SAAP to become CPSC, a division of ACRP

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An application for recognition as a professional body, was submitted to SAQA on 21 October 2016 by the Association of Christian Religious Practitioners (ACRP). The day was memorable indeed, as SAAP has been trying to find an open door at both the Health Professions Council of SA and the SA Council for Social Services Professions since 1991, unfortunately without success.

The Association of Christian Religious Practitioners (ACRP), is the non-profit company to be recognised as professional body for Christian religious practitioners. Specialist Christian ministries such as Pastoral and Spiritual Counselling, Ministry Training and General Ministry have been identified to be represented on the professional body, as divisions of ACRP.

SAAP will therefore become such a division with the name “Council for Pastoral and Spiritual Counsellors (CPSC)”, as approved by the ACRP Board of Directors on 23 February 2017. Once all legal steps and formalities are in place, SAAP will dissolve to become the mentioned division of ACRP.


The application to SAQA for professionalisation has succeeded!

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The Southern African Association for Pastoral Work (SAAP), which functioned from 30 May 1991 to 6 October 2017, has been transformed into the Council for Pastoral and Spiritual Counsellors (CPSC). CPSC is a specialist council of the Association of Christian Religious Practitioners (ACRP), now recognised by to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) as a professional body.

It is with great joy and deep gratitude that we can report that the ACRP application  for the professionalisation of Christian Religious Practitioners was approved on 6 October 2017.

In addition to CPSC, the Council for General Ministry Practitioners (CGMP) and Council for Ministry Training Practitioners (CMTP) also function under the ACRP umbrella.

The lengthy approval process entailed an assessment of the ACRP application, a SAQA site visit to the ACRP head office in Pretoria, a submission to the SAQA Quality and Standards Committee and, finally, submission to the SAQA Executive Committee.

All SAAP members in good standing, have been transferred to the new professional body and to our specialist pastoral counselling council and will be referred to as "affiliates" in the future.

A new website for CPSC has been launched and can be viewed at:

Due to the above-mentioned, the SAAP website will no longer:

- Provide the means of registering as a CPSC affiliate. To register, make use of the CPSC website.

- Provide a list of registered counsellors. The list of counsellors can now be found on the CPSC website.

- Publish new CPSC Notes as they will be provided on the CPSC website. SAAP Notes will remain on the SAAP website as an archive.

The SAAP website will remain active for the time being for information purposes.

If you have any queries or questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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