Qualifications

Certificate of Bible Knowledge

Students who successfully acquire 120 credits will be awarded a Certificate of Bible Knowledge. (One credit is equivalent to approximately ten hours of study.) In order to earn 120 credits the student will need to do the following:

  1. Successfully complete 26 modules (104 credits). 15 of the modules are prescribed and 11 electives can be chosen by the student from the rest of the curriculum. The prescribed modules are:
    • Modules 1-2               Orientation
    • Modules 10-15           Romans
    • Modules 16-18           Hermeneutics
    • Modules 30-33           Pastoral Studies
  2. Practical Ministry (16 credits). Students are required to serve in their local church. The area of service is based on the student’s skills and gifts and the needs of the local church. The area of service and tasks are set by the student’s local pastor or spiritual supervisor. The supervisor is required to submit progress reports on the student every three months using the prescribed report. Pastors doing the course are exempt from this section and will be granted the 16 credits if he remains in good standing with his denomination or district.

Diploma of Theology

Students who successfully acquire 240 credits will be awarded a Diploma of Theology. In order to earn 240 credits the student will need to do the following:

  1. Successfully complete all 50 modules (200 credits)
  2. Practical Ministry (25 credits). Students are required to serve in their local church. The area of service is based on the student’s skills and gifts and the needs of the local church. The area of service and tasks are set by the student’s local pastor or spiritual supervisor. The supervisor is required to submit progress reports on the student every three months using the prescribed report. Pastors doing the course are exempt from this section and will be granted the 25 credits if he remains in good standing with his denomination or district.
  3. Successfully complete a research project (15 credits). See below for more details.

Assessing the Student’s Progress

The pass mark for learners is an average of 50%.

Each module is assessed slightly differently, based on the delivery method used. The assignments are primarily designed as part of the learning process and testing the student is secondary. The following are some of the ways that the student is assessed:

  1. Written paragraph (short) assignments.
  2. Written assignment of 1,200 – 1,500 words at the end of the module.
  3. Regular class and workshop attendance.
  4. Additional credits can be earned by attending intensives (seminars) at the various campuses.

 Time Required

Although the student learns at his/her own pace the following is recommended.

Two Years of Study

The course is designed to be completed within a period of two years of concentrated study. It requires consistent work and effort that is very rewarding to those who complete it. Remember half a qualification is really no qualification.

Hours to Complete (The following example is based on the Diploma, the Certificate is half that of the example)

  1. Each module takes a minimum of 40 hrs. of concentrated study
  2. A total of 50 modules equals a total of 2,000 hours
  3. Assume students work for 6 days a week for 50 weeks a year
  4. To complete in 1 yr. = 40 hrs per week x 50 (8 hrs pd x 5 days) (Full time)
  5. To complete in 2 yrs. = 20 hrs. per week = 3.3 hrs. per day
  6. To complete in 3 yrs. = 13.3 hrs. per week = 2.2 hrs. per day
  7. To complete in 4 yrs. = 10 hrs. per week = 1.6 hrs. per day
  8. This does not include the research project (mini-thesis)
  9. Please note this is based on an “average” student. You may be faster or slower than the average.

Extension of the Study Period

Students are required to complete a minimum of 10 modules per year. Should one not complete the minimum, a written request for an extension, explaining the reasons for the slow progress must be lodged with the College by the end of December. Note that at 10 modules per year, the entire course will take more than five years to complete.