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.