Compliance Essentials online short course

Course starts 2 November 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
27 October 2020
Course Starts:
2 November 2020
6 weeks, excluding orientation
6–10 hours per week, self-paced learning online
ZAR R10,900
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


Compliance is a crucial facet of any business or industry, and failure to assess and respond to risks can have catastrophic effects on your organisation. On the course, you'll learn the fundamental principles of compliance management, enabling you to assist in limiting liabilities and, ultimately, avoid the legal and financial repercussions of non-compliance. Designed by experts from the University of Cape Town (UCT), this course uses the Generally Accepted Compliance Practice (GACP) framework and the King IV Code to provide you with the necessary principles and guidelines to work in this space. As you work through the modules you’ll develop the confidence to address potential issues, and make recommendations to your team. You’ll also explore the value, scope, and complexities of the role compliance plays in your business and within the broader legislative landscape. 

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What will set you apart

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

  • A practical toolkit with which to read and interpret the law, and evaluate regulatory risk

  • The ability to break into a growing industry, using your knowledge of South African compliance regulations and laws, and comprehension of how they apply to your organisation

  • A clear understanding of the function compliance plays and the confidence to assume that role in your organisation

  • An official certificate from the University of Cape Town as validation of your compliance skills


Is this course for you?

The UCT Compliance Essentials online short course does not have entrance requirements and is aimed at those new to the world of compliance and legislation. Professionals looking to move into this key business function will gain the necessary skills and understanding to apply for a compliance position. For those whose position already requires them to work closely with compliance functions in their organisation, it can provide the expertise to confidently make recommendations, perform risk analyses, and draft reports. Given the increasing demand for compliance literacy, developing your knowledge of this field may help facilitate career growth in a variety of industries.

Course curriculum

Develop crucial compliance skills as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 The context of compliance management
  • Module 2 Corporate governance and compliance
  • Module 3 The role of a compliance function in an organisation
  • Module 4 The law and compliance universes
  • Module 5 Legal interpretation
  • Module 6 Risk management in organisations
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The UCT Compliance Essentials 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.

Manage regulatory risk

This UCT online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you learn to assess and address legal risk in a business context.

Your Course Convenor

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


Tebello Thabane

Senior Lecturer in commercial law, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town

After practising as an advocate for several years, Thabane served as the principal secretary and chief advisor to the Minister of Law and Constitutional Affairs in the government of Lesotho. Today, he lectures company law, corporate governance and business law. His qualifications include a BA (Law), LLB, LLM (in commercial law and human rights), and certificates in corporate compliance and commercial dispute mediation.


James Leach

James Leach

Lecturer in Commercial Law, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town

After graduating from the University of Cape Town with a LLB in 2012 and a Master of Laws in commercial law (LLM) with distinction in 2013, and successfully pursuing a second LLM in shipping law in 2014, Leach became a lecturer in the Faculty of Law’s Commercial Law Department. He is the primary developer and course convenor of a new postgraduate diploma in regulatory compliance management, and his research interests lie in theories of corporate legal regulation, corporate governance, and financial aspects of corporate financing structures.

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town

Learn compliance best practices 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 2 November 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.