Yes, iQ Academy (Pty) Ltd, Company Registration No. 2006/033114/07: is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a Private Higher Education Institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997, Registration Certificate No. 2012/HE07/001. Learn more about our accreditations.
We have always driven innovation and change in our institutional processes to support the delivery of industry-aligned courses and programmes, so that iQ Academy can offer our students the best learning experience at the most affordable fees.
iQ Academy has its roots in distance education and was an early adopter of online web-based learning. Our first online learning platform was launched in 2014 and we built on that success by embedding technology into our world, all with the goal of providing affordable and quality online learning.
We have been around for 17 years as a private education group and in that time saw 40,000 students completing our courses. We now develop our online curricula with industry experts and embedded industry best practices to ensure meet the expectation of the next generation of learners. If you are unsure, complete one of our free micro courses to get a better sense of how we do education.
Any formal or informal academic activity is beneficial to your career. Key benefits of doing a short course, in terms of your career include:
1) Promotional opportunities
The more you equip yourself with the key and in-demand skills your company requires, the more you become a necessary component of the company's success. Investing regularly in online certificate courses continually enhances your promotion prospects, and it highlights to your employers your dedication to personal development and growth, a key element any organisation looks for in star employees.
2) Higher Salary
There are very few people that would disagree that having a higher salary is something that motivates them. Incorporating online short courses into developing your professional profile is a positive habit to develop, and will help fast-track the acquisition of key skills that supercharges your salary increase discussion.
3) Deeper skills sets
In today's world, you have the freedom and opportunity to strategically build your skills and develop critical competencies by completing online short courses. These new skills and competencies can be applied in your current role or help you qualify for that aspiring promotion you are dreaming of.
4) Becoming an entrepreneur
Going to a university and getting a degree is not necessarily a path every entrepreneur takes. Some of us know exactly what we want to do and what direction we want to take our life in. If you want to start your own business you will need to be equipped with a diverse set of skills. Some you may already have and others can be developed through online short courses, setting you up to become a successful entrepreneur.
5) Freedom and fun
Online short courses are a flexible and fun way to learn, you can study anytime, anywhere with no pressure. The interactive and rich learning content at your fingertips enables you to complete your course with minimal effort. The mobility associated with online courses and learning platforms makes it not only convenient but also fun.
Whether you are a professional or a school leaver you could be completing short online courses to improve your career in as little as a few months.
To enrol in one of our online courses, simply follow these easy steps:
1) Select your course
Visit our courses website and choose the online course you wish to enroll in. Click on any "Register" button to begin the process. Note that not all short courses are available for online enrollment. If you have any questions, feel free to submit an enquiry and a student advisor will contact you.
2) Choose your payment term
Choose an affordable payment term. You can select different payment terms to see the monthly payment amount. Select your monthly installment date. We recommend aligning your instalment date with your salary date.
Once you are satisfied, click "Register Now" to proceed.
3) Confirm your course details
Review and confirm your course details. If you have a discount voucher enter it here and click "Apply Voucher".
4) Create your profile
Complete a quick and easy online profile by filling in your personal details. If you are already a registered user, simply log in with your existing profile.
Fill in your ID number.
Review your payment plan.
Accept our Terms and Conditions
Click "Pay Now"
Once you have finished the registration process and made your initial payment, you will be granted instant access to your course.
To start your course, simply click on the "My Courses" menu item.
You will get access to the Student Orientation course, our free Do Life range of courses, and the first unit of your chosen course.
The remainder of your course units will be released on your learning schedule.
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iQ Academy is dedicated to offering flexible and creative solutions in all aspects of our services. You have the choice of paying for your course in full by selecting that option, or you can opt for one of our adaptable payment plans of up to 12 months.
Our plans are completely interest-free, and we don't charge any fees for late payments. An active debit or credit card is required for both our full payment and payment plans. Just choose the option that works best for you and proceed to payment.
iQ Academy offers convenient, interest-free payment plans that suit your needs.
- Simply select your desired payment term on registration to see the monthly instalment value.
- Select your monthly payment date.
- Activate your payment plan with a small upfront payment.
- The monthly payments are scheduled to deduct from your bank card (debit or credit) and will be deducted on the monthly payment date that you selected.
Our payment plans are great value:
- No credit checks
- Zero interest
- Zero fees
Your payment history will show under "Orders" in "My Profile"
If you wish to cancel your registration and receive a full refund, you may do so within 7 calendar days from the registration date. Once we receive confirmation of your banking details and all necessary documentation, the refund should be processed within 7 working days. After the 7-day period, while you may cancel future payments, no refunds will be granted for payments already made.
Additionally, once your refund is processed, your access to the course will be revoked. For more information, please contact a Student Advisor, or your dedicated Student Experience Consultant, or review our terms and conditions.
We offer the following payment options:
- Full payment: You can pay for your course fees in full,
- Payment plans: you can choose one of our flexible 3 to 12 month payment plans that will be collected via monthly card payments (Cheque or Credit card).
All payment plans require a small upfront payment to get access to the course.
Yes, you can. Most employers have budgets to invest in the training and development of their employees. Not only will it show your willingness to grow but also it will enhance your performance as an employee.
Request your employer's bursary for further studies policy or if they don't have one approach your HR manager with the course you want to do. We recommend that you motivate the reason why you want to study and what the benefits to the organisation will be. Depending on the available budget and process you should have an answer quite quickly. Any student that wants to do an online short course or qualification through iQ Academy can contact our enrolment team and they will assist you.
When you selected your payment term during the online registration process you would have selected a payment date.
Your payment will go off every month on that date.
To see your subscription date, go to "My Profile", select the "Subscriptions" tab, and click on your subscription.
The following learning activities form part of your overall learning path:
- Onboarding course (included in the course duration)
- Self-paced reading and activity completion
- Multimedia activities such as video clips and podcasts
- Completion of quizzes and continuous assessments
- Online announcements of activities and assignment submission
- Case studies
- Assessment activities and compulsory submission of formative and summative assessments per module
All our courses are backed by a recognition and certification policy:
- Self-paced short course: Upon successful completion of your course, a student will receive a digital certificate of competence.
- Micro courses: Upon successful completion of your course, a student will receive a digital certificate of completion.
The iQ Virtual Campus will be your learning platform for the duration of your course. Through its mobile-friendly and easy-to-use interface, you'll have access to different course content formats, including interactive content, video lectures, unit notes, practice activities, presentations, assessments, and many other additional resources.
The course content is curated for self-directed studies and is perfect for online students. Each unit of your course is released on a learning plan, giving you the opportunity to study at your own pace and in your own time. You can manage your learning, make payments and check your results all in one convenient place.
In order to qualify for certification, you must fulfill all requirements for your online course, including completing and passing all assessments. You can review your progress in each course by accessing your online Gradebook by going to "My Courses" and click on the relevant course. Additionally, all fees associated with your payment plan must be fully paid with no outstanding balance. Once both of these conditions are met, you'll be able to download your digital certificate.
For a small additional fee, you also have the option to request a printed copy of your certificate.
Short courses are typically non-credit-bearing programmes, affording students the opportunity to build their professional credentials without the higher cost and time associated with studying for a university degree or qualification.
Short courses in general terms are designed to offer fundamental knowledge and skills or be advanced learning in a specific area or discipline. Thus depending on the learner's unique requirement they can serve a multitude of learning opportunities.
Our short courses can be completed over several weeks or months, depending on the course you enrol for. iQ short courses are designed to complement a working professional's lifestyle through flexible and managed online learning.
Our short course curricula are developed by industry experts and academics and are internally quality-assured and approved by our Academic Board. Our short courses are institutional programmes and are non-credit bearing.
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Short courses are traditionally not credit-bearing in Higher Education, with some exceptions possible. Our short courses are not credit-bearing and you will not be able to get credits toward a degree or diploma. Some of our short courses are aligned to modules in our higher certificates and can be used as entry and in some cases, an application for recognition of prior learning (RPL) can be done to obtain credits. Speak to our registration department for more information.
Some courses however are endorsed by certain professional bodies, and/or may contribute towards one’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points, Continuing Education Units (CEU), Professional Development Units (PDU), or other similar learning units as detailed on the respective course pages.
No, a short course is not a qualification. A short course is a specific type of course. The key differences between a qualification and a short course are:
1) Qualifications are credit-bearing and lead to a recognised qualification, and short courses are not (exceptions do exist).
2) Qualifications are quality controlled by regulatory bodies and institutions are required to be accredited to offer them, whilst short courses are industry-developed courses that are quality controlled by the provider's academic structures.
3) Qualifications are lengthy and require significant study time, whilst short courses can be as short as a few minutes or days.
4) The rationale and purpose of qualifications and short courses are vastly different.
The decision of what type of course or programme a student pursues is as unique as humankind. So consult specialists, friends and family, do your research, and plan your career. You can consider a short course as an aid to specialize further or see your studies from a different perspective before you make a decision to do a full qualification.
The choice to study is personal and unique to each individual, as such there is no cookie-cutter approach. There is however a surefire way to clarify your decision, through a simple 10-step process:
- Identify your reason to study
- Decide on your career path
- Identify skills requirements
- Decide on the mode
- Research and choose
- Assess your eligibility
- Plan your study time, to make sure you are prepared to start your course
- Ensure that you stay committed once you have made your decision to upskill yourself
iQ Academy hosts a graduation ceremony once a year for our qualifications students that have completed any of our higher certificates or diplomas. Short courses do not have a graduation ceremony and their certification will happen on completion of the course.
Kindly note that iQ Academy does not endorse or support any privately organised ceremonies for short courses and students must be vigilant of scams in this respect. If our logos and branding are used it is done illegally and without our consent and must please be reported to us. If in doubt please contact us for assistance.
Online short courses are ideal for working students wanting to invest in their careers. They are great options to add skills and knowledge whilst you work full time. The structure of online short courses is also of such a nature that they provide more flexible learning paths with less pressure being put on working students. You can normally study online short courses at your own pace and check your progress against the suggested completion timeframes.
Online learning has placed engaging and interactive learning content at each student's fingertips. The mobility associated with online courses and learning platforms makes it not only convenient but also very fun.