ACRP AFFILIATION OF PERSONS IN MINISTRY

“Affiliation” is the word used to indicate being professionally registered with ACRP.

There are two types of affiliation to ACRP, namely individual affiliation and institutional affiliation. Individual affiliation is dealt with below on this page of the website. For an institutional affiliation, click here.

GENERAL INFORMATION ON INDIVIDUAL AFFILIATION

Affiliation with ACRP of pastors and other individuals who are involved in ministry is done through the Councils within ACRP. Applicants must determine which of the Councils are best related to the ministry they are involved in. An applicant may also apply to be affiliated to more than one Council if his or her ministry is linked to the focus area of more than one Council, and the requirements for registration as set by those Boards have been met.

Fees will be determined in accordance with the level of affiliation, and the Council under which affiliation is done.

Affiliation with CGMP or CMTP

For persons who want to be affiliated with ACRP via CGMP or CMTP there are five levels of professional registration. A persons who is registered on a lower level of recognition can work towards a higher level through further training and through longer professional involvement.

The levels of registration are:

  • Level 1: Affiliate of ACRP (non-designated)
  • Level 2: Religious practitioner
  • Level 3: Advanced Religious practitioner
  • Level 4: Religious professional
  • Level 5: Religious specialist

Level 1 - Affiliate of ACRP

For many pastors this will be the entry point to registration. Registration on this level confirms that a person has been registered with ACRP as a pastor or person in ministry1. It also confirms that he or she (a) subscribes to the ACRP Code of Ethics and Code of Discipline and (b) participates in the Continued Professional Development (CPD) programme for pastors and other persons in ministry. A pastor or person in ministry may apply for this level even without any formal qualification. He or she must just provide confirmation that they are involved in ministry and that they do their work in an ethical manner.

Level 2 - Religious practitioner

This level of registration confirms all the things that are valid to an Affiliate of ACRP (Level 1), but it also testifies that the person has achieved a certain level of training and/or experience. The following are required to be registered on this level: Matric with 3 years proven ministry experience (RPL); or no qualification but with five years ministry experience proven through RPL.

Level 3 - Advanced religious practitioner

This level of registration confirms all the things that are valid to an Affiliate of ACRP (Level 1), but it also testifies that the person has achieved a higher level of training and/or experience. The following are required to be registered on this level: an accredited ministry qualification on NQF Level 2 or NQF Level 4 (Matric equivalent), or similar knowledge and competence gained through proven non-formal training and work experience over a longer period of time (proven through RPL).

Level 4 - Religious professional

While this level of registration confirms all the things that are valid to Level 1, it also confirms that the person has achieved an even higher level of training and/or experience. The following are required to be registered on this level: an accredited NQF Level 5, 6, 7 or 83 ministry qualification or comparable knowledge and competence gained through proven non-formal training and work experience over yet a longer period of time (proven through RPL).

Level 5 - Religious specialist

This level of registration also confirms all the things that are valid to Level 1. It furthermore confirms that the person has achieved a higher level of training and/or experience. The following are required to be registered on this level: an accredited NQF Level 9 or 104 ministry qualification or comparable knowledge and competence gained through proven non-formal training and work experience over yet a longer period of time (proven through RPL).

Affiliation with CPSC

For persons who want to be affiliated with ACRP via CPSC, the same five levels apply. In CPSC’s case the designations also have sub-divisions. More information is provided on the CPSC website - click here.

APPLYING FOR AFFILIATION TO ACRP

Applying for affiliation to CGMP and CMTP

Application forms for affiliation under ACRP’s Council for General Ministry Practitioners (CGMP) or the Council for Ministry Training Practitioners (CMTP) are available under “documents” on this website - click here.

  • Persons who have the relevant SAQA accredited or SAQA recognised qualification will be awarded the relevant designation directly upon submission of the application form together with the required supporting documentation and proof of payment of the prescribed fees.
  • Persons who do not have the relevant SAQA accredited or SAQA recognised qualification may also apply for professional designations. In this case it will be done through a process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL is done, based on evidence of a person’s years of ministry experience. Qualifications and other training that are not SAQA accredited or SAQA recognised, are also taken into account. To apply for a designation through RPL, the RPL application form needs to be completed and submitted together with the required supporting documentation and proof of payment of the fees.

Applying for affiliation to CPSC

Application forms for affiliation under ACRP’s Council for Pastoral and Spiritual Counsellors (CPSC) are available from the CPSC website - click here

RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING (RPL)

Pastors and other persons in ministry who do not have the relevant SAQA accredited or SAQA recognised qualification may apply for professional designations even though they do not have the required qualification. This arrangement is to make provision for the fact that there are large numbers of pastors in South Africa (and other countries) who did not have the opportunity in the past to be trained at formally recognised training institutions. Although they do not have the relevant formal qualifications, many of them do have extensive knowledge and ministry expertise gained through experience (referred to as informal training) and/or through non-SAQA recognised training. By submitting evidence of this, these pastors may apply for the awarding of a designation.

In this case application for the designation will be done through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL is done, based on evidence of a person’s years of ministry experience. Qualifications and other training that are not SAQA accredited or SAQA recognised, are also taken into account. To apply for a designation through RPL, the RPL application form must be completed and submitted with the relevant documentation.

To apply for a designation through RPL through CGMP and CPSC, a general ACRP application form as well as the RPL application form have to be completed, and be submitted with the required attachments. Instructions on the completion of the application are provided on the application form.

A table with all the requirements for RPL on the different levels of designation is provided and can be accessed by clicking here.

Note: RPL into a designation is done by a professional body. There is also another from of RPL, namely RPL which is related to a qualification which is done by training institutions. ACRP as professional body provides an RPL service of the former type, that leads to awarding a professional designation. This service should not be confused with the kind of RPL service provided by training institutions.

FEE STRUCTURE

The CGMP and CMTP fee structure

The basic fee structure for persons in ministry is as shown in the table below.

CategoryOnce off registration feeAnnual affiliation fee
Non-designated Affiliation R200R300
Religious practitionerR200R300
Advanced religious practitionerR200R350
Religious professional R200R450
Religious specialistR200R600

Group discounts can be negotiated with denominations, churches or ministry institutions and networks who register their members, employees etc.

Applicants who experience severe financial challenges may request, from the ACRP office, a sponsorship to reduce the amount of the application

The CPSC fee structure

For the CPSC fee structure, click here.

ACRP AFFILIATES

To view the list of ACRP affiliates who are registered with the different ACRP Councils, and on the different levels of designation, click here.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What does “SAQA accredited qualifications” mean?
  • What does “SAQA recognised qualifications” mean?  How does that differ from “SAQA accredited qualfications”?
  • What is the difference between formal, non-formal and informal training?

APPLICATION FORMS FOR CGMP AND CMTP

To access the application forms, click here