Online short courses with certificates

Online short courses with certificates

Fast-track your career with industry-ready professional credentials. Courses for all levels of experience with specialised teaching and learning support.

Study while you work

No travel required.

Flexible and affordable

Payment plans available.

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Gain verifiable skills.

Study while you work

No travel required.

Flexible and affordable

Payment plans available.

Get certified

Gain verifiable skills.

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    Explore the principles, concepts and techniques that underlie the effective management of logistics and transportation in the supply chain.

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    Learn how to manage hazards and risks in the workplace with our specialist short course in Occupational Health and Safety Management.

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    This course focuses on the legislation that governs public administration and the role of public administration in government.

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    Gain the managerial, personal and operational skills needed to successfully run a tourism enterprise or manage a tourism destination.

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  • From VAT and trial balances to journals and inventory management, this bookkeeping course will teach you the essentials of bookkeeping for business.

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  • Gain a comprehensive introduction to the world of finance with this fundamental short course, perfect for those studying finance for the first time.

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  • Gain practical capabilities in Human Resource Management that can be applied to maximise performance and growth in any organisation.

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  • Explore the marketing mix, customer behaviour, market segmentation and how to identify a target market and position your brand.

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  • Understand the four phases of project management and learn how to scope, plan and close out any project successfully.

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  • Learn how to establish a competitive supply chain infrastructure and build effective operations and logistical processes.

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  • Explore the multi-faceted role of an HR Administrator and develop all the necessary capabilities you need for various entry-level HR positions.

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  • Acquire a versatile set of business skills that can be applied in almost any industry to strategically manage, lead, control, and plan.

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  • Explore the elements of information systems, the role of data, networks, system design, information security and ethics as well as future trends.

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  • public-forum-government-official-iq-academy

    This course focuses on the legislation that governs public administration and the role of public administration in government.

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  • Gain the managerial, personal and operational skills needed to successfully run a tourism enterprise or manage a tourism destination.

    View course
  • Explore the principles, concepts and techniques that underlie the effective management of logistics and transportation in the supply chain.

    View course
  • managing-workplace-hazards-and-risks

    Learn how to manage hazards and risks in the workplace with our specialist short course in Occupational Health and Safety Management.

    View course
  • Master the role of an office administrator with this short course. Learn how to plan, organise and lead the administrative function of any office.

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  • Understand how to identify and assess operational risk while learning how to implement a reliable risk management strategy.

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Earn a short course certificate and boost your career

  • Complete all units and assignments and receive a print certificate, when eligible, validated by iQ Academy. Highlight your new skills to any business, and confidently grow your career!

  • Learn from subject matter experts and build skills you can count on. 89% of iQ students agree that what they have learnt will significantly benefit their career development. (Student surveys)

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Benefits of studying a short course with iQ Academy

Specialised academic support

All courses are lecture-led, which means hands-on support at every step. Virtual live classes and weekly lesson plans are included for all of our courses.

Easy to manage study experience

Track your learning, access course material, connect with your lecturer and manage your student profile all via iCan, our online learning platform.

Free additional life-skills courses

Exclusive to iQ students, DO Life courses help you to grow essential everyday life skills on the go, for free. Shareable certificates of completion included!

Interest-free payment plans

We offer our students a wide range of affordable payment options that are convenient and adaptable to each student’s needs.

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Thanks iQ, for making it possible for everyone to study without feeling the financial pressure with your fee structures. The lectures are amazing. Looking forward to the future now…thank you!

Xolelwa Johanna Thuputlela

I am grateful to our facilitators who were with us throughout. I’d encourage everyone to take a course with iQ, you will never regret it. Thank you and keep up the good work!

Anna Ivy Masondo

It’s so much easier studying online, downloading all my study guides through my cell phone without a laptop. It’s a good experience for me. This is so easy to do!
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Vesnant Singo

I began my journey with iQ and never looked back. I was promoted from receptionist to admin manageress. I truly believe education paves the way to success.

Roxanne Naidoo

Thank you for the lessons, experience, support, opportunity to study at an affordable price, and most of all for adding value in my life.

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Need more information?

Check out these FAQ’s or head over to our FAQ page for more.

Our short course programmes are courses that can be completed over several weeks or months, depending on the course you enrol for. Short courses are designed to complement a working professionals lifestyle through flexible distance learning. Assessments are done through the submission of assignments, no exams are required.

Our curricula are developed by industry experts and are internally quality-assured and approved by our Academic Board. Our short courses are institutional programmes and are non-credit bearing. For more information on our institutional registration and accreditation status view our accreditations.

Short courses are typically non-credit-bearing programmes, affording students the opportunity to build their professional credentials without the higher cost and time associated with studying for a university degree or qualification.

There are no written examinations for this course. As part of your learning, you are encouraged to complete short quizzes throughout each module, which help you build and test knowledge. You will be required to complete and submit one summative assessment at the end of each module. To meet the requirement for this course, you will have to pass the final summative assessment for each module, before you can get certified.

Once you have completed your course, you will get an iQ Academy Short Course Certificate. Your certificate demonstrates that you have acquired industry-relevant skills which can enhance your promotional and employment opportunities. In order to qualify for a certificate you will need to:

  • Pass all your assignments
  • Pay up your student account
  • Email a certified copy of your ID document to: certificate@iqa.ac.za
  • Your certificate will be couriered to you at no extra cost provided you confirm your delivery address and it is accurate and up-to-date.

    All short courses are lecture-led. The mode of delivery is distance education and all instruction takes place on our student portal, iCan. Your course lecturer will prepare a teaching and learning plan for the duration of the course as well as lesson plans for each week. Students should work through the learning material independently, according to the course schedule in the iCan Calendar. Support is available for academic and technical-related queries on iCan.

    Your lecturer will also host regular online classes. The content covered will be in line with the course schedule and weekly lesson plan. Sticking to the schedules provided will ensure you don’t miss out on any opportunities to learn and ask questions. In between classes you can engage with your lecturer directly on iCan or you can discuss the learning content with other students in the discussion forums, which are set up per module for your convenience.

      Our short courses integrate interactive media with e-learning activities as well as traditional didactic components such as written notes. There are also opportunities for collaborative learning through discussion forums. The following learning activities form part of the overall learning path:

      • Reading activities
      • Multimedia activities such as video clips and podcasts
      • Online announcements of activities and assignment submission
      • Discussion forums
      • Self-reflection
      • Case studies
      • Live online lectures
      • Assessment activities & compulsory submission of formative and summative assessments per module

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