Higher Certificate in Human Resource Management

Provides an ideal platform for school leavers to develop basic human resource administration knowledge, skills and competencies. MANCOSA’s Human Resource Management courses offer up-to-date information on domestic and international human resource practices.

1 year
NQF Level 5
120 credits

Key Features

  • Accredited and Registered
  • Cutting-edge curriculum
  • Flexible structure
  • Online support
  • Affordable and Accessible
  • Internationally benchmarked
  • Multicultural Faculty and support
  • Human resource management course online


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 the Southern African industry, business and other types of organisations. People in industry and business determine to a great extent economic success or failure.

Therefore it is critical that supervisors and administrative staff have the basic ability to engage with the changing demands of the workplace and industry. The Higher Certificate in Human Resource Management programme 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.

Who Should Apply?

  • Individuals who wish to acquire human resource management skills.
  • Human resource administrators who wish to move into a human resource consultancy position.
  • Individuals who are currently in human resource positions looking to improve their human resource management skills.


Completion of the Higher Certificate meets the minimum entry requirement for admission to an appropriate Advanced Certificate. A Higher Certificate may also allow access to an appropriate Bachelor’s degree.

Mode of Delivery

This programme is offered through online learning. Each module is delivered over a 5 week period.

Career Opportunities

On completion of the programme, graduates can aspire to the following positions:
  • Human Resources Administrator
  • Human Resources Consultant
  • Human Resources Assistant

Programme Structure

Duration: 1 year


  • Principles of Human Resource Management
  • Human Resource Planning
  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Introduction to Training and Development
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Introduction to Performance Management


  • Knowledge Checks
  • Short essay questions
  • Project

Admission Requirements

  • 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.
  • To be considered via RPL, applicants should be above the age of 23 years.

For further information on this alternative route, please contact a student advisor.

All applicants with an international qualification will be considered in accordance with MANCOSA‘s institutional rules.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The 5 main areas of human resources include:

  1. Hiring and onboarding
  2. Workplace compliance
  3. Employee wellness and well-being
  4. Training and development
  5. Workforce planning

Due to the fact that there are many different aspects to Human Resource Management, a graduate with a Certificate in Human Resource Management can afford to specialise in a particular area, like recruitment consultant, labour relations manager, training practitioner or payroll officer. You could also choose to work on a consultancy basis for smaller companies who do not have their own HR Department.

Human Resource Management is important because it is designed to maximise staff performance and productivity in line with organisation’s key business objectives and strategy. It’s also the means by which to reinforce the company’s culture.

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