Undergraduate & honours qualifications

National Diploma: Safety Management

Qualification code: NDSMN
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 0
SAQA ID: 62413
APS/AS: 17
During the period that this qualification was offered, several curriculum amendments have been effected. HRD1501 replaced SPPPRAC, HRM1501 replaced PEF131V, MNO1501 and MNO1502 replaced SPP101S, MNO2603 and MNO2605 replaced SPP201S, FAC1501 and MNO3704 replaced FMA401V, and ENG1503 replaced ENN103F. Students who have already passed the modules that were replaced, will retain the credits and will not be required to complete the replacement module(-s). Students should note that during the course of their studies they would be required to have access to a computer, printer and the internet.
Purpose statement:
A qualified learner will have the competence to independently implement and manage a successful safety programme in a medium to big enterprise. The qualified learner will be able to register, given the fact that he complies to other set requirements, with the Board of Registration for Occupational Health, Safety and Associated Professionals, as an Occupational Safety Practitioner.
This qualification will be presented via distance learning mode.
Qualification offered until 2025, and ONLY for students previously registered for this qualification.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification. Admission to the alternative qualification is not automatic. It will depend on whether you comply with admission requirements and if space is available.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2020 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification.
  • All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:

  • At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
  • At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per semester:

  • At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
  • At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

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Curriculum for this qualification

As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.

First level

Second level

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
MNO3704 - Environmental Management Pre-requisite:MNB1601 (Not applicable to NDSMN)
OHS301S - Occupational Health and Safety Law III Pre-requisite:OHS2602
SMN301S - Safety Management III
STA1610 - Introduction to Statistics