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.