Association of Christian Religious Practitioners: (ACRP)


ACRP and Faithnet SA now come to the following mutual understanding:

4.1       Affiliated institution and intermediary

Faithnet SA is hereby recognised as an ACRP affiliated institution, as provided for in terms of Clause 5.2 of the ACRP Rules Document. As affiliated institution Faithnet SA is also recognised as an intermediary between ACRP and staff / practitioners / students associated with Faithnet SA.


(with the focus on the council for pastors in General Ministry, CGMP)

  1. ACRP is a professional body for religious professionals, recognised by the SA Qualifications Authority (SAQA) in terms of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Act, Act No 67 of 2008.
  • ACRP consists of three councils, namely: the Council for General Ministry Practitioners (CGMP), the Council for Pastoral and Spiritual Counsellors (CPSC), and the Council for Ministry Training Practitioners (CMTP). This brief information document deals mainly with the information needed by pastors in general ministry, who could become affiliates (members) of CGMP.
  • ACRP has developed four professional designations (occupational titles) that were registered with SAQA in terms of the NQF Act, and are as such recognised in terms of the Act. These designations are: Religious Practitioner, Advanced Religious Practitioner, Religious Professional, and Religious Specialist.

4.         To be awarded a registered designation, there are two routes:

a.         The direct route, where the applicant has the relevant, SAQA recognised[1] ministry of theological qualification. See the attached table for the levels of SAQA recognised1 qualifications that are required for the levels of designation.

b.         The indirect route, referred to as “Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) towards a designation”, where recognition is given to an applicant’s years of experience in ministry. This involves that an applicant submits a portfolio of evidence, testifying to his or her experience in ministry and also of learning that took place through non-accredited courses. See the attached table for the requirements in terms of ministry experience for the different levels of designation.

Important: It must be noted that a designation is not a qualification. ACRP as professional body does not award qualifications. A designation which is awarded to a person, is a formal and legal recognition of the occupational or professional status and ability of a person

5.         One of the benefits of becoming an affiliated ACRP member is that you become a participant in the formal Continued Professional Development (CPD) programme of the professional body. Affiliated members of the professional body are expected to earn 20 CPD point every year. Through ACRP, many CPD programmes are available. Persons who received their affiliations based on RPL (see 3(b) above), are strongly recommended to do “structured CPD programmes”, that is, CPD programmes that are aligned with a ministry qualification.

6.         A person who is affiliated to ACRP also subscribes to a basic set of ethical standards as recognised by the professional body.

[1] A “SAQA recognised qualification” is a South African qualification registered on the SAQA website or a foreign qualification that was evaluated and approved by SAQA.