As a result of the vision and directive of the late Archbishop Anthony Pantin in 1996, CREDI was legally established through an Act of Parliament in 1997 (Act # 41 of 1997). However, the institution was never activated until after a Roman Catholic Synod in 2005, where recommendations were again articulated highlighting the need for this type of institution. The Most Reverend Edward Gilbert, then Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Port of Spain, requested that CREDI be reactivated and made fully operational according to its original mandates. In October 2007, under the guidance of then Monsignor Charles Jason Gordon, Vicar of Administration, for the Archdiocese of Port of Spain, CREDI established its offices in Belmont and opened its doors in 2007 as a tertiary education institution.
It was registered by the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT) as a provider of tertiary education as of July 11, 2008, was re-registered in July 2010, 2013 and 2016 for a period of three (3) years, thereby successfully achieving continued registration to 2019.
At present, CREDI offers indigenous academic programmes:
- Certificate, Diploma and Associate Degree in Residential Care (Children and Youth)
- Diploma in Pastoral Ministry – Caribbean Liturgical Music Studies
- Associate Degree in Pastoral Ministry – Bible Study
- Bachelor of Education in the following specialisations: Educational Leadership; Special Education; Early Childhood Care and Education; Guidance and Counselling; and Music Education.
CREDI has also partnered with Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and University of Dayton, Ohio to offer a Master’s degree in Educational Studies and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership respectively.
While CREDI’s initial focus was on the education of teachers, Theology students, and students of Social Justice, it has expanded its ambit to reach professionals in other areas. Alongside its approved academic programmes, CREDI offers short courses, workshops and conferences designed to aid in fostering values and character formation amongst those who face ethical conflicts daily through the very nature of their roles and whose influence can positively impact areas in desperate need of social reform.
In 2013, CREDI began offering programmes to address contemporary issues such as youth trauma, understanding suicide intervention, ethics in governmental corporations and the health and safety of children, with successful participation of over three (300) persons. Attendees included psychologists, prison officers, guidance officers, social workers, school principals and government personnel.
For more information, please visit CREDI’s website www.credi.edu.tt.