New Venture Creation – NQF 2 – 138 Credits

The purpose of the NQF level 2 New Venture Creation qualification is to provide a qualification that can form the basis for structured programmes for potential and existing entrepreneurs to capitalise on opportunities to start and grow sustainable businesses that form part of the mainstream economy, enabling the learners to tender for business opportunities within both the public and private sectors. This qualification is designed for learners who intend to set up or have already set up own ventures. Assessment of the competencies and knowledge in the qualification needs to be done in the context of the learner’s own new venture.

    The following topics form the building blocks of this qualification:

  • Apply basic business ethics in a work environment
  • Apply the basic skills of customer service
  • Behave in a professional manner in a business environment
  • Determine financial requirements of a new venture
  • Identify and demonstrate entrepreneurial ideas and opportunities
  • Identify the composition of a selected new venture’s industry/sector and its procurement systems
  • Manage business operations
  • Manage finances for a new venture
  • Manage marketing and selling processes of a new venture
  • Match new venture opportunity to market needs
  • Produce a business plan for a new venture
  • Access and use information from texts
  • Apply basic knowledge of statistics and probability to influence the use of data and procedures in order to investigate life related problems
  • Demonstrate understanding of rational and irrational numbers and number systems
  • Identify, describe, compare, classify, explore shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional shapes in different contexts
  • Maintain and adapt oral communication
  • Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes
  • Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal and community life
  • Work with a range of patterns and functions and solve problems
  • Write for a defined context
  • Apply health and safety to a work area
  • Administer contracts for a selected new venture
  • Apply basic HR principles in a new venture
  • Co-ordinate meetings, minor events and travel arrangements
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of HIV/AIDS in a workplace, and its effects on business sub-sector, own organisation and a specific workplace
  • Tender for business or work in a selected new venture

While this learning programme is directed specifically at developing the skills and knowledge required by a person for the establishment and development of a small to medium business venture. Successful learners that obtain this Qualification may become successful entrepreneurs.

New Venture Creation – NQF 4 – 149 Credits

This Qualification will meet the needs of the formal and in-formal Small, Micro and Medium Enterprise Sector by providing training standards against which entrepreneurs can be trained. This Qualification meets the needs of society by, primarily, providing persons who are able to apply the fairly complex knowledge and skills required to be an entrepreneur and thus contribute to the economic upliftment of themselves, their community and thereby the nation as a whole. Alternatively this Qualification is also attractive to persons who have not received formal training in this Sector but who are are already managing and/or are working as employees within an established Small, Micro and Medium Enterprise business.

    The following topics form the building blocks of this qualification:

  • Apply innovative thinking to the development of a small business
  • Apply the principles of costing and pricing to a business venture
  • Demonstrate an understanding of an entrepreneurial profile
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the function of the market mechanisms in a new venture
  • Explain and apply the concept, principles and theories of motivation in a leadership context
  • Finance a new venture
  • Implement an action plan for a new venture
  • Manage finances of a new venture
  • Manage general administration
  • Negotiate an agreement or deal in an authentic work situation
  • Plan and manage production/operations in a new venture
  • Plan strategically to improve new venture performance
  • Produce business plans for a new venture
  • Research the viability of new venture ideas/opportunities
  • Implement and manage human resource and labour relations policies and acts
  • Accommodate audience and context needs in oral/signed communication
  • Interpret and use information from texts
  • Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes
  • Write/present/sign texts for a range of communicative contexts
  • Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems
  • Engage in sustained oral/signed communication and evaluate spoken/signed texts
  • Read/view, analyse and respond to a variety of texts
  • Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts
  • Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes
  • Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues
  • Write/present/sign for a wide range of contexts
  • Administer contracts for a selected new venture
  • Tender to secure business for a new venture

The purpose of the Qualification is to develop the appropriate skills and knowledge required by a person for the establishment and development of a small to medium business venture, and address the economic, administrative and behavioural (psycho-social) barriers that contribute to success in starting and sustaining the venture.

This qualification is intended for persons who wish to start, operate, manage and grow a new small to medium business venture. Learners attempting this qualification will be equipped with a variety of technical, business managerial and personal skills and strategies to help them succeed in the creation and sustenance of a business. The successful learner will develop a sound foundation for the application of these skills and knowledge to explore a diverse range of entrepreneurial opportunities.

Generic Management – NQF 4 – 150 Credits

This qualification is intended for junior managers of small organisations, junior managers of business units in medium and large organisations, or those aspiring to these positions. Junior managers include team leaders, supervisors, foremen and section heads.

    The focus of this qualification has been designed to enable learners to be competent in a range of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values including:

  • Gathering and analysing information.
  • Analysing events that impact on a business and its competitive environment.
  • Complying with organisational standards.
  • Motivating an individual or team.
  • Negotiating in a work situation.
  • Understanding the role of business strategy as it applies to junior management.
  • Managing the budget within a specific area of responsibility.
  • Applying management principles and practices within a specific area of responsibility.
  • Managing work unit performance to achieve goals.
  • Behaving ethically and promoting ethical behaviour in a work situation.
  • Demonstrating understanding of the consequences in a work unit of HIV/AIDS.

This qualification lays the foundation for the development of management qualifications across various sectors and industries. It specifically develops management competencies required by learners in any occupation, particularly those who are currently operating as junior managers. The qualification introduces key terms, rules, concepts, principles and practices of management that will enable learners to be informed managers in any occupation. It has also been developed to enable managers or prospective managers to access higher education and provide flexible access to life-long learning.

The scope of management covers four domains: leadership, self-management, people management and management practices. This qualification addresses each of these domains with generic competencies, thereby enabling learning programmes to be contextualised for specific sectors and industries. Provides opportunities for people to transfer between various specialisations within management. This will therefore enable management competencies to be strengthened, and enable managers to better manage systems, processes, resources, self, teams and individuals in various occupations. It is intended to empower learners to acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required to operate confidently as individuals in the South African community and to respond to the challenges of the economic environment and changing world of work. Ultimately, this qualification is aimed at improving the productivity and efficiency of managers within all occupations in South Africa.

Generic Management – NQF 5 – 165 Credits

The purpose of the qualification is to equip managers with the skills and knowledge to manage first line managers, including team leaders, supervisors, junior managers, section heads and foremen.

The National Certificate: Generic Management, NQF Level 5 forms part of a learning pathway of management qualifications across various sectors and industries. It is specifically designed to develop management competencies required by learners in any occupation, particularly those who manage first line managers. The qualification builds on the FETC: Generic Management and further develops the key concepts, principles and practices of management that will enable learners to lead, manage, organise and control first line managers and team leaders. The learners will typically be managers who have other junior managers or team leaders reporting to them. In smaller organisations or entities, the managers could primarily be responsible for managing the supervisors and staff within their section, division or business unit.

    The following topics are covered:

  • Managing the Operations of Micro-Finance Institutions.
  • Capital Markets Operations.
  • Commercial Bank Portfolio Management.
  • Financial Management.
  • Managing Budgets.
  • Marketing for Financial Institutions.
  • Corporate Governance.
  • Re-engineering the Organisation.
  • Change Management.
  • The Legal Business Concept.
  • Market & Marketing Research.
  • Effective Management of Retail Businesses.
  • Focus on Management for Young Executives.
  • Effective Communication & Negotiation Skills.
  • Effective Human Resource Management.
  • Customer Care Service.
  • Effective Management Skills.
  • Effective Leadership Skills for Senior Executives.
  • Training of Trainers.
  • Results Oriented Management.
  • Strategic Planning & Management.
  • Project Planning & Management I.
  • Performance Appraisal.

This qualification is further intended to empower learners to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required to operate confidently as individuals in South African communities and to respond to the challenging economic environment and constantly changing world of work. Ultimately, this qualification is aimed at improving the effectiveness and leadership abilities of middle managers in various occupations in South Africa, in private and public business entities as well as non-governmental organisations. For this reason, the word ‘entity’ includes a company, business unit, public institution, small business or non-profit organisation.