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Centre for Business Management (CBM)



What is a qualification?

According to SAQA, a qualification is a formal recognition of an achievement of a required number and range of credits and other requirements at specific levels of the NQF determined by relevant bodies registered by SAQA.

What is formal learning?

Formal learning is intentional from the learner’s perspective typically provided by an education or training institution, structured in terms of its learning objectives, learning time, support and outcomes and in the end leading to certification based on a learner meeting all the outcomes requirements (formative & summative) .

What is non-formal learning?

Non-formal learning is learning that may occur in a formal learning environment via short courses or workshops among others, that may not necessarily carry credits but the achievement evidence of which would form part of a process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL for short) for an individual.

These types of short courses would typically range from a one day session to a few weeks after which learners would earn an attendance certificate for instance.

Credits and exemptions

All CBM SLPs carry credits with a minimum duration of three months up to a maximum of one year for completion. Depending upon which programme is successfully completed, students can enquire with the relevant departments, about possible exemption for credits towards a formal qualification as certain modules are articulated with modules in certain of the formal programmes.

Admission requirements

In general terms a National Senior Certificate or equivalent qualification is required for enrolment in most of our programmes. Persons not in possession of such qualifications will only be considered for admission on the basis of alternative admission criteria such as relevant work experience supported by a detailed CV and references, and or by other recognised prior learning (including non-formal).

Certification and academic records

Upon completion of a programme by meeting all the formative and summative assessment requirements, students will be issued with their certificates. Academic transcripts or records reflecting marks will only be issued upon request in formal writing via e-mail to:

Students should please take note that in the event that they lose their certificate, UNISA does not re-issue or re-print certificates. The onus is on the qualified student to ensure safe keeping of such an important document in whatever manner that will ensure its existence; which might include making certified copies and framing possibly.

For the centre to be able to send you, your qualifications, it is important to supply us with your current physical or postal address as well as contact details. The centre will not be held responsible if addresses given are incorrect or if the certificate is lost in the mail.  Certificates collected at the helpdesk must be collected with the Identity Document of the candidate as proof.

All enquiries should be directed to the help desk contact numbers as furnished:  Tel +27 (0)12 352-4288

Report any queries, problems or dissatisfaction with our service to you regarding your application to Manager: Operations Centre for Business Management, 5th floor, Vudec Building UNISA, 360 Van der Walt, corner Skinner, Pretoria or by e-mail .   

Registration of Providers and Accreditation of Programmes

As a prospective student considering to study further, one of the first key questions to ask yourself is:  Which institution should I enrol with?  Beyond matriculation (high school), possibilities are endless in terms of organisations offering education to further one’s studies. Fortunately, education in South Africa is highly regulated by Acts of Parliament, with the Higher Education Act (Act 101/1997) being one of them. 

Operating within the ambit of this Act, various types of institutions are then permitted to exist and to offer education to the public. In a perking order fashion, these institutions range from Universities and Universities of Technology, Further Education & Training (FET) colleges, Independent colleges and Private Higher Education Institutions.

With the exception of Universities and Universities of Technology which are directly answerable to the Minister of Higher Education, all the other institutions are required by law to periodically renew their right to exist and therefore offer education, via a registration process after which they are given a validation registration number effectively as a licence to trade. Their education programmes would still have to be accredited however, for quality compliance purposes which is a further requirement.

Students are therefore advised to verify the validity of this registration number before and when they register with private education institutions to ensure that they have complied with the law and are therefore not Fly by Nights and that their programmes/qualifications are properly accredited. Please visit for more info.

While all its SLPs are fully accredited and quality assured, Unisa’s Centre for Business Management is part of Unisa and it is therefore exempted from having any registration number to provide education.