Human Resource Development Programmes: A South African Perspective


Empower students in organizational capability through training and development. Covering regulations and best practices, this Skill Set provides a foundational understanding of educational and legal frameworks crucial for HR practitioners. Delve into key learning theories and gain practical experience in program planning, needs analysis, design, delivery, assessment, evaluation, and administration. Master the skills to create effective training programs tailored to diverse styles and preferences.

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As an institution that is responsive to changing student requirements in certain sectors of the market, we have introduced an online option offering shorter courses. These courses provide quick wins for busy professionals and can fast-track careers in a matter of weeks or months. Professionals can stay at the cutting edge of industry-relevant skills development, as they compete in the dynamic 4IR (fourth industrial revolution) job market. Like our distance courses, our online courses allow you to register at any time.  Studying is flexible and can be scheduled according to your needs.


12 Months


You can start studying this course at any time of the year as soon as you have completed your registration, you can get started. There are no specific registration dates!


This course contains a CourseBookTM, which is an innovative fusion of the traditional textbook and online course, combining quality educational content with an interactive, social learning experience to promote success. The course has been broken into three Study Phases:

  1. Study Phase 1 Quiz:
    • The skills framework
    • The legal framework
  2. Study Phase 2 Quiz:
    • Individual approaches to learning
    • Performance management and career development
    • Inclusivity and creativity
  3. Study Phase 3 Quiz:
    • Analyzing training and development needs
    • Training and development design
    • Training and development delivery
    • Training and development assessment
    • Training and development evaluation
    • Training and development administration
    • Managing training and development

Work through the workbook. At the end of each Study Phase, there is a quiz to complete. You need to complete and pass each of the quizzes with a minimum of 70% to get a certificate. No restrictions on your attempts.


After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Analyze South Africa’s workforce challenges, emphasizing skills development and occupational learning’s critical role in overcoming these hurdles.
  • Master the intricacies of crucial legislations affecting HRD, including the Skills Development Act and Levies Act, and their implications on practices and policies within the sector.
  • Synthesize core learning theories and adult education principles to design HRD programs that address varied learning preferences and overcome educational barriers.
  • Integrate performance management with HRD to facilitate comprehensive career development, leveraging coaching, mentoring, and CPD for employee growth.
  • Implement strategies that ensure inclusivity across diverse demographics while fostering creativity to drive innovation within organizational frameworks.
  • Employ a variety of analytical tools to assess training needs at individual, departmental, and organizational levels, informing targeted HRD strategies.
  • Design and deliver HRD programs based on outcome and competency models, employing various strategies and technologies to enhance learning engagement and retention.
  • Develop comprehensive assessment strategies using formative and summative methods to measure HRD program effectiveness and inform continuous improvement.
  • Oversee the administrative functions essential to HRD, including budgeting, record-keeping, and the application of advanced information systems for streamlined operations.
  • Craft and implement strategic HRD management policies and annual plans that align with and support organizational goals, fostering a culture that values continuous learning and development.

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