General Education and Training Certificate: Business Practice

Qual ID: 61755

NQF Level: 1

Minimum Credits: 121

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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.

The learner will also develop some entrepreneurial and business knowledge coupled with correct business attitudes.

The South African economy is characterised as having two inter-related parts, usually referred to as the First Economy and the Second Economy, each having the features their respective names imply. This qualification is intended to offer a bridging between those two economies, allowing individuals normally trapped in the Second Economy the opportunity to participate in and benefit from the First Economy.

Furthermore, in the modern world literacy has many features, not just reading and writing. Examples of these are computer literacy and financial literacy. In addition, entrepreneurship offers part of the solution to the huge unemployment issue in the country, while at the same time being able to act as the vehicle for the variety of literacies referred to above.

This GETC in Business Practice will act as an enabler to development by addressing all three of these issues. The Certificate is intended as an entry-level qualification in any industry, as it provides an introduction to business practice. It would be useful for those in, or seeking employment as well as those in or planning self-employment.

Competent learners will be able to enter the work place in most sectors and be able to do the entry-level work required of them. Learners would have developed initiative and business skills as well, as entrepreneurial skills which they can apply in a company or which would assist them to establish their own small businesses. This is critical to support the economic growth required to enable our country to support and develop all of our people.

Currently no qualification provides this grounding in business practice, while incorporating strong elements of business communication and mathematical literacy. This new qualification, thus, would fill a critical gap in the induction or initiation of new workers and new entrepreneurs.

The GETC: Business Practice also aims to develop the cognitive abilities of learners thereby assisting them with problem solving and decision making.

The skills, knowledge, attitudes and abilities which would be developed by this qualification are transferable to any sector of the economy. 

In order to enrol for this qualification you will be required to meet the entry level requirements as set out below.

It is assumed that the learner attempting this qualification is competent in:

  • Communication at ABET Level 3.
  • Mathematical Literacy at ABET Level 3.

Exit Level Outcomes

Once you have completed this qualification you will be able to:

1. Use fundamental skills in a business environment.
2. Make appropriate use of Information and Communications Technology in an office setting.
3. Understand and apply entrepreneurial and business knowledge and attitude.
4. Incorporate life skills in an employment or self-employment situation.

Qualification Rules

This qualification is made up of Fundamental, Core and Elective unit standards and a minimum of 121 credits is required to complete the qualification.

Fundamental Component:

All unit standards totalling 42 credits are compulsory.

Core Component

The Core Component consists of unit standard totalling:

  • 20 credits in Economics and Management.
  • 14 credits in Technology.
  • 11 credits in Life orientation.
  • 6 credits in Human and Social Sciences.

All unit standards totalling 51 credits are compulsory.

Elective Component:

  • Learners are required to select unit standards totalling a minimum of 28 credits.

Core Courses

The following courses must be completed in order to complete the qualification:

Fundamental Business Skills

  1. Basic Types of Business and their Legal Implications (4 Credits)
  2. Nature of Business, Stakeholders and Business Profitability (3 Credits)
  3. Basic Accounting Practice (4 Credits)
  4. Impact of Customer Service (6 Credits)
  5. Basic Marketing (2 Credits)

Life Orientation

  1. Personal Health and Grooming (4 Credits)
  2. Personal Values and Ethics (4 Credits)
  3. Basic Time Management (3 Credits)
  4. Interpret and Implement Instructions (8 Credits)
  5. Analytical Perception (8 Credits)
  6. Personal Planning and Goal Setting (8 Credits)
  7. Managing Personal Finances (8 Credits)
  8. Basic Health and Safety Awareness (2 Credits)
  9. HIV/Aids Awareness (5 Credits)

Basic Computer Skills

  1. Basic Use of Computers (10 Credits)
  2. Basic Typing Skills (4 Credits)
  3. Using MS PowerPoint (8 Credits)
  4. Using MS Word (9 Credits)
  5. Using MS Outlook (4 Credits)
  6. Using Information Communication Technology (3 Credits)
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  1. Basic Introduction to Entrepreneurship (2 Credits)
  2. Basic Identification of Business Opportunities (3 Credits)
  3. General Business Planning (7 Credits)
  4. The Basics of Running and Starting a Business (3 Credits)

Fundamental Courses

The following courses must be completed in order to complete the qualification:

  1. Mathematical Literacy (20 Credits)
  2. Communication Literacy (23 Credits)

To enrol for this qualification you will be required to complete a registration form which you can access by clicking on the Online Registration Button or you may download the enrolment form, by clicking the Download Registration Button. Please complete the form and submit or email it to together with the supporting documents requested. 

Should you wish to register for any of the courses listed under the courses tab, you may do so via our online learning portal and you will be able to register and pay for the course either via EFT or using your Debit or Credit Card.

Click on the course name of your choice under the Courses Tab. By clicking on the course name you will be directly to the online course enrolment, where you will be able to access and complete the course online.

To complete this qualification or any of the courses listed under this qualification you will be required to complete a Portfolio of Evidence for each course. 

The Portfolio of Evidence will consist of the following sections:

  1. Portfolio of Evidence Guide – Completed and Signed by Learner
  2. Personal Information – Containing documents such as a Certified Copy of ID and Certificates as well as your recent updated CV.
  3. Formative Assessment – This will consists of activities that you have completed during the period of your study. 
  4. Summative Assessment – This assessment will consist of a final assessment once you have completed a course and will consist of the following sections:
  • Knowledge Questions
  • Practical Questions
  • Practical Assignment
  • Peer Evaluation

In order to complete the full qualification you will also be required to submit a Logbook provided to you as well as complete a written exam. The exam will be available online at a designated date and time, or will be completed in person at any of our designated campuses.