Q: How do I register for the certification programs with Ribaat?
A; To enroll in the Ribaat Teacher certification, enroll in CRT 101. To enroll in the Ribaat Religious Leader certification, enroll in CRT 301. These two courses will provide an explanation of the certification and through the forum, students will upload the needed documentation.
Then students would enroll in the required courses at their own pace, starting from Level 1. Students may choose which order to enroll in them. As they complete courses, we will keep track of their progress inshallah and will be in touch with more certification details.
Students can enroll in 1 course per term or up to 5, depending on their own schedule and timeline. We advise new students to start with one or two courses in their first term, until they know their own pace. It is advisable to start with level 1 courses, then after passing those, to move up to level 2.
Q: Approximately how long does it take to complete the certifications?
A: The Ribaat Program is not designed as a program by year but rather by level, and students can take as long as they need to work through the courses.
For full time students (enrolled in 5 courses per term), the Ribaat Teacher certification will take approximately 4 years, and the Religious Leader certification will take approximately 8 years. Most students will likely need more time, completing 2 or 3 courses per term.
Q: Is it possible to receive the Ribaat certificates with part-time study?
A: Yes. The Ribaat program has been designed to be flexible to student needs and timelines. You need not finish the certifications within a set time limit.
Q: Can I enroll in both certification programs?
A: Yes. Credits earned for the Teacher certification will also be counted towards the Religious Leader certification. Students can complete one certification program and then start the other, or enroll in both simultaneously.
Q: Is it allowed to take higher level courses before finishing level 1?
A: It is not required to take the courses in order. However, to achieve the utmost benefit, we suggest completing the courses in each track in order, as they will provide a solid foundation upon which to build subsequent knowledge in the higher levels. Prerequisites are also listed for each course, and these are not required, but it is advisable to complete all prerequisites before advancing.
Q: I have already taken some classes previously with Rabata. Now that I want to pursue a certification, will those count towards the certificate?
A: Yes, courses you have passed previously will be counted.
Q: Is there a maximum amount of classes that one can take per semester? Based upon previous student experiences, what has seen to be a manageable class amount?
A: There is no maximum number of courses per semester, although it is not advisable to enroll in more than three at once unless you intend to study full-time. We advise first time students to enroll in one or two courses, until they can adequately assess how many they will be able to take on at once.
Q: Are there services that help students create a "game plan" to succeed in classes?
A: Yes, students have the option to meet with an adviser to set a plan of study. To arrange an appoint, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Is it possible to transfer credits from outside Arabic sources towards the Arabic requirement?
A: You may complete an Arabic placement test to ascertain that you have reached the required level of Arabic to earn the certification. However, we highly suggest you ensure the program you choose is geared towards liturgical Arabic and will help you access sacred texts in formal Arabic in addition to conversational Arabic.
Q: Are there any scholarship options for students who are trying to take more than 3 classes a semester?
A: A student may apply for up to two scholarships per term. Course completion of previous courses will be taken into consideration upon application.
Q: If I already know tajwid, can I waive this part of the requirements?
A: Students may complete an assessment with one of our tajwid instructors. Based on that, you will receive a recommendation on the best course for your level inshallah.
To arrange an appointment, kindly email email@example.com with your name, Skype ID, and a brief summary of your background in Quran studies. We will be in touch with you as soon as possible inshallah.
Q: I have studied/am planning to study fiqh on another madhhab. Will that cover the requirement for fiqh?
A: Ribaat focuses on Shafi'i fiqh and it is a requirement to complete the program. You may also, of course, study fiqh on other madhhabs and inshallah this will only increase your knowledge and ability to help others.
Q: Are Ribaat certifications accredited in my state?
A: As a traditional form of scholarship, Ribaat certifications are not accredited by an external accrediting body.
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