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Durban University of Technology Short Courses



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The Business Studies Unit has a long history of offering continuing education courses in business and management. Established in 1986, under the auspices of the then Technikon Natal and now the Durban University of Technology, the BSU is a provider of the Bachelor of Technology in Management qualification and various short learning programmes, short courses and workshops within the management discipline. The BSU harnesses the full resources of the University to support these course offerings. These high quality courses, based on a strong association with commerce and industry, are aimed at meeting the management education and training needs of the working adult and industry clients. Consideration is also given to customization of courses and flexibility in presentation format for corporate clients in order to meet the needs of the world of work.

For information about short courses or short learning programmes please contact

Tel: 031 373 5710
Email: bsuenquiries@dut.ac.za
Student Online Enquiry Form


All DUT students are eligible to enrol in a challenging and stimulating Leadership course that will develop your understanding about leadership and its possibilities.

The course is offered by the Durban Leadership Institute, a joint project of DUT, the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) and the International Centre of Nonviolence (ICON).

The course will be delivered using the blended learning approach. The course will commence in February 2014 and will include a series of eight evening contact sessions (meetings, discussions, presentations, videos and so on). These sessions are designed to expose students to some great leaders who will reflect on their understanding and experience of leadership. These 8 contact sessions will be supported by the provision of online learning materials, supplementary readings, multimedia resources and discussion forums using the BlackBoard e-learning platform.

Mentorship and group community projects, which are integral to developing leadership, are part of this course. Students will undertake a community project whilst working in groups to develop their abilities in team work, conflict management and group dynamics.

Students who participate fully and complete the community project will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Students will not be required to pay any tuition fees for the course.

If you are interested, access the application form for the Leadership Programme through the DUT Student Portal (Download here). The Durban Leadership Institute will screen all the applications received and select a maximum of 30 students for enrolment in the course using set criteria based on the responses provided in the Application form.


The Enterprise Development Unit, otherwise known as EDU, is an education, training and skills development unit wholly owned by the Durban University of Technology (DUT).

DUT is a public higher education institution formed as a result of the merger between the Natal Technikon and the ML Sultan Technikon. DUT wishes to position itself as an academic institution of choice that excels in teaching, research and community engagement. Each of these activities is pursued through close interaction with the institution’s environment: industry, business, and the community.

DUT wishes to cultivate and nurture these links because in doing so it strengthens its ties with industry. It is for these reasons that the Enterprise Development Unit was established. In this manner, the University is then able to play a key role in skills development and in SMME development, both areas that are important to employment creation and growth in the country.

EDU is a recognized leader in the industry and has built an incredible record over the past years by providing excellent service to its clients in Southern Africa and abroad. EDU also extends to the provision of various kinds of training such as short courses, learnerships, SMME Development and other types of skills development provisions. The Unit has consequently developed an infrastructure, management structure, systems and processes which are able to adequately provide direction, leadership, strategic planning, management and access to resources for all Skills Development projects locally, provincially, and nationally.

This efficient and cost-effective infrastructure has been used to deliver many programs to date with the assistance from our University entities, such as:

  • Technology, Innovation and Partnerships
  • Faculty of Accounting and Informatics
  • Faculty of Applied Science
  • Faculty of Arts and Design
  • Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Management Sciences
  • Technology Transfer and Innovation
  • International Education and Partnership
  • Postgraduate Development and Support
  • Procurement Department

The IT Academy @ DUT is the Province’s most experienced training provider and is the premier training partner to many of KZN’s major companies and government departments. To enable the delivery of the highest quality learning experience, the IT Academy @ DUT only uses certified instructors and authorised course material. We deliver via training centres, private facilities, correspondence, and the Internet, enabling our customers to choose when, where, and how they want to receive training programs and learning services. All our courses are conducted in either English or Zulu.

We believe in a comprehensive approach – becoming a part of our client’s business and knowing as much about their operations and challenges as possible. We want to support them in meeting their needs and most importantly achieving their goals in improving bottom line results and to sustain the competitive advantage.

The IT Academy @ DUT aims to facilitate institutions in the complex task of developing and maintaining a competitive advantage, ensuring growth and survival, through the design and delivery of the highest standards of professional Training and Consultancy. To achieve the desired results, our development effort extends beyond the training room.

We specialize in Training and Human Capital Development for both management and technical skills. In addition to the extensive industrial experience in human management, we have a pool of experts in our faculty specializing in specific areas in order to better serve organizations of numerous industries.

The training, delivered on a multitude of social media platforms, and training solutions on Microsoft, Cisco, Comptia, Adobe, Citrix, Novell, VMware, Java, Security, ITIL and Project Management, makes the IT Academy @ DUT the most diverse training institute in KZN. The IT Academy @ DUT also incorporates the following leading academies and programs:

Cisco Networking Academy

Pastel Accounting Academy

Corporate Training Academy

Entrepreneurial Skills Development Academy

Lego Educational Academy

Prometric Testing Centre

In this competitive environment we specialise in ways to motivate and manage employees in order to retain them and increase productivity. The IT Academy @ DUT is committed to the development of organisations in which life-long learning plays an integral part by acting as a change facilitator helping organisations identify their training needs, and working in partnership with them to design interventions that will best meet their needs in a flexible and cost effective way, aligned to their overall strategic direction.

We are innovative in our approach; researching the needs of our clients thoroughly and ensuring an in-depth understanding of their training and business needs. Programmes appropriate to the specific context and culture of the organisation are designed and then delivered. We are here to support management professionals at all levels and organisations of all types and sizes. This unique approach combined with the strong faculty of experts, competent trainers and facilitators puts our Training Institute in the position to spearhead the progress of any establishment.


Now, more than ever, you simply can’t afford to settle for anything less than Africa’s most comprehensive, industry-responsive IT certification for school-leavers.

The DUT IT Career Program is vastly superior to any other school-leaver IT certification programs currently available in Africa.

The course is designed to produce an IT professional or developer who is highly certified in respect of international vendor certifications (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (Server Infrastructure) and Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (Web applications)). The course offers solid Microsoft certification as a foundation, while also providing specialist training on Microsoft Technologies and exposure to Open Source technologies so as to ensure a well-rounded IT Professional.

Graduates of DUT’s IT Career Program will be highly certified and marketable, possessing skills that are currently in high demand. The total focus of this course is on two imperatives:

  1. Ensure the students are fully competent on the technologies they are exposed to.
  2. Certify the students on internationally recognised and respected qualifications.

Course Overview: The DUT IT Career Program is Africa’s most comprehensive IT certification for school-leavers. Choose between Network Engineering or Programming specializations in this intense and challenging journey to an exciting career as an IT Professional.

Course Duration: 2 Years

Prerequisites: A Matric Certificate. Before attending this course, students should have a solid knowledge of basic computer concepts and should have had experience in the use of PC applications and Windows Operating Systems.

Certification Title: IT Professional (ITP)

NQF Certification: National Certificate – Information Technology (Systems Support)


Certification Title: Certified Professional Developer (CPD)


NQF Qualification: National Certificate – Information Technology (Systems Development)

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