Christian Religious Professional

This is more than a ministry qualification, this is a learning experience that will change your life and give you the knowledge, leadership skills and work-place mentorship to bring positive change to your church, community and world.

Occupational Certificate NQF5

Occupational training is a particular approach to learning; it aims at equipping persons for a specific task. What one learns has to meet the requirements to be able to do a particular job. What is important is not so much what one will know in the end, but what one will be able to do. One has to develop and achieve relevant competencies. Therefore this approach is called Outcomes Based Education and Training (OBET).

In order to be able to do what is required, the performance on the job (called professional profile), certain particular outcomes must be clearly formulated. These specify the particular aspects of the training program which need to be covered in order to be able to do the job. To ensure that the learner can fulfil the performances required, certain assessment criteria are set. [1]

[1] ACRP is the source for this description (

This hands-on vocational ministry qualification is for pastors, spiritual leaders, faith-based community facilitators, community care-givers, children workers and youth workers who are wanting to reach this generation!

Career Pathways

Community Facilitator
Community Caregiver
Children’s Specialist
Youth Specialist

Practical Skills Modules (64 credits)

Practical expertise and skills – the learner has to be able to implement the knowledge and to do what is required. These tell the learner how to do a particular task and provide opportunity to practice relevant skills.

Workplace Modules (50 credits)

Reflective competencies – the learner has to able to apply the knowledge in different situations, and adapt it as

needed. The program includes particular tasks which the learner has to perform in a real life situation, typical to  where s/he will work after completing the training.

All three these components of the learning program are then assessed against the relevant criteria [1].

[1] ACRP is the source for this description (

Knowledge Modules Listed (123 credits)

  • Essentials and Characteristics of Intergenerationally Skilled Religious Practitioners
  • Intergenerational Bible Reading
  • Belief Systems
  • Christian Ethics for the Intergenerational Christian Leader
  • History of the Church
  • Principles of Building an Intergenerational Faith Community
  • Principles of Preparing Messages for an Intergenerational Faith Community
  • Principles of Conducting Services
  • Spiritual Formation, Life Skills Training and Value System Development
  • Principles of Pastoral Care in Intergenerational Context
  • The Missional Calling of the Church
  • Visionary Leadership and Ministry Management for Intergenerational Outputs
  • Church Administration, Accountability and Financial Management


Occupational training consists of the following components:

Knowledge Modules: Certain fundamental knowledge – the learner has to know what to do and why it is done in a particular way. These give the information which the learner needs. It has two levels:

  • Fundamental knowledge, which the learner will use in different parts of the learning program;
  • Topic specific knowledge, which focuses on particular outcomes.

Time Commitment

18 months full-time (divided into 3 x 6 month terms)
Online learning and in-community service
2 weeks on campus for an orientation, special lectures, simulated learning labs and workshops



  • Your 2-week block contact sessions attended on-site at the Leadership Academy campus. Accommodation, meals, resources, and the learning experience is covered.
  • Your on-line learning programme, including access to the student portal, the on-line learning materials, and the Module facilitators.
  • Liaison with your ministry consultant, to complete your Work Modules.
  • Your administration support, from admission to graduation.
  • Your final External Integrated Summative Assessment (EISA).


  • Transport to and from the campus, for your 2-week block contact session.
  • The textbooks – as per your textbook list.
  • Transport to the venue to write your EISA (Final External Integrated Summative Assessment).
  • The Graduation Event.

Requirements and Computer Literacy

  • School leavers certificate, with English at 50% +
  • Consistent Internet access
  • An active account
  • Knowledge of Word Processing Programmes
  • Access to a laptop or a desktop

Vocational Certificate Fees

  • Application fee: R250
  • Non-refundable deposit: R5000
  • Total programme fees: R35000

Application Fee

Application Fee is payable upon submission of application for admission and enrolment form


Payment Options

Option 1 - 16 Months

Monthly student fee per month x16 months


  • Fee is payable before the last day of the each month
  • Includes continued access to the online student portal and support. This access will be revoked if payments are missed
  • 16th payment installment made prior to National Exam

Non-refundable deposit (payable prior to orientation)


  • Covers your first month access to the online student portal and support
  • Covers your 2 week on-site cohort, which is compulsory

Option 2 - Once Off Payment (receives 5% discount)

One time full course payment


  • Includes constant access to the online student portal and support
  • Includes your 2 week  on-site cohort, which are compulsory

Textbook List

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Free Books

*Hard copies are available from The Association of Chrisitian Religious Practitioners. Contact

** To purchase hardcopy, contact

*** To purchase a PDF or hardcopy, contact


Occupational Certificate NQF 5: Christian Religious Professional

SAQA ID: 101571 QCTO Curriculum Code: 263601005

Frequently Asked Questions (Occupational Certificate NQF5):

Where can I purchase my text books? The textbooks can be sourced online from or The approximate cost of the textbooks for the duration of the course equate to R6000.00. Purchasing e-books will be more cost effective than purchasing hardcopies.

How do I write my exams? Your Eternal Summative Assessment includes two written exams of three hours each. These will be written on the same day, usually a Saturday. The quality partner will invite the learner to sit for this National exam upon the successful completion of the program.

Where do I write my exams? The quality partner attmepts to set up venues accross South Africa for the Final National Exam. RAGLA will assist you in the details of venue and time as this exam is external.

Is the On-site visit compulsory? Yes. Due to the e-learning component you will need assistance for setup. We will further assist you in your practical and workplace experience. You will form your student cohort for SRC and colaborative projects. Special workshops, including hands-on labs will be provided to prepare you for the program distinctives.

When is the On-site visit? The On-site Orientation takes place throughout a year in January,

Is there a cost to the On-site Orientation? This part of your program is included in your course fee. No additional fees apply (except for travel costs which are at the learner’s expense).

What is the duration of the On-site visit? The orientation is a 2 weeks session, arriving on a Sunday and departing on a Sunday.

How do I submit assignments? All assignments will be submitted online. Only your Online Final Summative Assessment will be supervised by the ministry counsultant you appoint for your Work Place Component.

Do we ordain pastors? No, we are not a church. Ordination is done by the local church ministry or denomination.

If you have any other questions please feel free to email with your enquiry.