N4 Business Management: National Certificate

This certificate is the beginning of your journey to a career full of diverse opportunities. You can expect to be hired in all fields of business. From Marketing, to Finance and Human Resources, every field in business needs good management.

The N4 Business Management Certificate is the first of three courses in the Business Management Programme. When you are done with your three certificates and have completed your 18 months of practical experience, you will get a National Diploma in Business Management.

Course Information:


National Certificate: N4 Business Management


Quality Council of Trades and Occupations (QCTO)

There are three open book assignments that can be completed at home. As well as a final exam set by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).

Exam opportunities:
There are two exam opportunities.
May/June and October/November

Registration Period:
February – May/June exam
August – October/November exam

NOTE: Your exam fees are not included in your  course fees as it is an external exam. If you do not pay the exam fee as well, you will not be allowed to write the exam.

Award type:

National N Certificate

Award issued by:

Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)



NQF level:

The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level 04

Length of course:

12 Months

Entrance requirement:

Matric Certificate


  • Management Communication N4
  • Introductory Accounting N4
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management N4
  • Computer Practice N4


Once you are done with passing all your assignments and exams, you will experience that awesome day where you receive your qualification. You will get the National Certificate: N4 Business Management; given to you by the DHET.

Career Paths in Business Management

  • Business Analysis
  • Business Development
  • Operations Management
  • Office Management

Gaining Your Practical Work Experience

Are you looking for opportunities to gain practical work experience? No worries, the DHET makes your search for practical experience much easier. They have a great free service available to help with this. This service takes your information as a student (usually a graduate or final year student) and sends it out to employers who offer Work Integrated Learning (WIL). You will then be contacted for interviews and hopefully set up for workplace based training.

Exam Fees

One thing that is unfortunately not included in our course fees is your exam fees. Your exam fees will have to be paid separately.

How can I get Started?

Here are the ways in which you can get in touch with us and start studying.

  1. Fill in the form on this page and we will get back to you shortly.
  2. Call us toll-free: 0800 39 00 27
  3. Chat to us on Whatsapp: 082 318 8892


Last updated: November 15, 2018

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