10036NAT Diploma of Ministry (Leadership) - RPL Experience
Your Experience Matters!
The group times, I loved batting though the materials and
gleaning further insight / revelations from the others, really helpful.
Ps Karen MacLeod, South West Christian Church, Hoppers Crossing, VIC
From application to graduation we had a 5 star experience.
The course was most enjoyable and life building.
Ps Mark Senanayake, Carousel Church, Queens Park, WA
Ps Paul McCulloch, Centro Church, Ipswich, QLD
Alphacrucis College is excited to offer ACC ministers the opportunity to obtain an accredited Diploma of Ministry by participating in a 5 day RPL mode. This RPL mode draws upon your many years of ministry experience and provides quality gap training.
What is RPL?
Recognition of Prior Learinng (RPL) is an assessment process through which the skills, knowledge and experience that you already have may count towards the achievement of a nationally recognised qualification. Sometimes also referred to as 'skills recognition', RPL involves a formal assessment process, focusing on your ability to demonstrate that you have the required level of skills, knowledge and experience to meet the requirements for competency in the unit/s within the qualification.
You will join a supportive cohort of ministers to share best practice and learn from one another. You will also receive teaching and input from the best trainers and some of the great leaders in our movement. You will meet in the best equipped campus in ACC and will be minutes away from the vibrant cafes and shops of downtown Parramatta.
There are three simple steps for enrolling:
Step 1 – Pre-Application
Complete the RPL Pre-Application Form, providing as much information of your previous experience in ministry as you can.
Once it has been determined you have enough skills to progress in this process, you will be requested to complete the RPL Evidence Checklist. An assessor will review the information you have provided. Be sure to provide as much detail as possible. As assessor may contact you to discuss any items of evidence provided. You may also provide additional information to help support your checklist.
If the appropriate evidence has been submitted, you will be invited to attend a one week intensive to finalise the RPL process. During this week you will hear from leading practitioners in Biblical interpretation, Theology and Ethics, Leadership, and cross-cultural ministry. The final pieces of evidence will be collect during this week.
The next Diploma of Ministry RPL Experience classes are:
Sydney: 24-28 June 2013
Melbourne: 29 July to 2 August 2013
Perth: 22-26 July 2013
Brisbane: 9-13 September 2013
This exciting new training initiative is endorsed by our ACC National President, Pastor Wayne Alcorn. To assist our regional and interstate guests, AC will provide accommodation (at the Sydney class only), meals (breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon tea) and airport transfers for the five day duration.
I am looking forward to seeing you.
Dr. Stephen Fogarty Principal
The purpose of this course is to develop ministers. This course sets out the essential skills to minister, in particular within a Christian context. These include:
Biblical knowledge and interpretation
Theological knowledge and interpretation
Pastoral ministry skills
Churches today are larger and more complex in nature. It is important that ministers develop higher level skills in all they do. Ministry can take place within a variety of contexts; this includes Administration, Chaplaincy, Children’s ministry, Church planting, Community work, Creative ministry, Leadership, Cross cultural ministry, Women’s ministry and Youth ministry.
Upon completion of this qualification, learners will have acquired the necessary knowledge, attitudes and skills to minister effectively in a variety of settings. Potential vocational outcomes for graduates of this Course will depend on the participants’ pre-existing qualifications and experience, as well as their chosen electives.
This course is intended to provide participants with the following general education outcomes:
Ability to apply ethical decision making principles
Ability to communicate a broad knowledge of an Old Testament book and New Testament book
Ability to identify and apply a Christian worldview and values
Demonstration of general leadership skills in a ministry context
Ability to apply knowledge of pastoral ministry to a broad range of contexts, and depth in the area of specialisation
Demonstration of general research skills, particularly the ability to gather, understand, evaluate and analyse information
“If you are doing these roles in your job, then don’t write off your skills – consider getting them recognised.”
TIPS AND HINTS TO HELP YOU PREPARE FOR RECOGNITION
To have skills formally recognised in the national system, assessors must make sure you have the skills and knowledge to meet the industry standard. This means you must be involved in a careful and comprehensive process that covers the content of all unit/s or qualification/s you can be recognised for.
Assessment happens in a variety of ways. Being prepared can save you valuable time and hassle and make the recognition process stress-free for you.
Here are some tips and hints for you:
Be prepared to talk about your job roles and your work history. Submit a resume with as much detail about where you have worked, either paid or unpaid, and what you did there.
Include your position description and any performance appraisals you have from any churches you have worked in.
Consider the possibilities for workplace contact. Are you in a workplace that is supporting your goal to get qualified? Would you feel comfortable to have the assessor contact your workplace or previous workplaces so your skills can be validated?
Think about who can confirm your skill level. Think about current or recent supervisors who have seen you work in the past 18 months and will be able to confirm your skills. The assessor will need to contact them. You may also have community contacts or even clients themselves who can vouch for your skill level.
Collect any certificates from in-house training or formal training you have done in the past.
Completion of this course may enable the graduate to apply for ordination in the Australian Christian Church.
For prospective students from a non-English speaking background, an IELTS Score of 5.5 (or demonstrate equivalent English proficiency) is recommended.
Academic Entry Requirements
At least 5 years of vocational experience in ministry, and ordained or approved by the movement/denomination you minister with. Each participant is required to complete the RPL Experience Checklist.
Complete Fee Schedules and FEE-HELP information (where appropriate) for all Alphacrucis courses can be found in our Documents section, under the Fees and FEE-HELP Information link.
★Important: The total cost is based on students enrolling in the complete course or qualification for the standard delivery stream on offer. Fees are actually set on a per unit level, so that the total cost of an award is [number of units in award] x [cost of units]. Accordingly, the total cost of an award will vary depending on the units chosen. International students are required to enrol in the complete course or qualification. The fees are subject to change. Please contact Alphacrucis for an up to date fee schedule.
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