Higher Certificate in Public Management (HCPM) - MANCOSA

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 public management course 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 fulfill their management role within the public sector management.


Upon successful completion of the certificate in public administration, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the public management environment
  • Apply 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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