Compliance Management online short course

Course starts 28 September 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
22 September 2020
Course Starts:
28 September 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation
10–12 hours per week, self-paced learning online
ZAR R14,900
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


As businesses grow and technology develops, the world is seeing increased levels of regulatory risk. This has led to the adoption of more stringent standards and regulations, which are increasingly changing how organisations manage their operations. The compliance function of an organisation has never been more important, as it now needs to proactively govern everything from internal policies to employee behaviour.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Compliance Management online short course teaches you the skills to create a culture of ethical compliance in your organisation. Over eight modules, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of compliance risk analysis and management that can be applied to your own context. Ensure the long-term sustainability of your business by adhering to regulations, implementing policies, and developing a strategic approach to managing compliance risk.

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What will set you apart

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

  • Enhanced compliance management knowledge developed through academic theory, practical case studies, and self-reflection
  • The ability to design a compliance risk management plan consisting of controls that consider the regulatory risk universe and rating scales
  • The tools to structure a compliant organisation in a dynamic risk universe and ensure that a culture of compliance thrives
  • The confidence to communicate effectively as a compliance practitioner using your personal strengths and influence

Is this course for you?

This course is suitable for professionals who work in corporate governance, compliance management, or a related field, and intend to apply compliance principles to their own organisations. It would also benefit those looking to enhance their existing knowledge and skills to move into a strategic role within their compliance team. Existing compliance professionals will be able to validate, refine, and develop their current skill set. It is also ideal for business leaders looking for an advanced set of skills to augment their legal, risk management, and compliance knowledge in order to assist their compliance team and improve company performance.

Course curriculum

Explore the effect of evolving disruptive technologies on compliance risk management as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation Module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Effective corporate governance
  • Module 2 Structuring a compliant organisation
  • Module 3 Creating the right culture for compliance
  • Module 4 Compliance risk as an element of the risk universe
  • Module 5 Compliance risk management planning
  • Module 6 Control design
  • Module 7 Monitoring and reporting
  • Module 8 The future of compliance

The UCT Compliance Management online short course is endorsed by the Compliance Institute Southern Africa (CISA), recognising the course’s commitment to imparting only the most up-to-date compliance skills and knowledge.

Your Course Convenors

The design of this online short course is guided by UCT faculty, as well as industry experts, who will share their experience and in-depth knowledge with you throughout the course.


Tebello Thabane

Senior Lecturer, Commercial Law Department, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town


James Leach

James Leach

Lecturer, Commercial Law Department, Faculty of Law, UCT

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

Enhance your compliance skill set 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.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 28 September 2020.

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    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 Advisor 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.

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    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 Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.