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Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

 

Background

The Continuing Professional Education (CPE) is a training programme started in 2012 by the Asatizah Recognition Board (ARB) to enhance the professionalism and to inculcate a culture of continuous learning and development of asatizah under the Asatizah Recognition Scheme (ARS). An asatizah is required to undergo courses under the CPE programme as a pre-requisite for renewal of ARS accreditation. Muis works closely with partners such as Pergas to offer a wide range of courses covering topics such as religious sciences and other disciplines including courses on contemporary issues as well as skills courses to enable asatizah to confidently play their role in building an inclusive nation.

Objectives

CPE Panel

A CPE Review was initiated in 2020 to review and refresh the programme. The CPE Panel consisting of ARB members and Muis senior officers was set up to oversee the development of CPE which includes:

  i. Provide overall direction for the CPE framework

  ii. Ensure consistency across all training programs and pathways vis-a-vis the training framework and curriculum

  iii. Review and approve training programmes provided in-house or by external providers 

Various stakeholder groups ranging from asatizah doing full-time, part-time and freelance work, employers as well as professionals were engaged for guidance and inputs.


NAME ORGANISATIONS
1 Ustaz Dr Mohammad Hannan Hassan Deputy Mufti (Muis) (Chairperson)
2 Ustaz Mohd Kamal Mokhtar ARB Representative 
3 Ustaz Dr Mohamed Qusairy Taha ARB Representative
4 Ustaz Ziyaudeen Ahmad Sirajuddeen ARB Representative 
5 Ustaz Mahmoud Mathlub Sidek Deputy Director, ARS Office (Muis)
6 Ustaz Izal Mustafa Kamar Assistant Director, Religious Policy (Muis)
7 Mr Yazid Mohd Ali Senior Assistant Director, Asatizah Development (Muis)
8 Mdm Azlina Manas Senior Assistant Director, Sector Workforce Development (Muis)

CPE Framework

Muis works closely with the ARS Secretariat in offering wide range of programmes to further develop asatizah's knowledge and skills. Asatizah were introduced to thematic courses and programmes such as Textual Studies, Religion and Law, Islamic Finance, Contextual Reading of Religious Texts, and other courses relevant to the intended outcomes of CPE. The content of CPE courses are in line with Muis' Master Content Framework (MCF) which discusses religious content from four key perspectives:

Context Richness: Discusses the socio-historical origins and circumstances of Islamic teachings and doctrines, as well as the contemporary and local conditions and environment of their manifestation. 
Principles-Based:  Focuses on the principles (usul) and understanding of the higher objectives (maqasid) of Islamic teachings away from the specificities in the application of such teachings.
Discourse-Oriented: Encourages the exploration of the multiplicity of views and positions on issue across time and space to foster an appreciation of diversity within the Islamic intellectual tradition and to thwart exclusivist and binary approaches to learning Islam.
Outcomes-Driven Geared towards achieving specific outcomes, which are in turn tied to the desired changes in approaching socio-religious issues and challenges.

Requirements 

The CPE requirements vary according to the two tiers: 

NAME ORGANISATIONS
Islamic Teacher  30 CPE credit hours in three years
Quranic Teacher 15 CPE credit hours in three years 

Exemptions

The following may be exempted from the CPE requirements: 

  • Full-time students in undergraduate or post-graduate Islamic Studies programmes (required to produce letter of acceptance from university);
  • Those aged 65 years and above; 
  • Those with long-term medical treatment (with official hospital documentation); or 
  • Any other reason deemed fit by the ARB

Asatizah who wish to seek CPE exemption are required to submit the relevant documents to ARS@muis.gov.sg. For more information on ARS policies, please click here.

CPE Calendar

For more information on course details, please click here.

Contact Us

Email:

You may email us at CPE_ARS@muis.gov.sg.

We encourage you to browse through the FAQ pages to see if your enquiry has already been answered.

For general enquiries, we will reply within 5 working days. For complex enquiries where we need time to conduct further checks and investigation, we ask for your patience and understanding if we take a longer time to respond.

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