Are our courses accredited?

MasterStart offers online short courses that are independently accredited under the auspices of the universities and the various Sector Education and Training Authorities and the Council of Higher Education (“Academic Partners”) that we have collaborated with. 

These include: 

  • Gordon institute of Business Science (GIBS) 
  • University of Cape Town, Graduate School of Business (UCT-GSB)
  • Coventry University 
  • South African Board for People Practices (SABPP) 
  • University of WitsWatersrand Business School (WBS)

GIBS | UCT GSB | Cambridge Spark | WBS

Upon successful completion of a competency-based short course, participants will receive an eCertificate from the relevant partner institution. All eCertificates are encrypted to ensure there is no attempted fraudulent activity.

In accordance with the regulatory requirements of the Council of Higher Education (CHE), short courses are not credit bearing and do not align to an NQF level qualification. The NQF framework intends for the articulation from one qualification to another. WITS, GIBS and UCT GSB online short courses are intended as workplace-relevant skills support programmes, which provides participants with practical skills that can be implemented almost immediately within the workplace. 

These short courses are designed and approved by GIBS faculty and by the University of Pretoria and the University of Cape Town, as industry relevant skills interventions, which will assist you in your day-to-day work and help to accelerate your career progression.


Upon completion of a collaborative course with MasterStart and Coventry University, participants will receive a dually accredited course with Coventry University (microcredentials in the UK) and as a registered skills programme which derives credits from a select set of unit standards that make up the National Certificate in Generic Management  SAQA ID: 59201 accredited by SABPP in South Africa.

The National Education Institute (Registration Number: 2017/338367/07) trading as MasterStart Skills is accredited to offer the National Certificate: Generic Management (LP ID: 66069) SAQA ID: 59201, Credits 162, Accreditation No. 63919P181VA is accredited by SABPP. In terms of Section 32 of the NQF Act 67 of 2008 read with section 26I of the SDA (2) 37 of 2008 SAQA and Quality Councils (QCs) have delegated certain quality assurance functions to SA Board for People Practices (SABPP) since 16 October 2012 also known as Quality Assurance Partner (QAP).