Should I do a short course?


Doing a Short Course is a strategic move that you can undertake to improve your knowledge, skills, and marketability within a specific field. A short course primarily develops and enhances your skills. A short course helps you to continue your education and become a lifelong learner, someone that is always growing and developing.

Take the Supervisory Management Short Course for example. This course prepares and equips students to work as a manager or supervisor, as well as a community or team leader.

The course covers a range of important aspects in business. It will give you a better understanding of the different levels of management; how to manage people, as well as teach you how to successfully lead a team and make good decisions that will benefit your organisation.

The reality is that when you are relying on experience alone, often you learn by making mistakes before learning how to correct it – and in business, mistakes can be extremely costly. Moving into a management or leadership position without preparing yourself to do so will leave you short-sighted, as even though you might have good grasp for your current position, lack of formal input may mean that you lack the knowledge needed for what is ahead. If you are not sure you have all the skills you require to succeed as a supervisor, a short course can help you close that gap.

Studying will keep you up to date with the latest developments in business management, as well as newer technologies involved in the process. Staying ahead of the curve will allow you to ensure that you and your department are performing at peak levels.

Short Courses and Accreditation Status

Short courses are NOT accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) or SAQA and, as such, are not qualifications. This means that they are not credit-bearing and should not to be confused with Higher Certificate or Diploma programmes.

Why do a short course then?

Here are a few reasons:

  • A lot of industry players encourage their people to do short courses in order to stay current within their market, as well as to foster growth within their career.
  • A short course is skills-focused in a specific area that helps your professional development.
  • Study and develop your skills at the same time that you are working.
  • A short course takes a shorter period of time to complete, and it is cheaper than a qualification.
  • At iQ Academy, short courses start from as little as R455per month with no registration fees.
  • You can also do a short course even if you do not have a matric. This is not possible with a higher certificate or diploma, as Grade 12 is a requirement.

Think of a short course as a way to vul’indlela (open the way) to your future. Growth that is affordable and accessible to everyone. For more information click here and one of our consultants will help you according to your specific needs.