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NQF Level 5


Higher Certificate in Management Practice
Recognition starts here!


Gain confidence by shaping your self-leadership and management skills.

Be well-prepared for managing teams. 

Demystify and master the intricacies of business.

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There are multiple intakes in 2024, and our next programme starts on 22 July in Johannesburg. Start your application today →

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Choose a qualification that's respected and accredited 

For 30 years, Henley Business School Africa has been developing African business leaders with impact. The LIFT! Programme will expand your skills and broaden your thinking as you understand 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 ambitious professionals who feel they’re being held back because they lack a formal qualification. This programme will boost your business acumen and grow your confidence in your abilities. Graduates tell us that the most consequential 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: Lift! 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

R55,000 (VAT exempt)

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Elevate your business acumen and see your career lift off

LIFT! is an NQF Level 5 accredited qualification comprising 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 assessments are 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 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

Admission requirements  

  • A National Senior Certificate or equivalent qualification at NQF level 4
  • 1 year work experience

Don't have an NQF level 4 certification or equivalent? If you have a minimum of five years working experience, we will consider your application on the grounds of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

All applicants must submit:

  • Completed application form
  • A certified copy of a South African Identity Document, or Passport
  • A certified copy of your National Senior Certificate  
  • Current CV
  • One reference form

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

Start your application today.

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LIFT! programme fee for 2024: R55,000 (VAT exempt)

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 atUG.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?

Imagine being surrounded by bright minds on campuses across four continents, learning from global experts who've seen it all. Discover your potential in a supportive yet challenging environment where knowledge meets action. This isn’t just a business school; it's a launchpad for your dreams. 

Here's why choosing Henley sets you apart:

Globally recognised: We're the only quadruple-accredited international business school in Africa, a mark of exceptional quality.

  • Level 2 B-BBEE certified: We're committed to diversity and inclusion, empowering future leaders who reflect the world.
  • Caring, challenging, whole-person learning: We go beyond theory – develop practical skills, confidence, and a global perspective in a family-friendly and supportive environment.
  • High-touch, high engagement: Get personalised attention from our learning experts and forge connections with a vibrant community.
  • Powerful alumni network: Join a network of almost 100,000 changemakers across the globe, opening doors to new opportunities.
  • Your qualification, your passport: Unlock a world of possibilities, propelling your career to new heights. 

Henley’s learning style is:

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

Join the next Post-Experience Undergraduate
Info Session

Join us at our next post-experience undergraduate info session to get a taste of the Henley learning experience. You’ll get to see for yourself how Henley's management programmes can give you a competitive advantage in your career.

Next session:

Date : 20 June 2024

Time: 19:00 - 20:00

Location: Online via zoom




Ready for 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. For six years in a row, we have been rated the best MBA business school in South Africa by corporate South Africa (PMR.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, and counselling support if needed.
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#1 for networking

Henley is your portal to the world. The Economist has rated our alumni network as the best in the world for potential to network. We bring classes together both in the virtual world and the real one, giving you access to new connections and lasting friendships in organisations and industries across Africa.
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Rooted in the real

Our faculty members 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

At Henley we're 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

Henley is committed to building a beautiful and prosperous future for this continent. By joining us, 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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