Occupational Certificate: Christian Religious Practitioner NQF level 2

Why work towards Occupational Certificate: Christian Religious Practitioner NQF level 2?

Empowering Spiritual Leaders for Inclusive Ministry

In a world where diverse leadership is crucial, the Occupational Certificate: Christian Religious Practitioner at AFMTC offers a unique opportunity for individuals with varying literacy levels to become competent and effective spiritual leaders. Here’s why you should consider working towards this qualification:

Inclusive Ministry Training: The Christian Religious Practitioner (Level 2) qualification is designed to bridge the gap for spiritual leaders in rural and urban settings with limited literacy. It provides essential training without compromising the competencies required for effective Christian ministry. This program focuses on all aspects of Christian Ministry at a level accessible to individuals with little formal schooling.

Partnership for Inclusivity: AFMTC has partnered with WNL Training Network Academy to bring you affordable, accredited, and online Occupational Qualifications. These qualifications empower students with both theoretical and practical knowledge, filling the crucial training gap for practical and work-based learning that traditional institutions may not address.

Assurance of Competencies: With the introduction of the Level 2 qualification, society benefits from a collective assurance that spiritual leaders, regardless of their past training opportunities, will possess a common set of competencies. This ensures a standardized foundation for spiritual leaders, irrespective of numeracy and literacy levels.

Quality Accreditation and Recognition: The Occupational Certificate: Christian Religious Practitioner (NQF Level 2) is accredited by QCTO and registered on the National Qualification Framework of South Africa by SAQA. The program is developed under the supervision of the South African government, ensuring alignment with national standards. Successful learners undergo a final National Exam for qualification.

Professional Registration: Upon completion, all qualified learners must register with a professional body for Christian Religious Practitioners to practice legally in South Africa, adhering to regulatory standards set for the profession.

Occupational Certificate: Christian Religious Practitioner Overview

Preparing Competent and Compassionate Ministry Leaders

The Occupational Certificate: Christian Religious Practitioner is crafted to equip learners to operate effectively within a specific congregation/faith community. Here’s an overview:

Purpose of the Qualification: The program aims to prepare learners to operate as Christian Religious Practitioners who play a vital role in fostering spiritual formation, fellowship, and mutual care within their congregation/faith community. The qualified practitioner contributes to the development of a Christian lifestyle, provides leadership, ensures organizational well-being, and facilitates community responses to broader societal needs.

Program Highlights: Qualified learners will have the capacity to:

  • Share the gospel contextually and to specific audiences.
  • Build caring relationships and respond to both spiritual and physical needs within the faith community.
  • Provide spiritual leadership and develop leaders within the faith community.
  • Oversee the day-to-day running of ministries and administrative processes.

Accessible Online Learning: The program is offered online, providing learners with the flexibility to study from anywhere. Fully trained and experienced Facilitators/Assessors guide the learning process, ensuring a supportive environment.

Structured Curriculum: The program is structured, comprising 156 credits, which can be completed in 12 to 18 months. 

Pathway to Further Studies: Upon completion, graduates are well-prepared to continue their studies in a Level 5 program. The program is conducted in English, ensuring broad accessibility.

For more information about the program and to discuss your studies in detail, reach out to our staff at [email protected] or contact us. Join us on a journey of inclusive education, preparing you to be a compassionate and competent leader in the realm of Christian religious practice.

Do I Qualify?

Your admission to AFMTC depends on you meeting the specific admission requirements for your chosen qualification.

General Admission Requirements

For this qualification, there are no educational requirements. AFMTC welcomes individuals from all backgrounds to embark on a journey of academic and spiritual growth.

Programme Specific Admission Requirements

To register for this programme, particularly for those aspiring to qualify for ordained ministry in the AFM academically, the following steps are required:

  1. Church Approval Processes:
    • Prospective students must comply with the church’s approval processes. This ensures alignment with the values and standards upheld by the AFM community.
  2. AFM Ministry Ordination
    • Aspiring ministers are required to complete an NQF Level 6 qualification and register for AFM-specific subjects (History, AFM Liturgy, Dogmatic, and Governance) to qualify for Ministry Integrated Learning (MIL) and AFM Ministry Ordination.

Certified or notarized proof of these requirements should accompany the application form, along with a certified or notarized copy of the student’s identification document or valid passport.

Acceptance Criteria:

All individuals meeting these criteria and possessing sufficient proficiency in English are welcomed into the programme. AFMTC values diversity and ensures an inclusive environment for academic and spiritual development.

The AFM Church’s Approval Procedure

The AFM church approval process is a crucial part of the online application for admission to the programme. Follow these steps:

  1. Character Reference Form:
    • Complete the character reference form online.
  2. Recommendations/Report Forms:
    • The candidate’s Senior Pastor/Assembly Leader completes the recommendations/report form of the Governing Body and the Senior Pastor/Assembly Leader online.
    • The Regional/Network Leader/Secretary/Administrator completes the Regional/Network Committee recommendation form online.
    • An interview will be conducted with the applicant and spouse (if married) by the Regional/Network Committee to facilitate the completion of their recommendation.

The AFM reserves the right to accept or reject applications. The National Leadership Forum’s decision is final, and no negotiations will be entered into.

Application Process:

All applications for admission must be submitted online during the prescribed application period.

All applications for admission must be submitted online during the prescribed application period. For more information on application and enrollment, please visit the Application Instructions Page.

Join us in the pursuit of academic and spiritual excellence at AFMTC.


Embark on a comprehensive journey of learning and practical application with our structured curriculum, carefully designed to equip you for effective Christian leadership. The curriculum is divided into three essential components: Knowledge Modules (KM), Practical Skill Modules (PM), and Work Experience Modules (WM).

Knowledge Modules (KM)

263601004-KM-01 – Bible and Bible Interpretation


Credits 20

263601004-KM-02 – Basic Christian Concepts


Credits 15

263601004-KM-03 – Worship Services and Preaching


Credits 4

263601004-KM-04 – Basic Christian Pastoral Care


Credits 8

263601004-KM-05 – Church Leadership, Administration and Accountability


Credits 7

263601004-KM-06 – The Role of the Church (Christianity) in the World


Credits 5


Total Credits for Knowledge Modules: 59


Practical Skill Modules (PM)

263601004-PM-01 – Share the Gospel in a Specific Context and to a Specific Audience


Credits 13

263601004-PM-02 – Build Caring Relationships in the Faith Community and Respond to Spiritual and Physical Needs of Members


Credits 6

263601004-PM-03 – Apply Christian Leadership and Develop Leaders in a Faith Community


Credits 6

263601004-PM-04 – Arrange and Oversee the Day-to-Day Running of Ministries and Administrative Processes in the Faith Community


Credits 6

263601004-PM-05 – Help People in the Faith Community to Share the Gospel, Support People in Need, and Speak Out for What is Right and Fair in the Wider Society


Credits 6


Total Credits for Practical Skill Modules: 37


Work Experience Modules (WM)


263601004-WM-01 – Prepare and Conduct Worship Services


Credits 12

263601004-WM-02 – Plan and Conduct Teachings, and Develop Ministry Activities to Enhance the Quality of Fellowship and Mutual Care


Credits 12

263601004-WM-03 – Develop Life Skills and Christian Living


Credits 12

263601004-WM-04 – Observe the Leadership of Faith Community on How They Lead the Community


Credits 12

263601004-WM-05 – Participate in an Outreach or Community Development Project in a Community


Credits 12


Total Credits for Work Experience Modules: 60



Programme Duration:

The programme spans 12 to 18 months, divided into four terms:

  • Term 1: 1 Feb. to 30 Apr.
  • Term 2: 1 May to 31 July
  • Term 3: 1 Aug. to 31 Oct.
  • Term 4: 1 Nov. to 31 Jan.

Embark on this educational journey, combining knowledge, practical skills, and hands-on experience to prepare you for impactful Christian leadership.


Course Fees 2024 – Christian Religious Practitioner NQF level 2

Application Fee (Per Year)

R500 (Non-Refundable)

Reactivation Fee

R300 (Non-Refundable)
Note: The student will need to pay a reactivation fee if the student is inactive for more than 6 months or does not register for any module for more than 6 months period.

Course Fees

R10 800 (Online study material is included. Cost of printed books will be charged separately).

Per Module

R675 (Non-Refundable)

Final Exam (EISA) Fee

R1000 (the EISA fee will be revised annually)

Cost per Study Manual: NQF Level 2 consists of 16 learner’s manuals (R200 per manual)

R200 (per module)

Administrative tasks (for instance, transcript issuance or provision of specific official documentation)


The provision of a duplicate official transcript


Note: Per module payment plan is available: R675 (Excluding printed learning material)

The application fee (R500) is not part of the module registration. Once a student is accepted in the programme with the student number, the next step will be to pay per module as signed in the payment plan with the main application. The relevant details will be communicated by the admission department after an applicant is accepted in the relevant qualification. For more information, please contact us at [email protected]

Rules for Assessment, Credit Accumulation, Progression and Qualification


All assessment is conducted online. Unless otherwise indicated, the pass mark for all assessment tasks is 50%. To pass a course, you must maintain a grade average of 50% or above.

External Integrated Summative Assessment (EISA) and Certification

EISA is the final national exam after the full course (all the modules) has been successfully completed and learners received full competency credits for all modules. After the successful completion of the EISA exam, learners will qualify for the learners will qualify for the Certificate for Religious Practitioners/Professional and the certification will be done by and under the supervision of the Quality Council for Trades and Occupation. For more information, please visit https://www.qcto.org.za/services/certification-and-verification/certification.

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Application Period Updates

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