​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The IIE Higher Certificate in Business Management offers students the perfect platform to pursue a Business Administration Degree or upon completion apply for internships or entry-level positions in related fields. IIE graduates also qualify to pursue a degree or diploma in business management, or a further qualification in administration or a related field. The qualification combines management skills with business related skills as well as marketing and human resource skills to ensure well-rounded learning.


Upon graduation you can work in any business department managing diaries, organizing documents, arranging meetings and fact checking documents. Career options include an assistant to a business manager or business administrator.


You will develop your people, analytical and problem solving skills and also build strong administration and leadership skills. ​


Full-time: This is a one year full-time qualification offered by The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) at Rosebank College. Lectures take place during the day on weekdays. Qualification offered at the following campuses: Braamfontein, Cape Town, Pretoria CBD, Pietermaritzburg, Durban CBD, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and Polokwane. 

Part-time: This is an 18 month part-time qualification, please consult our student advisor for full qualification fees. There will be a future fee as this is an 18 month qualification and the fees displayed on the website are annual fees and not the full qualification. Qualification offered part-time at the following campuses: Braamfontein, Pretoria CBD and Durban CBD.


This qualification can also be completed on the distance learning option. Distance modules are only offered in bundles, there are two bundles (semester 1 and semester 2). You can do a maximum of two bundles a year and you cannot register for individual modules.​ Speak to your sales consultant for more information on the bundles.​ 

No application fee for IIE Distance/Online Learning


This Higher Certificate is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE). It is also registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) on ​Level 5 (SAQA ID No: 94802). On successful completion you will receive a Higher Certificate in Business Management from The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), the leading registered private provider of higher education in South Africa.


Use this Higher Certificate as a stepping stone to furthering your academic career. Once you qualify you will have the wonderful opportunity of studying The IIE Bachelor of Business Administration or The IIE Bachelor of Public Administration degree through Rosebank College.​


 To register, you must meet one of the following entry requirements:

• A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Higher Certificate admission- A minimum of 30 % for English is required; OR
• A National Certificate (Vocational) NC(V) with Higher Certificate admission – A minimum of 40 % in English on either First Additional Language or Home Language level,  with a minimum of 30 % in either Mathematics or Mathematics Literacy, a minimum of 40% in Life Orientation and a minimum of 50% in four vocational subjects; OR
• A Senior Certificate (SC)  (without endorsement) or equivalent– A minimum of five of the six required subjects must be passed.


Mature Age Exemption:

• Candidates must have attempted the  Senior Certificate, attained the age of 23 before or during the first year of registration with three years’ work experience and proven ability relating to the proposed programme as well as adequate communication skills; OR
• Candidates must have attained the age of 45 before or during the first year of registration.

RPL – demonstrate suitability for admission in terms of Senate’s resolution 6.6 of 20 October 2005 which allows for Senate’s discretionary conditional admission (if applicable).


If you are an international student, you must ensure that:

  • you have an equivalent qualification to the aforementioned;
  • your equivalent qualification is e valuated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA);
  • you have a valid study visa issued in the name of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) that covers the duration of your studies.  ​




Programme Type

Higher Certificate


  • Accounting A
  • Introduction to Academic and Digital Literacy
  • Business Management 1
  • Marketing 1
  • Introduction to Project management
  • Accounting B
  • Human Resource management
  • Operations management
  • Work Integrated learning

​​In order to be awarded this qualification, you must have achieved a minimum final year mark of fifty percent (50%) for each module of the programme, and have met all Work Integrated Learning requirements.​​ ​ In some, but limited instances some modules may change. At the time of registration, please check that the entry requirements and fees have not changed.​​

The Independent Institute of Education’s official prospectus is available on www.iie.ac.za and on the library webpage. Information in this prospectus takes precedence over other programme and qualification information provided​.​

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