Higher Certificate in Human Resource Management2021-09-29T14:49:36+02:00

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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 1st Semester of 2022 are now open –  secure your spot before it’s too late!

  • Next intake starts: 21 February 2022
  • Registration deadline: 01 February 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

The 2022 semester one and two intake schedule is as follows:

  • Semester one:
    Registration deadline (payment and documentation submission) : 01 February 2022
    Orientation week: 14-18 February 2022
    Classes commence: 21 February 2022
  • Semester two:
    Semester two dates for 2022 will be released shortly.

iQ Academy reserves the right to make any changes to intake dates if required. Should there be any changes updates will be communicated via our Website and iCan, our student portal.


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: 6,12 or 15 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.


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Frequently asked questions about distance learning qualifications

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).

Yes, the qualification is registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) with the following SAQA numbers:

  • Higher Certificate in Business Management: SAQA ID 87026, NQF Level 5 (120 credits)
  • Higher Certificate in HR Management: SAQA ID 90760, NQF Level 5 (120 credits)
  • Higher Certificate in Local Governance: SAQA ID 117727 NQF Level 5 (120 Credits)

Yes, iQ Academy (Pty) Ltd Company Registration No. 2006/033114/07 is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training until 31 December 2021 as a Private Higher Education Institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997, Registration Certificate No 2112/HE07/001/. You can learn more about our accreditations.

A dedicated programme lecturer is available online to provide support and assistance. They can answer your questions via iCan messages or the discussion forums while technical and administrative support is provided by our student experience team.

Upon successful completion of all modules, students will receive a Higher Certificate which is an NQF level 5 qualification. The programme is accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE).

You will receive your qualification subject to successfully completing and passing all required modules, having settled any outstanding fees and submitted all required documentation. Certificates will be awarded at a formal graduation ceremony or delivered via courier.

Prospective graduates will be notified by the Office of the Registrar about the detailed arrangements pertaining to the ceremony, including date, venue, guests, academic dress, etc. The Institution reserves the right not to award a certificate should a student be in arrears or if a student has failed to submit required documentation.

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