National Qualifications
N4-N6

Supported distance learning

From R475 per month

WHAT WE OFFER

Select one of our courses in HR Management, Business Management, Marketing Management, Finance Management or Management Assistant. National Qualifications are highly-recognised by a wide range of employers.
When you study with IBTC, you can study from home while being supported by our tutor and course advisor. Our fees are all-inclusive and covers our registration, study material, study aids, tutoring and exam fees..
Earn while you learn
You know you need a National Qualification to get that job, that promotion or make that career change. It’s never been easier or more affordable. You can now study towards your National Qualification while you are working. Thousands of people do it every year. You can do it too.

A national qualification is a one that is registered on the national qualifications framework (NQF) and awarded by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to students who successfully complete the Department of Education assessments and examinations. Only accredited Private and Public Further Education and Training Colleges (FET colleges) may offer tuition towards these exams. Once a student has passed their exams, the Department of Higher Education and Training will certificate the student.

Pass First Time Guarantee

We are so confident that you will pass first time, that you come back for free if you don’t.

HUMAN
RESOURCES

National Diploma: Human Resource Management N6
SAQA ID: 67039
Duration: 3 years
(18 months theory and 18 months practical)
Study method: Supported distance learning

LEVEL N6

12 months or longer

National Certificate:
Human Resources N6

SAQA ID: 66997

  • Personnel Management N6
  • Personnel Training N6
  • Labour Relations N6
  • Computer Practice N6

LEVEL N5

12 months or longer

National Certificate:
Human Resources N5

SAQA ID: 66953

  • Personnel Management N5
  • Personnel Training N5
  • Labour Relations N5
  • Computer Practice N5

LEVEL N4

12 months or longer

National Certificate:
Human Resources N4

SAQA ID: 66873

  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management N4
  • Personnel Management N4
  • Management Communication N4
  • Computer Practice N4

START HERE AND WORK YOUR WAY UP

BUSINESS
MANAGEMENT

National Diploma: Business Management N6
SAQA ID: 67036
Duration: 3 years
(18 months theory and 18 months practical)
Study method: Supported distance learning

LEVEL N6

12 months or longer

National Certificate:
Business Management N6

SAQA ID: 66955

  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management N6
  • Public Relations N5
  • Computer Practice N6
  • Sales Management N6

LEVEL N5

12 months or longer

National Certificate:
Business Management N5

SAQA ID: 66929

  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management N5
  • Sales Management N5
  • Cost and Management Accounting N5
  • Computer Practice N5

LEVEL N4

12 months or longer

National Certificate:
Business Management N4

SAQA ID: 66871

  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management N4
  • Management Communication N4
  • Computer Practice N4
  • Introductory Accounting N4

START HERE AND WORK YOUR WAY UP

MARKETING
MANAGEMENT

National Diploma: Marketing Management N6
SAQA ID: 66995
Duration: 3 years
(18 months theory and 18 months practical)
Study method: Supported distance learning

LEVEL N6

12 months or longer

National Certificate:
Marketing Management N6

SAQA ID: 66995

  • Marketing Management N6
  • Sales Management N6
  • Marketing Communication N6
  • Marketing Research N6

LEVEL N5

12 months or longer

National Certificate:
Marketing Management N5

SAQA ID: 66952

  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management N5
  • Marketing Management N5
  • Sales Management N5
  • Computer Practice N5

LEVEL N4

12 months or longer

National Certificate:
Marketing Management N4

SAQA ID: 66872

  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management N4
  • Marketing Management N4
  • Management Communication N4
  • Computer Practice N4

START HERE AND WORK YOUR WAY UP

MANAGEMENT
ASSISTANT

National Diploma: Management Assistant N6
SAQA ID: 90674
Duration: 3 years
(18 months theory and 18 months practical)
Study method: Supported distance learning

LEVEL N6

12 months or longer

National Certificate:
Management Assistant N6

SAQA ID: 67001

  • Office Practice N6
  • Public Relations N5
  • Information Processing N6
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management N6

LEVEL N5

12 months or longer

National Certificate:
Management Assistant N5

SAQA ID: 66956

  • Office Practice N5
  • Communication N5
  • Information Processing N5
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management N5

LEVEL N4

12 months or longer

National Certificate:
Management Assistant N4

SAQA ID: 66876

  • Office Practice N4
  • Communication N4
  • Information Processing N4
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management N4

START HERE AND WORK YOUR WAY UP

STUDY FROM HOME

Supported distance learning means you can earn while you learn. You can start at any time and don’t have to wait for classes to begin. You will receive all your study material within a few days of registering for your course, together with a Great Student Handbook that tells you how to study with us. You also get a detailed course planner, which enables you to plan your study sessions down to the number of pages you have to do per session. Use the course planner to commit to assignment submission dates – this will help you stay on track. But the greatest benefit you get from studying at home is that you have unlimited access to a tutor AND we have a course monitor who stays in contact with you and helps you along. This is really our secret of your success.

SUBJECT RECOMMENDATION

We recommend that you take 2 subjects per semester. Should you fail one, you can re-sit that subject in the next semester, together with the other two subjects you’re doing in that semester. You can take up to four subjects in a semester, but also just do one subject at a time.

duration

The theory subjects typically take 6-12 months to complete, depending if you write two or four exams per sitting. After you have successfully completed four subjects at a level, you will be awarded the National Certificate for that level. Add six months of practical on-the-job training and you can apply for your National Diploma.

Set your own pace – start today and sit the exam of your choice

Register on any course at any time. Receive your books and start studying. You are working towards submitting your 3 internal assessments before 22 January (for the June exam) and 1 July (for the Nov exam).

COURSE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS 

Human Resource Management N4
Grade 12 Certificate OR Management NC(V) Level 4 Certificate

Business Management N4
Grade 12 Certificate OR Finance, Economics & Accounting NC(V) Level 4 Certificate

Marketing Management N4
Grade 12 Certificate OR Marketing NC(V) Level 4 Certificate

Management Assistant N4
Grade 12 Certificate OR Office Administration NC(V) Level 4 Certificate

 

assessments & exams

For exams in June (semester 1)
If you are planning to sit the June exam, you have to ensure that all your internal assessments are with us by 22 January and that you enter for the exam by 22 February. You may enter for the exam if you are in possession of a semester mark >40%.

For exams in November (semester 2)
If you are planning to sit the November exam, you have to ensure that all your internal assessments are with us by 1 July  and that you enter for the exam by 1 August. You may enter for the exam if you are in possession of a semester mark >40%.

Assignments and exams
You will do 3 internal assessments (assignments) with your college to create a semester mark (also called an Integrated Continuous Assessment mark (ICASS mark), which forms part of your final mark. Your semester mark usually contributes 40% to your final mark, while your final, external exam contributes 60%. This may vary from subject-to-subject, so please refer to your Tutor Letter or Subject Syllabus for the exam ratio for your subject.
Your final exam will be set by the Department of Education and must be sat at IBTC in Sandton or Cape Town. Should you not be able to attend our exam centres, we will endeavour to book an exam seat for you with a college in your area.

SUBJECT ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Management Communication N4 English as a First Additional Language in Matric or at NCV-level or a pass in Introduction to Communication.
Computer Practice N4 Access to a computer and printer with Word and Excel or similar
Communication N4 You should, at a minimum, have passed English SG in the National Senior Certificate (NSC), or Introductory Communication N4. If you do not have any of the above, you need to exchange this subject for our Introductory Communication N4 subject.

 

Financial Accounting N4 Accounting SG/HG or Applied Accounting in Matric or at N3-level or Introductory Accounting N4. Students without accounting at senior level, must have a C symbol in Mathematics SG.

Key features

  • After having obtained all three certificates, you must do 18 months of on‐the‐job training
  • Duration: 3 years (18 months theory and 18 months practical)
  • For each subject you need to generate a term mark and pass a written exam
  • A National Certificate is awarded after each level
  • There are 4 subjects per level and there are three levels (N4, N5 and N6)
  • You can apply to the DHET for a Diploma in your chosen field on completion of your training
  • You can study full‐time at a private or public college
  • You can attend classes full‐time or part‐time classes.
  • Or you can study from home with the help of a private or public college.

Why national qualifications
are career builders

Formal qualification
The national certificates and diplomas offered by the Department of Education are formal qualifications in South Africa and the best type of qualification to obtain if you are looking to gain the skills to pursue a professional career.

Recognised by employers
National Qualifications are accredited and regulated by industry bodies (such as the QCTO) and as such are recognised by all employers. Provider qualifications (a qualification awarded by your college) isn’t always recognised by all employers, so it’s always recommended to study a national qualification instead of a provider qualification.

Designed for employment
The NATED range of national qualifications (offered refered to as N4‐N6) was developed by the Department of Education to address skills development in the South African education landscape. Unlike an academic qualification (such as a degree programme), the NATED qualifications ensure that you get teh necessary skills and vocational training to ensure you are employable and promotable.

Access to further education
If you complete your N6 national certificate and you complete 18 months of relevant practical training, you can apply to the Department of Education for a National Diploma. A National Diploma can give you access to degree‐level studies at various universities.

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