Programme Code: SAQA-96080 – NQF level 5 – Credits 120

The Higher Certificate in Human Resource Management is a one year programme that prepares students for employment in human resource positions. Human resource management is critical for the long-term sustainability and economic growth of South African industry, business and other types of organisations.

People in industry and business determine to a great extent economic success or failure, and therefore it is critical that supervisors and administrative staff have the basic ability to engage with the changing demands of the workplace and industry. A Higher Certificate in Human Resource Management provides an ideal platform for school leavers to develop basic human resource administration knowledge, skills and competencies.

This programme has a real-world and market focus and can be immediately applied in the workplace. It offers up to date information on domestic and international human resource practices. The course work stresses on practical techniques to identify and attract employees. In addition, it positions human resource as a strategic business partner in a highly competitive work environment.

On completion of the programme, graduates can aspire to the following positions:

  • Human Resources Administrator
  • Human Resources Consultant
  • Human Resources Assistant

Duration: 1 year


Year Semester Description
1 1 Principles of Human Resource Management
Human Resource Planning
Recruitment and Selection
2 Training and Development
Compensation and Benefits
Performance Management

  • The minimum entry requirement is the National Senior Certificate or National Certificate Vocational with appropriate subject combinations and levels of achievement; or
  • An equivalent NQF level 4 qualification with proven proficiency in English.