Advanced Certificate in Management (ACM)

Advanced Certificate in Management (ACM)

The Advanced Certificate in Management is an intermediate, post-school, higher education qualification designed to equip the student with the skills necessary to function in the varied management contexts relevant to South African businesses.

About

Many organisations today face the challenge that, although most employees are technically sound at what they do, their overall contribution to organisational performance is undermined by a limited appreciation of how individual roles fit into the organisation’s value chain. The Advanced Certificate in Management (ACM) enables the student to maximise the benefits of sound technical and cognitive leadership. The Advanced Certificate in Management is an intermediate, post-school, higher education qualification designed to equip the student with the skills necessary to function in the varied management contexts relevant to South African businesses. 


Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the key aspects of employment relations and the core labour legislation impacting on the employment relationship
  • Apply the principles of strategic leadership, and be able to analyse emerging political, economic, technological and social trends that are vital to good strategic decisions
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the concepts, tools and techniques of project management
  • Demonstrate global corporate citizenship through application of the principles contained in the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

 

CAREERS

The Advanced Certificate in Management is designed to produce employees who are able to work in the different management functions needed by most businesses.

This qualification provides an “intermediate level of higher education knowledge”, and ensures that the qualifying student is able to “[apply] such knowledge and competence in an occupation or role in the workplace” (HEQF).

The programme is therefore suitable for:

  • a person who wishes to enter a middle management position, or
  • a person who has achieved another qualification in an applied area of practice or a non-vocational area and seeks a more business-oriented qualification, or
  • an employed person wishing to enhance, develop or formalise his/her skills and knowledge with a qualification in this area.

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

Requirements

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

A knowledge, comprehension and application of the English language at NQF Level 4 (Grade 12 or equivalent level) is required.

 

IT REQUIREMENTS

Minimum system requirements:

  • Reliable broadband Internet access
  • Firefox/Internet Explorer/Chrome web browser
  • Microsoft Word
  • PDF Viewer
  • Ability to scan and upload documents
  • Email/Cellphone for notification and communication.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The minimum admission requirement is a Higher Certificate in a relevant field, or equivalent. In addition, students should be employed in a business environment (of any kind), whether full‐time or part-time, or have access to such an environment for the purposes of practical learning assessments. A letter to this effect from an employer should accompany the application.

Key Information

MODULE DESCRIPTIONS

MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP

The purpose of this module is to integrate and assimilate a variety of relevant management theories and practices in order to implement best practice within the work environment. The module focuses on practical application of management and leadership techniques to ensure that effective and efficient behaviours are utilised to improve management and leadership within a work environment – and, in so doing, to improve performance.

WORKPLACE RELATIONS

This module introduces the student to the key aspects of employment relations. It explores the main role‐players in employment relations and exposes students to the core labour legislation impacting on the relationship. It further covers the elements of collective bargaining and negotiation, industrial action and strike‐handling, as well as strategy and policy decisions from an organisational perspective.

INTEGRATED BUSINESS STRATEGY

This module addresses the fundamentals of strategy, how to apply effective strategic leadership, and why global events and trends are important to South African organisations. The student will explore emerging political, economic, technological and social trends that are vital to good strategic decisions. The module covers the nature and process of strategic management, strategic intent and analysis, as well as strategy development, formulation and implementation, enabling the student to engage analytically with the components of strategic management. The student is introduced to an integrated approach to management, and is required to engage with core areas (management and leadership, workplace relations, project management, financial management and one elected area of their choice) through additional case studies and scenarios. The student will be required to write a well‐substantiated report on a business context (this can be their current business context) which they assess in terms of strengths and weaknesses (presenting possible solutions and justifying these).

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT

In this introductory module in Financial Management, the student is introduced to the fundamentals of financial statement analysis. Budgeting techniques for both current and capital items also provide a much‐needed foundation for the student’s subsequent intellectual and career development.

GLOBAL CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP

This module aims to expose students to the four basic principles contained in the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). These principles are fundamental to the conduct of business nationally and internationally.

ELECTIVES (select one)

ADVANCED MONITORING AND EVALUATION FOR MANAGERS

This advanced module in Monitoring and Evaluation focuses on the management of monitoring and evaluation processes in use in the government management context.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

This module offers a comprehensive coverage of all the well‐known knowledge areas and processes of project management. This solid theoretical grounding is further reinforced by the extensive use of case studies, simulations and practical scenarios to bring theoretical concepts to life in the learning environment.

MARKETING MANAGEMENT PRACTICE

This module provides a holistic picture of the field of marketing management and the resultant marketing strategies that can be implemented to obtain a competitive advantage. It provides deeper insight into the context of the contemporary marketing landscape, and presents the student with a structured approach to developing a marketing plan. Topics include an analysis of the marketing environment, market targeting and positioning, as well as strategies that can be implemented to obtain a competitive advantage. Attention is also given to consumer behaviour, branding, retail marketing, electronic marketing, customer relationship management (CRM), international marketing and marketing regulation. The module prepares students to understand and apply fundamental strategies of marketing management that will contribute to the satisfaction of consumer needs and the development of an organisation.

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY II

This module provides the student with the necessary background and competency to enable them to manage occupational health and safety in a particular environment. The objective is to provide mid-level managers with the necessary skills to manage occupational health and safety issues.

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY RISK MANAGEMENT II

This module provides the student with the necessary background and competency to enable them to manage risk in the occupational environment in terms of health, safety, the environment and the community. Mid-level managers and/or prospective mid-level managers are provided with the necessary skills to manage occupational health and safety risk issues.

How to apply

Students need to complete the admission process and receive academic acceptance onto the programme before registering for modules (subjects or courses).

Admission:

*International students: please refer to the admission requirements for international students by clicking here .

Before applying, be sure that you:

  1. meet the minimum entry requirements as per the course programme brochure.
  2. adhere to the admission closing dates as per the course programme timetable.
  3. have all required documentation available as set out in the course programme brochure.
OR

Contact our student service centre at 086 999 0001 where a consultant will gladly assist you by completing your admission application on your behalf.

Upon successful admission, you will receive an acceptance letter via email as well as login details to access myMilparkmyMilpark, our online student environment.


Exemptions:

If you have completed a qualification at another accredited institution, you may be eligible for subject exemptions.

To apply for an Exemption:

  1. submit the relevant application if any of the modules you have completed previously (no more than 10 years ago) are similar to the modules on the qualification you are applying for.
  2. submit your original exemption application form together with originally certificated documents via post or hand delivery to Milpark.

Note: If you have previously completed a qualification at Milpark Education, you may also be eligible for subject exemptions, however these will be automatically granted on admission. No application is required.


Registration:

On successful admission, you can proceed with the registration of your semester modules.
*International students: please refer to the registration requirements for international students by clicking here .

To register, ensure that you:

  1. have received your login details to access myMilparkmyMilpark.
  2. adhere to the registration closing dates as per the relevant course programme timetable.

(You will be required to upload your proof of payment proof of deposit/EFT, bursary letter or credit card.)

OR

Contact our student service centre at 086 999 0001 where a consultant will gladly assist you by completing your registration application on your behalf.

Upon successful registration, a confirmation of registration letter will be sent together with your study material (where applicable).
All admission and registration information can be also viewed online on myMilpark .myMilpark .

Students need to complete the admission process and receive academic acceptance onto the programme before registering for modules (subjects or courses).

Admission:

*International students: please refer to the admission requirements for international students by clicking here .

Before applying, be sure that you:

  1. meet the minimum entry requirements as per the course programme brochure.
  2. adhere to the admission closing dates as per the course programme timetable.
  3. have all required documentation available as set out in the course programme brochure.
OR

Contact our student service centre at 086 999 0001 where a consultant will gladly assist you by completing your admission application on your behalf.

Upon successful admission, you will receive an acceptance letter via email.


Exemptions:

If you have completed a qualification at another accredited institution, you may be eligible for subject exemptions.

To apply for an Exemption:

  1. submit the relevant application if any of the modules you have completed previously (no more than 10 years ago) are similar to the modules on the qualification you are applying for.
  2. submit your original exemption application form together with originally certificated documents via post or hand delivery to Milpark.

Note: If you have previously completed a qualification at Milpark Education, you may also be eligible for subject exemptions, however these will be automatically granted on admission. No application is required.


Registration:

On successful admission, you can proceed with the registration of your semester modules.
*International students: please refer to the registration requirements for international students by clicking here .

To register, ensure that you:

  1. have received your login details to access myMilparkmyMilpark.
  2. adhere to the registration closing dates as per the relevant course programme timetable.

(You will be required to upload your proof of payment - proof of deposit/EFT, bursary letter or credit card.)

OR

Contact our student service centre at 086 999 0001 where a consultant will gladly assist you by completing your registration application on your behalf.

Upon successful registration, a confirmation of registration letter will be sent together with your study material (where applicable).
All admission and registration information can be also viewed online on myMilpark .myMilpark .

Registration:

*International students: please refer to the registration requirements for international students by clicking here .

To register, ensure that you:

  1. have received your login details to access myMilparkmyMilpark.
  2. adhere to the registration closing dates as per the relevant course programme timetable.

(You will be required to upload your proof of payment proof of deposit/EFT, bursary letter or credit card.)

OR

Contact our student service centre at 086 999 0001 where a consultant will gladly assist you by completing your registration application on your behalf.

Upon successful registration, a confirmation of registration letter will be sent together with your study material (where applicable).
All admission and registration information can be also viewed online on myMilpark .myMilpark .

All international students need to apply via the manual admission route and submit original certified documentation.

If the entry requirements for your chosen Milpark qualification is a South African National Senior Certificate (NSC), you need to obtain an exemption certificate from the Higher Education South Africa (HESA). Visit www.hesa.org.za for further information.

If the entry requirement for your chosen Milpark qualification is a prior undergraduate qualification, you need to obtain an equivalent certificate for foreign qualifications completed. Visit www.saqa.co.za for further information.

  1. Students enrolling via distance learning:
    • do not need to comply with any visa or residency requirements.
    • will conclude admission and registration processes at a distance.
    • will receive study materials via courier in their country of residence.
    • will receive support via distance methods.

    Note: Students are liable for additional costs in respect of courier and examinations.
    Please contact the student service centre 086 999 0001 for further information.

  2. Distance learning students who want to visit South Africa to attend a single short workshop or write an examination at a local venue, have to do so based on the normal visa/visiting requirements as stipulated by the Department of International Affairs (or Home Affairs).

    Note: Such a visit does not imply permission to remain in South Africa indefinitely based on registration at Milpark Education.

  3. Distance learning students are not allowed to provide a South African residential or postal address. Such registrations will not be concluded as the normal visa/study permit requirements have to be complied with as for contact/residential students below.

Contact learning

International students who do not have permanent residence in South Africa or who are not South African citizens need to follow the steps below:

Step 1

Consult their embassy/ Department of International Relations/ South African Embassy for specific prerequisites with regards to the legal requirements for registration with a South African academic institution.

Step 2

Obtain:

  • An official provisional admission letter from Milpark.
  • Proof of medical cover. The relevant South African law states:

"In terms of the Immigration Act No. 13 of 2002 as Amended and its Regulations, any prospective student to the Republic of South Africa, must provide proof of medical cover with a medical scheme registered in terms of the Medical Schemes Act, 1998 Act 131 of 1998."

  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover tuition fees, maintenance and incidental costs.
  • Proof of a cash deposit or bank guarantee equivalent to airfare or transportation costs to the student’s country of origin for repatriation purposes or forfeiture to the state should permit conditions not be complied with.
  • A medical certificate — a clean bill of health is required.

Step 3

Apply for a study permit by submitting Form 1 to the local Department of International Relations/South African Embassy.
The student will need to provide the embassy with an undertaking that they will leave South Africa on completion of her/his studies.

NB: Students should await the outcome of their application prior to making travel arrangements to South Africa.

Step 4

If a student is able to obtain a study permit on time, then they may continue with their application for full admission and registration for their selected modules.

NB: A certified copy of the International student’s passport together with a certified copy of a valid study permit must/will be kept in the student’s record file at Milpark Education. If a student is unable to obtain a study permit on time, then they must postpone their programme until the date on which they are in possession of a study permit.

 

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