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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.

Online courses

Wits Plus has recognised 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 in the process of developing a number of ONLINE 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 2019.

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


To apply for a course, go to the list of courses and click on the COURSE FEE to download the application form. Watch these step-by-step instructions to apply. You will not be able to access the form if the course is not available.

If you want to apply for more than one course, you need to complete the specific form for each course.

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.

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).

Ensure that you include your land line phone number and an email address on the application form. 

If your application is successful, you will receive a letter of acceptance and a pro-forma invoice (made out to you 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 2019 for all short courses will be OPEN from 3 September to 14 December 2018. 
Follow these step-by-step instructions to apply.


Click on NAME for course information Click on FEE for an application form Class Day
Advanced Computer Auditing R32500 (full year course) Tuesday
Advanced HR Management R9950 Thursday
Advanced Investment and Finance R9900 Tuesday
Advanced Logistics and Supply Chain Management R10500 Tuesday
Advanced Marketing R15250 (full year course) Monday
Applied Logistics & Supply Chain Management R10500 Monday
Basic Research Skills R7900 Wed (Sem 1); Sat (Sem 2)
Business Accounting with Pastel R14450 (full year course) Monday
Business Management Essentials R8250 Thursday
Communications and Learning Skills for Academic Purposes R7900 Tuesday
Digital Marketing R9950 Thursday
Economics Level I R15250  (full year course) Tuesday & Saturday
Economics Level II R15250 (full year course) Tues, Wed & Saturday
Economics Level III R15250 (full year course) Mon & Sat – 4 topics
Effective Business Communication R9950 Tuesday
Facilitation Skills R7900 Tues (Sem 1); Sat (Sem 2)
Financial Accounting R9450 (full year course) Tuesday
Financial Management for a Business R9950 Thursday
Fundamentals of Management R9900 Tuesday
Fundamentals of Project Management   R10950 Monday
Human Resource Management R15250 (full year course) Tuesday
Insurance & Risk Management R15250 (full year course) Monday
Introduction to Commercial Law R5900 Monday
Introduction to Investment & Finance R9900 Wednesday
Introduction to Strategic Management R5900 Thursday
Investment Theory R15250 (full year course) Tuesday
Labour Relations in South Africa R9950  Tuesday
Management Accounting R9750 (full year course) Wednesday
Management R10950 (semester 1 only) Wednesday
Marketing R15250 (full year course) Monday
Mathematics for Access R14900 (full year course) Saturday
Operations Management R10500 Tuesday
Organisational Learning and Development R9950 Tuesday
Property Investment and Practice R10500 Wednesday
Specialised Project Management R11500 Thursday
Statistics for Research and Design R10900 Saturday (Sem 1 only)
Taxation R9500 (full year course) Wednesday
Construction Economics and Management R14 450 per course blocks
Corporate Governance and Administration Certificates various various