Higher Certificate in Public Management

Develop an integrated conceptual understanding, synthesis and application of specific issues in public management with the Higher Certificate in Public Management.

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


The Higher Certificate in Public Management is an undergraduate programme that offers a combination of theory and practice in the area of public management.

The purpose of the programme is to provide a structured programme for students wishing to work as public officials. The need for well-qualified, efficient, client oriented public officials has been identified as a priority in all spheres of government.

The qualification aims to develop an integrated conceptual understanding, synthesis and application of specific issues in public management. The qualification is aimed at equipping line managers with the knowledge and skills required to fulfil their management role within the public sector.

Who Should Apply?

  • School leavers looking to pursue a career in public management.
  • Individuals looking to get into the public management field.
  • Administrators in public enterprises.


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:
  • Local Government Official
  • Public Administrator

Programme Structure

Duration: 1 year


  • Local Government Management
  • Public Administration
  • Business Communication
  • Politics and Ethics in Governance
  • Public Finance

Elective – Choose one of the following electives

  • End User Computing
  • Digital Transformation in the Business Environment


  • 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

While they are both quite similar as they are both are concerned with public policy and the implementation thereof, Public Management is focused on the planning and actionable activities associated with the role while Public Administration is more concerned with the application thereof.

There are various entry-level, mid and senior level roles for a person with a postgraduate Public Management Certificate. Graduates can also choose an area of specialisation. Some of the jobs could include: tax administrator, risk manager, policy analyst, customs officer or quality assurance administrator.

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