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Centre for Business Management (CBM)

Insurance courses and programmes

Insurance courses and programmes are offered by the Unisa Centre for Business Management (CBM) in association with the Insurance Institute of South Africa (IISA). IISA awards various levels of professional designations, ranging from licentiates to fellowships. Completing a Unisa insurance course or programme provides clear evidence of educational achievement and is linked to the professional designations of IISA.

The composition of the insurance courses and programmes is determined by Unisa, following consultation with IISA. IISA also bears the responsibility of ensuring that prescribed books are of a high quality and up-to-date. Students have to order their prescribed books from IISA once they have registered with Unisa. Access to a personal computer and the internet is also required in order for students to be able to download study material from the student portal, myUnisa (https://my.unisa.ac.za).

The following Insurance courses and programmes are offered during 2014:

Name of Programme Admission requirement Cost per module
(subject to change)
Total cost of Programme (subject to change)

IISA Short Course in Elements of Short Term Insurance (76635)

National Senior Certificate

R1 100

R1 100

IISA Introductory Programme in Short Term Insurance (7652X)

National Senior Certificate

R1 100

R5 500

IISA Programme in Short Term Insurance (76546)

Qualification 7652X

R1 100

R5 500

IISA Introductory Programme in Retirement Fund Management (76600)

National Senior Certificate

R1 100

R5 500

IISA Programme in Retirement Fund Management (76511)

Qualification 76600

R1 100

R5 500

IISA Introductory Programme in Advanced Insurance Practice (7649X)

An appropriate Insurance qualification with 120 credits at NQF level 5

R1 100

R5 500

IISA Programme in Advanced Insurance Practice (76481)

Qualification 7649X

R1 100

R5 500

Unisa is in the process of obtaining approval from the Council for Higher Education (CHE) for a Higher Certificate in Insurance (HC Insurance), which we plan to offer from 2015. The above-mentioned courses and programmes will be offered in its present format for the final time during 2014.

Students who do not complete their course or programme during 2014 have only 2015 in order to complete their studies. No new, first time registrations will be allowed for any the above-mentioned courses and programmes during 2015 – only repeaters will be allowed during 2015 in order to complete any outstanding modules of qualifications enrolled for prior to 2015. Click here for more details. Students who have not completed their studies by the end of 2015 will either have to convert to the new HC Insurance or one of the new short learning programmes envisaged for 2016.

Access to a personal computer and the internet is required in order for students to be able to download study material from the student portal, myUnisa (https://my.unisa.ac.za). Remember, Unisa is an open distance learning institution. As a result, students do not attend any classes for the Insurance courses and programmes. Instead, they study at a time and place that is convenient to them. Communication with fellow students and lecturers occurs via myUnisa at https://my.unisa.ac.za.