RECOGNISED SAQA ACCREDITED QUALIFICATIONS

QUALIFICATION LEVELS RECOGNISED FOR THE DIRECT AWARDING OF DESIGNATIONS

According to SAQA policy for professional bodies, only SAQA accredited or SAQA recognised qualifications are recognised for the direct awarding of professional designations. The level of qualifications related to the level of designations are as follows:

Religious SpecialistMinistry or theological qualification on NQF Level 9 or 10: Master’s Degree or Doctorate
Religious ProfessionalMinistry or theology qualifications on NQF Levels 5, 6, 7 or 8. This includes: Occupational certificate (NQF 5); Higher Certificate; Advanced Certificate; One or two year diploma, Bachelor’s Degree, Honours Degree
Advanced Religious PractitionerMinistry Qualifications on NQF Level 2 or 4
Advanced Religious PractitionerMatric plus three years of proven ministry experience (proven through RPL)

Note: For pastors and ministry leaders who do not have the relevant qualifications, there is also the possibility to apply for a designation, based on their years of ministry experience, through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). For information on RPL, click here.

SAQA ACCREDITED MINISTRY QUALIFICATIONS PRESENTED BY INSTITUTIONS

Institutions registered with the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO)

The following Institutions have already submitted their accreditation applications to QCTO:

Tertiary Institutions accredited with CHE

Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria

List of theology and ministry qualifications presented:

Faculty of Theology, University of Stellenbosch

List of theology and ministry qualifications presented:

Faculty of Theology, Free State University

List of theology and ministry qualifications presented:

South African Theological Seminary

List of theology and ministry qualifications presented:

Department of Theology, University of Fort Hare

List of theology and ministry qualifications presented:

Hebron Theological College

List of theology and ministry qualifications presented:

GUIDELINES ON THE ACCREDITATION OF QUALIFICATIONS

ACRP provides a support function to assist training institutions that intend applying to QCTO to be accredited. Institutions who want support from ACRP when preparing their application for accreditation by QCTO, are advised to complete the intent form and send it by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The NQF Level 2 and 5 ministry qualifications that were developed during 2015/16 by a workgroup brought together by ACRP workgroup under auspices of the HWSETA and QCTO, have recently been registered and published on the SAQA occupational qualification sub-framework. Training institutions may now apply for accreditation as Skills Development Providers (SDPs) with QCTO to present these qualifications.

To access the guidelines that were compiled to assist training providers when preparing to apply for accreditation as SDPs in respect of these qualifications, click here.

Note: ACRP does not currently provide support regarding accreditation by the Council for Higher Education. This is a function that will be considered at a later stage when ACRP capacity will allow this function to be effectively executed, which is not currently the case.

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ASSESSMENT QUALITY PARTNER (AQP)

ACRP as the professional body for Christian Religious Practitioners, urges all religious leaders of all levels and denominational and confessional traditions who fulfil some level of leadership in their faith communities to enrol for one of these national qualifications. The curriculums are generic, meaning that it is not denominational or confessional specific. This allows different program providers to tailor-make their training programs to their specific target group, as long as they comply with the requirements of the curriculums in terms of the aspects of ministry that have to be covered.

Advisors:
Prof Marilyn Naidoo
Dr Willem Semmelink
Dr Ishmael Noko

AQP Manager: Dr Danie Van Zyl

ACRP Verifiers: