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Certificate in Pastoral Leadership and Chaplaincy


The Certificate in Pastoral Leadership and Chaplaincy (CPLC) will be a distance learning programme to be registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and accredited by the Council for Higher Education (CHE). A total of 7 courses (128 credits at 6 of which have 16 credits per course and one with 32 credits) need to be completed over a minimum of 1-year period in order to qualify for the Certificate. The programme will be offered through block release and online support.


The immediate questions that people may have on this course is who qualifies for admission? The CPLC is designed to meet the needs of people with the call for ministry from the broader ecumenical church. It is designed to give basic theological knowledge and skills towards pastoral leadership with an emphasis on the ministry of chaplaincy in both the local church, church-based and public institutions such as schools, prisons, police, hospitals and the military. Its is also a good stepping stone for those who would like to further their studies in theology in order to serve in the ordained ministry.

Admission Requirements

Anyone with a matric (Grade 12) or a National Senior Certificate or its equivalent (NQF4) entry education. The programme is also meant for people in ministry without or without any form of training for this work.


Those who complete the academic requirements for the CPLC will be awarded a certificate by CCT in recognition of the studies. They can use this certificate to seek for opportunities of ministries in any of the relevant institutions. The certificate will also offer them with articulation options into the Bachelor of Theology Degree (NQF7). That means we will need to adjust the entry requirements into the BTh.

The Benefits of the CPLC Programme

The CPLC Programme will benefit its graduates by:
  1. Offering students introductory training and skills for pastoral leadership
  2. It will equip students with skills of ministry in the field of chaplaincy
  3. It will enable students to further their studies by qualifying for admission in the B.Th. Programme of the SRPC.

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Academic Writing & Research

    Reading texts with understanding, Searching for information or data, Writing a theological essay

  • Introduction to Theological Studies

    Systematic Theology, Biblical Studies, History of Christianity, Practical Theology

  • Introduction to Church leadership and management

    Basic Accounting, Project development and management, Reporting skills


Semester 2

  • Introduction to Pastoral Ministry

    Homiletics, Liturgy, Christian Education, Counselling

  • Introduction to Chaplaincy

    Working with Public institutions, Ministry in Education Institutions, Ministry in the Armed Forces (Police, Prison & Military)…

  • Developing a Community profile

    Skills to understand your community of practice scientifically, Skills Audit –who is who of the community

  • Special focus

    Research paper on the context of the student (e,g ministry in a church or chaplaincy in an institution), Writing a Mini-Thesis

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