Higher Certificate in Commerce in Human Resource Management

This unique qualification offers a foundational grounding in Human Resource Practices, equipping you with the essential skills, knowledge, attitudes, and values needed by Human Resource Practitioners.

This qualification opens up exciting career opportunities in the broad field of Human Resource Management. You will develop the ability to apply human resource management principles, communicate effectively in a business setting, manage financial information, analyse legal and economic data, and demonstrate business management and entrepreneurial skills. Accredited by the SABPP, this qualification serves as a stepping stone towards a Boston Diploma or Degree, opening doors to further educational opportunities.

HCert. (Commerce) (Human Resource Management)

Time to Complete:

18 months (minimum) - 3 years (maximum)

Study Options:

Full-time or Part-time



NQF Level:




Entry Requirements

National Senior Certificate (NSC); or National Certificate (Vocational) (NC(V)) 4; or prior to 2009, Senior Certificate; or Further Education and Training (FET) Certificate; or equivalent qualification.

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
  • Payroll Clerk/Data Capturer/Compensation Specialist
  • Benefits Advisor/Specialist
  • Employee and Labour Relations Junior Representative/Coordinator/Specialist
  • Employee Assistance Officer
  • Affirmative Action Coordinator
  • Health, Safety, and Security Representative/Junior Consultant

Semester ASemester B
  • Computer Literacy (HCLT101-1)*
  • Academic Literacy (HALP1181)**
  • Human Resource Functions (HHRF1181)**
  • Commercial Law 1 (HLWC1181)**
  • Business Management 1 (HBMN1181)**
  • Introduction to Industrial Psychology (HIND1181)**
  • Entrepreneurship 1 (HENT1181)**
  • Introduction to Accounting Practice (HAIP1181)**
Semester A 
  • Economics 1
  • Basic Finance and Budgeting (HBFB1181)**
  • Work Integrated Learning HCERT HRM (HWCHRM1171)***

*Assessment Strategy C (ASC): Formative assessments (FA1 and FA2), also known as quizzes, will count fifty percent (50%) – twenty five percent (25%) each – towards the overall mark. A summative assessment in the form of a final exam (SA1), will count fifty percent (50%) towards the overall mark.

**Assessment Strategy 2 (AS2): The formative assessment (FA1), also known as an assignment or test, will 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%).

***Assessment Strategy W (ASW): Formative assessments (FA1 and FA2), also known as assignments, will count forty percent (40%) – twenty percent (20%) each – towards the overall mark. Summative assessments in the form of a practicum, will count forty percent (40%), and a research or reflective essay (SA2) will count twenty percent (20%) towards the overall mark.

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 principles of human resource management and business communication to real life situations
  • Manage financial information
  • Analyse legal and economic data
  • Demonstrate business management and entrepreneurial skills
  • Display cultural sensitivity within organisations


Boston will apply, on behalf of the Learner, to the SABPP for verification of the Learner’s results. On successful verification the Learner will be issued a Higher Certificate: Commerce: Human Resource Management SAQA ID 21081, NQF Level 5, 160 credits from SABPP

The South African Board for People Practices (SABPP) is a Quality Assurance Partner (QAP) of the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) and is registered as a Professional Body by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).