Local Government Leadership and Management Short Course2022-03-30T07:11:05+02:00

Project Description

Local Government Leadership and Management

This course will equip prospective and current local government employees with integrated skills and knowledge to successfully lead in the municipalities of South Africa. The course is designed to enhance your promotional and employment opportunities by equipping you with competitive skills and knowledge to manage and improve the capacity of municipalities and positively impact communities.

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Course curriculm

This course contains 4 substantive modules and includes a learning plan, with weekly schedules, to keep your studies on track.

You will gain skills in policy-making processes, integrated development planning, financial management, supply chain management, procurement, human resource management and customer care.

  • Module 1: Municipal Structures and Systems
  • Module 2: Municipal Operational Excellence
  • Module 3: Municipal Policymaking and Planning Excellence
  • Module 4: Municipal Service Excellence

On completion of this course, you will earn an industry-ready certificate that will empower you to explore exciting career directions such as:

  • Director and Deputy Director in government departments
  • Junior, Mid and Senior Managers in all spheres of government
  • Policy Director or Manager
  • City and Municipal planner
  • Project Manager
  • Community Development Officer
  • Socio-Economic Strategy Developer

Course summary

  • Certificate type:
    Short Course Certificate

  • Course Duration:
    6-12 months

  • 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

When can I start?

Our Short Courses are administered in various intakes throughout the year. Enrol for a date that suits you, download our 2022 intake schedule to see when the next cohort starts.

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  • Fully online mobile-friendly learning
  • Online and downloadable course material
  • Teaching and learning support from specialised course lecturers
  • Master your studies from our cutting-edge interactive student portal, iCan
  • Grade 12 (Standard 10) or NQF 4 equivalent
  • 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
  • A PC, Tablet or Smartphone
  • Access to a reliable internet connection
  • An active email account
  • At least 1GB of data per month for online studies

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.

Monthly instalments from

  • Terms: 6,9,12,15 or 18 months. Deposit subject to affordability.
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What do your course fees include?

Once you have completed your course and met all the qualifying criteria you will receive a Short Course Certificate from iQ Academy. Your Certificate is printed and couriered to you free of charge!

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 course 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.


Hear what our students have to say

“Making it possible for everyone to study”

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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Local Government Leadership and Management: FAQ’s

This course has been designed in collaboration with a leading South African professor and subject matter expert in the public sector to bring you a curriculum focused on service delivery and related support operations.

On completion of this course, you will be equipped with skills in policy-making processes, integrated development planning, and the associated dynamics and architecture. You will also learn about the role of service delivery mechanisms and their importance concerning effective customer care.

The knowledge and skills that this course provides will prepare you for various positions within local government.

This course is intended for practitioners and scholars in various functional domains in the local government sector. As such, it offers theoretical insight and practical application for a wide variety of vocations, including practitioners’ scholars, and administrators in the following domains within the local government sector:

  • Political representatives, including councilors in various standing or portfolio committees of municipal councils
  • Ward Committee members
  • Administrative officers at 243 municipalities and 6 metros in various service delivery domains such as water, electrification, housing, and transport
  • Officials responsible for municipal support operations such as supply chain, financial management, human resource management, and information technology
  • Local economic development practitioners and many more!

Upon completion of this short course, students should be able to:

  1. Report on the scope and nature of municipal structures and systems;
  2. Outline the scope and nature of the system of co-operative governance and intergovernmental relations in South Africa;
  3. Assess the statutory obligations and mandate of municipalities;
  4. Analyse the organisational requirements to ensure operational excellence;
  5. Explain particular operational excellence requirements with particular reference to financial management policy and structures, procurement and supply chain procedures, and human resource management;
  6. Analyse the policy-making processes and dynamics in local government;
  7. Analyse planning processes and dynamics in local government;
  8. Assess the nature of the Government’s planning architecture, inclusive of alignment mechanisms and planning structures;
  9. Describe different types of planning in local government with specific reference to Integrated Development Planning;
  10. Analyse the nature and scope of municipal service obligations;
  11. Describe particular service delivery mechanisms and processes;
  12. Assess the contributions of project management as a service delivery instrument; and;
  13. Analyse the nature and importance of effective customer care and service delivery.
  • Module 1: Municipal Structures and Systems
    Discover the role and functions of municipal structures and systems and learn to assess the statutory obligations and mandate of municipalities.
  • Module 2: Municipal Operational Excellence
    Explore critical municipal operational requirements to ensure operational excellence.
  • Module 3: Municipal Policymaking and Planning Excellence
    Discover and explore the policy-making processes and the planning process with its associated dynamics in local government.
  • Module 4: Municipal Service Excellence
    Gain insight and knowledge into the nature and scope of municipal service.

Have more questions? Visit our FAQ page for more info.

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