Higher Certificate in Human Resource Management Practice

Higher Certificate in Human Resource Management Practice

Human Resource Management is the art of balancing people and productivity. It’s about finding the harmony between employee satisfaction and organisational success. This qualification provides foundational knowledge in the diverse disciplines that form the basis of human resource management.

The programme covers a wide range of crucial topics related to Human Resource Management Practice, including human resource functions, industrial psychology, organisational development, human resource development, business communication, socioeconomics, and computer literacy.

With a practical approach, this qualification emphasises the application of knowledge in relevant occupational settings. Additionally, this qualification provides a pathway for further academic advancement, such as progression to a Boston Diploma or Degree.


(Human Resource Management Practice)

Time to Complete:

1 year (minimum) - 3 years (maximum)

Study Options:

Full-time or Part-time



NQF Level:




Entry Requirements

National Senior Certificate (NSC), with English passed with endorsement for admission to Higher Certificate study; or National Certificate (Vocational) (NC(V)), with English passed with endorsement for admission to Higher Certificate study; or prior to 2009, Senior Certificate with English as one of the modules passed. Alternatively, a post school qualification may also be considered, for example, an FET/National Certificate, NQF (OQSF) Level 4, minimum Credits 120.

This programme is offered by Boston City Campus in the distance mode of education with support provided at Learner Support Centres. Apply to register at any Boston City Campus Learner Support Centre nationwide.

All modules are compulsory and must be passed.

Possible employment opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Recruiting and Placement Officers/Assistants
  • Development and Training Assistant
  • Learnership Project Administrator/Coordinator
  • Junior Training Officer
  • Junior Health, Safety and Security Consultant
  • Payroll Clerk or Benefit Advisor

Did you know that Boston does not work on a points system

Although your subjects may be considered, Boston does not use a point system for entry.
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Semester ASemester B
  • Computer Literacy
  • Academic Literacy
  • Human Resource Functions
  • Introduction to Industrial Psychology
  • Introduction to Socioeconomics
  • Organisational Development
  • Human Resource Training and Development
  • Work Integrated Learning

Various Assessment Strategies (ASC, ASW and AS2) are used throughout the modules in the programme. For example, AS2 is predominantly applied in this programme and consists of a Formative Assessment (FA1), also known as an assignment or test, which count fifty percent (50%) towards the overall mark.

The Summative Assessment in the form of a final exam or capstone project (SA1), will count fifty percent (50%).

No supplementary assessment is provided for FA1. A maximum of one (1) additional supplementary assessment opportunity is provided for SA1, which will be charged for.

Please consult the Fact Sheet and Student Rulebook for additional, detailed programme information.

On completion of the programme, graduates will have the necessary knowledge and practical skills required to:

  • Operate effectively in the workplace using a number of Windows-based end-user applications
  • Apply human resource and employment relations principles to real life situations
  • Manage the different phases of organisational development in organisations
  • Analyse theories of outcomes-based adult education and training as well as the taxonomies of learning
  • Demonstrate and understanding of recruitment, selection, motivation and retention processes/strategies
  • Identify the socio-economic needs of society and display cultural sensitivity within organisations


On successful completion the Learner will be issued a Higher Certificate in Human Resource Management Practice, NQF Level 5, SAQA ID 101818, minimum 122 credits from Boston City Campus.