About this qualification

The Higher Certificate in Human Resources (HR) Management will equip prospective and current HR practitioners with the knowledge and skills needed for efficient personnel management and development in any modern organisation.

The curriculum is aligned with SABPP HR Standards and covers the various sub-disciplines of HR such as business management, employee wellness, organisational development, change management and leadership. Students are afforded the unique opportunity to blend theory with practice, providing practical skills in the human resources field that can be utilised in the HR profession, in almost every industry and sector.

Programme summary
  • 7 credit-bearing modules

  • Part-time or full-time study options

  • 10 – 20 hours/week

  • Lecture-supported online learning

Higher Certificate in Human Resources Management

MODE:

Fully Online

NQF LEVEL:

5

SAQA ID:

90760

CREDITS:

120

DURATION:

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Pay as little as R820.33* / monthly

Flexible payment options available

 

Programme syllabus

The HR Management qualification contains 7 credit-bearing modules with an integrated, up-to-date curriculum developed by industry experts. The programme combines core HR legislation, management principles and practices, leadership theories, wellness and health approaches, plus change and development methodologies to equip students to effectively manage the people element of a business in any industry.

Kickstart your studies with an introduction to higher education, covering topics such as the essential elements for student success, study methods to best suit your learning style and practical approaches to academic reading and writing methodologies.

Grow your knowledge of people management through the focused presentation of HR activities surrounding the employee life cycle and the related legislation governing the South African employment environment.
Explore the business environment, the management function, and the managerial tasks of planning, organising, leading, motivating and controlling, whilst building an understanding of entrepreneurship and the value chain.
Combined with learnings in the Business Management module, gain practical skills in understanding self, others, and the difference between leadership and management.
Be equipped to manage organisational change and development through focused learning of best practices when navigating the challenges and opportunities in an ever-changing business landscape.

Master organisational health and wellness policy creation, including conducting assessments and implementing interventions to best support employees and organisations in dealing with wellness and occupational health-related issues.

Combine learnings from across this programme as you prepare to manage the HR function of a business. Integrate legislation, management, leadership, change and development, and health and wellness-related skills to successfully execute and support a case-study business through the employee life cycle.
  • Module 1: Academic Literacy  |  Credits: 10
  • Module 2: Human Resource Management  |  Credits: 20

  • Module 3: Business Management | Credits: 20
  • Module 4: Principles of Leadership  |  Credits: 14
  • Module 5: Organisational Development and Change Management  |  Credits: 18

  • Module 6: Organisational Health and Wellness  |  Credits: 18

  • Module 7: Human Resource Integrated Case Study  |  Credits: 20

  • Total Credits: 120 | NQF Level: 5
 

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More about this qualification

Upon successful completion of this programme you should be able to:

  1. Explain the role of human resources in a business or organisational context.
  2. Explain the variety of foundational components of human resource management.
  3. Apply a range of human resource management principles, techniques and functions to various work-related scenarios.
  4. Explain the processes associated with organisational development and change management, as a human resource function.
  5. Examine the role of leadership and motivation principles, as a key component of people management for organisational success.
  6. Identify key aspects of organisational health and wellness which affect employee wellbeing.
  7. Apply various critical thinking and literacy skills in an academic context.
  • During this programme you will complete various types of assessments, namely formative and summative assessments.
  • Each module contains a minimum of two formative assessments which combine to contribute 30% towards your final mark, and one summative assessment which contributes 70% towards your final mark.
  • Assessments within this programme are aimed towards the practical demonstration of skills acquired during the course of the semester.

A lecturer is assigned to each module in this programme. As the mode of delivery is distance education, all instruction will take place via our Virtual Campus online learning platform. Your module lecturer will provide a teaching and learning plan for the duration of the module. Students are required to adhere to this schedule to ensure you don’t miss out on any opportunities to learn.

All learning content will be made available on the Virtual Campus learning platform. Lecturers will also host regular online live classes to discuss module content and prepare for assessments. The content covered in each class will be in line with the module schedule and weekly activities.

Between classes you can engage with lecturers should you require additional support.

The following learning activities form part of your overall learning path:

  • Self-directed reading and activity completion
  • Multimedia activities such as lecture video clips and podcasts
  • Completion of quizzes and continuous assessment opportunities on the Virtual Campus
  • Self-reflections
  • Case studies
  • Online/Live classes using Microsoft Teams
  • Assessment activities and compulsory submission of formative and summative assessments per module

Is this qualification right for me?

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 who want to understand the complexities of Industrial relations and HR-related matters

This programme is grounded in sound curriculum design and teaching and learning principles, which place the student at the forefront of the teaching and learning experience, to ensure maximum value.

Graduates of this programme will be able to understand and apply sound HR practices in any industry or position related to managing people, processes, change and development and health and wellness outputs.

After an extensive industry review, the programme content and assessment strategy allow for constant practice and preparation and are aligned to the job role competencies required of a HR professional.

Upon successful completion of this qualification, students can pursue exciting career paths such as:

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

Programme Admissions

Academic requirements:

  • 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
  • Candidates of a mature age may also be considered for entry, based on their experience in a managerial/supervisory capacity.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): Candidates may apply for admission through the process of RPL

Any of the following completed iQ Academy Short Course programmes:

  • Occupational Health and Safety Management
  • Fundamentals of Human Resource Management
  • Organisational Health and Wellness
  • Introduction to Business Management
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Institutional requirements: 

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Ability to read and write in English, which is the language of instruction
  • Students should also possess a basic level of digital literacy skills
  • If candidates do not meet the minimum requirement, they may still enrol based on relevant work experience or mature age exemption

South African citizens:

  • Certified copy of Grade 12 certificate [NSC, NC, NCV (NQF Level 4)]
  • Certified copy of Identity Document/Card
  • Students without Grade 12 are required to prove 12 months of relevant appointment

Non-South African citizens:

  • Copy of highest school qualification
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of study permit and copy of SAQA evaluation

At iQ Academy, we offer all our programmes exclusively through online learning. Students must have regular access to a device and a stable internet connection, whether via a mobile device or any other means.

Don’t worry about course materials, as they are all available online and can be downloaded to your smartphone, PC or tablet for offline use. We do not provide printed textbooks. If you prefer printed materials, you can easily download and print them yourself.

Our teaching and learning activities occur 100% online so you can participate in online classes and learning activities. If you require more information, please feel free to enquire now.

  • A PC, Tablet or Smartphone
  • Access to a reliable internet connection
  • An active email account
  • At least 1GB of data per month
 

Programme Semester Dates

Our Higher Certificates have 2 intake periods per academic year, Semester 1 and Semester 2. To secure your spot, in either semester, all you need to do is successfully complete the application process and register by the deadline. View the available dates below or enquire now for more info.
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Next intake: 4 March 2024

Register by 29 February 2024

 
 

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Our course fees are all-inclusive, there are no hidden costs. Get access to feature-rich learning and exclusive student benefits.

Total course fee

R24,610

  • All-inclusive with Graduation
  • Choose how you pay: Upfront or in monthly instalments

Monthly instalments

Pay as little as R820.33* / monthly

  • Interest free payment plans

  • Terms and deposit subject to affordability

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Frequently asked questions

iQ Academy offers programmes registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) and Council on Higher Education (CHE). These are credit-bearing programmes aligned to the National Qualifications Framework. The type of qualifications we offer are: Higher Certificate Programmes: NQF Level 5 | 120 Credits

Yes, all qualifications are registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).  You can find the SAQA ID listed on our website for each of the qualifications we offer. You can also search for a qualification on SAQA at: https://pcqs.saqa.org.za/search.php?cat=qual

iQ Academy is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a Private Higher Education Institution (PHEI) under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Learn more about our accreditations.

An iQ Academy Higher Certificate Programme is an industry-ready qualification that is offered through the convenience of online distance learning. All Higher Certificate courses are on NQF level 5 and are registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) and Council on Higher Education (CHE).

Our qualifications are lecture-supported. The mode of delivery for our qualifications is distance learning, and all instruction takes place via the Virtual Campus, our online student platform. Your lecturer will provide a teaching and learning plan for the duration of the module, at the start of the semester.

Students are required to adhere to these schedules. Lecturers will also host regular live online classes. The content covered in each class will be in line with the module schedule and weekly activities.

Between classes you can engage with your lecturer directly should you need additional assistance.

The following learning activities form part of your overall learning path:

  • Self-directed reading and activity completion
  • Multimedia activities such as lecture video clips and podcasts
  • Completion of quizzes and continuous assessment opportunities on the Virtual Campus
  • Self-reflections
  • Case studies
  • Online/Live classes using Microsoft Teams
  • Assessment activities and compulsory submission of formative and summative assessments per module