Certificate of Competence in Ministry (CCM) and Foundation Certificate in Ministry (FCM)

As a provider of distance learning in theological education, SMMS offers the CCM and FCM as in-house programmes intended to train candidates who have offered or intend to offer themselves for lay ministries within the MCSA. The CCM and FCM are pitched at a NQF4 certificate level and are specifically tailored for persons who do not have a Matric (Grade 12) as the educational entry required for the HCCM program. The CCM and FCM will enrol learners who are seeking to participate in lay ministries within the MCSA.

  • (i) Certificate of Competence in Ministry (CCM) – Grade 7 up to (old standard) 11.
  • (ii) Foundation Certificate in Ministry (FCM) – Grade 6 down to those with non-academic skills.

To qualify for admission to either of these programmes, candidates will need to have cognitive skills at a mature age and give proof to be in possession of a Junior Certificate or not. Those who therefore wish to have a recognisable certificate by EMMU-SMMS in order to participate in the lay ministries of the MCSA are encouraged to apply.

  • (i) The certificates awarded are in recognition from SMMS and EMMU that they have successfully completed training as required for lay ministry by MCSA.
  • (ii) The certificate awarded is not credit bearing. This means, the courses have no transferable credits to any other institutions of higher learning in the discipline of theology.
  • (iii) Completion of courses in CCM and the FCM does not allow progression into the Higher Certificate in Christian Ministry at SMMS.