NQF Level 5


Higher Certificate in Management Practice
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Learn to manage yourself skillfully in preparation for managing others, while broadening your understanding of how business works.

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There are multiple intakes in 2024, and our next programme starts on 21 May in Joburg and 08 Apr in Cape Town Start your application today →

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Choose a qualification that's respected and accredited 

For 30 years Henley Africa has been developing African business leaders with impact. The LIFT! Programme will expand your skills and broaden your thinking as you gain an understanding of what it takes to break through and advance your career. The programme will take you through a carefully designed process of learning, growth, and reflective practice enabling you to integrate what you learn into your daily work and build confidence in your management ability.

No formal qualification? No problem!

LIFT! is designed for managers, team leaders, supervisors and entrepreneurs who are ambitious but feel they’re being held back because they don’t have a formal qualification. This programme will boost your business acumen and grow your confidence in your own abilities. Graduates tell us that the most powerful outcome of LIFT! is that it validates the skills and experience they already have and opens the door for them to climb higher.

You’ll start to develop the practical management skills needed to create high-performing teams.
You’ll discover better ways to manage your time and energy by being able to delegate.
You’ll gain self-confidence and clarity by better understanding and applying your strengths.
You’ll come to understand the best way to motivate others and recognise future leaders in your business.
You’ll get prepared to navigate business changes and help others through times of transition.

Level: NQF Level 5

Award: Higher Certificate in Management Practice (HCMP)

Estimated time required: Class attendance + Self study, 19 contact days over the year

Attendance: Part-time

Duration: 12 months, part-time

SAQA ID: 102107

Total credits: 120

Accreditation: Council on Higher Education (CHE)

Mode of delivery: Online/face-to-face

Programme type: Academic, open learning, post-experience undergraduate, accredited

Assessment: Assignments, examination, group project


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Elevate your business acumen and see your career lift off

Lift! is an NQF Level 5 accredited qualification that consists of five learning blocks delivered over 12 months. All topics are underpinned by a systems-oriented framework that allows you to build an understanding of business as an ecosystem – a series of interconnected parts that function collectively to create a profitable and sustainable enterprise.

All assessment is project-based and directly related to your role within the organisation. In this way, the work environment effectively becomes the learning laboratory. Individuals learn to apply theory in practice within their own context in their own organisational roles. This action-learning approach will help ensure that you continue to grow beyond the life of the programme.

HCMP modules


Fundamental Management

  • Understanding the management process and functions of management
  • Understanding management and leadership
  • Personal mastery: Leading self
  • Action learning: Forming teams

Systems Thinking
and Business

  • Innovation, technology, and the future world of work
  • Systems thinking: An introduction
  • Personal mastery: Leading self-continued
  • Action learning: An introduction to research

Fundamental Business

  • Personal and organisational finance
  • Understanding the operations environment
  • Understanding customers
  • Action learning: Learning about literature reviews, surveys and interviews

Working with People

  • Career management
  • People management
  • Personal mastery: Working in teams
  • Action learning: Synthesising information, forming an argument, report writing

Action Learning Activity

  • Presentation skills
  • Integration of programme learning

Programme information

This is a programme for new managers, team leaders or supervisors entering the management arena for the first time.

Admission requirements  

  • A Matric certificate or equivalent qualification at NQF level 4
  • Proof of English proficiency (if your school and/or tertiary study was in another language) 
  • 1-2 years’ work experience, preferably with some junior management/supervisory experience.

All applicants must submit:

  • A completed application form
  • One reference
  • Current CV
  • Certified copies of Identity Document and Matric certificate

Please read the admission requirements and application form notes before submitting your application.

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Lift! programme fee for 2024: R55,000

At Henley, we are committed to providing our students with flexible financing options. Whether you’re an individual in need of finance or an organisation motivating for an increase in budget, we’re here to help.

Please click here for information and advice.

Should you require any further information about our post-experience undergraduate programmes, email us at  UG.admissions@henleysa.ac.za.


Delivery  Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4 Block 5
Virtual 13 - 16 Feb 2024 06 - 09 May 2024 01 - 04 July 2024 16 - 19 Sep 2024 26 - 28 Nov 2024
Face-to-face 21 - 24 May 2024 15 -18 Jul 2024 21 - 24 Oct 2024 27 - 30 Jan 2025 08 - 10 Apr 2025
Virtual 22 - 25 Jul 2024 07 - 10 Oct 2024 20 - 23 Jan 2025 31 Mar - 03 Apr 2025 24 - 26 Jun 2025
Virtual  28 - 31 Oct 2024 03 - 06 Feb 2025 05 - 08 May 2025 21 - 24 Jul 2025 06 - 08 Oct 2025


Delivery  Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4 Block 5
Face-to-Face 08 - 11 Apr 2024 18 - 21 Jun 2024 19 - 22 Aug 2024 07 - 10 Oct 2024 22 -24 Jan 2025

Why choose Henley?

Henley Business School is a leading global business school with campuses in Africa, Europe, Asia, and the UK. It is the first internationally quadruple-accredited business school in Africa and holds a level 1 B-BBEE status. Our caring, challenging, whole-person learning approach combines up-to-date knowledge, research and commercial experience with high-contact and high-engagement. You’ll graduate with a new purpose and confidence in life and become part of a powerful global network of Henley alumni who are making an impact across the world. Your qualification is, quite simply, your entry ticket to a new world of possibilities and growth.

Henley’s learning style is:

- Rich                                     
- Relevant
-- Effective Results-orientated
- Interactive
- Practical
- Dynamic



Join the next Post-Experience Undergraduate
Info Session

Join us for the upcoming undergraduate info  Session and get a taste of the Henley learning experience. You’ll get to see for yourself how Henley can give you a competitive advantage in your career.

Next session:

Date : 14 March 2024

Time: 19:00 - 20:00

Location: Online via zoom




Unparalleled personal and professional growth

Best Location

Our modern, safe and attractive campus is conveniently situated in suburban Johannesburg. We also have a centrally-located Cape Town campus.
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Top ranked

We are the first internationally quadruple-accredited business school in Africa and have been ranked for five years in a row by corporate SA (PMR) as being the best MBA business school in South Africa. Henley Executive Education is also rated top in Southern Africa by the Financial Times of London.
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Life balance

Our blended learning approach is flexible and family friendly. You will experience the best of both online and face-to-face learning so you can still find time for all the things that matter most to you. Our structured support system includes administration and logistics support, academic support, as well as counselling support if needed.
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#1 for networking

The Economist has rated Henley’s alumni network as the best in the world for potential to network. This is your portal to the world. We bring classes together both in the virtual world and the real one, so you gain new connections and friendships – that last – in organisations and industries across Africa.
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Rooted in the real

Our faculty are experienced and educated – they consult to companies and boards; many have been senior executives. They manage and know organisations, which ensures that their teaching is rooted in real life, as well as being academically and theoretically rigorous.
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All about you

We are known for our care and focus on personal development – helping you to understand yourself better so that you can become a respected and well-rounded leader.
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Our compass is Africa

We have a long-term commitment to building a beautiful and prosperous future for this continent. By joining Henley you are joining a movement to build Africa. We’ll give you the ability to see business differently and the impetus to build businesses that make a difference.
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Empower yourself with the Henley HCMP experience

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Meet Pranisha Behary,  your dedicated guide to anything related to the Henley HCMP.

Cell: +27 83 273 3565 

Tel: +27 11 808 0860

E-mail: pranishab@henleysa.ac.za

Your progress is a personal journey, and we are here to help you accomplish everything that you and your company possibly can. We take pride in graduating outstanding executives – normal people with exceptional skills and extraordinary commitment – who get results at an international level. What is your motivation for pursuing an HCMP? We’d love to nurture your vision for Africa and beyond.  


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“The culture is very encouraging and embraces lifelong learning which is very motivating for successful learning.”

Theo Raphala

Refilwe Lekitlene@2x
“Henley has become my way of living, it is my spiritual journey to the world of greatness.”

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