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Higher Certificate in Practice Management - Distance

Interests: Management


Both nationally and internationally there is a growing awareness among healthcare professionals in private practice that good business skills are essential to their success. They increasingly realise that practicing medicines successfully in the 21st century requires more than good intentions and world class medical skills. Healthcare professionals are faced with numerous business challenges emerging from such trends as medical super-inflation, consumerism globalisation and reform of the funding industry.

The Higher Certificate in Practice Management has been customised to focus on the business environment, current priorities and practice needs of all healthcare practitioners, in private practice. It introduces the healthcare professional or practice manager to business principles in a private practice environment, contextualised to the ethical framework applicable to the South African healthcare environment. The course is designed to develop the functional and operational management and operational management skills required to successfully manage a small to medium size healthcare business aligned with effective and efficient patient care.

H. Cert. Practice Management

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Who Should Enrol

Practice managers and all health professionals in private practice or who plan to go into private practice.

Course Design

The Higher Certificate in Practice Management is provided in a distance education format enabling participants to complete the programme at their own pace within the prescribed period provided. Participants will receive comprehensive and user-friendly study material covering all the modules.

Course Content

The following seven modules are included in this qualification:

  • Understanding the S.A Healthcare Business Environment
  • Health and Law Ethics
  • Managed Care
  • Human Resource Management
  • Financial Management
  • Strategic and Operational Management 
  • Strategic Marketing and Customer Relations.


NQF 5 (120 Credits), CHE accredited, Department of Education registration, SAQA number 50368. Accredited according to the HPCSA’s Medical and Dental Board Guidelines for Health Care Professionals for 30 Ethical CEU’s on Level 2


Students will receive an HCert. ( Practice Management) for if they successfully complete all the individual tests, Assignments and Examinations.


Students will be assessed by means of both formative and summative assessments. With a minimum of one written assignment and one examination per module.

Learning Outcomes

On completing this qualification, students will be able to:

  • Develop an implementable business plan for the health practice.
  • Use systems effectively and appropriately in achieving the objective of the practice.
  • Apply an effective marketing strategy within the parameters of the current legislation for health care practitioners
  • Apply sound financial management practices and techniques

Course Highlights

  • Welcome
  • Announcements
  • Discussion Board
  • Orientation Module
  • Assignment Support
  • Module 1: Understanding the South African Healthcare Environment
  • Module 2: Health Law and Ethics
  • Module 3: Human Resource Management


NQF Level 5 (120 Credits)

SAQA ID number: 50368

Accredited according to the HPCSA’s Medical and Dental Board Guidelines for Health Care Professionals for 30 CEU’s on Level 2.

Enrolment Process

Applicants will follow these easy steps on their path to enrolment, please contact us for the relevant forms:

Step 1: Apply for enrolment

You will be required to complete and submit and application form for enrolment, together with supporting documents, please note there is a non-refundable R 300.00 application fee. Please note that by signing the Application Form and submitting the supporting documents you indicate that you understand that, should your qualification(s) be found to be misrepresented or from a degree mill, then your name will be included in the Register of Misrepresented Qualifications and Providers operating outside of the South African NQF (RMQP). You will also not receive the qualification.

The following supporting documents need to be submitted:

  • Certified copies of either qualification/s (including academic record)
  • Certified copy of RSA Identification document or passport.
  • Proof of payment of the application fee.

Once you have submitted your application, along with all supporting documentation, you will receive correspondence from FPD regarding the outcome of your application.


Step 2: Apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) / Credit Accumulation & Transfer (CAT)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Applicants aiming to enter the FPD proposed HCert (Management) programme may already be working in a management context and/or have gained knowledge as a result of learning in the workplace and in other settings. If this applies to you, you can apply for RPL by providing testimonials/reference letter from previous or current employers. The testimonials/reference letter must include the number of years worked and your responsibilities/duties. 

Credit Accumulation & Transfer (CAT)

Students who have previously successfully completed relevant modules, courses or programmes at FPD or another institution and who wish to have such modules, courses or programmes recognised by FPD should apply for CAT. 

The following supporting documentation is required to be submitted:

  • Certified transcript(s) of training from a previous educational institution
  •  Assessment results or any relevant documentation that supports the credit claim 

You will receive correspondence from FPD regarding the outcome of the CAT.


Step 3: Registration and Payment

Successful applicants will also receive an invoice from FPD, in order to make payment. A 10% non-refundable registration fee is required upfront. As a student you have the option of paying the remainder of the fees at the start of each quarter or alternatively you may also pay for the entire qualification in advance.

Once proof of payment has been received, you will receive an acknowledgement letter with a link for you to register on the FPD Student Portal.


Kindly contact Mrs Priya Reddy at business@foundation.co.za for the above application and enrolment forms.