Higher Certificate in Local Government and Development Management

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

About

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 tailor made 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.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the programme, the student should be able to:

  • Explain the distinctiveness of local government as part of the public sector in development and service delivery.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of governance within a prescribed statutory and legal framework.
  • Understand the influence of the environment on local government and differentiate between the influences of the various role players in this regard.
  • Apply ethical practices in management and decision making in local government.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the components of the external environment and its impact on local government.
  • Understand the process of managing finances and budgets in local governments.
  • Apply managerial skills in managing a local government workforce optimally.
  • Apply project management skills in managing local government.

Programme structure

Duration: 1 year

Modules

  • Local Government Finance
  • Local Government Law
  • Local Government Human Resource Management
  • Local Government Management
  • Project Management
  • Disaster Management
  • Ethics and Professionalism

Assessments

  • Knowledge checks
  • Short essay questions and
  • Projects

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.

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