Purpose of this qualification:

The purpose of this qualification is to obtain a nationally recognised qualification in the law enforcement environment and to uplift the professional standards of policing. It will improve relationships between employer and employees and organisation and client (community) and attract and retain quality employees.

Learners will be able to identify, assess, formulate and solve problems while performing tasks related to maintaining public order, prevention of crime, investigation of crime, combating crime and protection of people and property. The Unit Standards in this qualification will allow progression and mobility to obtain further managerial competencies. Elective standards will further allow for progression and a career path into specialist areas. The qualification will make provision for the movement of learners between different environments.

Learners will be able to implement strategies to assist personnel in the handling of stress and in having an in-depth understanding of motivation techniques. These learners will also be able to lead a team, apply management skills and delegate tasks.

The learner obtaining this qualification will enhance service delivery to the internal and external clients that will enhance satisfaction and trust. Qualifying learners will be able to conduct limited policing operations, apply resource management at the lower management level and apply interpersonal skills in a law enforcement environment while balancing constitutional and legal rights of individuals with the competence to legally infringe those rights in the service of maintaining a safe and secure society. Fundamental human rights and adherence to such rights are also contained in this qualification with the focus on upholding and protecting fundamental human rights by creating a responsive and proactive environment in a responsible manner.

A fundamental understanding of the criminal justice system needed for middle management purposes is also outlined in this qualification and this qualification will also contribute to the implementation of preventative actions that law enforcement agencies need to take.

A learner acquiring this qualification will have skills, knowledge and attributes to:

  • Apply management skills.
  • Implement workplace relations in a work environment.
  • Apply applicable legislation in a work environment.
  • Utilise a document management system.
  • Assess service delivery abilities of an organisation.
  • Analyse operational plans for deployment purposes.


This qualification will contribute to the sector needs by empowering law enforcement personnel in the execution of their prime function which is ensuring a safe and secure environment for all people within the country. The Safety in Society and Sovereignty of the State sub-fields will especially benefit in that firstly, it will provide policing competencies needed for employed in law enforcement agencies and organizations and secondly, it will further contribute to an in-depth understanding of the possible causes of crime, criminal preventative actions and the criminal justice system.

Managers of law enforcement resources will benefit in that the management specialisations embedded in this qualification will assist in the development of effective systems and the creation of standardised management capabilities.

Organisations such as the South African Police Services, the South African National Defence Force Military Police and the respective metropolitan police and traffic services will benefit the most from this qualification. This qualification allows learners employed in these services to progress from elementary law enforcement functions to middle management functions in order to perform relevant roles in the broader law enforcement environment.

This qualification primarily reflects the workplace-based needs of the sector Safety in Society that relate to managerial competencies. This qualification will further ensure better service delivery to the community thereby providing a safe and secure community environment, which will enhance the growth of the economy.

HJN training presents this certificate full time, part time and by distance learning. The learner will receive study material which is easy to read, easy to interpret and accompanied by self-assessment questions to test your knowledge before presenting your assignments. A textbook accompanies your study material.

Assessment will take place in the form of assignments and written exams twice a year. This qualification also involves practical training which includes street survival, defensive techniques as well as the use of fire arms.

Qualification Guide - National Diploma Policing