Higher Certificate in Public Sector Procurement

Choose the Higher Certificate in Public Sector Procurement to build skills in public sector procurement and supply chain management to promote effective service delivery and economic development at a local or regional government level.

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
  • Procurement courses online


The Higher Certificate in Public Sector Procurement aims to build the capacity of local government officials and those wishing to join the public sector.

The purpose of the programme is to equip students with a sound fundamental knowledge base and basic skills regarding procurement in the public sector.

The programme ensures that students gain knowledge, skills and competencies in procurement.

Who Should Apply?

  • School leavers looking to pursue a career in public sector procurement.
  • Individuals currently working in the field of public sector procurement.


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:
  • Procurement Officer/ Administrator
  • Buyer
  • Supply Chain Administrator
  • Transport and Logistics Administrator

Programme Structure

Duration: 1 year


  • Principles of Public Administration
  • Legal Issues in Public Sector Procurement
  • Public Sector Procurement and Supply Chain Management
  • Managing Supply Chain Relationships
  • Fundamentals of Public Finance
  • Supply Chain Diligence
  • Materials Handling in the Public Sector
  • Public Procurement and Supply Tools


  • 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

Effective procurement and supply chain management systems assist the government in operating fair purchasing practices while also managing public funds more efficiently.

Public Sector Procurement <anagement, like the Higher Certificate in Public Sector Procurement, deal exclusively with government organisations and departments; while private sector procurement deals with privately owned businesses.

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