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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Higher Diploma: Company Secretary 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
21096  Higher Diploma: Company Secretary 
ORIGINATOR
Intec College 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
QCTO - Quality Council for Trades and Occupations  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Higher Diploma  Field 03 - Business, Commerce and Management Studies  Office Administration 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  360  Level 6  NQF Level 06  Regular-Provider-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 9900/00  2018-07-01  2023-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2026-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
Towards IAC Membership:
The primary purpose of the qualification is to provide qualifying learners with the skills and knowledge necessary to become a competent company secretary or manager.

Towards CIS Membership:
The primary purpose of the qualification is to provide qualifying learners witih some of the basic skills and knowledge necessary to become a competent company secretary; JSE and statutory expert; accountant; or to lead to a qualification in corporate governance 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
TOWARDS IAC MEMBERSHIP:
Learners who register for this qualification should have passed Grade 12;
OR the Higher Diploma of the Institute of Business Studies (IBS);
OR the Associate Certificate of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB)


TOWARDS CIS MEMBERSHIP:
Learners who register for this qualification should have passed Grade 12;
OR the Higher Diploma of the Institute of Business Studies (IBS);
OR the Associate Certificate of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB)
Learners should demonstrate competence in Commercial Law and Company Law and Close Corporations before studying Corporate Business Administration


Recognition of prior learning:

This qualification recognises, through the submission of portfolios of evidence, the formal/non-formal/informal prior learning which learners who register for the programme leading to the award of the qualification, bring to the learning situation 

RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

QUALIFICATION RULES 
This qualification may be achieved in whole or in part through the recognition of prior learning 

EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
TOWARDS IAC MEMBERSHIP:
Critical cross-field outcomes:

1. Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made
2. Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information
3. Reflect on and explore a variety of strategies to learn more effectively
4. Communicate effectively using language skills
5. Stimulate and develop thinking patterns involving creativity
6. Interpret information from various sources
7. Use technology effectively and responsibly


TOWARDS CIS MEMBERSHIP:
Critical cross-field outcomes:
1. Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made
2. Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information
3. Reflect on and explore a variety of strategies to learn more effectively
4. Communicate effectively using language skills
5. Stimulate and develop thinking patterns involving creativity
6. Interpret information from various sources
7. Conduct research independently

Specific Outcomes:

1). Corporate Business Administration:
The competent learner can demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the application of statutory and other provisions to the work of the Company Secretary or Administrative Manager, including the administrative procedures relating to meetings

2). Management: Principles and Policy:
The competent learner can illustrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, problems and practices of markets, and the skills needed to analyse changes in market, technological, legal, social and political factors in the environment

CHOOSE TWO FROM THE FOLLOWING:

3). Information Systems II:
The competent learner will build on the knowledge in Information Systems I so as to demonstrate a manager's view of Information systems and the problems encountered in their implementation

4). Quantitative Techniques:
The competent learner can understand basic statistical and related techniques which are widely applicable in business administration

5). Financial Management:
The competent learner can understand the determination of financial objectives of business organisations, the selection of projects to enable those objectives to be met and the raising of funds to finance such project

6). Human Resources Management and Labour Relations:
The competent learner can understand the principles and practices of personnel administration, and the nature, problems and dynamics of the theory and practice of South African industrial relations 

ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
TOWARDS IAC MEMBERSHIP:
1. Responses show that critical and creative thinking has been used to identify and solve problems

2. Information is presented logically
Learner shows evidence of critical thought

3. Learner shows evidence of effective learning

4. Learner's written skills are effective: comprehensible and logical

5. Learner demonstrates the ability to assimilate and adapt knowledge

6. Information from various sources is presented in a logical and effective way

7. Learner can type using a computer keyboard
Knowledge of computer packages is demonstrated


TOWARDS CIS MEMBERSHIP:
1. Responses show that critical and creative thinking has been used to identify and solve problems

2. Information is presented logically
Learner shows evidence of critical thought

3. Learner shows evidence of effective learning

4. Learner's written skills are effective: comprehensible and logical

5. Learner demonstrates the ability to assimilate and adapt knowledge

6. Information from various sources is presented in a logical and effective way

7. Results of independent research are presented



Specific Assessment criteria:

1). Corporate Business Administration:
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of corporate governance and the application of statutory and other provisions to the role of the company secretary or Administrative Manager
  • Be able to perform the duties of the Company Secretary as imposed by and specified in section 268G of the Companies Act
  • Be able to perform the duties of a Public Officer appointed in terms of the Income Tax Act
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the administrative functions of a Close Corporation and the role of the Accounting Officer
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the administration and conduct of meetings (public and private0 and of general, class, board and committee meetings
  • Explain the procedures necessary to ensure compliance by the company with the requirements of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)
  • Demonstrate the necessary competence to represent the company or other body to conduct its official correspondence and to communicate with its various stakeholders

    2). Management: Principles and Policy:
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the principles of both management and organisational behaviour contained in the learning programmes
  • Identify situations in theoretical and practical environments and using the knowledge obtained, apply such knowledge to the benefit of the situation, the organisation and all affected stakeholders
  • Identify factors creating dynamism in their particular environment, identify the probable outcomes and initiate proactive measures to not only overcome resistance to change but willing compliance of subordinates and other affected stakeholders
  • Create an effective and efficient work environment based on the application of the tenets of the learning programme and create motivated work teams

    3). Information Systems II:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the types of information needed within a business, the responsibilities of an Information Systems department in managing information resources and the management of end-users
  • Explain the different technologies available to business, both hardware and software
  • Apply suitable selection criteria and acquisition procedures
  • Demonstrate how database and communication resources can be used in controlling and distributing information
  • Explain the basic functionality of the different types of business software applications and where their use is appropriate
  • Explain how information can be integrated within an organisation, as well as distributed across organisations (including use of the internet)
  • Explain the stages of the standard systems development life cycle, the activities occurring at each stage and the alternative development methods
  • Demonstrate and understanding of the principles of change management and the requirements for successful implementation
  • Explain the potential threats to information systems, especially in a networked environment and the controls that can be applied to reduce risk
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of managing information systems staff and maintaining ethical standards

    4). Quantitative Techniques:
  • Demonstrate an overall knowledge of probability, statistics and financial mathematics (compound interest and annuities)
  • Test statistical hypotheses
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of quantitative information in the business/commercial environment

    5). Financial Management:
  • Provide financial advice and make financial decisions based on qualitative and quantitative factors used in isolation or in combination
  • Assimilate financial information in a logical manner and use various techniques to reach quantitative conclusions with regard to business decisions
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of risk and the impact that risk has on financial decisions, as well as various risk measurement techniques
  • Explain the mechanics of financial markets and the impact that these have on business decisions

    6). Human Resources Management and Labour Relations:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the origins, historical antecedents, developments, present perspectives, nature and content of Personnel Management and Labour Relations
  • Identify the basic legal principles which govern or regulate Human Resources Management
  • Identify the role players in the labour relations system/practice, the nature and content of their respective roles as well as the nature and content of the (institutional) relationships between them
  • Demonstrate in general terms the provisions of:
  • The Basic Conditions of the Employment Act
  • The Employment Equity Act
  • The Skills Development Act/Levies Act
  • The Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • The Compensation of Injuries on Duty Act
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the academic, operational and legal (where applicable) principles and provisions which underlie HRM practices and processes


    TOWARDS IAC MEMBERSHIP:
    Integrated assessment:
  • Formal, continuous assessment takes place at the end of a module or block of knowledge. Feedback from the tutor occurs in written form
  • Informal, continuous assessment takes place throughout the learner's studies. Self-assessment will encourage the learner to practice self-evaluation skills
  • Learners may choose to write the formal, summative examinations set by the institute of Administration and Commerce (IAC), and upon demonstration of competence will receive the IAC Higher Diploma in Administration Management or Company Secretary


    TOWARDS CIS MEMBERSHIP:
    Integrated assessment:
  • Formal, continuous assessment takes place at the end of a module or block of knowledge. Feedback from the tutor occurs in written form
  • Informal, continuous assessment takes place throughout the learner's studies. Self-assessment will encourage the learner to practice self-evaluation skills 

  • ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    TOWARDS IAC MEMBERSHIP:
  • Articulation possibilities exist with the Institute of Administration and Commerce
  • The qualifications toward which the graduate may proceed are other managerial qualifications that are not specific to a particular context, and further and/or higher education qualifications


    TOWARDS CIS MEMBERSHIP:
  • Articulation possibilities exist with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators
  • The qualifications toward which the graduate may proceed are other managerial qualifications that are not specific to a particular context, and further and/or higher education qualifications 

  • MODERATION OPTIONS 
    A system of second examiners within the institution will be used, together with a system of external examination at exit levels to the qualification. Where professional or statutory bodies are involved in determining the curriculum, they will also be involved in moderation 

    CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    TOWARDS IAC MEMBERSHIP:
    Our own staff will be used as assessors in a manner accommodated within the quality management system of the institution. This would also apply to outside assessors

    TOWARDS CIS MEMBERSHIP:

    Our own staff will be used as assessors in a manner accommodated within the quality management system of the institution. 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2006; 2009; 2012; 2015. 

    NOTES 
    As per the SAQA decision to re-register all provider-based qualifications on the National Qualifications Framework that meet the criteria for re-registration, this qualification has been re-registered from 1 July 2018. 1). IAC Membership

    OR

    2). CIS Membership 

    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Damelin Correspondence College 
    2. Intec College 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.