As of October 2017, ACRP has been recognised by the South African Qualifications Authority as the official professional body for religious workers in the country. As such, it is now positioned to offer oversight and support for individuals and institutions which provide religious training, services and other opportunities to both citizens and residents of South Africa. Here below is a summary of the status upgrade by Rev Hermy Damons, a long time friend and leader of ACRP:
"I'm delighted to inform you that the Association of Christian Religious Practitioners has been granted the status of a Professional Body for Christian Ministers by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). It is important to note that ours is the only duly authorised organisation in South Africa and any other organisation that makes similar claims are illegitimate, in terms of the current legislative framework, which only provides for the registration of one professional body per sector. Membership for pastors and minister will be entirely voluntary and no denomination, church or ministry will in anyway be compelled to register their ministers with us. This will in no way impinge on the independence and sovereignty of the broader church community in South Africa. In line with our SAQA registration requirements as a professional body we have also developed a basic ministry qualification on NQF 2 and 5, which is in the final stages of registration on the NQF Framework. The ACRP seeks to be a value-add to the broader South African church community. For additional information on membership or any other queries kindly email us at email@example.com. Soli Deo Gloria!"
The leadership of ACRP recently developed a Q&A document which should help address most, if not all of the issues people already affiliated with the organisation, or those considering affiliation in the future. This is a concise look at what ACRP is all about, and how it can benefit you as a Christian Religious Practitioner.