Parents & Referees

If you're looking for the reference form for a potential staff or student please click the link below:

Reference Form

Your son or daughter is about to embark on an exciting journey with us at YWAM Gold Coast. We know and understand that it's important for you to feel connected to that experience.

We want you to know all about our training, our outstanding mission opportunities, and the many ways we provide our students with support, from student services to accommodation and one-on-one discipleship.

This section of our website is just for you. Please explore the FAQ's below, watch our latest promotional videos and news clips on YouTube, read the first-hand accounts of student's experiences and even meet the training and development team. Be sure to check out our latest news and keep up to date with all that is going on.

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  1. What is a Discipleship Training School?
  2. How long has YWAM Gold Coast been running training courses?
  3. Are training courses accredited?
  4. What are the options for further study and second level schools?
  5. Who are the teachers?
  6. How are applications selected?
  7. Does YWAM have denominational affiliates?
  8. Can you explain finances and support raising?
  9. How should I communicate with the applicant while they are at YWAM Gold Coast?
  10. What are the living arrangements?


Q1. What is a Discipleship Training School?

A DTS (Discipleship Training School) is an amazingly positive place for Christian growth that does exactly that! Geared toward 18 – 35 year olds, the heart of the DTS is "to know God and make Him known." The emphasis is about both knowledge gained and principles applied. The DTS really is an amazing place to grow and develop your personal character and identify your unique gifts.

Each DTS capitalizes on different interests and passions. Whether it's in the outback or in a huge city, it can be a lot of fun exploring your creative side. Our specialised DTS's provide the opportunity to layer your interest and passions into the DTS experience.

*The DTS is the entry-level program into training and further involvement with Youth With A Mission.

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Q2. How long has YWAM Gold coast been delivering training?

Since 2000 YWAM Gold Coast has been delivering discipleship training here at the Gold Coast in Australia. Since that time we have run over 15 Discipleship Training Schools and a number of Second Level Schools.

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Q3. Are training courses accredited?

YWAM Gold Coast, Australia is a part of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) International. YWAM Gold Coast is a registered training organisation offering accredited and non-accredited training and learning experiences. YWAM Gold Coast is affiliated with YWAM’s international network of tertiary level education/training known as the University of the Nations. The UofN is not registered/accredited as a university in Australia.

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Q4. What are the options for further study and second level schools?

The Discipleship Training School is the foundation course which acts as a pre-requisite for further training within YWAM locally and internationally.

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Q5.Who are the teachers?

Live guest lecturers are the norm. Those who teach are other YWAM leaders nationally and internationally, local YWAM staff, and other reputable speakers who are involved in the church locally or internationally and occasionally video lectures will be used.

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Q6. How are applicants selected?

To be eligible for a course, students must first meet the initial entry requirements (age, English proficiency, prerequisites) and successfully submit a completed application and accompanying reference forms.

Offers of placement in a course are then based upon an assessment of the extent to which the experience, qualifications, aspirations, and Christian character and calling of the applicant are matched by the opportunity offered and any additional curriculum or legislative requirements.

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Q7. Does YWAM have denominational affiliation?

YWAM is an international, interdenominational organisation with staff and students from a broad range of denominational backgrounds.

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Q8. Can you explain finances and support raising?

For specific fees and the refund policy please refer to the Financial Agreement in the appropriate course application. Staff and students are encouraged to raise their own financial and prayer support for the duration of their involvement with YWAM Gold Coast. For resources and fundraising ideas please click here.

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Q9. How should I communicate with the applicant while they’re at YWAM Gold Coast?

Due to the size of our facility and the varied schedule of all courses, the best way to contact the applicant is directly. Most applicants utilize email, mobile phones, Skype, *postage etc.

*See the 'Preparing to Come Package' for details regarding overseas postage.
Mailing Address:
[Student Name]
P.O. Box 1560
Surfer's Paradise, QLD
Australia, 4217

In case of emergency please contact us at +617 5597 0169 and messages will be forwarded.

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Q10. What are the living arrangements?

Accommodation is dormitory style with shared rooms for between 4 – 8 students and shared bathroom facilities. During outreach (field assignment) phase, accommodation will vary depending on location and may be anything from staying with local billets, to bunking in a church hall, or being hosted by another YWAM base.

Due to the live-learn philosophy of Youth With a Mission’s training, all students are required to be resident for the duration of the course.

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