ACRP recognises two categories of CPD, namely random and structured CPD. In each of these categories 20 CPD points must be earned from an ACRP accredited CPD provider, of which at least four points must be on themes related to corporate governance and / or institutional ethics as applicable to ministry.

Random CPD

Random CPD is relevant to persons who have been awarded a designation by ACRP based on the qualification that is relevant to the level of designation. The topics of these programmes may be “random” in the sense that it may deal with any theme of ministry or theology related to the relevant scope of practice (see Annexure 2), according to the designated person’s personal interest, preference or need.

Note: Random CPD will also be valid in the case of a person who has been awarded a designation through RPL, and who have completed a qualification which although not recognised or accredited by SAQA, was found through a process of RPL to be of adequate standard.

Note: attendance of the annual ACRP Conference and AGM will count for EIGHT random CPD points.

Structured CPD and RPL towards a qualification

Structured CPD is relevant to persons who do not have the relevant qualification for a designation, but have been awarded a designation by ACRP/CGMP based on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) towards a designation; or who have been registered as an affiliate of ACRP without a qualification (non-designated affiliates). The purpose of structured CPD is to place the affiliate without a formal qualification, on a trajectory towards the achievement of the qualification that will be valid for the affiliate’s next level of designation.

Note: For a CPD programme to be recognised by ACRP as structured CPD, it has to be aligned with one or more of the modules of the NQF Level 2 or 5 ministry qualifications (or for an accredited higher qualification) and must include the relevant theoretical, practical and workplace components. Although a provider of a structured CPD programme does not necessarily have to be registered with QCTO, the provider must be accredited for structured CPD with ACRP as professional body. The latter will require that the structured CPD programme be offered on the same standard as will be required from a QCTO (or CHE in the case of a higher qualification), so that the training thus provided will later on, be acceptable for RPL by a QCTO (or CHE) accredited provider. The training thus provided should be acceptable for RPL towards a qualification by a QCTO (or CHE) accredited provider.