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Law: Short Learning Programmes

SHORT LEARNING PROGRAMMES


The UFS Centre for Labour Law offers a range of short courses on the Bloemfontein Campus (during the week). The Certificate in Labour Law and the Advanced Course in Labour Law is also offered in Welkom, at the Qwaqwa Campus and Kimberley (dependent on a minimum number of entries). Please note that another venues may be considered if a minimum of 30 students enrol for such a course.

Why a short course in labour / commercial law?

59,2% of persons participate in the labour force of South Africa by either being employed or by looking for a job. A large number of people provide employment (opportunities) and thereby also participate in the labour market and the general world of commerce. Labour law and commercial law therefore occupy the centre stage across all commercial and social contexts. Similar to South African law in general, labour – and commercial law have received special attention and have been subject to major reform since 1994 in order to address economic and social injustices of the past. In this regard commercial law generally regulates all business activities, whilst Labour law, as a sub-division of commercial law, aims to regulate the relationship between employer and employee as well as the collective relationship between employers/ employer organisations and employees/ trade unions. A sound knowledge of these two fields of law will prove to be invaluable to anyone exposed to employment and commercial activities. Persons who may benefit from the short courses include employers, employees, trade union officials, shop stewards, business owners, HR-staff, managers, businessmen and anyone participating in commercial transactions – yes, even the buyer and seller of a newspaper!

The courses are as follows:

  • Certificate in Basic Principles of Labour Law (BPLL)
    • Practical 6-months course on NQF-level 5.
    • Deals with basic legislative principles regulating the relationship between employer and employee. Includes topics relating to basic conditions of employment, dismissals, industrial action and discrimination.
    • Requirements for admission: Grade 12 or proof of adequate prior learning.
  • Certificate in Advanced Principles of Labour Law (APLL)
    • Supportive 6-months course on NQF-level 7 (for persons intending to specialise in labour law).
    • Deals with advanced legislative principles regulating the individual – and collective labour law relationship. Also incorporates study of secondary sources influencing legislation, e.g. case law.
    • Reguirements for admission: BPLL or any other prior learning in labour law.
  • Certificate in Basic Principles of Social Security Law (CSOS)
    • Practical 6-months course on NQF-level 6.
    • Deals with legislative principles regarding social security of employees in the workplace. It includes e.g. unemployment insurance and other forms of social assistance.
    • Requirements for admission: Grade 12 or adequate proof of prior learning.
  • Certificate in Commercial Law (CCML)
    • Practical 6-months course on NQF-level 5.
    • Deals with legal principles of commercial law. It includes e.g. law of contract, delict, insurance and credit agreements.
    • Requirements for admission: Grade 12 or adequate proof of prior learning.
  • Certificate in Advanced Commercial Law (ACML)
    • Practical 6-months course on NQF-level 6.
    • Deals with legal principles regulating business enterprises. It includes e.g. partnerships, companies, close corporations and business trusts.
    • Requirements for admission: Grade 12 or adequate proof of prior learning
  • Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution (CADR)
    • Practical 6-months course on NQF-level 6.
    • Deals with legislative principles regarding conflict resolution, especially negotiation, conciliation, mediation and arbitration.
    • Requirements for admission: Grade 12 or adequate proof of prior learning.

For further information, please contact us on:

+27 51 401 3734 / +27 51 401 2618
E: jordanub@ufs.ac.za
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