ACRP as the SAQA recognised professional body for religious professionals has the responsibility to introduce a Continued Professional Development (CPD) strategy. The ACRP (CGMP / CMTP) approach to CPD is explained in this document.

The purpose of CPD is threefold: it aims to enhance knowledge, skills and ethical prowess that underpins competent practice; to keep persons who are professionally registered up to date with new developments in the professional environment; and 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.

Participation in the ACRP CPD programme is relevant to persons who have been formally affiliated (registered) with ACRP, either as a designated or as a non-designated affiliate. See the document ACRP Registration / Affiliation Category for summarised information (Annexure 1).

In the sections below, the different categories of CPD programmes recognised by ACRP are discussed (section 2), and the types of activities that may be presented as CPD programmes are identified (section 3). The rest of the document deals with organizational and administrative aspects.