Higher Certificate in Business Management

  • Qualification Type
    Higher Certificate in Business Management
  • Full Time
    Minimum: 1 year (full-time), Maximum: 3 years
  • Part Time
  • On Campus
    5 days/week
  • Intake
    Semester 1: February 2016, Semester 2: July 2016
  • Accreditation
    SAQA ID number 83326, NQF level 5

Qualification Description

The higher certificate prepares you for work in the business environment as it introduces you to the core disciplines of the modern workplace. It is also a good stepping-stone for those who do not meet the entry requirements for a degree but wish to gain entry to the CTI Bachelor of Commerce after completing this programme.

The focus of the higher certificate is on the key areas of business management, human resource management and marketing. You will also cover Mathematics for Business, Academic English, Computer and Personal Skills Development, Business Communication, Small Business Development and bookkeeping. Within the curriculum, you will be introduced to topical business subject areas such as the elements of the marketing mix, Microsoft Offer Applications, recruitment, management and leadership, governance and sustainability in business.

Because of our unique teaching and learning approaches, you will also start developing essential skills for the world of work, such as effective problem solving, critical thinking, working in teams and communicating effectively.

Do you want to go straight into any industry with a foundation in the key areas of commerce? Do you dream of starting a business or studying a BCom after this programme? This higher certificate could be perfect for you.

Are you excited to understand more about business?

Admission requirement

  • You need a South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) for diploma or certificate purposes.


  • If you have an international school-leaving certificate, you need to qualify for matric exemption from the Matriculation Board. CTI will forward all exemption applications, on your behalf, to the Board for evaluation.

Qualification accreditation

Accredited by the South African Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE).

Registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

Career options

The career choices for you, as a Higher Certificate in Business Management graduate, are varied and employment options include:

Event organisation
General administration
Human resource administration
Marketing administration
Sales consultation

Qualification structure

Teaching methods and assessment

We use a blend of face-to-face Lecture-Based Learning (LBL) and Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL).
Our teaching staff is a mix of full-time academics and working professionals to ensure you benefit from quality academic and industry-specific inputs.
You have access to campus resource centres, computer labs and WiFi.
You complete theoretical assessments and practical case studies. These assessments ensure that you gain relevant business knowledge and that you understand some of the commercial and social challenges faced locally and globally. This approach prepares you for the real world of work.

Qualification facilities and campuses

All campuses have resource centres
Computer labs and Wi-Fi access for students

The qualification is offered at All CTI campuses

Programme Structure

  • Academic English
  • Business Communication
  • Business Management 1A
  • Computer Skills Development A
  • Computer Skills Development B
  • Human Resource Management 1A
  • Bookkeeping
  • Marketing 1A
  • Mathematics for Business
  • Personal Skills Development
  • Small Business Development