Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) is the term used to include or be equivalent to: “credit”. You could say that RPL is “credit” given towards the completion of a Course as a result of past studies, and past or current experience.
The Christian Ministry and Theology Courses can be seen as being in two parts:
Part A: Six (6) Christian Ministry and Theology Units that involve:
Part B: Elective Units that can be:
Generally, the areas in which we (CMT) could give RPL for Part B (the Electives) are very limited. However, the good news is that if you have already completed an accredited Course at approximately Cert IV or Diploma level you may get 100% RPL for this “Part B” of the Course (the Electives).
Note that the Part B (Elective) Units you have completed need to be “current” – many accredited Course Units become “out-dated” quite quickly and these cannot be accepted for RPL.
What is RPL?
RPL is the formal acknowledgment of knowledge and skills obtained through activities such as:
The term “RPL” is the term used to include, or be equivalent to “Credit”. RPL is “credit” given as a result of past studies, and past or current experience.
The Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology consists of:
The Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology consists of:
In order to be awarded the full qualification students will need to be assessed as competent in all of the above. Your competency can be assessed through:
RPL in relation to Christian Ministry
In order to get RPL for the CMT Units you generally need to be someone who prepares and delivers Bible based messages to groups of people on a regular basis. Also, generally, you need to have complete copies of these messages in:
These messages that you have produced and delivered must prove that you have done the following:
In these messages would need to have addressed all the requirements outlined above.
When your RPL assessor looks at your message outlines and listens to the recordings they will need to see that you have done everything in your messages that the course units require a student to do if they are completing the Course from scratch.
Contact us for our RPL Guide which provides a detailed outline
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What evidence do I need to provide?
Evidence that might help to show how you meet the requirements of the Christian Ministry Units include:
Note: these documents would need to provide evidence of you meeting specific course and unit requirements as outlined in the RPL Guide.
How much evidence do i need?
In general terms, RPL can only be given to a person where they have evidence that is determined by a qualified assessor to be:
How much RPL can I apply for?
You can claim RPL for as many units as you can provide evidence for. If you submit appropriate evidence for all of the units, and an assessor deems that the evidence does show you are competent, then RPL can be granted for the full 10742NAT - Certificate IV in Christian Ministry and Theology or the 10743NAT - Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology
If you are not able to receive full RPL, you will be advised of what 'gap' training and assessment is needed in order for you to receive the full qualification.
Generally a person for whom RPL is determined to be a valid and worthwhile process in relation to the six (6) core units of the Christian Ministry and Theology course will qualify for 100% full RPL for those six (6) Units, or close to it. This is because those Units of the Course were written with the overall role of someone in ministry in mind. IE Either you will have been in ministry sufficiently and have sufficient evidence of it – or not. Hence, you are encouraged to apply for full RPL for the six (6) Christian Ministry Units with a view to providing evidence that you meet all the Course requirements – or we suggest that you probably do not have evidence for individual Units. However:
How much does RPL Reduce the fee by?
The minimum fee for any RPL will be $400 and the maximum will be equivalent to the full Course fee advertised on the CMT website.
The standard process for finding out how much the course fee for RPL will be is as follows:
How long does the RPL process take?
Generally, the length of time that the RPL process will take depends on:
The more thoroughly you complete the relevant sections of the RPL Guide, and the more clearly you link the evidence to the relevant Units, the quicker the process.
Applying for RPL
To make an RPL submission please follow this process: