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About this course

The purpose of the Human Resource (HR) Administration course is to develop integrated knowledge and skills of the key terms, concepts, facts, general principles, rules, and theories in key HR areas. Students will gain a detailed understanding of an HR Administrator’s role along with the knowledge and practical skills needed to fulfill the responsibilities of this role in any organisation.

The comprehensive curriculum covers a range of pertinent topics such as recruitment and selection, payroll management, the role of HR in modern business, the impact of social media on HR, and more. You will be equipped with industry-relevant knowledge, skills, and insights to accelerate your career in HR.

Course summary
  • 4 Units

  • 4 months at 8 hours/week

  • Certificate included

HR Administration


Short Course


Fully Online


4 months


8 h/week

Pay as little as R499.44* / monthly

Flexible payment options available

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What you will learn about

This course contains 4 units and can be completed in 4 months at the recommended pace of 8 hours per week:

  • Unit 1 – The Human Resource Function
  • Unit 2 – Methods of Finding and Placing Employees
  • Unit 3 – Payroll Administration and Document Management
  • Unit 4 – Workplace Administrative Skills

With our structured approach to learning, you can quickly gain valuable knowledge and skills. All courses include onboarding information, video lessons and multiple assessment opportunities.

Upon completion of this short course in HR Administration you should be able to:

  1. Illustrate the relationship between the core HR areas and the HR activities.
  2. Recognise the significance of legislation relevant to the employment relationship.
  3. Demonstrate the importance of learning within the workplace.
  4. Explain how an HR graduate can navigate through the HR career path.
  5. Explain the different types of employment within a South African context.
  6. Describe the process of recruitment and selection.
  7. Select social media platforms for recruitment.
  8. Demonstrate an integrated knowledge of the close working relationship between HR and Payroll.
  9. Apply principles required for essential document and personnel file management.
  10. Collect and arrange the required documentation for the payroll function.
  11. Explain leave management as per the Basic Conditions of Employment.
  12. Develop and communicate meeting agendas and minutes of meetings.
  13. Gather information and write effective email communication using the correct professional business acumen.
  14. Demonstrate time management skills.
  15. Explain the complexities and opportunities available through remote work.

Is this course right for me?

This course has a practical approach to skills building and is designed for entry-level professionals who wish to pursue a career in HR, with or without prior experience in the field. Therefore, this course is suitable for a variety of individuals such as:

  • HR clerks or administrators aiming to take on more responsibility, such as payroll, labour, and administration
  • Operational officers who manage people and want to grow their people management skills
  • Office managers, team leaders, and supervisors who need to strengthen their skills-set
  • Small business owners and administrators who want to more confidently meet requirements and best practices
  • Those with a matric or entry-level higher education in a specific field who want to pivot into an HR position

The well-rounded curriculum provides both an operational and strategic learning experience to ensure that you can grow your career and effectively support HR-related matters within various types of organisations.

As a value-add, you will receive free additional material on how to write your CV and build a personal development plan. The capabilities you gain will empower you to explore exciting career directions in the field of HR, whether you are just starting out or ready to advance.

This course will develop all the necessary knowledge and skills you need for employment opportunities in various entry-level HR positions, such as:

  • HR Administrator
  • HR Assistant
  • Payroll Administrator
  • Recruitment Clerk

When can you start this course?

Our Short Courses are administered in various intakes throughout the year. Enrol for a date that suits you or enquire now if you’d like more information.


Short Course Admissions

  • Minimum of Grade 10 (Standard 8)
  • Grade 12 or NQF 4 equivalent preferred
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Alternate admission is possible on the basis of Mature Age exemption (23 years and older)
  • Ability to read and write in English, which is the language of instruction
  • Students should also possess a basic level of digital literacy skills

Our Short Course programmes are offered all year round, making enrolling easy and convenient anytime. Complete our online application form, and await a call from one of our friendly Enrolment Consultants.

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. 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

Simple pricing, big value

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

Total course fee

  • All inclusive

  • Choose how you pay: Upfront or in monthly instalments

Monthly instalments

Pay as little as R499.44* / monthly

  • Interest free payment plans

  • Receive your digital certificate when you have finished paying off your plan

*Terms and deposit are subject to affordability. View our payment options for more information.

Boost your career with a short course certificate

Enhance your job prospects with a verified way to showcase your new skills and knowledge.
  • Easily downloadable

  • Industry aligned

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iQ Short Course Student
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“Thank you for the lessons, experience, support, opportunity to study at an affordable price, and most of all for adding value to my life.”

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Short Course FAQ’s

Our short course programmes are courses that can be completed over several weeks or months, depending on the course you enrol for. Short courses are designed to complement a working professionals lifestyle through flexible distance learning. Assessments are done through the submission of assignments, no exams are required.

Our curricula are developed by industry experts and are internally quality-assured and approved by our Academic Board. Our short courses are institutional programmes and are non-credit bearing. For more information on our institutional registration and accreditation status view our accreditations.

Short courses are typically non-credit-bearing programmes, affording students the opportunity to build their professional credentials without the higher cost and time associated with studying for a university degree or qualification.

There are no written examinations for short courses. As part of your learning, you are encouraged to complete short quizzes throughout each unit, which help you build and test your knowledge. You must complete and submit one formative assessment at the end of each unit. To meet the requirements for a course, you will have to pass the final summative assessment at the end of the course, before you can get certified.

Once you have completed your course, you will get an iQ Academy Short Course Certificate. Your certificate demonstrates that you have acquired industry-relevant skills which can enhance your promotional and employment opportunities. In order to qualify for a certificate you will need to:

  • Pass all your assignments
  • Pay up your student account

Our short courses integrate interactive media with e-learning activities as well as online recorded lectures. The following learning activities form part of the overall learning path:

  • Reading activities
  • Multimedia activities such as video clips and podcasts
  • Self-reflections
  • Case studies
  • Assessment activities & compulsory submission of formative and summative assessments