Safe Ministry Training lasts for three years.
When the Safe Ministry Training expiry date approaches for an existing worker in your church (volunteer or paid), they should:
- Make every effort to complete the Refresher course BEFORE the expiry date.
- If this is impossible to comply with*, they should complete the Refresher course within 30 days of the expiry date. Note: where training is completed online, all aspects of the training including the webinar must be completed prior to the 30 day grace period expiring.
If a Refresher course is not completed within 30 days of the expiry of their training, the leader should step down from their ministry role(s), and complete the ‘Essentials‘ course again before resuming their role.
*If there are very unusual circumstances such as serious medical reasons or the person is overseas, some leniency should be offered, but before doing so, the Safe Ministry Rep or Minister should contact the Safe Ministry Parish Consultant to discuss the details.
The Safe Ministry Board clarified and confirmed the above details as policy at their December 2016 meeting. This underscores the importance for all church workers keeping track of their training dates.