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

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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 public management course is to provide a structured programme for students wishing to work as public officials. Public management serves to improve the quality and efficiency of services delivered by organisations operating in the public sector. In order to implement, manage and maintain the integrity of public services at these organisations or in these departments, it is essential that a public administrator manages the workflow.
Thus, 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 fulfill their management role as a public administrator within the public sector management.


Upon successful completion of the Higher Certificate in Public Management, the student should be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the public management environment
  • Apply public management principles in a work-based context
  • Utilise technology to communicate effectively
  • Contribute to the development of operational plans for a public sector organisation
  • Be familiar with public finance terminology, concepts and definitions
  • Manage information in a public management context
  • Analyse the political, social, economic, and legal environments of public sector organisations
  • Acquire skills in written communication, planning, budgeting, decision-making, and collaboration
  • Display knowledge of ethical issues in public sector management

Programme structure

Duration: 1 year


  • Public Administration
  • End User Computing/Digital Transformation in the Business Environment
  • Local Government Management
  • Business Communication
  • Politics and Ethics in Governance
  • Public Finance


  • 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
  • It is possible in some cases, to gain entry into the programme on the basis of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


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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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