New Guinea, and the youth of Australia empowered to live a life of purpose. Your DTS outreaches are strategically planned to directly tie in with achieving this vision.

Experience Aussie Culture

Get up close and personal with koalas, kangaroos, and crocodiles! The YWAM DTS includes a trip to Billabong Sanctuary. While you’re with us, why not snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef? It’s just off our coast.

Alive with Training

Character Development, Skills, Support, Community

The DTS includes 12 weeks of lectures. A different topic is covered every week, giving you the opportunity to dive in deep with your lecturer and classmates. Lecture topics may include hearing God’s voice, identity, missions, relationships, bible study, nature and character of God and more. This is so much more than just a course – you’ll have the opportunity to connect with God and others in a very real and personal way.

Location, Location, Location!

Enjoy your training at our city campus located right in Townsville’s CBD close to the beach, cafes and shops. Our campus includes multiple classrooms, wireless internet access, café, chapel, commercial kitchen and a beautiful courtyard right in the centre of it all where you can enjoy our tropical setting.

There is also opportunity for you to complete your training and field assignments onboard our floating classrooms; our Training and Medical Ship, the MV YWAM PNG, in remote areas of Papua New Guinea!

Quality Speakers

Our speakers are sought from Australia and overseas providing the best input by gifted speakers with proven experience on the field. Our speakers have a commitment to invest into students and will care for you as an individual.

Live-learn environment

Our live-learn training philosophy is based on having a training environment where students, staff, teachers and families eat, study, work, and play in close proximity for maximized learning and mentoring opportunities. Our accommodation and dining is right on campus.

Alive with Purpose

Watch your faith come alive

Our region extends from Australia, into the Pacific Islands, and out toward Southeast Asia. All of our training schools include practical application in at least one of these locations where you will have the chance to bring hope and life to those who are in great need.


Cross Cultural Experiences

Whether you’re serving in an Aboriginal community in Australia, a remote village in Papua New Guinea, or an urban area – you are bound to have a cross cultural experience you won’t forget.

Work in team

During outreach, you and your classmates will be split into teams. You’ll be serving alongside 8-12 other people for the duration of the outreach. This is a special time of bonding and creating amazing memories together.

Choose your own adventure

Each DTS has electives that you can choose from to help match you with your passion. See a list of electives that we offer below.

When do you want to do a DTS?

January DTS

January 31st – July 1st 2016

January 29th – June 30th 2017

2016 Electives Available:

Reef to Outback


Medical Ship

April DTS

May 1st – September 30th 2016

April 23rd – September 29th 2017

2016 Electives Available:

Sports Plus


Medical Ship


July DTS

July 17th – December 16th 2016

July 16th – December 15th 2017

2016 Electives Available:

All Generations



Medical Ship

October DTS

Oct 23rd 2016 – March 24th 2017

Oct 22nd – March 23rd 2018

2016 Electives Available:

Reef to Outback


Medical Ship

2017 Electives Soon to be Announced

Course Details


January 31st – July 1st 2016
May 1st – September 30th 2016
July 17th – December 16th 2016
October 23rd 2016 – March 24th 2017

6,990AUD* All Inclusive Price – Training and Outreach

Once you’re here, everything is taken care of! Your fees include 13 weeks of missions training and 9 weeks of outreach. Your training includes all your meals, air conditioned accommodation, free wifi, laundry facilities, transport, an Australian wildlife experience (meet a koala and feed kangaroos!) and use of our campus facilities including library, lecture rooms, chapel, courtyard and cafe – right in the heart of the city, close to the beach, restaurants and shops.

Your outreach includes all of your meals, flights, accommodation, transport, t shirt, any extra visas, insurance and field supplies.

*Does not include travel costs to and from Townsville, student visa, health insurance and immunisations. Additional travel costs may be added for outreaches further abroad. 

Scholarships & Discounts

YWAM Townsville offers the following scholarships and discounts for our Discipleship Training School.

Developing Nations Scholarships

If you are from a Category B or C nation, you may be eligible for a discount off your training phase fees. For more information on categories and discounts click here.

Youth Adventure Scholarships
 If you have done Youth or Mission Adventures with YWAM, you may be eligible for a Youth Adventures scholarship ($1000 off your training phase fees).
Mates Rates Discount

If you join our Discipleship Training School with a friend, we will give you both 10% off your DTS fees.

If you have been referred to YWAM Townsville by one of our alumni or staff, you may be eligible for 10% off your fees.
DTS Plus & DTS Max
If you sign up for our DTS Plus, you may be eligible for $400 off for your tuition fees for the Certificate IV in Christian Missions. If you sign up for the DTS Max, you may be eligible for $400 off your tuition fees for the Diploma of Christian Missions.

Please note, only one scholarship/discount can be applied for per applicant. 


10473NAT Certificate III in Discipleship

On completion of all 6 units of the course you will obtain a Certificate III in Discipleship.

Unit: DSPENC301A – Encounter God – This unit describes the outcomes required to strengthen a Christian’s relationship with God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) by imparting a life-changing understanding of the nature, character and ways of God, by encouraging a response to Him in worship, prayer and obedience, and by equipping participants to read the Bible in such a way that transforms beliefs, values and behaviours.

Unit: DSPPER301A – See life from God’s perspective – This unit describes the outcomes required to enable a Christian to adopt and apply the Biblical view of human beings and their role as partners with God in all of creation, while affirming the value, uniqueness and significance to God of every individual as well as all peoples and nations.

Unit: DSPRJL301A – Recognise Jesus as Lord – This unit describes the outcomes required to strengthen a Christian’s commitment to follow Jesus as Lord and to apply that commitment to personal lifestyle.

Unit: DSPBLJ301A – Become more like Jesus – This unit describes the outcomes required to establish an ongoing development of the Christian’s attitudes, values and behaviour to reflect those of Jesus Christ.

Unit: DSPWKS301A – Do the works of Jesus – This unit describes the outcomes required to challenge a Christian with the ‘Great Commission’, to do the works of Jesus so as to defeat the enemy’s strategies, to strengthen their commitment to reach the lost, to equip them to share the Gospel, and to encourage them to clarify with God their personal life direction and purpose.

Unit: DSPYWM301A – Orientate to Youth With A Mission – This unit describes the outcomes required to become broadly familiar with the purpose, structure, history and foundational values of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) internationally, nationally and locally. The unit will also introduce participants to the opportunities that are available for them for further study and ministry within Youth With A Mission (YWAM) after the completion of the training course.

Course Work

The Discipleship Training School is a combination of heart revelation and head knowledge with an emphasis in practical application. There is also a component of written course work which helps students understanding reach a deeper level as processing and application takes place. Our assessments utilise a range of methods including: journals, workbooks, book reports, outreach reports, self-assessment checklists and supervisor reports. The DTS is a holistic in nature and units of competency are delivered concurrently enabling you to develop your skills, knowledge and character.

* for recognition of prior learning/course credit, please see the Staff and Student Handbook.

Austudy, Abstudy and Youth student allowance is available for Australian applicants.


There are no pre-requisites for this course.

International Students

When overseas students apply, proficiency in English will be specifically assessed. Offers of placement in a course will include any applicable requirements for English language proficiency. Copies of documents, or telephone interviews will be used to verify information provided by students on language proficiency. Bridging courses will be recommended where these are deemed necessary.

International students on student visas are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress and attendance to meet the requirements of the student visa.

YWAM Townsville is bound by the National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students. The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations regulates the education and training sector’s involvement with overseas students studying in Australia on student visas. It does this through the Education Services for Overseas Students legislative framework. This protects Australia’s reputation for delivering quality education services and the interests of overseas students, by setting minimum standards and providing tuition and financial assurance.

The legislation mandates a nationally consistent approach to registering education providers so that the quality of the tuition, and care of students, remains high. The professionalism and integrity of the industry is further strengthened by the ESOS legislation’s interface with immigration law. This imposes visa related reporting requirements on both students and providers. A simple explanation of the framework is the Easy Guide to ESOS.

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"DTS has shone a new light in my life and has given me a profound passion and excitement for my future and what it holds."

Jessica, Australia, 18
Jessica, Australia, 18

"The DTS was life changing. I came to YWAM thinking I had my life figured out. This couldn’t be further from the truth. YWAM does a really good job at teaching on topics that youth face in life. On outreach, you will grow so much and God will do amazing things if you let Him. This experience has been the best thing I have ever done."

Alex, USA, 20
Alex, USA, 20

"I started a new journey with God since coming here. I’ve had challenges in my life, DTS has taught me that I have a God given power, to overcome those challenges. I have discovered my voice and new talents that I can use to serve others."

Micha, Germany, 22
Micha, Germany, 22

"This DTS has helped me learn to be with God and live alongside Him in every moment! This experience has made me so excited for my future and dreams with Him!"

Yolanda, England, 22
Yolanda, England, 22
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