Management Assistant Courses

Management courses are courses that prepare you to handle management and administrative duties. You learn to work in a professional management field.

Our Management Assistant Courses

NATED Management Assistant

Management Assistant: NATED N4 National Certificate

The Management Assistant: NATED N4 National Certificate is a good course to complete if you are interested in managing a team or assisting in managing one.

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Management Assistant: NATED N5 National Certificate

The Management Assistant NATED N5 National Certificate teaches the best office practices. You will learn about communication, office practice and Information.

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Management Assistant: NATED N6 National Certificate

A Management Assistant is an important role in any business. Offices run because of Management Assistants. It is a rewarding career. There are a variety of roles.

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Management Assistant: NATED N6 National Diploma

The Management Assistant NATED N6 National Diploma equips you with work experience. This prepares you to work in the Management Assistant field.

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The Management Assistant NATED courses are created by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). They equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to work in a Management field. Work responsibilities in the Management Assistant field consist of general administrative duties such as:

  • Hiring and training new staff
  • Ordering office supplies
  • Calculating financial transactions
  • Maintaining company files

As part of its partnership with Bellview Institute of Distance Learning, Matric College offers NATED courses.

What Are Management Assistant Courses?

Management Assistant NATED courses are courses designed by the DHET to provide students with both theoretical and practical knowledge. The purpose of this is to equip students with the components that are valued in the workplace.

NATED Management Assistant Courses

Management Assistant NATED N4 National Certificate

SAQA ID: 66876
Course Credits: 60
NQF Level: Level 5
Qualification Title: Management Assistant NATED N4 National Certificate
Qualification Type: National N Certificate 
Course Duration: 6 to 12 months 

Entry Requirements 

  • Must have a Matric Certificate (Amended Senior Certificate or National Senior Certificate) 
  • Be 16 years or older
  • Be able to read, write and understand English
  • Be able to study through distance learning

Course Subjects

Compulsory Subjects:

  • Office Practice N4
  • Information Processing N4
  • Computer Practice N4
  • Communication N4

What Will I Learn?

  • Learn how to start and operate a business
  • Learn to analyse and write a report for financial transactions 
  • Learn essential accounting techniques and principles
  • Learn how to work on a computer using different software 
  • Learn the regulations set by the government for a company

Management Assistant NATED N5 National Certificate

SAQA ID: 66956 
Course Credits: 60 
NQF Level: Level 5 
Qualification Title: Management Assistant NATED N5 National Certificate
Qualification Type: National N Certificate 
Course Duration: 6 to 12 months 

Entry Requirements 

  • Must have completed the Management Assistant  NATED N4 National Certificate
  • Must have a Matric Certificate (Amended Senior Certificate or National Senior Certificate)
  • Be 16 years or older
  • Be able to read, write and understand English
  • Be able to study through distance learning

Course Subjects 

Compulsory subjects:

  • Information Processing N5
  • Office Practice N5
  • Communication N5
  • Computer Practice N5

What Will I Learn?

  • Learn the fundamental structures that create a business and how to work within one 
  • Learn financial principles and techniques such as analysing a financial report  
  • Learn to use a computer for duties such as sending emails and research on the internet 
  • Learn government policies for all employees
  • Learn how municipal policies govern a business

Management Assistant NATED N6 National Certificate

SAQA ID: 67001
Course Credits: 60
NQF Level: Level 5
Qualification Title: Management Assistant NATED N6 National Certificate
Qualification Type: National N Certificate
Course Duration:  6 to 12 months

Entry Requirements

Course Subjects

Compulsory subjects:

  • Office Practice N6
  • Information Processing N6
  • Computer Practice N6
  • Public Relations N6

What Will I Learn?

  • Learn how to start a business
  • Learn how a business is managed
  • Be knowledgeable on financial principles
  • Become familiar with the application of government policies in the business
  • Understanding of how municipal policies govern businesses
  • Learn how to communicate in a Management Assistant field

Management Assistant NATED N6 National Diploma

SAQA ID: 67033
Course Credits: 360
NQF Level: Level 6
Qualification Title: Management Assistant NATED N6 National Diploma
Qualification Type: National N Diploma
Course Duration: 18  months

Entry Requirements

  • Must have a Matric Certificate (Amended Senior Certificate or National Senior Certificate)
  • Must have completed the Management Assistant NATED N4 National Certificate
  • Must have completed the Management Assistant NATED N5 National Certificate
  • Must have completed the Management Assistant NATED N6 National Certificate
  • Must have completed 18 months of work experience

Here is how you can complete the 18 months of work experience for the Management Assistant NATED N6 National Diploma:

  • Register on the iWIL website
    • The iWIL website is designed by the Department of Higher Education and Training
    • The purpose of the website is to help students find volunteer work where they can gain experience
  • Once you have registered, you will receive a job in a company at which you will complete your work experience
  • We will send you a logbook that you must complete throughout your work experience
    • You do not have to apply for a logbook, we automatically send you one
  • The manager of the business overseeing your work experience must sign off the logbook
  • Send the logbook back to us and we will send it to the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) for approval
  • Once the DHET has approved your logbook, they will send you your Management Assistant NATED N6 National Diploma
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NATED N6 National Diploma Log Book

Management is organising, planning and administering tasks to achieve a specific goal. Management can also be defined as people working together using the available resources to achieve a goal. This is why Management careers involve the staff and managers to plan, organise and work on their duties to keep a company running productively.

National Accredited Technical Education Diploma (NATED) courses are courses designed by the DHET. They are specifically designed to prepare students for the work environment. All NATED courses are accredited and recognised nationally.

Yes, you can study the Management Assistant NATED Programme with a Matric Higher Certificate pass.

No, you cannot study Management Assistant without Matric. If you do not have Matric you can apply for the following courses to get a Matric Qualification:

Adult Matric (SAQA ID: 49647)

The Requirements For Adult Matric:

  • You must have at least a Grade 9 or equivalent qualification,
    • ie: Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) Level 4
  • You have an incomplete Matric 
  • You must be able to read, write and understand English or Afrikaans 
  • You must be 21 years or older to write the exams 
  • You may sign up for the Adult Matric at the age of 19 years old, but you will only be able to write the Adult Matric exam once you are 21

Once you have completed this course, you will be awarded a Matric Certificate. You can use this to apply for the Management Assistant NATED Programme. 

You do not need an APS score to apply for a Management Assistant NATED Programme. You only need a Matric Certificate.

National Accredited Technical Education Diploma (NATED) courses build on each other, from the first course to the last qualification: 

First, you study the Management Assistant NATED N4 National Certificate, and once you have completed this, you study the Management Assistant NATED N5 National Certificate. Once you have completed the NATED N5 Management Assistant National Certificate, you study the NATED N6 Management Assistant National Certificate. 

The NATED N6 Management Assistant National Diploma is a Qualification and not a course. To receive this Diploma, you must have completed the N4, N5 and N6 NATED Management Assistant Certificates. Once you have completed all the certificates, you must complete 18 months of work experience and then the DHET will award you with your NATED N6 Management Assistant National Diploma Qualification.

You can apply to study Management Assistant NATED Programme at Matric College. Our courses are offered through distance learning. This means that you study from home. Studying from home does not make you miss out on the full experience of learning. We provide the following to make learning easy for you:

TutorsIf you need help with your course assessments, our tutors are available Monday to Friday, 08:00 am to 05:00 pm.
Study MaterialYour course study material will be sent to you within 5 to 7 days after your registration is complete.
Course ExpertsOur Course experts can help you choose the right course for you. If you have questions regarding the course you are studying or applying for, you can contact them to gain more knowledge.
Red Alert FormIf you have any urgent issues regarding your studies, you can fill out the Red Alert form. This will let us know that you need urgent assistance and we will contact you to help.
AccreditationOur courses are accredited to ensure you obtain a quality education. Once you have completed our Management Assistant NATED Programme, you will be a desirable candidate to employers.
RecognitionYou gain recognised qualifications that increase your chances to further your studies or look for employment.

You pass Management Assistant NATED courses by completing the assessments for each Certificate course. Once you have completed this, you can complete 18 months of work experience and receive the Management Assistant NATED N6 National Diploma. The Management Assistant NATED Certificate courses consist of exams and assignments. 

The exams are written in the following period: 

  • May / June 
  • October / November

The exam registration opportunities are open in the following period: 

  • February if you would like to write your exam in May / June
  • August if you would like to write your exam in October / November 

There is one final exam for each subject. To pass the exams you must get 50% and higher. There are also 3 open book assignments for each subject in each Certificate course. You must aim for 50% or higher to pass these assignments. You can use your study material to help you find answers.

N4 to N6 refers to how NATED courses build on each bother. These courses are:

You must first study the Management Assistant NATED N4 Certificate course, and then work your way up to the Management Assistant NATED N6 National Diploma.

You can use the Management Assistant NATED N6 National Diploma to do the following: 

  • Find Employment 
  • Study Further 

Find Employment 

You can use the Management Assistant NATED N6 National Diploma to find work as a: 

  • Personal Assistant 
  • Administrative Clerk 
  • Data Capturer 
  • Executive Assistant 
  • Receptionist 
  • Assistant Manager 

Study Further 

You can use the Management Assistant NATED N6 National Diploma to further your studies at Matric College. You can apply for the following courses: 

These courses are accredited by the QCTO and DHET. They are recognised nationally. You can easily further your studies or find employment anywhere in South Africa.

These courses are accredited by the ICB and the QCTO. They are recognised nationally and internationally. This means you will be able to further your studies or look for employment both in and outside South Africa. 

Short courses are not accredited but they are beneficial because of the following: 

  • They are skills-based 
  • They prepare you for work 
  • They are easier to complete 
  • They can be completed in 2 to 12 months 
  • There are no exams and this lessens the academic pressure 
  • You can study with or without Matric

If you want to apply for an Assistant Manager position, you should have the following in your CV: 

  • Skills 
  • Work Experience 
  • Qualifications

If you study the Management Assistant NATED Programme at Matric College. You will have the above-mentioned components. Our courses will equip you with:

  • Theoretical knowledge 

You will gain four accredited qualifications that are designed by the DHET specifically to prepare you for work. These qualifications are: 

You will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills needed for an Assistant Manager. 

  • Practical knowledge 

You will gain 18 months of work experience. This is good because Managers must have the experience to be able to manage the staff. These 18 months of work experience component will make you stand out when you apply for an Assistant Manager position.

You have a better chance to do well in an interview if you prepare for it. To do this, you must know what interviewers are looking for. Here are some questions you can use to practise for the interview: 

  1. Tell us about yourself 
  2. Where did you hear about this position? 
  3. Where did you work before this? 
  4. Why should we hire you? 
  5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 
  6. What do you bring to the team? 
  7. What are your strengths and weaknesses? 
  8. Why do you want to work in a Management field? 
  9. How much are you expecting for this position? 
  10. If we hire you, when would you start working? 

Remember to not lie in an interview. Interviewers are looking for honest answers. If you answer truthfully, you will increase your chances of getting hired. Trust is an important element in business, if you show the interviewer they can trust you, they will want to hire you. 

Here are some of the tips you can use when you go to your interview: 

  • Dress professionally 
  • Carry your CV documents with us in case they ask for them  
  • Greet the interviewers with a smile 
  • Think before you answer and give the best-detailed answer 
  • Answer all questions truthfully 
  • Act natural and not like someone you are not

These are qualities that make a good Assistant Manager:

  • You are punctual and arrive at work on time 
  • You communicate well with all employees
  • You apologise when you are wrong 
  • You motivate the team 
  • Allow employees to correct their mistakes 
  • Identify employee setbacks and set plans to overcome them 
  • Give credit to the staff when they have worked hard 
  • You perform your tasks on time and effectively 
  • You take on extra duties 
  • You assist the staff when they are challenged 
  • You check up on the well-being of all employees 
  • You allow the staff to give their input

These are the duties of a Management Assistant: 

  • Hiring new staff 
  • Ensuring employee tasks are conducted 
  • Ensuring compliances with company policies 
  • Leading the staff 
  • Giving reports to higher-level Managers 
  • Ensure product quality 
  • Completing tasks assigned by different managers 
  • Handling employee performance reviews 
  • Motivating the staff to work hard 
  • Maintain a healthy working environment 
  • Schedule meetings 
  • Prepare essential documents for meetings

Yes, an Assistant Manager is a managerial position. This is a low-level Management position. If you have no or less experience you can find work as Assistant Manager. This position is monitored by the Manager of the company. When you have gained enough experience and skills, you can be promoted to higher managerial levels.

Manager Assistant Manager
Manages the staff Partially manages the staff
Top-level management Low-level Management
Earns a higher salary Earns a high salary
Hires an Assistant Manager Hired by the Managers
Has meetings with clients and executives Schedules meetings
Receives reports from Assistant Manager Gives reports to the Manager

The abbreviation for the term Assistant Manager is AM. This is sometimes written as Asst. Manager.

There are 3 types of Management levels. These are divided to see the types of managerial positions in a Management field. 

  • Low-Level Management 
  • Mid-Level Management 
  • Top-Level Management

These are the three types of Management levels: 

  • Low-Level Management 
  • Mid-Level Management 
  • Top-Level Management 

Low-Level Management 

Managers under this section focus on the following: 

  • Basic motivation 
  • Supervising the staff 
  • Feedback on employee performance 

Mid-Level Management 

Managers under this section focus on the following: 

  • Motivate low-level Managers
  • Discuss employee policies with Executive Directors 
  • Resolves employee concerns 

Top-Level Management 

Managers under this section focus on the following: 

  • Manage and oversee the whole company 
  • Have discussions with clients and Executive Directors 
  • Develop company goals

Peter F. Drucker is known as the Father of Management. He was known for being an author who wrote a book that is used until today since 1954. The title of the book is The Practice Of Management. Peter F. Drucker laid the foundation that Management was not a narrow stream but a creative career. His theory is that management is performed through different tasks. He illustrated that the objectives of management had to do with the following: 

  • Innovation 
  • Productivity 
  • Profitability 
  • Resources 
  • Finances 
  • Development 
  • Employee performance 
  • Social responsibility

An Associate Manager is lower than an Assistant Manager. Their roles include the following: 

  • Schedules meetings 
  • Receive company deliveries 
  • Ensure employee compliance with daily tasks 
  • Maintain employee files 
  • Prepare weekly reports

Yes, you can find employment with a Management Assistant NATED N6 National Diploma. Employers value Diploma Qualifications. Our Management Assistant NATED N6 National Diploma will increase your chances of finding employment because of the following:

  • It is skills-based 
  • It prepares you for work

The Management Assistant NATED N6 National Diploma is at National Qualification Framework (NQF) Level 6. 

You should study the Management Assistant NATED programme if you have a passion and interest in it. This is a very broad field that can create various career opportunities for you. You can gain skills that help you move from one level to another. Below is a career test that you can take to see if you should study the Management Assistant NATED Programme: 

  1. Do you want to work in an office setting? 
  2. Can you work under supervision? 
  3. Would be happy if you work as an Assistant Manager forever? 
  4. Can you communicate well with others? 
  5. Do you have good leadership qualities?
  6. Do you want to make a difference as an Assistant Manager?
  7. Are you an organised person?  

If you have answered yes to four or more of these questions, then you should study the Management Assistant NATED programme. You would make a great Assistant Manager.

Yes, being an Assistant Manager is a good career. You can do the following: 

  • You can hire new staff and give work opportunities to people who need it 
  • You assist the Manager and make their career less busy
  • You help the company run smoothly by handling administrative duties such as ordering office supplies required 
  • You earn a salary that can help you make a decent living

Yes, Management Assistant NATED courses are accredited by the DHET and the QCTO. This means they are registered with a professional body. Accreditation is beneficial because: 

  • Students are taught by a professional 
  • The course is monitored to ensure it provides quality education 
  • The course maintains education standards required by the education system 
  • Students are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge 
  • Students can further their studies or look for work
  • Students are valued more by employers

Yes, Management Assistant NATED courses are recognised. These courses are registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and are on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). This means you can use these qualifications to find work or further your studies nationally.

Yes, Management Assistants are in demand. They are equipped with scarce skills which are highly valuable in South Africa. This means Management Assistants have a higher chance of finding employment because of the skills they have. Here is an infographic to show you the sectors in South Africa that are in demand:
High Demand Statistics

Our Accreditation

SAQA

The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) is a professional body that monitors the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). Our Management Assistant NATED courses are registered with SAQA. This means you gain qualifications that are authentic and recognised Nationally. You can use these qualifications to look for employment or further your studies.

DHET

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) is a professional body that accredits training providers and qualifications. They also design their own courses which are offered by different training providers including Matric College. Our Management Assistant NATED courses are designed and accredited by the DHET. NATED stands for National Accredited Technical Education Diploma. This means you gain qualifications that are recognised nationally. This increases your chances to further your studies or look for employment anywhere in South Africa.

QCTO

The Quality Council of Trades and Occupations (QCTO) is a professional body that accredits occupational qualifications. The QCTO is a quality council and their role is to keep track of qualifications so that they keep providing quality standards. Our Management Assistant NATED courses are accredited by the QCTO. This means you gain qualifications that are of quality and increase your chances of finding employment.

Why Choose To Study Management Assistant Courses Via Distance Learning

  • Gain new qualities 

You will learn qualities such as discipline, time management and independence. Since there will be no lecturer physically with you in one place, you will learn to be up to date with your completing and submitting your assessments in time. 

  • Study safe 

You will study from home where it is safe from viruses such as COVID-19. This will keep you and your family safe. 

  • Study at your own pace 

You will set your own study schedule. This can be at any time of the day. You will study at the pace that suits your understanding best. 

  • Study while working 

If you are an employee or planning to find work, you can still study through distance learning. Study sessions are flexible and this allows you to work and study all at once. 

  • Save money 

Since you study from home, you will save money that could have been spent on transport, food and other academic costs.

Career Opportunities With A Management Assistant Qualification

  • Receptionist – R 9 149 per month 
  • Private Secretary – R 11 613 per month 
  • Administrative Clerk – R 7 971 per month 
  • Assistant Manager – R 14 231 per month 
  • Executive Assistant – R 13 829 per month

Responsibilities:

  • Welcomes visitors and directs them accordingly 
  • Receives messages and distributes them 
  • Orders reception supplies 
  • Receives company deliveries

Responsibilities 

  • Meets and greets company visitors 
  • Schedules meetings 
  • Purchases company supplies 
  • Responds to company emails and calls

Responsibilities 

  • Communicates with clients 
  • Maintains company records 
  • Sets up meetings
  • Trains Junior Clerks

Responsibilities 

  • Coordinates meetings 
  • Performs employee performance reviews
  • Addresses employee concerns 
  • Partially manages the staff
  • Assists the manager

Responsibilities 

  • Drafts reports 
  • Files records and retrieve them when needed 
  • Schedules meetings 
  • Orders company supplies

Benefits Of Studying At Matric College

  • You will gain quality education 
  • Study from anywhere you are including outside South Africa 
  • Lessen your anxiety by studying from home 
  • Be safe from COVID-19
  • Gain accredited qualifications 
  • Save time and money by not travelling to class 
  • Get assistance from tutors

NATED is an acronym that stands for National Accredited Technical Education Diploma.

NATED Qualifications are not equivalent to other qualifications. Equivalent qualifications have the same learning process and outcome. NATED Qualifications are not equivalent to other qualifications because they are specifically designed by the DHET and have different learning processes and outcomes from other qualifications.

Once you have completed the Management Assistant NATED N6 National Certificate, you can study the Management Assistant NATED N6 National Diploma.

Yes, you graduate after the Management Assistant NATED N6 National Diploma. We host graduation ceremonies for our students once they have completed a course. This is to celebrate their academic achievements and wish them well in their next step in life. 

The DHET will send you the Management Assistant NATED N6 National Diploma Qualification once you have completed: 

It takes 18 to 36 months to study the Management Assistant NATED Programme. This is because it takes about 18 months to complete the Management Assistant NATED N4 National Certificate, Management Assistant NATED N5 National Certificate and the Management Assistant NATED N6 National Certificate. Then you have to complete 18 months of work experience. This creates a total of 36 months.

No, you cannot apply to a university with a Management Assistant NATED N6 National Certificate. You need a Matric Bachelors to pass to apply.

No, you cannot do the PGCE with a Management Assistant NATED N6 National Certificate. You need a Bachelor’s Degree Qualification or an advanced Diploma to study.

A PGCE is at NQF Level 7 on the National Qualifications Framework.

An Executive of a company is higher than a Manager. The Executive is usually referred to as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Author: Mulisa Nethononda
Editor: Amy Venter
Date Published: March 15, 2022

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