National N Diploma in Public Management

Saturday or Monday & Wednesday evening classes.


About this programme
Regardless of whether an organisation operates within the private or public sector, running it efficiently involves formulating sound policies, managing resources effectively and delivering excellent service. The significant distinction between running a private sector organisation and a public organisation is that the focus of private business is on profit, whereas public sector organisations focus on the welfare of society, thereby enhancing the lives of all South African citizens.

The welfare of the country’s entire population is an enormous responsibility and it is therefore essential that everyone entering the public sector is in possession of excellent management skills.

This National N Diploma in Public Management (NDipPM) equips students with a diverse range of management skills in order to prepare them for the demands of a career in the public sector.  This range of skills will allow the successful student to seek employment in government departments, parastatals and non-profit organisations.

Certification on successful completion of studies
Students write national examinations set and administered by the Department of Higher Education (DHET).  Successful students will achieve the following:

  • National Certificate: N4 Public Management (SAQA ID# 66875; NQF Level 5)
  • National Certificate: N5 Public Management (SAQA ID# 66955; NQF Level 5)
  • National Certificate: N6 Public Management (SAQA ID# 67000; NQF Level 5)
  • National N Diploma: Public Management (SAQA ID# 67041; NQF Level 6) on completion of N4 – N6 and 18 months or 2000 hours relevant practical experience
  • Unigrad Short Learning Programme Certificate in Computer Skills


N4 Level N5 Level N6 Level
  • Public Administration
  • Management Communication
  • Introductory Accounting
  • Computer Practice
  • Public Administration
  • Municipal Administration
  • Public Finance
  • Entrepreneurship & Business Management (N4)
  • Public Administration
  • Municipal Administration
  • Public Law
  • Computer Practice (N5)

Programme duration and structure (part-time studies)
Evening classes:
Classes are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings (17:30 – 19:30).
Saturday classes: Classes are held on Saturday mornings (08:30 – 12:30) or afternoons (13:00 – 17:00).

Semester 1: February – June
Semester 2: July – November

Students will study two subjects per semester (four subjects per N level).  Once students have successfully achieved all three National Certificates in Public Management (N4, N5 & N6) and have worked for 18 months or 2000 hours at a national, provincial or local government institution, they will be entitled to receive the highly respected National N Diploma: Public Management.