Vocational certificates

Vocational Certificates are self-enrichment, in-house programmes to assist those involved in ministry. There are no minimum admission requirements.

[*] These vocational certificates are non-registered, non-credit bearing and non-credit RPL (recognition of prior learning) may apply. Please contact ATS for more information.

Vocational certificates offered by ATS:

Christian Worker's Certificate (CWC) Popular Recently revised

The vocational certificate [*] Christian Worker Certificate opens doors to exciting ministry opportunities within the body of Christ. This certificate is based on a Pentecostal perspective offering both basic biblical theological instruction as well as biblical, Pentecostal based practical input.

The Christian Workers’ Certificate is for:

  • Church leaders who do not have access to a diploma or a degree in theology because they do not have a Matriculation Certificate,
  • Church planters who want to effectively plant a new church,
  • Cell group leaders who want to improve their ministry skills within the cell group structure,
  • Retired people who want to use their retirement to develop a new ministry career within the body of Christ,
  • General ministry practitioners who, as members of an assembly, want to sharpen their skills within their ministry area,
  • Business people who want to build their businesses on sound biblical and Christian ethical standards, or
  • Any individual who seeks to be better informed in Christianity and Christian ministry.

The benefits of studying CWC:

  • Students without a Matriculation Certificate can become equipped for the full-time ministry.
  • Students become part of a rich history of studying and practising Christ-centered, Bible-based Theology within an African context.
  • Students are exposed to the teachings and work of highly skilled and experienced Pentecostal lecturers.
  • The programme may help students assess the possibility of pursuing a seminary diploma or degree.
  • The student will experience personal and spiritual enrichment.
  • CWC is an open time-line programme. Students register at any time of the year and work at their own pace.

CWC is presented in two levels:

Each level consists of 7 modules with a theological and practical mix.

A certificate is awarded on completion of each level.

CWC Level 1

  1. Spiritual growth
  2. Know the Bible: Old Testament
  3. Know the Bible: New Testament
  4. Discipleship
  5. Biblical Teachings
  6. Ministry skills: Preaching, Liturgy and Pastoral Counselling
  7. Church Administration

CWC Level 2 (Level 1 is compulsory for entry into level 2)

  1. Church History
  2. Christian Ethics
  3. Child and Family Ministry
  4. Youth Ministry
  5. Missiology and Evangelism
  6. Entrepreneurship
  7. Church Planting and using social media within church planting

Cost

CWC is pay-as-you-go.

Payment is made per module upon registration of each module.

Students do not have to register for all the modules at the same time.

The cost per module for 2017 is R 400.

A postage fee is payable if you do not collect your study material at ATS. The cost will depend on how many study manuals are posted.

Apply online  or read about admission or phone (+27) 11 726 7029

Small Group Leader Certificate (SGLC) New

SGLC is a vocational certificate [*] that offers students an opportunity to complete a short-term, non-degree programme aimed at empowering small group leaders.

It is a dynamic programme that gives students a better overview of the Old and New Testaments, insight into ministry specific skills such as preaching and pastoral care, and it provides responsible answers to critical faith issues and Christian ethics.

The Small Group Leader Certificate is for people who:

  • are responsible for leading a small group and want to improve their ministry skills,
  • want to be equipped for a parachurch ministry,
  • want to be better informed in Christianity and Christian ministry, or
  • are retired and want to use their retirement to develop a new ministry career within the body of Christ.

SGLC comprises of 7 modules:

On successful completion of SGLC, all modules earned in this certificate can be credited toward the Christian Worker Certificate (CWC) programme upon later admission to this programme.

  1. Spiritual growth
  2. Know the Bible: Old Testament
  3. Know the Bible: New Testament
  4. Discipleship
  5. Ministry skills: Preaching, liturgy and Pastoral Counselling
  6. Biblical Teachings
  7. Christian ethics

Cost

SGLC is pay-as-you-go.

Payment is made per module upon registration of each module.

Students do not have to register for all the modules at the same time.

The cost per module for 2017 is R 400.

A postage fee is payable if you do not collect your study material at ATS. The cost will depend on how many study manuals are posted.

Apply online  or read about admission or phone (+27) 11 726 7029

Entrepreneurship Certificate (EC) New

The key success factor of an entrepreneur is the person of the entrepreneur.

It is not primarily about knowledge; such as market research, business plans, cashflow, bookkeeping or even knowledge of the industry (successful entrepreneurs often venture into new and unfamiliar industries). No, the key differentiator is the person of the entrepreneur.

The person who has the ability to see opportunities and create something of value when and where others fail to see possibilities. The person who dashes into hope, who dashes into the future to create positive experiences and thriving communities through their ventures. It is the person who looks at a wilderness or at a desert and sees a garden, sees an opportunity to create new value.

What can you expect to get from studying this vocational certificate:

  • Insight into the “playing field” of an entrepreneur and the necessary skills so that you can develop your own game plan.
  • Skills on how to improve your personal and business network.
  • Insight into the dynamics of discovering new business opportunities that other people have missed.
  • Business ethics to guide your business endeavours.
  • A tool to make sure your business idea becomes a “bullet proof” plan.
  • “Business in the cloud” that is able to withstand the challenges of the 4th Industrial Revolution.

What you will not get from studying this vocational certificate:

  • We will not help you start a micro-enterprise such as a lawn care, beauty salon or arts&crafts business. We believe these enterprises are under tremendous pressure due to the changes brought by the 4th Industrial Revolution.
  • We will not teach you how to do accounting. We believe when you start to make money you will find a way to figure this out. Our aim is to get you to making money first.
  • We will not open a bank account for you, for the same reason as above.
  • We will not teach you back office managerial skills, because we believe there is a fundamental difference between an entrepreneur and a manager.

EC comprises of 2 modules, namely:

  • Module 1: The Person of the Entrepreneur
  • Module 2: Business in the cloud

Cost

EC is once-off payment up-front.

Full payment is made upon registration for the vocational certificate [*].

Important: Students need an Internet-connected PC or tablet.

The cost for 2017 is R 800.

A postage fee is payable if you do not collect your study material at ATS. The cost will depend on how many study manuals are posted.

Apply online  or read about admission or phone (+27) 11 726 7029

Christian Counselling Certificate (CCC)

CCC is an introductory course to the ministry of Christian counselling by means of exposure to certain counselling principles and information on personal crises and how to effectively deal with them.

The CCC comprises of 4 modules, namely:

  • Module 1: Introduction to pastoral care and counselling
  • Module 2: Methods, models, techniques and skills in counselling
  • Module 3: Marriage, family, abuse, depression and addiction
  • Module 4: Healing, illness, grief, bereavement, abnormal behaviour and exorcism

Cost

R 390.00 per module x 4 modules = R 1 560.00

The full cost can be paid on registration, or payments can be made per module before commencement of the specific module.

A postage fee is payable if you do not collect your study material at ATS. The cost will depend on how many study manuals are mailed. Please enquire from ATS before registration.

Apply online  or read about admission or phone (+27) 11 726 7029

Women in Ministry (WIM)

WIM is intended for women who are either married to a pastor or who are involved in ministry in a church and want to better equip themselves. The purpose is to enhance your ministry and leadership skills in an assembly.

This vocational certificate comprises of 4 modules:

  • Module 1: Leadership, personal development and administration
  • Module 2: Christian faith and Christian life
  • Module 3: Know the Bible: The Old testament and the New Testament
  • Module 4: Ministry skills

Cost

R 355.00 per module x 4 modules = R 1 420.00

The full cost can be paid on registration, or payments can be made per module before commencement of the specific module.

A postage fee is payable if you do not collect your study material at ATS. The cost will depend on how many study manuals are mailed. Please enquire from ATS before registration.

Apply online  or read about admission or phone (+27) 11 726 7029

Youth Work (YW)

This certificate is for people who work with young people and want to be better equipt. YWC introduces the learner to basic principles and ministry skills related to youth ministry. The learner will gain a basic understanding of the development stages of young people, as well as certain ministry principles and skills.

This vocational certificate comprises of 4 modules:

  • Module 1: Philosophy of youth work, and a biblical and historical survey
  • Module 2: Understanding young people in their phases of development
  • Module 3: Church and youth ministry
  • Module 4: Methods in youth ministry

Cost

R 490.00 per module x 4 modules = R 1 960.00

A postage fee is payable if you do not collect your study material at ATS. The cost will depend on how many study manuals are mailed. Please enquire from ATS before registration.

Apply online  or read about admission or phone (+27) 11 726 7029

"The need in Africa is to give relevant training to a fast growing church,
where the rate of salvation outgrows the rate of leadership development"

Dr LJ Erasmus, former treasurer of the board of AFM International Churches in Africa.