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Short Certificate Courses

As the official Centre for Part-Time studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, Wits Plus offers a range of short courses and certificate programmes.

Applications to study in 2020 will open on 16 September

Online courses

Wits Plus recognises the fact that access to contact-based classes is impossible for a large section of our professionals. We have responded to the challenge and are continuously  developing a growing number of ONLINE short courses.

Short Courses Overview
  • These short courses are ideal for the mature working person who wants to acquire new skills and knowledge, advance their career or even make a career change.
  • All courses are offered on a part-time basis by attending evening and/or Saturday classes. Participants attend class once or twice a week (depending on the course). 
  • Most courses run over 12 weeks (one two-hour lecture a week) with a revision session in week 13 and a final assessment in week 14.
  • Wits Plus also offers one year (full-year) courses. These courses only commence at the beginning of the year.

Kindly note that on the instruction of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) short courses will NOT in future refer to 'NQF levels' - these Wits Course Level (WCL) descriptors are being phased in.

Entrance requirements

Our courses are designed to assist people who are ready and prepared for tertiary education. Entrance criteria differ from course to course. However, a specific course makes most sense if an applicant is working in the particular field. 

For certain courses, prerequisite abilities in English, mathematics, economics or computer literacy are applied – so applicants are strongly advised to ensure that they meet the requirements.

Fees for short certificate courses

The fees for the various courses are different - download the list of Short course fees - 2020.

In addition to the course fees stipulated in the table below, students also need to provide for the following:

  • Wits student card (ICAM) costs: approximately R150 
  • Parking disc fees apply: arrangements need to be made with the parking office.


Application information

Applications to study in 2020 will open on 16 September

Application forms should be completed and delivered at the Wits Plus office on the West campus at Wits University in Braamfontein. We do not accept faxed, emailed or mailed application forms or cash at the Wits Plus offices.

Download the application form and fees by clicking on the links below:

Short course application form - 2020
Short course fees - 2020

A separate application form for each course needs to be submitted if you wish to apply for more than one course. (Please note: the application form is generic and the applicant needs to fill in the course name that he/she is applying for.)

A R250-00 non-refundable application fee is payable per course upon application. This fee is included in the course fee and will be deducted when the invoice is produced.

Please ensure that your application is accompanied by:

  • A certified copy of your ID/passport.
  • A certified copy of your Matric certificate/school leaving certificate, and post school certificates (with full academic transcripts)
  • A brief CV (not more than three pages).

Successful applicants will receive a letter of acceptance and a pro-forma invoice (made out to the student or the sponsor – depending on who is liable for settling the account) via email. Payment for the course should be made prior to the registration date for the course, which will be indicated on your letter of acceptance.

All applicants will have to pay a fee for a Wits ICAM card and those who require parking will have to obtain a parking disc at the prescribed cost at the Wits parking office.

Contact us

Boitumelo Leketi
Senior Short Course Coordinator
Tel: +27 11 717 9511

Sibongile Msimanga
Short Course Coordinator
Tel: +27 11 717 9503

Mmabotsile Myeni
Short Course Coordinator
Tel: +27 11 717 9519


General Wits Plus Reception
Tel:  +27 11 717  9510

List of Short Courses

Applications to study in 2020 will open on 16 September - download the Short course application form - 2020

Click on NAME for an information brochure Course Fees Class Day
Advanced HR Management R10750 Thursday
Advanced Investment and Finance R10500 Tuesday
Advanced Logistics and Supply Chain Management R11200 Tuesday
Advanced Marketing R16500 (full year course) Monday
Applied Logistics & Supply Chain Management R11200 Monday
Auditing Information Systems R34250 Tuesday
Basic Research Skills R8300 Tuesday (SM2)
Business Accounting with Pastel R15250 (full year course) Monday
Business Management Essentials R8700 Thursday
Communications and Learning Skills for Academic Purposes R8500 Wednesday (SM2 only)
Digital Marketing R10750 Thursday
Economics Level I R15250 (full year course) Tuesday & Saturday
Economics Level II R15750 (full year course) Tues, Wed & Saturday
Economics Level III R16500 (full year course) Mon & Sat – 4 topics
Effective Business Communication R10750 Tuesday
Facilitation Skills R8300 Saturday (SM2)
Financial Accounting R10200 (full year course) Tuesday
Financial Management for a Business R10500 Thursday
Fundamentals of Management R10400 Tuesday
Fundamentals of Project Management   R11500 Monday
Human Resource Management R16100 (full year course) Tuesday
Insurance & Risk Management R16100 (full year course) Monday
Introduction to Commercial Law R6300 Thursday
Introduction to Investment & Finance R10500 Wednesday
Introduction to Strategic Management R6300 Thursday
Investment Theory R15750 (full year course) Tuesday
Labour Relations in South Africa R10500 Tuesday
Management Accounting R10300 (full year course) Wednesday
Management R11800 (semester 1 only) Wednesday
Marketing R15750 (full year course) Monday
Mathematics for Access R14900 (full year course) Saturday
Operations Management R11200 Tuesday
Organisational Learning and Development R10500 Thursday
Property Investment and Practice R11200 Wednesday
Specialised Project Management R12400 Thursday
Statistics for Research and Design R11500 Saturday (SM1 only)
Taxation R10300 (full year course) Wednesday
Construction Economics and Management R15250 per course blocks
Corporate Governance and Administration Certificates various various