This Qualification is linked to the South African National Unit Standard: 61592 and holds 249 credits at NQF Level 5 and is aligned to the South African Human Resources Standards.

Emergence Growth focuses on customized development solutions that are tailored to suit specific organisation requirements. Our training philosophy is based on ensuring co-operative and outcomes- based learning which facilitates participative discussion and workplace application ensuring that delegates not only exchange ideas, but are able to practically implement principles and techniques in their workplace.


This diploma will be useful to people who operationalise some aspects of the core processes and practices at a basic level across the four role clusters in human resources management and practices:

  • Strategic planning for human resources management and practices;
  • Acquisition, development and utilisation of people;
  • Establishment and improvement of labour and employee relations; and
  • Compensation   and   administration   related   to   human   resources   management   and   practices.

Holders of the qualification will be able to operationalise some aspects of the core human resources management processes at a basic level and integrate them into an organisation’s business processes. Holding the qualification will enable candidates to enter learning programmes for a generalist degree in Human Resources Management and Practices.

Course outline

Organisations require a reliable indicator that a person is competent to operationalise aspects of the core processes and practices at a basic level across the four role clusters identified in the field analysis:

Strategic planning for human resources management and practices;

Acquisition, development and utilisation of people;

Establishment and improvement of labour and employee relations; and

Compensation   and   administration   related   to   human   resources   management   and   practices.

Holding the National Diploma in Human Resources Management and Practices will serve as an indicator to organisations that a person is competent in this regard.

The modules follow:



Module 1a

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3

Module 4

Module 5

Module 6

Module 7

Module 8

HR Standards

HR Management

Recruitment & Induction

Employee Relations

Legislation & Compliance

HR Development

HR Systems & Financial Management

HR Project & Risk Management

HR Strategic Management and Business Partnering


2 Days

2 Days

4 Days

2 Days

1 Day

2 Days

2 Days

4 Days

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the Global HR Standards
  • Have a basic knowledge of the SABPP HR Standards as it exists in South Africa.
  • Be able to link the Standards to their own operational policies and procedures and ensure that best practices are adhere too.
  • Be able to demonstrate how it impacts on the life cycle of an employee and
  • Have a basic understanding of the Audit requirements and processes and where to find evidence for audit questions being asked.


  • Measure and assess the factors that influence labour productivity and establish the relative impact of each factor
  • Supervise a project team of a business project to deliver project objectives
  • Monitor team members and measure effectiveness of performance
  • Set, monitor and measure the achievement of goals and objectives for a team, department or division within an organisation
  • Recruit and select candidates to fill defined positions
  •  Draft an employment contract
  •  Manage the induction of new staff
  • Implement codes of conduct in the team, department or division
  • Institute disciplinary action
  • Monitor and advise on substantive conditions of employment and related rights and obligations in an organisation
  • Conduct a disciplinary hearing
  • Facilitate the resolution of employee grievances
  • Demonstrate and apply an understanding of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (Act 75 of 1997)
  • Demonstrate and apply an understanding of the Labour Relations Act with respect to Collective Agreements and Bargaining Councils
  • Co-ordinate planned skills development interventions in an organisation Conduct an organizational needs analysis
  • Develop an organisational training and development plan
  • Provide information and advice regarding skills development and related issues
  • Conduct an analysis to determine outcomes of learning for skills development and other purposes
  • Advise on the establishment and implementation of a quality management system for skills development practices in an organisation
  • Prepare and communicate a productivity improvement plan for a functional unit
  • Manage the capture, storage and retrieval of human resources information using an information system
  • Compile and control a budget for a range of office supply requirements
  • Supervise a project team of a business project to deliver project objectives
  • Managing change management projects
  • HR Consulting skills
  • Project management business game
  • Contribute towards organisation policy development
  • Demonstrate knowledge and insight into the relationship between strategic human resource planning and an organisation’s strategic planning
  • Apply visionary leadership to develop strategy
  • Produce a Human Resource       (HR) plan to achieve organisational results


On successful completion the delegates will then be awarded the total requisite South Africa National credits to a total of 249 credits. The final examination and the delegate’s portfolio of evidence are assessed internally be Emergence Growth and externally by South African Board of People Practice (SABPP) who will then endorse their results and provide the delegates with a National Statement of Results.

The National Diploma in Human Resource Management Practices is recognised by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and will provide delegates with the requirements to register for the SHRM Certified Professional Qualification (SHRM-CP).


SHRM – CP and SHRM – SCP is based on the latest HR research and emerging knowledge for HR Professionals.

In this ever changing business world, the knowledge that HR Professionals need is growing and evolving.  HR professionals are leading organisations, requiring new knowledge to meet these needs.  The SHRM programs contain content to assisting HR professionals meet the requirements of global HR practices. The programs are aligned to the international Competency Models for HR Professionals and reflect global practice.

The SHRM program is aligned to business needs and is linked to performance.  They include a focus on achieving HR Competencies which form part of the body of knowledge of the program. The body of knowledge is relevant to today’s global HR professionals.  The program groups the competencies into four core knowledge domains:

  • Workplace
  • People
  • Organisation
  • Strategy

Figure 1 illustrates the competencies which will be developed through the completion of the SHRM programs and the alignment to the knowledge domains.

Figure 1



Course Structure and Learning Methodology

After registration delegates will receive their learning material from Emergence Growth.  Delegates will then attend two day tutorials (instructor lead) classes every second month over an eleven month period.  The instructors are local instructors who are chosen for the relevant subject matter expertise in the topic they are presenting.  Each tutorial is aimed at being interactive to not only convey the required knowledge but to facilitate dialogue between delegates which further aides the learning experience.

Delegates will also receive access to the SHRM online forum which supplements the instructor lead tutorials and has assignments and case studies designed to reinforce the learning and assist delegates to prepare the final assessment.

Final assessments consist of an online examination which will take place in December.

Who should register?

The SHRM – CP program is suitable for HR Professionals who:

  • Have an HR Diploma or Degree
  • Also have 1 – 4 years HR work experience

The following is an outline of the modules which form part of the four knowledge domains and which will be covered in the SHRM – CP program.



Course Outline and Key Topics

Topic 1:  Workplace

  • Module 1: HR in the Global Context
  • Module 2: Diversity Management
  • Module 3: Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Module 4: Employee Relations
  • Module 5: Employment Law & Regulations

Topic 2:  People

  • Module 1: Talent Acquisition & Retention
  • Module 2: Employee Engagement
  • Module 3: Learning and Development
  • Module 4: Total Rewards

Topic 3:  Organisation & Strategy

  • Module 1: Business Strategy
  • Module 2: HR Strategy
  • Module 3: Structure of HR
  • Module 4: Risk Management
  • Module 5: Organisational Effectiveness & Development
  • Module 6: Workforce Management
  • Module 7: Technology & Data


Program Duration: Two days every second month over 11 months.


Registration window

Program Start Date

Examination Date


01 February 2016 – 01 March 2016

March 2016

Dec 2016 – Feb 2017