National Certificate – Public Administration
Qualification ID:50060
Duration:1 Year
Learnership:Yes
NQF Level:5
NQF Credits141
Recognition of Prior LearningYes
Entry requirements:First and second language
Communication NQF Level 4
Mathematical Literacy NQF Level 4
Purpose:The purpose of the Public Administration qualification is to provide a structured programme for public officials that work with senior management officials so as to provide support to strategic leadership and management needed to transform all spheres of government.

The need for well-qualified efficient, client-oriented public officials is therefore identified as a priority in all the three spheres of government. The National Certificate in Public Administration (NQF Level 5) is aimed at practitioners working in the public sector. It is a qualification in a career pathway towards an accomplished public administration and management specialist.

The qualification will therefore enhance the ability of the qualifying learner as a public finance official to perform the necessary administration tasks expected as well as improve management abilities. In this way, the qualification enhances transferability of skills within different spheres of the public sector. At the same time, a learner will gain a firm foundation required for furthering studies at NQF levels 6 and 7. This qualification enables transferability of skills between the private and public sector.

With regard to the implementation of public administration and management reforms, the qualification serves, as a basis of an effective implementation process by defining and identifying those competencies required by technical public officials. The possession of relevant knowledge, skills and attitude by public officials is crucial to the implementation of public sector administration and management reforms. Thus, the qualification contributes to the upliftment of South African economy in line with the aims of existing skills development legislations through enhancing of skill levels of public sector employees.

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