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.

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.


On completion of the programme, students will be able to:

  • Understand the role of procurement in the public sector;
  • Work confidently within the public regulatory procurement environment.
  • Understand the underlying theories and principles underpinning procurement and supply chain management.
  • Engage with the appropriate theory around public finance.
  • Possess knowledge literacy within the area of public procurement and supply chain management.
  • Assess problems in public sector procurement and formulate solutions.
  • Have an appreciation of due diligence (ethics, social responsibility, sustainability and accountability) within the public sector procurement.
  • Understand what it means to act ethically and responsibly.
  • Be able to engage in self-directed learning.
  • Understand the fundamentals of public administration in the context of public sector procurement.

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
  • 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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