IIE Higher Certificate In Logistics And Supply Chain Management - Distance (Online) - Now open for 2nd semester intake

Please note, not all programmes are available on all IIE Varsity College campuses. To find out if your programme of interest is available, contact the campus directly.

The qualification focuses on logistics and supply chain management theories, principles and practices as well as basic finance, purchasing, customer relationship management, transport economics and operations support skills to provide the particular balance of skills identified as critical for successful further studies into the broader logistics and supply chain management field. In addition, graduates are well-prepared for entry-level positions in the supply chain and logistics management field. The qualification is designed to allow for foundational learning to take place through the exposure to, and application of, specialised and support learning areas in the theory and practice of logistics and supply chain management.


NSC: HC pass
NC(V): HC pass40%
Endorsement -
SC(a): HC pass
A minimum of 30% in LOLT in NSC/ SC(a) OR with a min. of 33.3% in
InternationalA SAQA Evaluation Certificate with NSC L4 equivalence with at least
30% or equivalent for English.

Mature Age ExemptionCandidates must have attempted the Senior Certificate or equivalent, attained
the age of 23 before or during the first year of registration with three years’ work
experience and proven ability relating to the proposed programme as well as
adequate communication skills; ORCandidates must have attained the age
of 45 before or during the first year of
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)Candidates must demonstrate suitability for admission in terms of Senate’s
resolution 6.6 of 20 October 2005 which allows for Senate’s discretionary
conditional admission (if applicable).
General Education Development (GED) -
An USA qualification developed by the
American Council on Education (ACE)
Candidates with a GED qualification may be admitted if they have a SAQA
Evaluation Certificate with NSC L4 equivalence as well as NBT: AQL results
and have obtained a score of at least 37 for Academic Literacy (AL) and a
score of at least 37 for Quantitative Literacy (QL).

This higher certificate is accredited by the Council of Higher Education (CHE) and is registered by the South African Qualifications Authority on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 120-credit qualification on Level 5 (SAQA ID No: 91728).

  • Project Administration
  • Office Administration
  • Assisting a Project Manager
  • General Assistant to Management

  • Logistics and Supply Chain Administrators
  • Logistics/transport controller
  • Operations Administrator
  • Dispatcher

At The IIE’s Varsity College we are proud of and passionate about our shift away from the ‘traditional lecturing’ methodology to our blended-learning strategy – the VCBlend.

This blended-learning strategy creates opportunities for our student to work collaboratively, with peers and their educators, to construct their understanding of concepts. Student engagement is supported by the use of learning management system (LMS) and the online learning materials that have been developed to underpin our teaching strategy. This student-focused approach compels our students to be accountable for their learning while developing the critical skills they will need to thrive in the rapidly changing 21st century work environment.

As such, academic life for our students is dynamic, challenging and relevant.


The IIE is not only accredited in South Africa but its dedication to providing quality education also led to it being accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC) in 2014. The British Accreditation Council is an independent authority in the United Kingdom that accredits private providers globally, including Greece, Switzerland, Singapore, India, Mauritius and the United Arab Emirates. In 2017 The IIE had its accreditation status confirmed by the BAC as an Independent Higher Education Institution confirming our confidence in the international comparability of our standards.

“South African students need to know, when they select a private higher education institution, that the standards offered are equivalent to those of a public University. Our students get this from our extensive local accreditation and registration. The students also benefit from knowing that we meet international standards too. The IIE is accredited as an Independent Higher Education Institution by the British Accreditation Council. Locally and internationally we have demonstrated the quality of what we offer,” said Dr Coughlan, Director, The Independent Institute of Education.

The IIE’s Varsity College students can be confident that their IIE learning experience meets international best practice standards