The information below is relevant for the 2015 academic year.

This Course in Managing Training and Development has been introduced in view of the ever-increasing requirement for persons involved in the management and execution of the training and development function in organisations to be better prepared to meet the demands of the education, training and development environment. Practitioners of education, training and development often have to fulfill a variety of roles in organisations, for example, the role of trainer, facilitator, assessor, moderator, coach, mentor, manager and skills development facilitator. Many incumbents in these positions are inadequately equipped to deal with the demands of these roles. This course has

therefore been developed to cater for those who are involved in the day to day practice of training and development and those who are involved in the management of the training and development function. It therefore comprises two main components, namely, ‘Practicing training and development’ (CMTD015) and ‘Managing training and development’ (CMTD026). These two components are presented as two different but complimentary modules in this course.

Duration of the course

Six months

Registration requirements

A National Senior Certificate or equivalent qualification (at NQF level 4) is required for enrolment in this programme. Persons not in possession of such a qualification will be considered for admission on the basis of alternative admission criteria such as relevant work experience (for which a comprehensive CV and references would be required) or other prior learning.


Course content

The learning content for the course comprises the following two compulsory modules:


Practicing Training and Development (CMTD015) Module purpose

This module is useful to students wishing to gain comprehensive knowledge and understanding of and the ability to use and apply appropriate training and development practices in mainly South African organisations.


In order to be declared competent in this module, students have to demonstrate that they are able to:

  • demonstrate the ability to explore learning theories, establish effective  learning principles and critically examine adult learning theories and principles
  • demonstrate the ability to apply relevant aspects of training-related legislation   (SAQA, NQF and skills development legislation) in managing training and   development in South African organisations
  • perform the functions of the skills development facilitator in organisations and   facilitate the compilation of a workplace skills plan with guidance and support  design a small-scale training programme which includes:
    • determining training needs
    • programme design
    • presenting a training programme





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Learning theories and principles

  • The learning process
  • Learning theories
  • More about learning
  • Adult learning


The education, training and development environment in South Africa

  • Macro factors that impact on training and development
  • National strategies and legislation that impact on ETD in South Africa
  • Implementing legislation: NQF and SAQA
  • Standards


Skills development

  • The Skills development Act and the Skills Development Levies Act
  • Sector education and training authorities
  • The workplace skills plan, the skills development facilitator and learnerships


Determining training and development needs

  • Determining training and development needs
  • Different levels and types of needs assessment
  • Models for determining training needs
  • Formulating training needs


Programme design and development

  • Formulating learning outcomes
  • Selecting and sequencing content
  • Selecting instructional strategies and media
  • Designing a lesson plan


Preparing and presenting training

  • Creating a learning environment
  • Presentation types
  • Presentation skills
  • The role of the facilitator


Learner assessment

  • Principles of assessment
  • Methods and instruments in education, training and development
  • Principles of assessment
  • Methods and instruments of assessment


Managing Training and Development (CMTD026)


Module purpose

This module will be useful to students who wish to acquire comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the management requirements of training and development in organisations.



In order to be declared competent in this module, students have to demonstrate that they are able to:

  • critically discuss the requirements of training evaluation, return on investment and quality assurance in training and development
  • demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the various processes, procedures and requirements of managing training and development in an organization
  • demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the requirements of effective administration of training and development in an organisation.
  • given a case study or information on a particular organisation, apply the concepts, principles and procedures of strategic planning for determining an organisational strategy for human resource development
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of management development in the light of the manager’s role as a change agent in the enterprise and describe the various management development methods that can be used in an organisation.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the contemporary issues that impact on training and development in organisations



 Programme evaluation and quality assurance in HRD

  • Evaluating a training programme
  • Types of training evaluation
  • Training evaluation techniques and instruments
  • Quality Assurance in HRD


The management and administration of training and development

  • The systems approach to training to the management of training
  • Training and the management functions
  • The place and role of the training function
  • The need for training and development policy and an annual training plan
  • Administration of training


Strategic human resource development

  • Strategic business planning
  • Strategic human resource development


Management development

  • Management, leadership and management development
  • Management development methods


Contemporary issues in HRD

  • Talent management
  • International HRD
  • Multi-skilling
  • Change management
  • Career management
  • HRD and ethics
  • Knowledge management
  • Challenges facing training and development in enterprises


Assessment and examination

Students will be assessed by means of written assignments completed during the course of their studies and a formal two-hour examination for each module, which can be written at any of Unisa’s examination centres countrywide. Students will be admitted to the examination provided that they submit assignment 01 on or before the due date and that their fees have been paid in full. Examinations are written in May/June (first intake) or October/November (second intake). In order to pass a module, a student must obtain a final assessment mark of 50% (assignments contribute 20% to the final mark, and the examination mark the remaining 80%).


On successful completion of the two modules, you will receive a certificate from Unisa


The Course in Managing Training and Development consists of 24 credits (12 per module) and is offered on level 6 of the National Qualifications Framework. The 12 credits per module mean that the average student will require 120 notional hours to master the module. The notional hours include time spent on reading, doing activities, completing assignments, preparing for the examinations, writing the examinations, and so forth.

Registration, commencing date and fees / The course is presented twice a year:

  • First intake(January-May block enrolment): commencing on 26 January (registration takes place from 28 November 2014 until 25 January 2015)
  • Second intake(June-November block enrolment): commencing on 13 July (registration takes place from 3 June 2015 until 12 July 2015)