N5 Legal Secretary: 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 N5 Legal Secretary Certificate is the second of three courses in the Legal Secretary Programme. When you are done with your three certificates and have completed your 18 months of practical experience, you will get a National Diploma: Legal Secretary.

Course Information:


National Certificate: N5 Legal Secretary

Accredited by:

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: You will need to pay an extra exam fee as this is an external exam and external fees are not covered in your course fees.

Award type:

National N Certificate

Award issued by:

The DHET and the QCTO



NQF Level:

National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level 05 

Course Duration:

12 Months

Entrance Criteria:

National Certificate: N4 Legal Secretary


Legal Secretary N4 

n5 legal secretary

  • Office Practice N4
  • Communication N4
  • Information Processing N4
  • Mercantile Law N4

  Legal Secretary N5

  • Office Practice N5
  • Communication N5
  • Information Processing N5
  • Legal Practice N5


After completing your assignments and passing the final exam, you will receive the qualification National Certificate: N5 Legal Secretary. It is given to you by the Department of Higher Education (DHET).


Legal Secretary Career Paths

  • Senior Legal Secretary
  • Personal Assistant in a legal environment
  • Office manager in legal firms
  • Paralegal

Gaining Your Practical Work Experience?

The DHET makes things easier for you by matching your profile with employers who are offering Work Integrated Learning (WIL). You can sign up for the free useful service here

How do I get Started?

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Last updated: November 07, 2018

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