Human Resource Management: NATED N4 National Certificate

Course Summary

Award type:
National N Certificate
Accredited by:
DHET, QCTO
Duration:
12 Months
Entrance Requirement:
Be able to study through distance learning, Be at least 16 years or older, Have a Matric Certificate OR National Senior Certificate OR an Amended Senior Certificate, Write and understand English

Human Resource Management: NATED N4 National Certificate is the first course in the NATED Human Resource Management Programme. This course will provide students with the basic skills needed to succeed in a Human Resource Management environment. Human Resource Management is also known as

  • HR Management
  • HRM
  • People Management
  • Workforce Management
  • Organisational Management
  • Personnel Management

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Human Resource Management: NATED N4 National Certificate Subjects

You must complete 5 subjects for the Human Resource Management: NATED N4 National Certificate course. This will allow you to gain entry into the next course, which is the Human Resource Management: NATED N5 National Certificate.

Complete Subject List 

  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management N4
  • Personnel Management N4
  • Management Communication N4
  • Computer Practice N4
How NATED Courses Work

Career Opportunities

Here are the different career paths you can take after completing Human Resource Management: NATED N4 National certificate:

  • Administrative Clerk
  • Human Resource Management Assistant
  • Personal Assistant
  • Risk Administrator
  • Skills Development Facilitator

What Will I Learn?

You will learn the following skills in the NATED Human Resource Management Programme:

  • How to resolve conflict
  • The basics of ethics in the workplace
  • How to communicate with staff
  • How to run a business

Here is what you will learn in each subject for this course:

Personnel Management N4: You will learn to manage different tasks and how to distribute them among employees.

Entrepreneurship and Business Management N4: Learn how to write a business plan. You will also study every aspect of entrepreneurship, learning all about how to start your own business.

Management Communication N4 / Bestuurskommunikasie N4: During this subject, students will learn the fundamentals of professional communication. Whether it be verbal or non-verbal communication. These skills will help you to function effectively in any working environment.

Computer Practice N4:

In this subject, you will learn the basic programming skills you will need for success in a modern workplace. Here are the basic email and internet functions you will learn:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Presentation

Human Resource Management: NATED N4 National Certificate Assessments

National Accredited Technical Education Diploma (NATED) Programme Assessments include:

  1. Assignments
  2. Exams

For each subject, you must complete assignments and exams. To qualify for the exams, you must pass your assignments with a 40% pass.

Assignments

You must complete three assignments before you are allowed to write the exam. This means that you have to meet an average of 40% to qualify for the final exam.

NOTE: Each subject requires three assignments. By getting three assignments done, you increase your chances of qualifying for the final exam.

Exams

There are two registration opportunities for the exam. Registration for the exam occurs on the following dates:

  • February: From the 1st – 28th of February
  • If you register this time of the year, you will write the exam in May or June
  • August: From the 1st – 31st of August 
  • If you register this time of the year, you will write the exam in October or November

*To pass the exams your final mark must be 50% and more

Human Resource N4 is the first NATED National Certificate course in the NATED Human Resource Management Programme. This course was designed by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). All of our NATED courses give students practical and theoretical knowledge that will prepare them for the workplace. Human Resource N4 helps students gain the basic skills to start their career in HR.

Yes, an HR Management Certificate is worth it. Here are some reasons why an HR Management Certificate is worth it:

  1. HR Certificates can set you aside from other candidates
  2. HR Certificate can increase your salary
  3. HR Certificates may increase your chances of getting a promotion

Yes,  HR Certificates do matter. Here are some of the reasons why HR Certificates matter:

  • HR Certificates prove that you have acquired the necessary skills to start your career as an HR professional
  • Employers tend to employ people who have HR Certificates. This also means that you will get paid more than a candidate who does not have an HR Certificate
  • In some cases, employers will only employ people who have HR Certificates

The level of difficulty of an HR Certificate depends on these three factors:

  1. Your skills
  2. Your interests
  3. Abilities

Your Skills

What skills do you have without an HR Certificate? This is an important question you should ask yourself. Here are some skills you must have if you are working as an HR professional:

  • Active listening skills
  • Communication skills
  • Patience
  • Resolving conflict
  • The ability to work with people

Your Interests

This is important because you have to be interested in HR-related duties. This interest should be to an extent where you enjoy what you are doing. 

Your Abilities

It is important to know what you are capable of doing and the skills you can work on. Being self-aware means knowing what you can do and what you cannot do.

Remember that you can learn these skills once you have completed an HR Certificate but you must have an interest in this field of study to enjoy the course fully.

Here is what you can do with an HR Certificate:

  • Find employment
  • Internships
  • Learnerships
  • Voluntary work
  • Further your studies at Matric College
  • Complete the N5 National Certificate
  • Complete the N6 National Certificate
  • Complete the N6 National Diploma

HR Certificates are important because they give students the educational skills that they need to perform their duties in the HR industry. Here are some of the duties of an HR Manager:

  • Resolve conflict
  • Maintain work culture
  • Hire candidates
  • Monitor performance
  • Design policies for the workplace

You can complete Certificate, Diploma, or Degree courses. Here are the courses that we offer at Matric College:

A Diploma in Human Resource Management takes between 18 – 36 months.

  • Complete the theoretical component only
  • This can take anywhere from 18 – 36 months to complete (N4, N5, N6 National Certificates only)
  • Complete the theoretical component first and then complete the practical component
  • This can take anywhere from 6 – 18 months to complete (N4, N5, and N6 National Certificates and then 18 months of work experience)
  • Complete the theoretical component and complete the practical component at the same time
  • This can take 18 months to complete (N4, N5, and N6 National Certificates while doing your work experience)

Your Next Step Is To Get Your Human Resource Management: NATED N5 National Certificate

The next step you will take is to complete your Human Resource Management: NATED N5 National Certificate. You must complete and pass all of your Human Resource Management: NATED N4 National Certificate subjects.

Why Choose To Study With Matric College?

Matric College is the perfect choice for students who are comfortable with distance learning. Distance learning is a type of learning without attending physical or scheduled online classes. It is a good choice for students with busy schedules. Here is why you should choose to study with us:

  • We offer unique payment options: You can choose from a variety of payment options:
    • Advance payments (Pay your studies in full)
    • Split payments (Half at the beginning of the year and the other half, the end of the year)
  • Monthly payments (pay a fixed monthly installment)
  • Unique payment method (We will help you find a payment method that works for both of us)
  • You can study and work: You can work full-time and study full-time. You do not have to attend any classes. You only have to submit assignments, write the tests and final exams.
  • Set up your own study schedule: You can decide how much time you can put into your studies. At Matric College, we understand the importance of family life, earning a living, and balancing your studies.
  • Get tutor assistance from us: We have tutors that are available to help you where you are struggling. Contact our tutors online or put in a request for a callback.

Our friendly support team checks in on your progress: This means that you will get regular calls to find out or remind you of your assignments and exam dates.

An N4 Qualification is not equivalent to anything because it has a different exit-level outcome and purpose. This does not mean that it is not on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) system. In fact, the N4 Qualification is at NQF Level 5. Here is a table of the NQF Levels with the NATED National Qualifications:

NATED National QualificationsNQF Levels
NATED N1 National CertificateNQF Level 2
NATED N2 National CertificateNQF Level 3
NATED N3 National CertificateNQF Level 4
NATED N4 National CertificateNQF Level 5
NATED N5 National CertificateNQF Level 5
NATED N6 National CertificateNQF Level 6

The highlighted sections are the NATED National Qualifications that we offer at Matric College. Below you will find an image with the NQF Levels and the courses that we offer:

NQF Levels

No, you cannot go to university with an N4 National Certificate. These are some of the factors that you need to consider when you apply to a university: 

Remember that once you have completed your N4 National Certificate, the university might do the following:

  • Accept your application but only for a Diploma course. This is the first step to getting your Degree. Once you have completed the Diploma course, you can apply for the Degree course.

No, you cannot apply for a Degree with an N4 National Certificate. You can however apply for a Diploma course and then apply for a Degree course.

Here is an example of a student’s Matric Results and the entry requirements for an HR Degree course at a university:

Students Final Matric ResultsUniversity’s Final Matric Results Requirements
Final Matric SubjectsFinal Matric ResultsFinal Matric SubjectsFinal Matric Results
All of the subjects the student hadCompulsory subjects the student must have
English Home LanguageCode 4 (59%)English Home LanguageCode 4 (50-59%)
Afrikaans First Additional LanguageCode 7 (80%)MathematicsCode 3 (40-49%)
MathematicsCode 2 (39%)Mathematical LiteracyCode 4 (50-59%)
Life OrientationCode 6 (79%)One other subjectCode 4 (50-59%)
GeographyCode 1 (29%)Minimum code 3 for another subject(40-49%)
HistoryCode 3 (45%)Minimum code 3 for another subject(40-49%)
Business StudiesCode 5 (69%)Minimum code 3 for another subject(40-49%)

A National Diploma is at NQF Level 6. The purpose and exit level outcome is different from a NATED National Diploma. NATED National Qualifications are designed by the Department of Higher Education and Training. These courses were designed to give students both practical and theoretical knowledge, which will make them work-ready. Here is what you can expect from a NATED National Diploma:

  • Theoretical component
  • Practical component

Theoretical Component

This component consists only of theoretical work. This means you will learn about the different assignments and exams you need to complete to gain your NATED National Certificate.

Practical Component

This component only consists of the work experience that you will gain. Most students usually complete this component after they have completed all of the theory work (N4, N5, N6 NATED National Certificates). The 18 months of work experience is extremely important because you have to complete your work experience to get your NATED National Diploma.

A NATED Human Resource Management Course can take between 6-12 months to complete. Here are your options:

  • Complete the theoretical component only
  • This can take anywhere from 6 – 12 months to complete
  • Complete the theoretical component first and then complete the practical component
  • This can take anywhere from 6 – 18 months to complete
  • Complete the theoretical component and complete the practical component at the same time
  • This can take 6 – 12 months to complete because you will do the theory and practical at the same time

Yes, HR is a good career in South Africa. Here are some of the reasons why it is a good career in South Africa:

  1. The skills you learn in HR are transferable
  2. It is good for your own development and understanding of how a business operates
  3. It is a scarce skill qualification

The Skills You Learn In HR Are Transferrable

You can use the skills you have acquired in HR, in any other industry. These skills are vital for any business. This means you can apply for jobs that are not related to your qualification. For example, applying for the following positions:

  • Receptionist
  • Loan Consultant
  • Any administrative position, etc.

It Is Good For Your Own Development And Understanding Of How A Business Operates

Not only do you gain the skills to become a professional in the HR industry, but also gain skills for your own understanding. You can use these skills to your advantage, which means you will know how and what is expected of you from a company as well as what your rights are.

It Is A Scarce Skill Qualification

Scarce skill qualifications are skills that are in demand. HR is one of the scarce skill qualifications in South Africa. Here are some of the benefits of completing a scarce skill qualification:

  • Employers need people with these skills which in turn makes you highly employable
  • You stand a chance of earning a decent salary because employers are willing to pay you more

R 31 014   per month

The average salary for a human resources manager is R 31 014 per month in South Africa. 

Remember that your salary is determined by these four factors:

  • Your educational background
  • Whether you have a NATED National Certificate, NATED National Diploma, or a Degree
  • Your level of experience
  • Entry level experience (1-5 years)
  • Junior level experience (6-9 years)
  • Senior level experience (10-20 years)
  • The position you apply for
  • For example, a higher-level position will pay more than a lower-level position
  • What the company is willing to pay
  • Each company has its own hiring criteria, which means that your salary expectations are determined by the company you apply to

Application Process

Here is how you can apply for the Human Resource Management: NATED N4 National Certificate

Step 1: Contact us

You can contact us through the following ways:

  1. Complete the online application form
  2. Book a call 
  3. Contact us on (021 838 8295)
  4. Visit us

Step 2: Speak to one of our friendly course experts

You can get help choosing a course from our course specialists. Depending on what you want, what you can afford, and what you are good at, we will recommend a course.

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Step 3: Register for one of our courses 

We are a distance learning college with an open application policy. Register any time of the year.

Step 4: Write the exams

Apply for our first course and then continue your studies with us. After you have successfully passed the exams, you can apply for the next course in the NATED Human Resource Management Programme, which is the Human Resource Management: NATED N5 National Certificate.

How Do I Study The Human Resource Management: NATED N4 National Certificate Course?

Here is a breakdown of how to study the Human Resource Management: NATED N4 National Certificate course:

Step 1: Register for the NATED National Programme
Step 2: Complete 3 assignments for each subject before you register for the final exams
Step 3: Get 40% or more for all of your assignments
Step 4: Wait for your assignment results
Step 5: Register for the final NATED exam once you have received your results and have qualified for the exams
Step 6: Write the first exam OR the second exam
Step 7: On successful completion receive your Certificate from Matric College. Only the NATED National Diploma will be received by the DHET

Where Can I Study Human Resource Management?

Study a NATED course at Matric College. We offer NATED Courses through distance learning.

When Can I Start Studying Human Resource Management?

Study any time of the year. We are a distance learning institution, because of this, you can apply whenever you are ready. The exams work the same way. 

If you are prepared to write the exams, you may register for the exams. It puts you in control of your studies and future career path.

Frequently Asked Questions

Career opportunities can be found at companies and organisations across all industries. Here is a list of things you can do with your HR Degree in South Africa:

  1. Arbitrator
  2. HR Consultant
  3. Training and Developmental Manager
  4. Recruiter
  5. HR Specialist
  6. Occupational Psychologist

The N6 National Diploma has 180 credits. The credits are split up as follows:

  • 60 credits N4 National Certificate
  • 60 credits N5 National Certificate
  • 60 credits N6 National Certificate

360 credits N6 National Diploma

The best HR Certificate for you is the one that matches the following criteria:

  • How long you would like to study for
    • E.g we offer HR courses that take between 6-12 months to complete
  • What you can afford
  • How much time you can put into your studies
  • The study method or institution that best meets your needs

E.g if you are working full-time and want to study full-time then you should choose a distance learning institution

Yes, you do need a Certificate to work in HR. Here are the steps you can take to work in HR:

Step 1: Complete a Matric Certificate, National Senior Certificate, or an Amended Senior Certificate

Step 2: Complete a Human Resource Management: NATED N4 National Certificate Course at Matric College 

Step 3: Further your studies at Matric College and complete the following courses which is the Human Resource Management: NATED N5 National Certificate, Human Resource Management: NATED N6 National Certificate and lastly the Human Resource Management: NATED N6 National Diploma.

Step 4: Find employment: Entry-Level Jobs

  • Internships
  • Learnerships

Step 5: if you want to further your studies you can complete an HR Degree course.

This depends on the institution you choose to complete your studies at. At Matric College we have various payment options:

  • Advance payment method
  • Split payment method
  • Monthly instalment payment method
  • Unique payment method

To find out more about our course prices, you can contact one of our friendly course experts.

Human Resource Managers have a variety of duties that include the following:

  • Recruitment of candidates
  • Make sure you hire the right people
  • Payroll processing
  • Perform disciplinary actions

Yes, HR jobs pay well. This is because HR is a scarce skill. People who work in this field are always employed and are well paid because their skills are in demand.

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Author: Jesmé Africa
Editor: Amy Venter
Date Published: February 24, 2022

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