School of Commerce

Higher Certificate in Management

Are you interested in a career as a manager? Or are you simply wanting to enhance, develop or formalise your skills and knowledge with a qualification in management? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then you should consider enrolling in Milpark’s Higher Certificate in Management (HCM).

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The Higher Certificate in Management (HCM) is an entrylevel, post-school higher education qualification designed to equip the student with the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to function in junior management roles in diverse organisational contexts.

The HCM has a strong vocational orientation, which enables the candidates to appropriately select and apply sound theory towards solving practical problems that typically occur in the contemporary work environment. Beyond gaining knowledge and skills related to the discipline of management, students also develop generic competencies and values that make them better prepared to deal with fairly complex work and life situations.


The HCM would be suitable for:

  • an employed person seeking to develop or formalise the skills, knowledge and attributes needed to effectively operate in a junior management position.
  • a school leaver, who requires a Higher Certificate for access into a Diploma or Degree programme of study.


Successful completion of this qualification should enable the student to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the management functions of planning, organising, leading and controlling.
2. Perform a basic analysis of the business environment.
3. Implement basic human resource best practices within a work environment.
4. Apply basic project management techniques in solving an organisational problem, thus contributing towards implementing the organisational strategy.
5. Integrate foundational knowledge from selected management disciplines in solving problems within familiar organisational contexts.


Module name and code Semester Compulsory/Elective Credits
The Management Environment MAEN02-5 1 Compulsory 20
Managing People MAPE01-5 1 Compulsory 20
Fundamentals of Strategic Management FOSM01-5 1 Elective  20
Integrated Business Project IBUP01-5 2 Compulsory 20
Introduction to Management Accounting IMAC01-5 2 Compulsory 20
Introduction to Marketing Management PMAR02-5 2 Elective 20
Principles of Accounting ACCP02-5** 2 Elective 20

*Note that specific subjects will only be offered in specific semesters. Please see the individual module descriptions for greater clarity.
** Only students interested in continuing to the BCom in Accounting qualification should opt for this module (ACCP02-5).

For entry into the Higher Certificate, candidates require a Senior Certificate (SC) or a National Senior Certificate (NSC), as certified by Umalusi, with a minimum mark of 40% in English, the language of instruction at Milpark Education.

Other certificates

Any applicant who has a certificate other than a South AfricanNational Senior Certificate has to provide:

  • a SAQA Certificate of Equivalence, if they want to enrol for a Higher Certificate, Advanced Certificate, Diploma or Postgraduate qualification (
  • or a USAF Exemption Certificate, if they want to enrol for a Bachelor’s degree (

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) applications

Milpark admits a small number of students onto its programme via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Applicants interested in applying via RPL will be considered individually by the relevant Dean.

Semester 1
Admissions Close: 2 February 2024
Registrations Close: 19 February 2024


Semester 2
Admissions Close: 28 June 2024
Registrations Close: 29 July 2024