Higher Certificate in Local Government and Development Management

The Local Government Management Certificate empowers students with a high level of professional expertise together with a broad range of managerial skills in the local government sector.

1 year
NQF Level 5
140 credits

Key Features

  • Accredited and Registered
  • Cutting-edge curriculum
  • Flexible structure
  • Online support 
  • Affordable and Accessible
  • Internationally benchmarked
  • Multicultural Faculty and support


The Higher Certificate in Local Government and Development Management aims to build the capacity of local government officials and those wishing to join the public sector. The programme provides foundational learning in the functional areas of local government and development management.

This programme also empowers students with a high level of professional expertise together with a broad range of managerial skills in the local government sector. This qualification is tailormade for the local government environment, allowing managers and councillors to meet their different professional needs while keeping up-to-date with the latest issues.

The programme ensures that students gain knowledge, skills and competencies in the principles and practices of local government management enabling them to make a difference in the delivery of services to local communities.

Who Should Apply?

  • School leavers looking to pursue a career in local government management.
  • Individuals who wish to acquire business management skills in local government.


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:
  • Public Administrator
  • Local Government Official
  • Municipal Councillor
  • Compliance Monitoring Officer

Programme Structure

Duration: 1 year


  • Local Government Finance
  • Fundamentals of Local Governance
  • Local Government Human Resource Management
  • Local Government Management
  • Project Management in Local Government
  • Disaster Management
  • Ethics and Professionalism


  • 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

Local Government Courses are those qualifications that equip the student with the skills required to enter the workforce in local government departments.

The Local Government Management Certificate with MANCOSA can be completed in 1 year.

A graduate with a Local Government Management Certificate, or a completed municipal governance course, will be able to work in a number of government departments, like administration, accounting/financial services and general management.

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