Higher Certificate in Public Administration and Management2022-05-04T11:31:25+02:00

Project Description

Higher Certificate in Public Administration and Management

This qualification will equip students to function in the highly complex and dynamic public arena. The programme focuses on developing vocational, theoretical, and applied competencies in the national and provincial government sectors.

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Course curriculm

Students will gain the necessary skills and knowledge to participate in the management of government sector institutions in South Africa and Africa, and meaningfully contribute to the National Development Plan: Vision 2030 (NDP) in particular.

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.

The curriculum is focused on the development of management skills for political executives, executive managers and other role-players who contribute to the development of improved service delivery in the public sector.

  • Module 1: Academic Literacy. Credits: 10
  • Module 2: Government in Focus. Credits: 20
  • Module 3: Foundations of Public Administration, Public Management and Governance. Credits: 15
  • Module 4: Selected Public Management Applications, Skills and Competencies. Credits: 15
  • Module 5: Service Delivery Excellence. Credits: 15
  • Module 6: Public Sector Human Resource Management. Credits: 15
  • Module 7: Ethics Management in the Public Sector. Credits: 15
  • Module 8: Public Organisational Design and Development. Credits: 15

Government remains the single largest employer in South Africa. Once qualified, students will be able to take up a position in any of the three spheres of government or in arms-length agencies. The specialised modules in this programme allow students to explore a variety of possible career options such as:

  • Government officials

  • Managers and advisors in Government Departments

  • Public Sector Administrators

  • Public Sector Human Resource Officers 

Course summary

  • Certificate type:
    NQF Level 5 Higher Certificate | 120 Credits
  • SAQA ID: 118443
  • Course Duration:
    2 years part-time

  • Study method:
    Fully online

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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

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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

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

Monthly instalments from

  • 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.

Pursue a career in government

Our latest guide in partnership with Nompumelelo Madonda, a Director at Human Resource Development Council, will help you understand the public sector, how to choose the right course for your goals and grow your career.


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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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