What Is A Short Course?

A Short Course is a course that allows students to learn skills that are specific to the industry that they are planning to start a career in. These courses can be considered accredited or non-accredited courses. 

These courses also provide students with the opportunity to start their own businesses. We offer over 30 Short Courses. Here is a list of Short Courses that we offer at Matric College:

  1. Salon Management Expert Course

Nail Care Courses

  1. Nail Care: Short Course
  2. Nail Care: Certificate Course
  3. Nail Care: Comprehensive Course


  1. Make-Up Application: Short Course
  2. Make-Up Application: Certificate Course
  3. Make-Up Application: Comprehensive Course

Facial Skincare

  1. Facial Skincare: Short Course
  2. Facial Skincare: Certificate Course
  3. Facial Skincare: Comprehensive Course

11 Beauty Therapy Expert Course

Childcare Courses – Apply with or without a Matric Certificate

  1. Child Day Care: Short Course
  2. Child Day Care: Certificate Course
  3. Child Day Care: Comprehensive Course
  1. Child Psychology: Short Course
  2. 16. Child Psychology: Certificate Course
  3. Child Psychology: Comprehensive Course
  1. Crèche Management: Short Course
  2. Crèche Management: Certificate Course
  3. Crèche Management: Comprehensive Course

Events and Wedding Planning – Apply with or without a Matric Certificate

  1. Events Management: Short Course
  2. Events Management: Certificate Course
  3. Events Management: Comprehensive Course
  1. Wedding Planning: Short Course
  2. Wedding Planning: Certificate Course
  3. Wedding Planning: Comprehensive Course

Tourism and Guest house – Apply with or without a Matric Certificate

  1. Tourism Management: Short Course
  2. Tourism Management: Certificate Course
  3. Tourism Management: Comprehensive Course
  1. Guest house Management: Short Course
  2. Guest house Management: Certificate Course
  3. Guest house Management: Comprehensive Course

ICB Courses

  1. Small Business Financial Management: ICB National Certificate
  1. Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate

Why Choose To Study Short Courses Via Distance Learning

Here are some of the many reasons why you should choose to study through distance learning:

  1. You can work and study. Distance learning education allows you to work full-time and study. This means that you can focus more on whichever priority comes first. Whether it be family commitments or work obligations.
  2. You can study from anywhere in the world. This is one of the reasons why students choose to study through distance learning because you can study from anywhere. You only need an email address because you will submit all of your assignments through email.
  3. Become a disciplined student. Distance learning education is for students who can motivate themselves. You will study and learn by yourself. You can get assistance from our tutors when you need it.
  4. Get affordable education at an affordable price. Distance learning education is more affordable than university. For example, a university course for one year could reach up to R50 000 whereas a distance education Short Course is less than half the amount you would pay for one year.
  5. Distance learning education is COVID-friendly. You will not be in contact with other students, nor will you be in contact with lecturers.

Choosing to study a Short Course through distance learning can be beneficial for many reasons, such as:

  • Gaining skills fast
  • Getting a promotion at work
  • Starting your own business


All of our Short Courses are provided through our partnership with Skills Academy.

Our Short Courses can take between 4 months to 27 months to complete. This depends on the type of Short Course you decide to complete. Here is a list of all of our Short Courses with the duration for each:

Our in-house Courses:

  1. Salon Management: Expert Course – 27 months
  2. Nail Care: Short Course9 months
  3. Nail Care: Certificate Course15 months
  4. Nail Care: Comprehensive Course19 months
  5. Make-Up Application: Short Course9 months
  6. Make-Up Application: Certificate Course15 months
  7. Make-Up Application: Comprehensive Course19 months
  8. Facial Skincare: Short Course9 months
  9. Facial Skincare: Certificate Course15 months
  10. Facial Skincare: Comprehensive Course19 months
  11. First Aid: Short Course 2 months
  12. Beauty Therapy Expert Course 24 months
  13. Child Day Care: Short Course4 months
  14. Child Day Care: Certificate Course8 months
  15. Child Day Care: Comprehensive Course12 months
  16. Child Psychology: Short Course4 months
  17. Child Psychology: Certificate Course8 months
  18. Child Psychology: Comprehensive Course12 months
  19. Crèche Management: Short Course4 months
  20. Crèche Management: Certificate Course8 months
  21. Crèche Management: Comprehensive Course 12 months
  22. Events Management: Short Course4 months
  23. Events Management: Certificate Course8 months
  24. Events Management: Comprehensive Course12 months
  25. Wedding Planning: Short Course4 months
  26. Wedding Planning: Certificate Course8 months
  27. Wedding Planning: Comprehensive Course12 months
  28. Tourism Management: Short Course4 months
  29. Tourism Management: Certificate Course8 months
  30. Tourism Management: Comprehensive Course12 months
  31. Guest house Management: Short Course4 months
  32. Guest house Management: Certificate Course8 months
  33. Guest house Management: Comprehensive Course 12 months

Our ICB Short Courses:

  1. Small Business Financial Management: ICB National Certificate12 months
  2. Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate16 months

A Short Course can be a National Certificate, or it can be one of the following qualifications:

  • Short Course Certificate
  • Proficiency Certificate 
  • Comprehensive Certificate

The above-mentioned certificates are the Qualifications you will get after completing any of our in-house Short Course. If you are planning to complete any of our ICB Short Courses, you will receive a National Certificate. Here is a detailed explanation of each Short Course that we offer:

Our In-House Short Courses

These are courses that are provided through our partnership with Skills Academy. All of these courses are created by Skills Academy and allow students to study with or without Matric. 

These courses give students specific skills that are related to their working environment. These courses are completed by a student who wants to:

  • Learn a new skill
  • Brush up on old skills
  • Get into a new industry
  • Start a business

Here is what you can learn in each programme:

Salon Management: Expert Course 

This course teaches students everything they need to know about managing a salon. In this course, you will also learn how to start your own business. Becoming a Salon Manager means that you need to know all the trades within your industry. This means that you will learn more about:

  • Facial Skincare
  • Lash and Brow tinting
  • Make-Up Application
  • Nail Care
  • How to be professional 

Nail Care Courses 

Students learn everything they need to know to start their own nail business or to become a nail technician at a salon with these courses. In these courses, students will learn more about:

  • Everything you need to know about the nail structure
  • The latest nail technology 
  • Professional salon skills
  • How to decorate nails

Make-Up Application Courses

These courses help students start their own business in the beauty industry, specifically aiming at make-up. You can also apply for cosmetic consultant positions after completing these courses. Here is what you will learn from these courses:

  • How to apply make up
  • Professional salon skills
  • How to work with your finances within your own business or your employer’s business

Facial Skincare Courses 

Once you completed any of our Facial Skincare Courses, you can become part of the Beauty industry. You will learn most of the skills you need to advise students on skincare techniques and products to use and to start your own skincare business. Here is what you will learn:

  • You will learn more about Facial Skincare theory and techniques
    • How the skin should be treated
  • You will also learn how to work with your own finances and how to network with other business professionals

First Aid: Short Course 

Students who study this course usually want to know more about their own safety and the safety of the people around them, whether it be in the workplace or at home. Here is what you will learn in this course:

  • What to do in an emergency
  • What the legal implications are of saving someone’s life
  • The basic structure of the body
  • How to attend to basic First Aid procedures

Beauty Therapy Expert Course 

This course teaches students everything they need to know about becoming a Beautician. This course also allows you to start your own business. Here is everything you will learn in this course:

  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • How to apply make-up
  • How to do manicures and pedicures
  • Facial Skincare theory and techniques

Child Care Courses 

These courses include:

  1. Crèche Management 
  2. Child Psychology 
  3. Child Day Care Courses

These courses are for students who are passionate about young children’s development. Whether it be mental or physical. The skills you will learn are as follows:

  • How to identify special needs learners
  • How to keep young learners entertained and educated while their parents are at work
  • Feed young learners’ food that is good for mental and physical health
  • Learn the safety measures that you need to take for young learners

Events Management Courses

If you like to plan events and think you need more skills to start your own business, then you should consider completing any of our (3) three Event Management Course. Here are the skills you will achieve in these courses:

  • Basic and advanced skills in Events Management
  • How to manage an office
  • The necessary skills to keep customers satisfied
  • How to communicate in a professional manner

Wedding Planning Courses 

These courses are similar to Events Management Courses. Both courses focus on planning events on behalf of clients, however, wedding planning courses focus only on weddings. Here are the skills you will learn in our Wedding Planning Courses:

  • How to strategically plan weddings
  • How to give excellent services to your clients and their guests
  • How to communicate with guests, clients and business professionals

Tourism Management Courses 

These courses focus on the tourism industry. You can become a tour guide or start your own business in the tourism industry. Your options are endless, here are some of the skills that you will learn:

  • How to manage anything related to tourism
  • How to manage an office 
  • How to satisfy the needs of customers
  • How to work with other staff members

Guest house Management Courses 

Starting your own business in the Guest house industry or turning your home into a Guest house business can be difficult. 

With our Guest house courses, you will learn the necessary skills required to become successful in this industry. Here are the skills you quill acquire:

  • How to care for customers’ needs in a Guest house setting
  • The basics of First Aid
  • How to manage a Guest house business
  • How to start your own Guest house business

Our ICB Short Courses

Students who complete our ICB Short Courses are looking to:

Small Business Financial Management: ICB National Certificate 

This course allows students to start their career in the business industry. In this course, you will learn how to manage a business and the basics of financial management. 

After completing this course, you will receive an NQF Level 4 qualification, which is equivalent to a Matric Qualification. You only need a Grade 11 Certificate to start this course. 

Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate 

This course allows students to start their careers as junior bookkeepers. In this course, you will learn the basics of bookkeeping, such as:

  • Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
  • Payroll and Monthly SARS Returns 
  • Computerised Bookkeeping

After completing this course, you will receive an NQF Level 3 qualification, which is equivalent to a Grade 11. You only need a Grade 10 to apply for this course. After completing this course, you can further your studies with our ICB Courses until you get your National Diploma.

No, a Short Course is not a Degree. Short Courses are usually completed in a Short period of time and focus on specific skills related to the industry you are interested in. 

Degree courses can take between 3 and 7 years to complete depending on the type of Degree course you complete, and these courses have different modules that give you the opportunity to learn different skills.

These are the advantages of completing Short Courses:

  • You can complete a Short Course in a short period of time
  • Short Courses are more affordable
  • You can complete a Short Course while being employed full-time
  • You learn specific skills
  • Short Courses allow you to brush up on skills you already have
  • If you have an interest in something, for example, taking care of young children you can complete a Child Day Care Course to gain more knowledge

These are the disadvantages of completing Short Courses:

  • Most Short Courses are non-accredited (We offer ICB Accredited Short Courses)
  • You cannot gain entry into a university with a Short Course (improve your Matric marks with our Matric Upgrade Course or complete our Adult Matric Course if you have not completed your Matric)
  • If you want to work in an industry that requires accredited courses such as medicine or law, then you cannot apply for a Short Course if it is non-accredited.

Yes, you can get a job with a Short Course. The most important thing is that you apply for a job in an industry that accepts Short Courses as qualifications. Certain companies consider Short Courses as valuable skills that can help you complete the duties of the job. 

When you are applying for a job with your Short Course, remember to add the skills that you have learned in the course. This way, your potential employer can see that you have acquired the skills required to complete the job.

Most employers see Short Courses as your willingness to learn new skills. Whereas other employers will send the employees to colleges to complete Short Courses.

Yes, Short Courses are worth it. Here are some of the reasons why Short Courses are worth it:

  • You gain skills that will help develop your current career. Short Courses give your career the boost it needs to stay updated.
  • It is a good way to study while working, which can assist you in your daily duties at work
  • You can complete a Short Course without a Matric Certificate. This allows you to further your studies and does not limit you. 
  • You can start your own business with a Short Course. This is one of the main reasons why Short Courses are worth it. Becoming an entrepreneur allows you to make money on your own time and in your own way. For example, if you complete a Salon Management: Expert Course, you can open your own salon. 

The best short-term course depends on your needs. This may vary depending on the type of learner you are. Here are some of the factors that you should consider when choosing a Short Course:

  • What you can afford – distance learning is affordable
  • If you want to work and study – Choose distance learning
  • How long you would like to study – Our Courses range from 4 months to 27 months
  • What you are interested in – Choose a course that matches your interests and abilities

A Short Course Certificate is the certificate you receive after completing a short course. This means that it gives you more than the basic skills required for any skill-specific industry. We award our students with four certificates:

  1. Short Course Certificate – Basic skills
  2. Proficiency Certificate – Intermediate skills
  3. Comprehensive Certificate – Advanced skills
  4. Expert Certificate – Expert Skills

Here are the two Short Courses that we offer that are in demand:

  1. Small Business Financial Management: ICB National Certificate 
  2. Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate 

ICB courses are scarce skills qualifications, which means that employers recognise these courses , and they need people who have these skills.

Benefits Of Studying At Matric College

Here are the benefits of studying at Matric College:

  • Get your study material at no additional cost. You do not have to pay for your study material separately. Your study material is included in your course fee.
  • Get assisted in your Home Language. Combined, our Course Experts speak over 11 Languages. Here are the languages our Course Experts speak:
  1. Afrikaans
  2. Dutch
  3. English
  4. isiXhosa
  5. isiZulu
  6. Ndebele
  7. Northern Sotho 
  8. Southern Sotho
  9. Sepedi
  10. Swati
  11. Tswana 
  • If you fail an assignment for any of our in-house Short Courses, you can redo the assignment. We give our students the opportunity to redo their assignments until they receive 50%. This is at no extra cost, which means your chances of getting the best results are high. As long as you submit your assignments before the duration of your course ends.

Yes, you can study and get paid. Our Short Courses allow students to be employed full-time by their employers or have their own businesses while studying through distance learning. Your studies will not be affected by your studies. You only have to submit your assignments through email. This gives you more time to spend on your work obligations.

Yes, you can put online courses on your CV. In fact, this increases your chances of getting the job. Employers will see that you have gained skills, especially if you have recently completed a Short Course. This shows that you have recently gained new skills, which impresses employers.

The most important factor to consider when adding your online courses to your CV is how you mentioned that you have completed a Short Course. You have to add the modules you have completed as well as the skills that you have learned.

With our Short Courses, you will receive a Subject Completion Certificate, this certificate is an indicator that you have learned a new skill. You can mention this on your CV.  Here is an example of how you can display this information:

Child Day Care Short Course:

  • Introduction to Business English
    Learning how to communicate in a professional manner
    Gaining skills on how to present meetings
  • Child Day Care DCD-101
    Learning skills on the growth and development of young learners
    Learning how to identify special needs children
    Learning about the early development of young children

Most entry-level jobs pay well without a qualification. These jobs usually include positions such as:

  • Call Centre Agent
  • Cleaner
  • Cook
  • General workers
  • Janitor
  • Sales Assistant
  • Support Agents
  • In-Store Promoter

Most of the above-mentioned positions require you to at least have anything between Grade 9 to a Matric Qualification. If you do not have a Matric Qualification, you can complete any of these courses:

  • Adult Matric
  • Matric Upgrade

These are the Short Courses that we offer that have the most job opportunities:

You can get highly paid jobs with any of these courses:
Course Position Average Salary
Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate Junior Bookkeeper R 12 350 per month
Small Business Financial Management: ICB National Certificate Administrator in Human Resource Management R 14 590 per month
Course Position Average Salary
Beauty Therapy: Expert Course Beauty Therapist R 11 750 per month
Salon Management Courses Salon Manager R 15 000 per month
Nail Care Courses Nail Technician R 12 001 per month
Make-Up Application Courses Make-Up Artists R 8 826 per month
Facial Skincare Courses Beauty Consultant R 8 240 per month
Course Position Average Salary
Crèche Management Nursery Manager R 19 000 per month
Child Psychology Teaching Assistant R 4 214 per month
Child Day Care Courses Child care provider R 7 708 per month
First Aid * This course you can use in any industry, and you cannot go into the field of First Aid with this course. This course enables students to learn more about safety in the working environment. Employers value people who have studied a First Aid Course.

You can complete our First Aid: Short Course in 2 months. Some of our students complete these courses faster than the duration of the course.

There are no Short Courses in medicine. There are however Short Courses that are related to medicine, such as:

Here are the differences between our Short Course and Certificate Course:

 Short CourseCertificate Course
DurationBetween 4 and 9 monthsBetween 8 and 12 months
FocusThe focus of these types of courses are based on learning the basic skills of the course.The focus of these types of courses are based on learning the  intermediate skills of the course.
SubjectsThe number of subjects you will complete for these types of courses ranges between 2 and 4 subjects.The number of subjects you will complete for these types of courses ranges between 4 and 6 subjects.

Here are the Short Courses that will be in demand in the future:

Here are the most demanded Degrees in South Africa:

  • Accounting Degrees
  • Business Degrees
  • Engineering Degrees
  • Financial Degrees
  • Marketing Degrees
  • Medical Degrees

Application Process

We pride ourselves on our easy application process. You only need to take these simple three steps to apply:

Step 1: Contact us

The first step to applying for any of our Short Courses is to get in contact with the Matric College team. Here are the different ways you can contact us:

If you want to make contact with us through our landline then you can give us a call during these hours:

calling hours

Step 2: Get in touch with a Course Expert

Once contact has been made, whether you called us or we called you, you will be in contact with one of our Course Experts. Our Course Experts will have a conversation with you about your interests, skills, abilities, educational background and financial status. This way they can determine which course would suit you best. 

You ultimately, make the final decision, but our Course Experts will guide you through the process. If we do not offer the course that you are interested in, they will recommend a course that does suit your needs.

Step 3: Receive your first batch of study material

As soon as you have made a decision on the course you would like to complete, you will successfully become a Matric College student. This means that you will get your first batch of study material couriers between 5 and 7 working days. 

You can read through the content and decide when you would like to submit your first assignment (submitting your assignments whenever you like only applies to our in-house Short Courses.

An ICB Qualification is a qualification that focuses on business and management courses. You will get this qualification if you complete and pass an ICB Course. ICB offer three programmes namely:

  1. ICB Business Management
  2. ICB Financial Accounting
  3. ICB Office Administration

Yes, ICB Qualifications are recognised. In fact, all ICB Courses are recognised nationally and internationally. These courses are also accredited by:

Which means that you can apply for work abroad if you have an ICB Qualification. These courses are also scarce skill qualifications that allow students to become highly employable because employers need people who have these skills.

After completing one ICB Programme you can complete another ICB Programme. For example, if you have completed the ICB Business Management Programme, you can then complete our ICB Financial Management Programme.

ICB has Recognition of Prior Learning, which means that you do not have to complete the same subject if it is provided in another programme. Find below a table that explains how this works.

ICB Business Management Programme: 

Let us use the first course of this programme

Small Business Financial Management: ICB National Certificate

ICB Financial Accounting Programme:

Let us use the first course of this programme

Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate

  • Business Management 1
  • Bookkeeping To Trial Balance
  • Business Literacy
  • Bookkeeping to Trial Balance 
  • Payroll and Monthly SARS Returns 
  • Computerised Bookkeeping 
  • Business Literacy

The highlighted subjects are the subjects you would not have to repeat if you chose to complete another ICB Programme.

No, ICB is not a Degree. ICB Courses only go up to National Diploma Qualifications. If you would like to complete a Business Degree Course, you need to make sure that you have completed Matric. Universities may look at the following factors:

Yes, a Bookkeeping Certificate is worth it. Here are some of the reasons why it is worth it:

  1. It is a scarce skill qualification
  2. It is a Matric Equivalent Certificate
  3. You can start the course without Matric
  4. You can learn while you are studying
  5. You will always learn new skills in this industry
  6. You will get a decent salary

Yes, Bookkeepers are in demand in South Africa. This is because this occupation is required for almost every working industry. Employers are always looking for Bookkeepers and Accountants. This also means that you will be highly employable and earn a decent salary.

The Certified Bookkeeper exam is hard because these courses are of excellent quality. Due to the high quality of these courses, there are also certain standards.

Every year the ICB exams are different to keep up with the high quality. There are also no past exam papers for these courses. Here is how you will be assessed:

Portfolio Of Evidence

The Portfolio of Evidence will test your knowledge of the work that you have learned. This means that if you do not understand or pass the (3) three formative assessments and (2) two tests, then you will have to submit it again.

After you have achieved 50% and above, you can apply for the exams. The PoE has to be submitted on the day you write the final exams.

Final Exams

You will only be allowed to write the final exam once you have passed and submitted all of your assignments. There will be (2) two types of exams that you can choose from:

  • Online Exams
  • Paper-based Exams

Online Exams

The online exams were introduced in the lockdown as an alternative option for students because only a limited amount of students are allowed to write the paper-based exams. These exams will be written from the comfort of your home with an online invigilator app.

Both distance learning students and contact students can apply for these exams. Contact learning students must find out from their college first before applying.

Online exams are between (1:00 pm to 04:30 pm)

Distance learning students can apply through the ICB Student Portal and face-to-face students can apply through their college.

Paper-based Exams

Both distance learning students and face-to-face students can apply for these exams. However, you need to keep in mind that there is limited space. This type of exam means that you will write at a physical venue.

Paper-based exams are between (9:30 am to 12:30 pm)

How ICB Courses Are Assessed


The ICB venues (paper-based exams) are only able to accommodate a limited number of students due to COVID-19 requirements. To avoid disappointment, book your paper-based exam early.

Also NOTE: 

The ICB reserves the right to cancel or withdraw any exams and / or venues at any point in time. Acceptance into any exam booking by the ICB does not guarantee exam attendance. In the case of cancelled exams, alternative exam dates will be offered.

Here is how much a Bookkeeper makes per month:

R 14 378 per month

The average salary for a bookkeeper is R 14 378 per month in South Africa.

Where Can I Study Short Courses?

You can study Short Courses at Matric College. We are a distance learning institution that allows students to work full-time while studying full-time. 

When Can I Start Studying Short Courses?

Our registration is open throughout the year, which means you can start any of our Short Courses any time of the year. This puts the power in your hands. At Matric College, we understand the importance of working and studying and therefore allow our students to study whenever they can.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Beauty Short Courses and Child Care Courses that we offer allow students to start their own businesses. These industries are in demand in South Africa because most people consider these services as necessities. 

This also means that if you open up your own salon or your own daycare centre, and you have someone with the same business in your location, you will still make money because people are always looking for people who offer these services.

Our ICB Short Courses allows students to allow start their own businesses in any industry because it gives students the basic skills in business studies.

You can make a lot of money without a Degree by starting your own business. All of our Short Courses allow students to become successful entrepreneurs without Matric.

Yes, all of our ICB Short Courses are accredited. They are accredited by:

  • Short Course 
  • Certificate Courses
  • Comprehensive Courses

Yes, you can do a Short Course at university. These courses can be accredited or non-accredited, but they do require you to have a Matric Qualification. With our Short Courses, you can apply with or without a Matric Certificate.

Yes, Short Courses do count as qualifications. You can apply for jobs with your Short Course Qualification  or you can start your own business. This makes these courses extremely valuable.

This is an accredited course that allows students to update the skills that they already have. Professional Short Courses are important because they keep professionals up to date with the work that they are doing. 

No, you cannot get a Degree in 6 months. A Degree Course generally takes between (3) three to (7) seven years to complete.

You can improve your marks by completing our Matric Upgrade Course. To apply, you should meet the following requirements:

  • Have a Matric Certificate 
    • Failed Matric certificate
    • Passed Matric Certificate
    • Incomplete Matric Certificate
  • Study through distance learning
  • Understand, read and write English 

Yes, you can get your Matric as an adult. Complete our Adult Matric Course.

Author: Jesmé Africa