Higher Certificate in Supply Chain Management

The Higher Certificate in Supply Chain Management is a programme that equips students with a sound fundamental knowledge base and basic skills regarding supply chain 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 Supply Chain Management offers a combination of theory and practice in the area of supply chain management. The qualification aims to develop an integrated conceptual understanding, synthesis and application of specific issues in supply chain management.

The purpose of this qualification is to equip students with a sound fundamental knowledge base and basic skills regarding supply chain management.

The Higher Certificate in Supply Chain Management is aimed at equipping first line managers with the knowledge and skills required to fulfil their management role within the supply chain field. This includes the areas of warehousing, transport, inventory, materials management and purchasing.

Who Should Apply?

  • School leavers looking to pursue a career in supply chain management.
  • Individuals looking to get into the logistics or procurement field.
  • Managers of small businesses.
  • Individuals who are currently in supervisory and management positions looking to improve their management skills.


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:
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Procurement Manager
  • Demand/ Inventory Planner
  • Logistics Manager

Programme Structure

Duration: 1 year


  • Management Principles
  • Introduction to Supply Chain Management
  • Basic Economics and Finance
  • Logistics and Materials Handling
  • Introduction to Operations Management
  • Introduction to Purchasing Management


  • 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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