Higher Certificate in Logistics & Supply Chain Management Practice

Higher Certificate in Logistics & Supply Chain Management Practice

Logistics and Supply Chain Management is the backbone of modern commerce. It is a dynamic field where efficiency, innovation and adaptability are key. This qualification strategically prepares you to manage and coordinate an enterprise’s logistical and supply chain function, with a focus on achieving sustainable strategic objectives and financial success.

The qualification covers the fundamental principles and activities involved in entry-level logistics and supply chain roles, as well as developing essential skills and competencies for task and people management.

This qualification will unlock diverse career opportunities in Logistics and Supply Chain Management across various economic sectors. Additionally, it serves as a pathway to further academic pursuits, such as advancing to a Boston Diploma or Degree.

HCert (Logistics & Supply Chain 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:

  • Procurement Officer
  • Supply Chain Consultant
  • Assistant Procurement Manager
  • Inventory and Materials Controller
  • Assistant Production Manager
  • Distribution Centre Supervisor
  • Distribution Clerk
  • Quality Controller
  • Merchandise and Retail Clerk

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.
Your endorsement says it all.
Semester ASemester B
  • Computer Literacy
  • Academic Literacy
  • Principles of Procurement and Supply Chain
  • Business Management 1
  • Stock Control and Inventory Management
  • Introduction to Accounting Practice
  • Principles of Logistics Management
  • Work Integrated Learning

Various Assessment Strategies (ASC, ASW and AS2) are used throughout the modules in the programme. For example, AS2 is predominately 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.

An overall mark of fifty percent (50%) is required to pass a module. 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
  • Demonstrate an informed understanding of the key role of logistics and supply chain management in achieving sustainable enterprise-wide strategic objectives
  • Understand the implications of basic accounting and value analysis in the reduction and possible elimination of total cost of operations in an organisation
  • Apply different stock and materials management techniques in order to offer best service to both internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the different sources of vendor information essential to a logistics and supply chain practitioner
  • Apply logistics and procurement principles to manage forecasting and make available the correct quantities on time


On successful completion the Learner will be issued a Higher Certificate in Logistics & Supply Chain Management Practice, NQF Level 5, SAQA ID 109009, minimum 124 credits from Boston City Campus.