ACRP as the SAQA recognised professional body for religious professionals has developed a Continued Professional Development (CPD) policy strategy as prescribed for professional bodies.

The purpose of CPD is threefold: it aims (a) to enhance knowledge, skills and ethical prowess that underpins competent practice; (b) to keep persons who are professionally registered up to date with new developments in the professional environment; and (c) to provide a route to persons in the profession to systematically increase their level of qualification. A systematic or structured participation in CPD programmes will also open the possibility of being registered on higher professional levels over time.

Important to note:

  • In terms of ACRP's rules, ACRP affiliates have the responsibility to earn at least 20 CPD points every year. A list of accredited CPD courses is provided below.
  • Training providers and other persons involved in ministry development may submit an application to ACRP for the registration and accreditation of the programme or material they offer for CPD purposes.

For a full description of the ACRP policy and strategy on CPD, click here [Hyperlink to the ACRP CPD strategy document]. The document refers to aspects such as -


The following programmes, courses and material have been approved and accredited by ACRP for CPD purposes. (Affiliates and providers of training programmes and material are advised to peruse the ACRP CPD Guidelines document).

Ministry or theology related lectures, presentations, symposiums, conferences or short courses

ACRP recognises for CPD purposes the attendance of lectures, presentations, symposiums, conferences or short courses, as well as the development of contributions to these events. Presentations or lectures accepted for such events, and the development of a short course, are also recognised. Events recognised by ACRP for this purpose are listed below.

ACRP also recognises for CPD purposes when an affiliate attends and effectively progresses with a ministry / theology related qualification accredited with SAQA, or accredited for structured CPD purposes by ACRP. Points will be awarded based on a progress report and certificate of compliance issued by the training provider.

ACRP recognised academic magazine

ACRP recognises for CPD puposes the authoring, or reading with feedback as agreed with editorial staff, of articles published in ACRP recognised academic magazines. The review of articles will also be recognised upon confirmation of the editor that an article has been reviewed by an affiliate.

Magazines recognised by ACRP for this purpose are listed here.

CPD approved, ministry / theology related books

ACRP recognises for CPD purposes the authoring, or reading in full and submitting a brief summary, of the books related to ministry or theology. An affiliate may apply for a book to be recognised by submitting a copy of the title page and table of contents, together with the brief summary which should not exceed one A4 page with around 500 words; and an evaluation of half an A4, indicating what facet of ministry the book is relevant to, and a rating (score out of 10) of how relevant the book is for continued professional development purposes within that facet of ministry. The summary should end with the words “I hereby confirm that I have read this book in full and that this summary was prepared by myself”, and signed by the affiliate.

Books which have already been approved for CPD purposes upon the request of affiliates are listed here. An affiliate who selects a book from the “already approved” list needs not resubmit the copy of the title page and table of content, but should submit his or her own signed summary.

The information that needs to be submitted can be sent in the following ways: email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or SMS or WhatsApp to 065 214 1536.

Development of course material as CPD activity

ACRP recognises for CPD purposes the development of a new short course or a new course as part of the curricular training offered by a CHE or QCTO accredited training provider, or a course or programme accredited by ACRP for CPD purposes.

Upon approval of the course for implementation by an accredited provider, the confirmation of accreditation must be submitted with the application for CPD points. The following information on the course must be provided with the application: the title of the course, purpose, type, level of the course and target group, entry requirements, and a one page summary of the course content using bullets and short statements.


Structured CPD programmes are CPD programmes that are aligned with SAQA accredited ministry or theology curriculums. The purpose is to offer the ACRP affiliates the opportunity to progress bit by bit, through the annual participation in the relevant CPD programmes, towards the fulfillment of some of the requirements of a next qualification. This is done in a way that will enable the affiliate to apply at some stage in future to a SAQA accredited training provider for Recognition of Prior Learning related to the relevant qualification. The programmes mentioned below have been evaluated by ACRP in terms of their being aligned with the curriculum of the qualification mentioned.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Doing a structured CPD programme is not the same as doing a qualification. ACRP issues CPD certificates that count towards the number of CPD points an ACRP affiliate must earn every year. Qualifications are only awarded by QCTO or by a CHE accredited educational institution, upon the fulfillment of all the relevant requirements set by these institutions. These requirements include completing the full course through an CHE or QCTO accredited institution, and/or receiving credits according to the relevant RPL policy and completing the prescribed assessments. Structured CPD is intended to assist an affiliate who wants to achieve a next qualification, but who cannot enroll for the full qualification at the moment, to do work now as part of CPD that could at a later stage be taken into account, through RPL, as work done towards the qualification.

Affiliates are advised to read the information below in conjunction with the ACRP policy and strategy on CPD.

The following programmes have been approved and accredited by ACRP for structured CPD purposes:

  • Structured CPD courses aligned with the Occupational Certificate: Religious Associate Professional (Christian Religious Practitioner) SAQA Id 101997  
  • NBI Sokhanya NQF Level 2 Course
  • Structured CPD courses aligned with the Occupational Certificate: Christian Religious Professional SAQA Id 101571
  • NBI NQF Level 5 Course
  • Ebenezer Theological Seminary

Note 1: For the calculation of points for structured CPD points, see the ACRP policy and strategy on CPD.

Note 2: For structured CPD programmes that are aligned with components of the NQF Level 2 or 5 ministry curriculums, please also consult the ACRP policy and strategy on CPD.