Undergraduate Courses

A person acquiring this qualification will be able to manage first line managers in an organisational entity. First line managers may include team leaders, supervisors, junior managers, section heads and foremen. The focus of this qualification is to enable learners to develop competence in a range of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values including:

  • Initiating, developing, implementing and evaluating operational strategies, projects and action plans, and where appropriate, recommending change within teams and/or the unit so as to improve the effectiveness of the unit.
  • Monitoring and measuring performance and applying continuous or innovative improvement interventions in the unit in order to attain its desired outcomes, including customer satisfaction, and thereby contributing towards the achievement of the objectives and vision of the entity.
  • Leading a team of first line managers, by capitalising on the talents of team members and promoting synergistic interaction between individuals and teams, to enhance individual, team and unit effectiveness in order to achieve the goals of the entity.
  • Building relationships using communication processes both vertically and horizontally within the unit, with superiors and with stakeholders across the value chain to ensure the achievement of intended outcomes.
  • Applying the principles of risk, financial and knowledge management and business ethics within internal and external regulatory frameworks in order to ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of the unit.
  • Enhancing the development of teams and team members through facilitating the acquisition of skills, coaching, providing career direction, and capitalising on diversity in the unit.

The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this qualification are essential for the creation of a talent pool of experienced and effective middle managers that represents the demographics of the South African society. This qualification will create a leadership cadre for the South African society throughout multiple industries and sectors both private and public.

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Quality assurance is becoming increasingly vital in ensuring that quality is maintained at every level of industry. Quality management constitutes the management of essential quality assurance processes and services which can be rendered in a variety of contexts, mainly production, manufacturing and services.

This Qualification is intended to develop the appropriate skills and knowledge required by a person who wishes to pursue a career as a Quality Manager. The function of such a person is to assist the Quality Specialist in the performance of those tasks and activities that would lead to the effective maintenance and improvement of a service delivery, manufacturing, production or construction processes.

Recipients of this qualification will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of a quality management system.
  • Enhance a quality management system.
  • Implement and control a quality management system.

This Qualification is the second step in a learning pathway that underpins a career in the Labour Relations arena. A large number of the competencies developed in the Qualification are rooted in actual workplace practice and should lead to greater productivity resulting from the improved performance by the learner, due to the integration of the knowledge mastered with workplace practice.

Many different roles and careers are linked to and affected by this Qualification. They include but are not limited to:

  • HR officers
  • Case Management Officers – Bargaining Councils
  • Department of Labour Advice officers
  • Labour brokers
  • Union officials, particularly organisers
  • CCMA case management officials
  • Public and/or private agents providing labour law advice
  • IR administrators
  • Dispute Resolution Call Centre Agents

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This qualification is on a learning pathway that underpins a career in the Labour Relations arena. A large number of the competencies developed in the qualification are rooted in actual workplace practice and should lead to greater productivity resulting from the improved performance by the learner through the integration of knowledge and workplace practice.

The Qualification includes but is not limited to:

  • HR practitioners.
  • Senior managers in the Bargaining Councils.
  • Department of Labour officers.
  • Labour brokers.
  • Arbitration facilitators.
  • Union officials.
  • (CCMA) Panellists and Commissioners.
  • Public and/or private agents providing labour law advice.
  • Industrial Relations consultants.
  • Dispute Resolution managers.

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Fundamental Courses

The purpose of the Qualification is to develop the appropriate skills and knowledge required by a person for the establishment and development of a small to medium business venture, and address the economic, administrative and behavioural (psycho-social) barriers that contribute to success in starting and sustaining the venture.

This qualification is intended for persons who wish to start, operate, manage and grow a new small to medium business venture. Learners attempting this qualification will be equipped with a variety of technical, business managerial and personal skills and strategies to help them succeed in the creation and sustenance of a business. The successful learner will develop a sound foundation for the application of these skills and knowledge to explore a diverse range of entrepreneurial opportunities.

Recipients of this qualification will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to identify and create a new venture.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of interpersonal skills required in a business environment.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic economics within an market economy.
  • Manage a new venture by applying business principles and techniques.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of leadership and management.

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This qualification is intended for junior managers of small organisations, junior managers of business units in medium and large organisations, or those aspiring to these positions. Junior managers include team leaders, supervisors, foremen and section heads.

The focus of this qualification has been designed to enable learners to be competent in a range of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values including:

  • Gathering and analysing information.
  • Analysing events that impact on a business and its competitive environment.
  • Complying with organisational standards.
  • Motivating an individual or team.
  • Negotiating in a work situation.
  • Understanding the role of business strategy as it applies to junior management.
  • Managing the budget within a specific area of responsibility.
  • Applying management principles and practices within a specific area of responsibility.
  • Managing work unit performance to achieve goals.
  • Behaving ethically and promoting ethical behaviour in a work situation.
  • Demonstrating understanding of the consequences in a work unit of HIV/AIDS.

    The learners who achieve this qualification will be able to demonstrate competencies in management relating to Planning, Organising, Leading, Controlling and Ethics. Overall, this qualification will ensure that learners are capable of:

  • Developing plans to achieve defined objectives.
  • Organising resources in accordance with a developed plan.
  • Leading a team to work co-operatively to achieve objectives.
  • Monitoring performance to ensure compliance to a plan.
  • Making decisions based on a code of ethics.

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Elementary Courses

This General Education and Training Certificate: Business Practice is for utilisation by all members of the population. Anyone preparing to become employed, or self-employed, in any business whatsoever would be the persons most likely to be attracted to this qualification. In fact many newly (or not-so-newly) appointed personnel, or struggling entrepreneurs, could benefit from part or all of this qualification. It seeks to embed the six key literacies required by business organisations: Numeracy, Literacy, Entrepreneurial, Financial, Technological and Cognitive.

The GETC: Business Practice integrates the literacies into one qualification while also allowing each to be addressed separately in short courses and skills programmes, based on the constituent unit standards.

Furthermore, this Certificate allows a seamless movement into the New Venture Creation learning way, thus providing bridging between South Africa’s First and second Economies.

The Fundamental Component of the qualification enables learners to communicate and work with figures in a business environment, while the Core component offers empowerment in the areas of technology, life orientation, human and social sciences (customer service), economics and management (entrepreneurship), as well as cognition theory and practice. The qualification is aimed particularly at entry level personnel, including those that operate their own business or are part owners in a business. It provides grounding in the key business essentials, while offering a range of elective choices which assist in preparing learners for the world of work.

The GETC would also suit non-entrepreneurs as it offers all the grounding required for operating in the business environment in South Africa.

The learner successfully completing this qualification will have gained the knowledge and ability to:

  • Use fundamental skills in a business environment.
  • Make appropriate use of Information and Communications Technology in an office setting.
  • Incorporate a range of life skills in an employment or self-employment situation.┬ábusiness attitudes.
  • The learner will also develop some entrepreneurial and business knowledge coupled with correct business attitudes.

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The purpose of the NQF level 2 New Venture Creation qualification is to provide a qualification that can form the basis for structured programmes for potential and existing entrepreneurs to capitalise on opportunities to start and grow sustainable businesses that form part of the mainstream economy, enabling the learners to tender for business opportunities within both the public and private sectors. This qualification is designed for learners who intend to set up or have already set up own ventures. Assessment of the competencies and knowledge in the qualification needs to be done in the context of the learner’s own new venture.

Research has indicated that people working with their own new ventures at this level need the following competencies:

  • Acquisition of an entrepreneurial profile which includes an innovation orientation
  • An understanding of the industry/sector in which they wish to establish a new venture
  • An ability to match new venture opportunities to market needs within a chosen industry/sector
  • An ability to determine and manage the financial requirements of a new venture
  • An ability to match new venture opportunities to market needs
  • An ability to compile and utilise a business plan to manage a new venture and also where relevant, to seek funding for a new venture

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The purpose of the qualification is to build the knowledge and skills required by employees in junior management who have had schooling below NQF level 3. It is intended to empower learners to acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required to operate confidently as junior managers in the South African community and to respond to the challenges of the economic environment and changing world of work.

As a qualification that covers management, it provides a framework for learners to develop competencies that will enable them to become competent junior managers. It introduces some theoretical concepts, requires the application of a limited base of knowledge and requires a well-developed range of skills that will enable learners to be informed workers in their chosen industry. It provides a balanced learning experience that allows flexible access to further education, life long learning, higher education and to productive employment in a range of occupational contexts. It provides an opportunity for learners to learn and apply academic skills in relation to management and will provide them with skills to adapt to changes in work procedures and processes in business and industry.

The National Certificate in Management: Level 3 is intended for personnel already employed and other learners who intend to follow a career in management. The unit standards classified as core may be added to other industry qualifications to provide a management focus and align qualifications to the work done by learners. Practical competence is within a number of contexts some of which may be non-routine. The focus is on comparison, choice, interpretation and application of knowledge.

Qualifying learners are capable of:

  • Carrying out simple research tasks.
  • Interpreting current affairs related to a specific business sector.
  • Recognising the effect of HIV/AIDS on the specific workplace, business sub-sector and own organisation.
  • Applying knowledge of self and team to enhance team performance.
  • Maintaining records.
  • Managing time and the work process.
  • Explaining the structure of an organisation.
  • Conducting a formal meeting.
  • Inducting a new member of a team.
  • Motivating a team.
  • Describing the management function of an organisation.

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