Compliance Management online short course

Course starts in 4 days (Still accepting late registrations)

Course information

Registration Closes:
24 January 2020
Course Starts:
30 January 2020
9 weeks, excluding orientation
10–12 hours per week, self-paced learning online
ZAR R18,900
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)
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Recent legislative and regulatory changes have put organisations under more pressure to adhere to specific standards and requirements.

For this reason, businesses are investing heavily in compliance management and are bringing compliance officers on board to address risks and develop relevant action plans.

This online short course in compliance management from the University of Cape Town (UCT) is designed to empower you as a compliance manager by expanding your understanding of the process, practicalities, and methodologies involved in South African compliance law and corporate governance.

You’ll learn how to evaluate risks based on probability and impact, and walk away with a compliance risk management plan.


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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • An understanding of the regulatory frameworks that affect the way your organisation does business
  • The ability to develop and adhere to compliance frameworks to minimise the risk of compliance failure
  • A firm grasp on the impact that POPI and King IV have on corporate governance, compliance and risk within a business
  • An official certificate of completion from UCT, Africa’s leading university1, as formal validation of your skills in corporate governance.

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Is this course for you?

This course is designed for professionals who are already familiar with the subject of corporate governance, and would like to jumpstart their career in the compliance function of an organisation, financial or otherwise.

Existing compliance officers will be able to refine their expertise as they gain skills to apply the principles of compliance risk management as part of en enterprise-wide management strategy. It is ideal for corporate governance professionals who are looking to apply for the professional designation offered by the Compliance Institute of South Africa, Compliance Practitioner (CPrac).

Course curriculum

 Develop the tools to keep your organisation compliant as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Introduction to corporate governance
  • Module 2 The transition to King IV
  • Module 3 Corporate governance, data governance and cybersecurity
  • Module 4 The Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act
  • Module 5 Risk management
  • Module 6 The compliance framework
  • Module 7 Compliance risk management
  • Module 8 Final activity submission
  • Module 9 Contact session resources*

GetSmarter is endorsed by the Compliance Institute Southern Africa (CISA). The CISA sets, maintains, and promotes best practice standards for the compliance profession and has developed a Generally Accepted Compliance Practice (GACP) framework to govern business standards. By completing this course, students will gain compliance management skills aligned with CISA GACP benchmark standards, which are nationally recognised. CISA also administers professional accreditation for compliance professionals, and upon completion of this course, students will gain one year’s free student membership to CISA and access to the latest compliance intelligence. By completing the Compliance Management course you’ll qualify for 60 Continuous Professional Development (CPDs) hours. Please see here for more information.

Please note that GetSmarter bears no responsibility for the claiming of this membership and the other benefits with CISA. The onus therefore falls on you to do so.

Compulsory contact session

*Please note that this course has a compulsory three-day contact session. You’ll be exposed to talks from various industry experts, allowing you to network with like-minded professionals on the current presentation, and enabling the online component to merge with in-person guidance. Students on this course must attend the session in person, in order to complete the final course assignment. The location for the contact session changes from presentation to presentation, so before you make payment for your course, please ensure that you’re able to attend the compulsory contact session, in person, for your presentation. This presentation’s session will be taking place on 25, 26 and 27 March 2020, in Cape Town.

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)

Learn about compliance management and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


Your teaching team

At GetSmarter, we improve lives through better education. One of the ways that we achieve this is by bringing rich industry context to an academic environment through our expert facilitation and engagement. We work with university faculty and industry experts to provide a practical, industry lens on the world's leading university subjects.

When do I start?

Our next available short course starts in 4 days. (Still accepting late registrations)

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    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.

    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Manager who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.