Higher Certificate in HIV/AIDS Counselling & Management

With a uniquely South African perspective this programme offers a deeper understanding of the socio-economic factors contributing to the HIV pandemic in South Africa while fostering cultural and social sensitivity around HIV/AIDS Counselling and Management.

The curriculum covers essential topics such as HIV Education, Care, Nutrition, Management and Psychology. Additionally, you will be introduced to crafting HIV workplace policy strategies, conducting training, and implementing interventions.

This qualification is recognised by the South African Medical Association (SAMA) at Level 3 for 30 Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Points on completion.

HCert (HIV/AIDS Counselling & Management)

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:

  • Outreach Counsellor/Assistant School Counsellor
  • Support Group Facilitator
  • Programme and/or Project Support Officer
In addition, this unique qualification supports further and continuous professional development in occupations such as:

  • Primary Health Care Providers/Home Based Care Givers
  • Early Childhood Educator and Teachers/Human Resource and Development Practitioners

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
  • Introduction to Counselling
  • HIV Counselling
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sexuality and HIV Education
  • HIV Care, Nutrition and Management
  • HIV Workplace Policy and Training
  • Introduction to Industrial Psychology
  • 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.

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 counselling competencies in a variety of situations and contexts
  • Manage HIV workplace policy and training interventions in organisations
  • Demonstrate, share and apply knowledge and understanding of HIV/AIDS in a variety of situations and contexts
  • Identify the socio-economic needs of society and display interpersonal as well cultural and social sensitivity in a variety of situations and contexts


On successful completion the Learner will be issued a Higher Certificate in HIV/AIDS Counselling & Management, NQF Level 5, SAQA ID 96711, minimum 140 credits from Boston City Campus.