N4 Human Resource Management: National Certificate

The N4 Human Resource Management Certificate is the start of a wonderful road to a career where no day is the same. Where you get to work on different tasks on any given day. You get to work with people from all walks of life, different backgrounds, professions, age, and experience. The best part is that you get to make these people feel good about their work environment so that they can produce good results for the company. Employers in all fields of business know your worth, which is why there will always be opportunities for you in this career.

This is the first of three courses in our Human Resource Management Programme. When you have completed all three certificates and have done 18 months of practical experience you will receive a National Diploma.

Course Information:


National Certificate: N4 Human Resources Management

Accreditation:The Quality Council of Trades and Occupations (QCTO)


There are three in-house open book assignments (which you can complete at home) and 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: The external DHET exams require you to pay an additional exam fee. This is because external fees are not  included in your course fees. 

Award type:

National N Certificate

Award issued by:

The DHET and the QCTO



NQF level:

The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level 04 

Length of course:

12 Months

Entrance requirement:

Matric Certificate


  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management N4 n4 human resource management
  • Personnel Management N4
  • Management Communication N4
  • Computer Practice N4 or Introductory Computer Practice N4


The qualification awarded for your successful efforts (passing your assignments and final exam) will be the National Certificate: N4 Human Resource Management. This will be issued to you by the DHET.

Career Paths in Human Resources

  • Labour relations
  • Compensation/ benefit analyst
  • Human resources information systems
  • Training and development

Gaining Your Practical Work Experience

Did you know that the DHET has a super simple way of finding companies who are willing to offer you workplace-based experience? The DHET has a great free service which matches your profile with these employers.  

How do 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 08, 2018

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