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CIO Practice Level 1: Certificate in IT Management for CIO Teams

The Wits Certificates in Chief Information Officer (CIO) Practice -- offered at Levels 1,  2, and 3 -- cover issues relating to technology, strategic (C-level) management, business and human capital management processes, and ICT policy and regulation.

The CIO Practice Level 1 course, aligned to NQF Level 6 in the South African National Qualifications Framework, is an online programme, offered on the Wits DigitalCampus platform, consisting of 8 modules over 10 consecutive weeks.

(Note re: course NQF level: According to the requirements of the South African Council on Higher Education (CHE), short courses are not accredited at NQF levels. However, the LINK Centre aligns each of its courses to a particular NQF level -- as a means to guide the course's level of difficulty and level of assessment.)

Wits DigitalCampus 2020 brochure

The environments of business and government have become increasingly data-driven. In this context, organisations must undertake effective business re-engineering, ensure effective security measures and risk management, and foster effective utilisation of the Internet for marketing and electronic transactions. An increasingly mobile Internet means an increasingly mobile workforce, which may present an opportunity or a threat. To manage these challenges, organisations appoint CIOs, who lead teams responsible for the strategy, design, procurement and operation of the ICT-enabled business. CIOs lead through strategic capability, technical knowledge, and excellent team-building.

CIO Practice Level 1 is focused towards IT professionals who work in any social or economic sector, including mining, manufacturing, banking, retail, fashion, health, education, or governmental. The course is designed for IT professionals who preferably have a 3-year degree or diploma and 1-3 years of work experience or more. It is for individuals who are starting out their IT careers, who wish to pursue further formal studies in the IT profession, and who eventually aspire to IT leadership roles.

Course Administrator:
Wits DigitalCampus,, +27-87-023-0888, +27-79-267-8355

Start dates for the four 2020 offerings of CIO Level 1:

  • 24 February 2020
  • 20 April 2020
  • 13 July 2020
  • 14 September 2020

Registration closes one week before the course begins.

To apply for registration in one of the four offerings of CIO Practice Level 1 in 2020, please go to

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