Diploma Courses

A diploma is a tertiary qualification that can take anything from twelve months to three years to complete. Diploma courses can be studied at a college (public or private) or a university of technology (formerly known as technikons).

Even though a diploma course requires much more dedication and study time than a certificate course, it may lead to more job opportunities.

Types of Diplomas

According to the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), diplomas fall under the Higher Education and Training (HET) NQF band. The two diplomas that are recognised by the NQF are:

National Diplomas (NQF Level 5)

A national diploma can be obtained after completing a senior certificate or trade certificate. It is nationally recognised, but may not be relevant when applying for a job outside South Africa. National diplomas can take up to two years to complete.

Higher Diplomas (NQF Level 6)

A higher diploma can be nationally and/or internationally recognised, depending on the establishment. Higher diplomas take no less than three years to complete.   

Diploma Courses Offered at College SA

College SA offers the following diploma courses. These courses are accredited and recognised on the National Qualifications Framework.

  • SABPP National Diploma in Human Resource Management and Practice (NQF Level 5)
  • ICB National Diploma in Technical Financial Accounting (NQF Level 5)
  • ICB National Diploma in Financial Accounting (NQF Level 6)
  • ICB Diploma in Public Sector Accounting (NQF Level 5)
  • ICB Diploma in Office Administration (NQF Level 6)

What is the difference between a diploma and a certificate?




Study duration

12 months to 3 years

6 months to 2 years

Difficulty Level

Difficult to Very Difficult

(Requires more dedication and study time)


Fields of study to choose from

Wide variety of study programmes

Wide variety of study programmes

NQF category

Higher Education and Training

Further Education and Training

What other types of courses can I study at College SA?

At College SA, we offer different types of courses to cater for all our students’ needs. Whether you are looking for a professional qualification, or simply want to learn a new skill set, you will be sure to find a course suitable for you. Browse our courses page for the full list of study programmes.

Accredited Courses

We are registered and accredited by various professional bodies to offer quality, industry-recognised qualifications. We offer accredited courses in:

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Business Management
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Human Resource Management
  • Computers
  • Technical Courses (Engineering Studies)

Provider Programmes (Non-Accredited Courses)

Our provider programmes are developed and curated by College SA and have no external accreditation. These courses are designed to equip you with specific knowledge and skills for the purpose of self-enrichment, career development, and self-employment. 

  • Business Management
  • Beauty Therapy
  • Child Day Care
  • Computers
  • Events Management & Wedding Planning
  • Graphic Design, Web Design and Photography
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Human Resource Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Marketing
  • Interior Decorating & Design
  • Project Management
  • Receptionist, Secretarial & Personal Assistant
  • Workplace Skills