Higher Certificate in Local Governance2022-03-30T07:15:11+02:00

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Higher Certificate in Local Governance

The programme has been designed to prepare students with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue managerial positions within Local Government. The curriculum is industry-relevant for South African and African markets and is aimed at developing critical skills and knowledge to meet the scarce-skill government environment.

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Course curriculm

This qualification contains 8 credit-bearing modules and follows a teaching and learning plan. Students will also have access to an expert Programme Lecturer during their studies. Upon completion of this programme, students will be equipped with the expertise to make complex decisions and solve problems that face our Local Government today.

  • Module 1: Academic Literacy. Credits: 10
  • Module 2: Local Governance in Context. Credits: 20
  • Module 3: Municipal Service Delivery. Credits: 15
  • Module 4: Local Democracy and Urban Planning. Credits: 15
  • Module 5: Good Corporate and Financial Governance. Credits: 15
  • Module 6: Trends in Urban Governance. Credits: 15
  • Module 7: Local Government Policy Making and Analysis. Credits: 15
  • Module 8: Leadership and Local Governance. Credits: 15

This qualification will empower students with the relevant skills and knowledge to grow their career in Government, potential roles include:

  • Local Government Officials
  • Managers in Government Departments
  • Advisors in Government Departments

Course summary

  • Certificate type:
    NQF Level 5 Higher Certificate | 120 Credits
  • SAQA ID:
    117727

  • Course Duration:
    24 months part-time
  • Study method:
    Fully online

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Enrolments

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
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Admissions

The mode of instruction for the programme is fully online and all course material is delivered through our data-lite, student portal iCan, which can be accessed from any internet-connected device.

  • Fully online mobile-friendly learning
  • Master your studies via our cutting-edge student portal, iCan
  • Access to an integrated programme calendar on iCan with your teaching and learning plan as well assignment due dates

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

  • National Senior Certificate with at least 30% in the language of teaching and learning; OR
  • A Senior Certificate with at least 30% in the language of teaching and learning; OR
  • A National Certificate Vocational (NCV) (Level 4) with at least 30% in the language of teaching and learning

*Supporting documents include a certified copy of ID Document/Card and Grade 12 certificate [NSC, NC, NCV (NQF level 4)]. Students without Grade 12 are required to prove 12 months of relevant working experience.

*Foreign learners are required to provide a copy of their highest school qualification, passport, study permit and SAQA evaluation.

*If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you may still enrol on the basis of relevant work experience or mature age exemption through the process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

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

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

R25,66500
  • Pay the course fee upon enrolment as a once of cost.
  • Year 1: R12,185 / Year 2: R13,480

Monthly instalments from

R67694p/m
  • Instalment terms range from 6 – 24 months.
  • Terms and 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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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 Local Governance: FAQ’s

The Higher Certificate in Local Governance provides students with an industry-relevant curriculum for both the South African and African markets and is aimed at developing critical skills and knowledge to meet the scarce-skill government environment. 

Upon completion of this programme, students will be equipped with the expertise to make complex decisions and solve problems that face our Local Government today. In addition, this programme has been developed in collaboration with a leading professor who serves as the Director of the School of Public Management, Governance and Public Policy in the College of Business and Economics at a renowned public University in South Africa, which further provides industry relevance and expertise to the students of this programme. 

This Higher Certificate in Local Governance  is intended for both individuals who are already employed in public sector institutions or who aspire to work within the public sector. The programme effectively merges theory and practice and equips students with academic knowledge and skills at a Local Government level. Therefore, this programme is relevant to individuals in a variety of roles such as: 

  • Local Government Officials Students who already work in Government Departments 
  • Students with an interest in Local Government matters 
  • Politicians who are within the Local Governance space e.g. councilors

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

  • Utilise the required academic knowledge and skills to function optimally at the entry level of higher education learning.
  • Explain the principles of local governance with specific reference to the developmental mandate, statutory obligations, structures, and systems of municipalities.
  • Provide knowledge and insight of objectives, approaches, types of stakeholders, and mechanisms to continuously improve service delivery within a local government context.
  • Develop an integrated knowledge of community participation mechanisms and priorities in urban planning.
  • Enable students to interpret the principles of strategic budgeting and financial corporate governance within a local government context.
  • Critically evaluate the potential consequences and impact of various key trends in urban governance.
  • Apply theories and techniques to participate in local government policy making and analysis.
  • Develop an integrated knowledge of local government leadership issues and good governance within the context of African and Ubuntu-leadership.
  • 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: Local Governance in Context
    The purpose of this module is to provide knowledge and insight regarding the broader context of local governance with specific reference to the developmental mandate, statutory obligations, structures, and systems of municipalities.
  • Module 3: Municipal Service Delivery
    The purpose of this module is to orientate students about service delivery objectives, approaches, types of stakeholders involved, and mechanisms for effective service delivery in a local government sector environment. The module will also enable the student to identify and implement innovative ways for continual service delivery improvement by applying the principles of project management.
  • Module 4: Local Democracy and Urban Planning
    The purpose of this module is to provide a broad overview of the obligations of municipal councils to foster local democracy through community participation mechanisms and to incorporate community needs and priorities in urban planning.
  • Module 5: Good Corporate and Financial Governance
    The purpose of this module is to provide the foundations of the principles and practices of good corporate governance and its relevance to financial governance. It includes a broad overview of municipal budgeting processes, financial planning, asset management, auditing and accounting, and supply chain procedures.
  • Module 6: Trends in Urban Governance
    The purpose of this module is to identify, analyse and interpret the potential consequences and impact of various key trends in urban governance.
  • Module 7: Local Government Policy Making and Analysis
    The purpose of this module is to orientate students in local government policy-making including the impact of policy processes, problem identification, policy analysis, and proposals for policy formulation and enhancement and integrating policy into overall service delivery and monitoring and evaluating the efficacy thereof.
  • Module 8: Good Corporate and Financial Governance
    The purpose of this module is to orientate students regarding selected local governance leadership issues and specific reference to managerial, national, provincial and local governance leadership; leadership and local service delivery; leading a learning organisation and visionary leadership, transformational leadership; leading change and innovation and the leadership role of the South African government in Southern Africa and the African continent as well as in the BRICS. Within the context of African and Ubuntu-leadership, the module further seeks to impart knowledge regarding traditional leadership and the role of tribal authorities in local governance.

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