National Certificate Public Management N4-N6

Purpose of Qualification

The programme progresses through three levels. Each N level takes place over one semester. After each semester, students are eligible for a National Certificate on that level. We recommend continuing through all three levels in order to qualify for the National Diploma. The National Diploma requires students to work for 18 months in a Public Management department before they are entitled to receive a National Diploma.

Entry Level Requirements


  • An appropriate National Senior Certificate
  • NCV L4


  • A National Certificate: N4: Public Management or an Equivalent Qualification


  • A National Certificate: N5: Public Management or an Equivalent Qualification

Modules by Semester


  • Public Administration
  • Computer Practice
  • Management Communication
  • Entrepreneurship and Business


  • Public Administration
  • Public Finance
  • Municipal Administration
  • Computer Practice


  • Public Administration
  • Municipal Administration
  • Public Finance
  • Public Law

Articulation Options


  • This qualification has been designed to allow entry into N5


  • This qualification has been designed to allow entry into N6


  • Higher Certificate, Diploma

The following criteria must be met in order to write the National DHET examinations:

* DP 40%

* Attendance Ratio 80%

Career Paths

  • Public Sector General Manager

  • Public Sector Administration Manager

  • Public Sector Human Resources Manager

  • Data Capturer

  • Municipal Officer

  • Community Coordinator

  • Clerk

  • Communications Officer

Learning Outcomes

  • Public finance

  • Personnel management

  • Sustainable development

  • Legislative procedures

  • Information technology

  • Knowledge skills – applications necessary for public managers to models of governance

National Diploma: Public Management

Completion of National Certificates: Public Management N4, N5 and N6 as above, plus 18 months of practical experience in a workplace shall result in the award of a National Diploma: Public Management (NQF Level 6)

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