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Corporate Governance and Administration

The Corporate Governance and Administration courses offered by Wits Plus are recognised by CGISA, the international professional body for Corporate Secretaries.

The Chartered Governance Institute of Southern Africa (formerly CSSA) is the professional qualifying body for Chartered Secretaries and is recognised in more than 70 countries. It offers a series of professional learning programmes that prepare candidates to become qualified Chartered Secretaries.

Wits Plus offers three programmes which are fully accredited by CGISA:

  • Programme 1 at NQF Level 5 
  • Programme 2 at NQF Level 6 
  • Programme 3 at NQF Level 7 

All courses in these programmes can be studied as stand-alone short courses. Success in all three programmes will give candidates access to the Internationally Qualifying Board Examinations.

Download an overview of the Chartered Secretary Learning Path

Applications to study in Semester 2 will be open from 09 April 2024.

Programme 1

The following courses are required to complete Programme 1 (NQF level 5):

  • Communication 
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting 
  • Introduction to Law 
  • Introduction to Corporate Governance

Download the application form in the Apply section

Programme 2

The following courses are required to complete Programme 2 (NQF level 6):

  • Advanced Financial Accounting 
  • Managing Information Systems 
  • Principles of Business Law 
  • Principles of Corporate Governance

Download the application form in the Apply section

Programme 3

The following courses are required to complete Programme 3 (NQF level 7):

  • Management Principles 
  • Advanced Business Law 
  • Advanced Corporate Governance

Download the application form in the Apply section

Entrance requirements

Applicants who want to apply for Programme 1 must have a matric or equivalent qualification on NQF level 4. They are expected to have acquired a basic competency in written English (first or second language) as well as a numeracy competency indicated by an NQF level 4 pass in either Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy or Accounting.

Students who are not competent in Mathematics or Accountancy are advised to complete the Wits Plus course Business Accounting with Pastel (from Wits Plus) before applying.

Computer literacy will be a distinct advantage.

In order to register for either Programmes 2 or 3, applicants should have completed the previous level successfully at Wits or at another CSSA accredited provider.

To be considered for the Board Level, candidates will need to have completed the qualifying programme (programmes 1 to 3, up to NQF level 7) or have been granted full exemption by the Chartered Secretaries South Africa (CSSA).


A R250 non-refundable application fee is payable upon application. 

Programmes 1 to 3: Semester course fees are R8 250 each and full year courses are R12 500 each. Fees include course notes, tuition and exam fees.

Board Level course fees are R7 800 per course, inclusive of course notes and tuition fees. Board Exams are administered by the CGISA and (additional) exam fees are payable directly to the CGISA.

Please note: The above fees apply for 2024 - an application form for SM2 will be uploaded when available:.

Other costs:

  • Textbooks are not included in the course fees.
  • Applicants are also required to pay the annual CGISA registration fee.
  • All applicants will pay a once-off fee for a Wits ICAM (access card) and those who require parking will have to obtain a parking disc at the prescribed cost. (A replacement fee applies if access cards are lost.)

Fees must be paid in full by close of registration Courses may be cancelled depending on the number students registered. Credit and debit card payments can be made at the Wits Plus office. EFT and bank deposits are to be paid into the bank account indicated on your invoice, which you obtain together with your acceptance letter.


Applications to study in Semester 2 will be open from 09 April 2024 - download the application form by clicking on the link below:

Corporate Governance and Administration | SM2 2024


The application fee will be deducted from tuition fees on all successful applications. 

Complete and sign the application form electronically. You may email your application form with supporting documents to Note that you may be required to submit hard copies of documents at a later stage. 

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)
  • ICSA Academic Transcript (If applicable) 

Please note that the certification date stamp must not be older than six months

It is essential to include your land line phone number and an email address on the application form.

Once the selection process is complete, you will receive a tax invoice (made out to you or the sponsor – depending on who is liable for settling the account). Payment for the course must be made in full before the commencement of the term.

Also note that students need to pay an annual registration fee directly to CGiSA.


Course Coordinator for Corporate Governance and Administration
Tel: +27 11 717 9502

Wits Plus General Reception
Tel: +27 11 717 4208