Higher Certificate in Human Resource Management2022-03-28T09:10:15+02:00

Project Description

Higher Certificate in Human Resource Management

This qualification will equip prospective and current Human Resource (HR) practitioners with the knowledge and skills needed for efficient personnel management and development in any modern organisation. The programme curriculum is aligned to the SABPP HR Standards and covers general management principles and practices, organisational development, employee wellness and more.

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Course curriculm

This programme contains 7 credit-bearing modules including an Academic Literacy module aimed at equipping students with the important skills needed to successfully study online while exploring various other topics that aim to prepare students for academic success.

  • Module 1: Academic Literacy (10 Credits)
  • Module 2: Human Resource Management (20 Credits)
  • Module 3: Business Management (20 Credits)
  • Module 4: Principles of Leadership (14 Credits)
  • Module 5: Organisational Development and Change Management (18 Credits)
  • Module 6: Organisational Health and Wellness (18 Credits)
  • Module 7: Human Resource Integrated Case Study (20 Credits)

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will earn an NQF level 5 qualification. With this qualification, you can pursue exciting career directions such as:

  • Junior Human Resource Manager
  • Human Resource Administrator
  • Change Management Administrator
  • Employee Wellness Administrator/Practitioner
  • Junior Office Manager
  • Small Business Owner

Course summary

  • Certificate type:
    NQF Level 5 Higher Certificate | 120 Credits
  • SAQA ID:

  • Course Duration:
    24 months part-time
  • Study method:
    Internet supported

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Step 1: Enquire

  • Complete website contact form
  • Speak to Enrolment Consultant
  • Complete application

Step 2: Register

  • Submit documentation
  • Pay your fees

  • Recieve your student number

Step 3: Start

  • Access iCan (Student portal)
  • Complete orientation week

  • Engage with your lecturer

When can I start?

Higher Certificates have 2 Semesters per academic year. Applications for the 2nd Semester of 2022 are now open –  secure your spot before it’s too late!

  • Next semester starts: 18 July 2022
  • Registration deadline: 01 July 2022


  • Distance learning with textbooks and a strong internet-dependent component
  • Teaching and learning support from specialised lecturers
  • Study packs are couriered which contain study and programme guides
  • This programme has a fixed schedule and students are required to adhere to the study plans
  • Access to iCan, our student portal, for compulsory online learning activities

To gain access to this programme, candidates must have one of the following qualifications:

  • National Senior Certificate (NSC), or Senior Certificate (NC), or National Certificate Vocational (NCV level 4)
  • At least 30% in the language of teaching and learning;
  • Matric exemption certificate optional

Supporting documents include a certified copy of ID document and Grade 12 certificate [NSC, NC, NCV (NQF level 4)] *Foreign learners are required to obtain a SAQA equivalent of your qualification and a study/work permit.

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Ability to read and write in English, which is the language of instruction
  • A basic level of digital literacy skills
  • If you do not meet the minimum requirement, you may still enrol on the basis of relevant work experience or mature age exemption
  • Laptop, PC, Tablet or Smartphone
  • Access to a reliable internet connection
  • An email address
  • Web browser (Chrome or Firefox)
  • +/- 500 MB of data per month to partake in online learning activities

Course fees

At iQ Academy we understand that education is an investment and that’s why we offer flexible payment options to suit most working individuals. You can pay your fees in various monthly instalment plans or in full on enrolment.

Full course fee

  • Pay the course fee upon enrolment as a once of cost.
  • Year 1: R11,648 / Year 2: R12,480

Monthly instalments from

  • Instalment terms from: 6 – 24 months
  • Deposit subject to affordability
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What do your course fees include?

All your learning material is included in the course fee, whether you pay in instalments or upfront. There are no hidden costs, the only additional fees that may be charged are remarking or repeat registrations.

Your lecturer provides all the academic support you need to successfully complete your course.

Enjoy a learning plan that maps out your study schedule each week, and includes live Microsoft Teams sessions with your lecturer and fellow students.

Your online student portal to master your studies, connect with your lecturer and fellow students.

Get access to our wide range of DO Life online micro-courses and grow your everyday life skills on the go.


Hear what our students have to say

“Making it possible for everyone to study”

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

“You will never regret it”

Challenging as it was but 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

“This is so easy to do”

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!

Vesnant Singo

“Education paves the way to success”

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

Roxanne Naidoo


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Higher Certificate in HR Management: FAQ’s

Organisations require reliable indicators that a person is competent to apply the main concepts and practices of HR and management theory. This qualification will indicate to organisations that a student has developed the required knowledge of the main areas of HR, including an understanding of key terms, concepts, facts, principles, rules, and theories.

A wide range of subjects allows students to combine theory and practice supporting the development of applicable knowledge and skills in the field. With this integrated skillset, students will be equipped to ensure efficient personnel management and development in any modern organisation.

This Higher Certificate in HR Management will suit a range of individuals wanting to enter the field of human resource management or pursue a qualification, including:

  • Grade 12 school leavers who are unable to enter a diploma or degree programme
  • Employees wanting to equip themselves with an understanding of labour rights
  • Employers and managers wanting to equip themselves with an understanding of HR best practices
  • Individuals wanting to enter the HR profession
  • Trade Union representatives who want to gain introductory knowledge on the various complexities of Industrial relations and HR related matters
  • Individuals employed in the social work or psychology profession, wanting to understand the complexities of Industrial relations and HR related matters

After completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Explain the role of human resources in a business or organisational context.
  • Explain the variety of foundational components of human resource management.
  • Apply a range of human resource management principles, techniques, and functions to various work-related scenarios.
  • Explain the processes associated with organisational development and change management, as a human resource function.
  • Examine the role of leadership and motivation principles, as a key component of people management for organisational success.
  • Identify key aspects of organisational health and wellness which affect employee wellbeing.
  • Module 1: Academic Literacy 
    This module is designed to equip students with the required academic knowledge and skills for successful completion of their programme online. The module explores various strategies and techniques for studying effectively, problem-solving and logic, building effective reading and academic writing skills, as well as preparing students for assessment throughout their studies.
  • Module 2: Human Resource Management
    Topics covered include traditional functions and the new role of HR Management, South African labour regulations and its application in the workplace, contemporary approaches to training, development, and learning, as well as strategic leadership and people management.
  • Module 3: Business Management
    You will be introduced to the fundamentals of business management and gain insight into business operations and general management functions, including planning, leading, organising, motivating, and control within any organisation. You will also explore entrepreneurship and discover the importance of a business plan.
  • Module 4: Principles of Leadership
    Learn the concepts and theories of knowledge of self, others and groups, communication, motivation, and core leadership principles. You will gain the leadership skills needed to effectively manage yourself and others.
  • Module 5: Organisational Development and Change Management
    Build an understanding of how planned, systematic change can improve an organisation’s effectiveness and efficiency. Key areas covered include organisational development and the change management process, organisational development as a system and its impact on people
  • Module 6: Organisational Health and Wellness
    Gain an integrated perspective on employee wellness and the role it plays to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Topics covered include the elements of a wellness programme, the link between strategy and employee wellness, how to develop an employee wellness programme, wellness and stress, wellness and HIV/AIDS, wellness and substance abuse, and finally, wellness and occupational disease.
  • Module 7: Human Resource Integrated Case Study
    In this module, the student is exposed to practical examples of an employee’s journey through his/her working career. Various elements from other modules in the full learning programme will also be integrated. The module has a solid Work Integrated Learning (WIL) component through an integrated case study. The case study approach adopted in this module means that students will work on HR related deliverables throughout the module. Thus, providing students with opportunities to exercise their skills in HR before completing the programme.

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