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The Salvation Army has been intentionally training its personnel for well over 100 years.

1883 Training of Salvation Army Officers commenced in Richmond.

1901 A new officer training college was opened in Victoria Parade, East Melbourne. Its facade can be seen today opposite St Vincent’s Hospital.

1960 An Education Department commenced within Territorial Headquarters (69 Bourke St) to address other learning needs of the territory.

1901 Training College Facade

1979 The Royal Parade college facility in Parkville was acquired.

1993 The Geelong Conference Centre was acquired to foster in-service training. The Education Department moved to Geelong.

1995 Government accredited training was offered for cadets within the Vocational sector. Prior to that training was internally accredited.

2002 Salvation Army Education and Training Services was established in Geelong as a Registered Training Organisation to provide accredited vocational training across Southern Australia.

2006 Officer training made the transition into the Higher Education sector. Our college became a Recognised Teaching Institution within the University of Divinity, a leading body of theological and ministry education in Australia.

2010 The General of the Salvation Army gave in-principle approval for setting up an integrated facility for education and training within the territory.

2011 Our Territorial Commander formally launched the Booth College concept to address learning and development needs across the organisation.

2012 Catherine Booth College became a reality. While training of cadets for ministry remains a major focus, study through our college is now open to soldiers, employees and volunteers, as well as other interested persons.



2015 In January we moved into our new Campus at 100 Maidstone Street, Ringwood.




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