Health Promotion Officer is new profession in health sector that deal with prevention of diseases and improving health lifestyles.

Duties of Health Promotion Offer

  1. Treat simple diseases, injuries, wounds and refer to the clinic
  2. Provide basic nursing care
  3. Provide palliative care
  4. Take temperature, Bp, Pulse and respiration
  5. Check outbreak of transmitted diseases, teach and refer for treatment
  6. Check Sexual Transmitted Infections, teach and refer for treatment
  7. Check children and refer for immunization
  8. Check pregnant mothers, mothers who have given birth and their babies and refer for treatment
  9. HIV and AIDS testing and counseling
  10. Check drug and substance abusers and refer them to rehabilitation centre
  11. Teach people about dangers of drug and substance abuse
  12. Teach people about cleanliness of in-house, environment and water
  13. Teach about women and men’s health
  14. Teach about child’s health
  15. Teach about health life styles

Workplace attachment and Prospective employers Major employer is Department of Health (Clinics, rehabilitation centres, testing and counselling centres) through its implementation of Primary Health Care Re-engineering under NHI.

Other employers include Schools, Waste disposal plants, Water purification plants, Local municipalities, Mental Health Centres, Old age homes, Mines, Health Research centers, Cancer foundation, Heart foundation, Diabetes foundation, and NGOs.

Duration of the course
It is one year course with 3 intakes per year that is January, June and September

National Examination
Learners will write national exams after completing the course. Exams are written in March and October/November every year.

Learners who have passed National Examination will be awarded Occupational Certificate: Health Promotion Officer by Quality Council

Advanced Study Opportunities
Mid level course is being developed to bridge to Degree in Health Promotion Officer
Degree in Health Promotion
Higher certificate in Social Auxiliary

This course is made up of the following compulsory Knowledge and Practical Skill Modules: Knowledge (theory) Subjects:

I) Public and Community health support, NQF Level 3, 22 Credits (220hours)

ii) Family and Community Services, NQF Level 3, 10 Credits (100 hours).

iii) Basics of Community Health, NQF Level 3, 8 Credits (80 hours).

Total Credits for Knowledge Subjects: 40.

Practical (simulations) Skills Modules:

i. Mobilise community to address community health issues, NQF Level 3, 4 Credits (40hours).

ii. Identify the service needs and ease of access to health and social services, NQF Level 3, 4 Credits (40 hours).

iii. Promote healthy life styles and mental wellbeing, NQF Level 3, 6 Credits (60 hours).

iv. Promote HIV prevention including HIV testing, condom use, partner reduction, circumcision, STI treatment, NQF Level 3, 4 Credits (40 hours).

v. Provide information on prevention of accidents and incidents in homes, NQF Level 2, 4 Credits (40 hours).

vi. Record and report on information provided to individuals, households and communities, NQF Level 3, 4 Credits (40 hours).

vii. Promote child health, NQF Level 4, 4 Credits (40 hours).
viii. Support community members with psychosocial problems, NQF Level 4, 3 Credits (30 hours).
ix. Provide an integrated approach to support treatment adherence, NQF Level 3, 4 Credits (40 hours).
x. Identify and treat a select number of minor ailments, NQF Level 2, 8 Credits (80 hours).
xi. Provide basic support to people who are unable to care for themselves, NQF Level 2, 4 Credits (40 hours).

xii, Promote and provide support for maternal and women’s health, NQF Level 2, 14 Credits (140 hours).

Total Credits for Practical Skills Modules: 63.

Work Experience Modules:

i. Operation and dynamics of communities, NQF Level 4, 6 Credits (60 hours).
ii. Household registration and assessment processes, NQF Level 3, 14 Credits (140 hours). iii. Health promotion processes, NQF Level 3, 6 Credits (60 hours).
iv. Formal health provision processes, NQF Level 2, 12 Credits (120 hours).
v. Emotional and social wellness support processes, NQF Level 3, 6 Credits (60 hours).
vi. Household treatment processes of minor ailments, NQF Level 3, 16 Credits (160 hours).

Total Credits for Work Experience Modules: 60.

Learners who want to register for this qualication must have;

Grade 10, 11 or 12 plus FLC


ABET Level 4 plus FLC


Matric with 33.3% in Maths and English


What is FLC

Foundational Learning Competence (FLC) is Mathematics and English at level 2 to 4. Its purpose is to remove barries to learning and progress in occupational pathways and skills at level 2 to 4. FLC can be done by anyone who does not have Matric with 33.3% in Maths and English and he/she want to study Occupational Quali cation – course that contains 70% practical and 30% theory.

International Students Requirements

1. International student who reside in South Africa must have student permit, workers permit or valid asylum

2. International student applying from their countries of origin must have i. 2 (two) certified copies of the valid passport ii. Pay stated full registration and deposit

3. All international student must have
i. High school certi cate valuated SAQA (South African Quali cation Authority)  Tel: +2712431500
ii. High school certificate equivalent to Matric with 33.3% in Maths and English or grade 10, 11 or 12 plus FLC


Learners will be formatively assessed in theoretical studies on the basis of assignments, an individual and group project and as well as short test. Assignments, case studies, problem-solving techniques will assist with formative assessment. Learners will also be formatively assessed in real work environment on the basis of observation in natural setting; unobtrusive or planned. Behaviour and performance will be evaluated.


Upon completion of the training learners will be issued with a statement of results by the college which will allow them to sit for national examination.

NB: National examinations are written in March and October/November every year.


Learners who passed National Examination will be awarded Occupational Quali cation: Health Promotion Offer by Quality Council (QCTO).


Approved by SAQA at NQF Level 3 with 163 Credits




12 Months


R22 780




R600 (Non Refundable)


R 1390 for 12 months