Higher Certificate in Human Resource Management

Designed to provide students with the necessary skills to implement effective human resource strategies and principles to gain employment in entry-to-mid-level HR positions.

1 year
NQF Level 5
120 credits

Course Overview

Do you enjoy working with people and can see yourself managing the workforce of a company or corporation? 

Are you naturally talented at communication, listening, and making people feel comfortable to talk to you about their concerns? 

The Higher Certificate in Human Resource Management teaches students the fundamentals of recruiting, training, and managing employees so the company has a knowledgeable workforce that gives them a sustainable advantage. 

This innovative and future-focused one-year program provides students with relevant HR practices to maximise company output and employee satisfaction.

With it, students can gain meaningful human resource jobs that set them up for future success in this field of business.

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  • Provides students with the knowledge and skills required to work in the human resource departments of small and large companies. 
  • Equips students with theory and practical abilities to plan, manage, and coordinate human resource requirements in various types of organisations.
  • Trains students to work in both the private and public sectors.  
  • Provides students with the ability to select and recruit suitable employees to help the company grow. 
  • Gives students the ability to analyse and abide by legal requirements and business policies in all human resource management activities. 
  • Teaches students essential communication skills to ensure the development of employees and good working relationships. 
  • Trains students to assess problems with employees and take appropriate actions to solve any issues. 
  • Equips students with the skills to articulate the operations and performance levels required within the organisation.

Course details

The HC in Human Resource Management is a one-year distance learning course that allows students to study while employed full-time.

Thus, students with various home and work-related responsibilities can become qualified in human resource management despite having packed schedules.

Students can choose how they want the course to be delivered to them:

Option 1: Distance learning

This option is perfect for students who prefer to study independently. The distance learning modules include workshops, analysis, case studies, and self-directed reading. Every semester, optional workshops take place over two weekends. This allows students to interact with their lecturers and fellow students in real-world situations.

(Workshops are held in areas with sufficient demand.)

Option 2: Rich-distance learning

The rich-distance learning option is best for students who value independence while simultaneously wanting to maintain frequent contact with their lecturers and fellow students. Students who select the rich-distance learning option will engage in formal classroom activities online with instructors and other students.

This learning option is fantastic for people who want to experience the “traditional” study method but at a much-reduced cost.

Course structure and modules

This program contains six modules. Students can attempt three modules per semester.


  • Human Resource Management in Context and Organisational Behaviour
  • Attracting, Retaining, and Maintaining Staff
  • Human Resource Planning
  • Employee Health Safety and Welfare
  • Labour Relations
  • Employee Training and Development


After successful completion of the HC in Human Resource Management, students can pursue the following job opportunities:

  • Call Centre Team Leader
  • Client Service Officer
  • Human Capital Practitioner
  • Human Resource Administrator
  • Human Resource Generalist
  • Human Resource Officer
  • Human Resource Operations Manager
  • Labour Relations Officer
  • Office Administrator
  • Payroll Administrator
  • Recruitment Specialist
  • Registry Clerk
  • Talent Acquisition Partner
  • Training Administrator
  • Wage Clerk

Entry requirements

Admission requirements for the Higher Certificate in Human Resource Management are as follows:

  • A National Senior Certificate with minimum Higher Certificate admission, OR
  • A relevant NQF4 qualification or equivalent (‘A’ or ‘O’ level certificates)
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