Pastoral Counseling

Purpose of Pastoral Counseling Training

The main focus of this Pastoral Counseling Training Course is to build an understanding of the key concepts, theories, principles and approaches related to pastoral counseling in a Christian context.

SAQA/QCTO Accredited Training

 A Certificate of Completion will be issued after successful completion of the course, but this course also forms part of the Occupational Certificate: Christian Religious Professional (Minister of Religion), and 8 RPL credits will be granted against the Knowledge Modules of this qualification to all successful candidates. 

Who should attend this Pastoral Counseling Course?

  • Individuals with a passion for Christian work.
  • Any person who wants to be equipped for ministry and service.
  • People who wants to be inspired and grow in Christlikeness and integrity.
  • Any person with the intention of becoming a Pastor/Minister of Religion.
  • A person functioning as a church leader without a formal qualification.
  • Any person interested in becoming a Missionary.
  • People who wants to be equipped to understand and apply the Bible.

An Effective & Affordable Option

It’s important to remember that many people have no access to seminary education, mostly due to the availability of adequate funding and/or personal circumstances. However, there is a hunger worldwide for learning the Bible, theology, and ministry skills, even becoming a pastor in a local church. Thousands of local pastors and individuals are currently serving as church leaders without any formal theological training. We now offer an affordable solution and option for those who want to study in the comfort of their own homes without attending a formal theological seminary or school. Decide today, and start pursuing your dream. Start studying for your certification and getting equipped has never been this easy.

What is the minimum entry requirements?

  • Basic English Communication Skills on NQF Level 4

Learning Approach

  • We offer hybrid learning – a combination of self-study, Zoom sessions and assignments.
  • Blended e-Learning: Learners set their own learning pace and complete the programme based on the time available, subject to a maximum completion period.
  • All assignments are open book assignments and all examinations are completed online.

How long does it take to complete the Pastoral Counseling Course?

The course can easily be completed in a period of 12 months by a partime learner. We do, however, offer a 6 month minimum and a 24 month maximum to complete the learning programme.

Pastoral Counseling Course Outline

Pastoral Counselling
  • Pastoral Counseling – NQF Level 6, Credits 12
    • The concepts of pastoral counseling in a Christian context
      • Overview of the different levels of pastoral interventions
      • Fundamentals of pastoral counseling
    • Models of pastoral counseling
      • Overview of different models of counseling and therapy
      • Principles involved in determining the model of pastoral counseling to apply internal assessment criteria
    • Doing pastoral counseling
      • Different settings for doing pastoral counseling (individual counseling, couples counseling, group counseling)
      • The counseling process
      • Referral, follow-up and use of other available resources
    • The underlying principles of specific counseling interventions
      • Stress and depression
      • Relationship (including marriage) counseling
      • Illness, crisis and trauma
      • Substance abuse and addiction
    • Counseling in a culturally complex situation
      • Principles of inter-cultural and inter-doctrinal sensitivity
      • Christian views and practices related to concepts of healing and deliverance in traditional African and other contexts
    • Counseling administration
      • Administrative record keeping

QCTO (SAQA) Alignment

QCTO Occupational Qualification: 101571
Occupational Part Qualification Title: Religious Practitioners
NQF Level: Level 5
Credits: 8

Pastoral Counseling Course Articulation

Credits obtained during this learning programme will contribute towards qualification 101571, Occupational Certificate: Christian Religious Professional , NQF Level 5, Credits 237.

Delivery Method & Language

The programme is facilitated in English by a competent subject matter specialist/s, who utilises the following techniques to ensure that the session is practical and experiential: Lecture, Exercises, Discussion, Role Plays, Case Studies, PowerPoint Presentation, Videos, Simulations, and Learner Assessment. Study Methods include a blended and/or hybrid approach.


  • Upon successful completion, the learner will receive a Certificate of Completion issued by LEDISA Academy.
  • Upon verified Competence of the Occupational Certification 101571, the learner will receive a Certificate of Competence as well as a Statement of Results from the Quality Council for Trade & Occupations (QCTO).


LEDISA Academy (Pty) Ltd is accredited training provider with ETDP SETA, Services SETA, TETA, QCTO and a registered training provider with COMENSA. 

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