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Computer Training

Computer skills are "cross-cutting",  as they enhance all of the 4 L's.

C4L is accredited with the MICT SETA to offer this Qualification.  Its syllabus accompanies the MicroSoft Office tools, which are the industry standard in Africa.  All Qualifications are composed of various Unit Standards.

End-user Computing is a Level 4 qualification composed of about 20 Unit Standards.  These unit standards have been bundled into "Skills Programmes".  These constitute a bouquet of unit standards - not the full Qualification - which in SAQA-speak is known as a Skills Programme.

Unit standards can also be grouped in "modules" - for example, several of them may relate to Word Processing.  In this way, customers can start one unit standard at a time then build up their credits one module at a time to eventually obtain a full qualification.

The Modules are listed below, indicating the number of unit standards and grouped into the basic and applied levels.  The number of credits for each unit standard is listed, as well as indicative prices.

Basic Level

  • Introduction to Computers - 7 credits

Learners starting at zero have to know the difference between hardware and software, and why you have to press the Start button to shut a computer down!  (2 unit standards - R700)

  • Communication Tools - 15 credits

Possibly the premiere use of computers at this stage is for communication and information dissemination.  This module includes Unit Standards on messaging, social networking, internet and e-mail.  As e-Business increases its market share, these skills are vital.  (4 unit standards - R1400)

  • Word Processing - 13 credits

Correspoondence and record keeping require many words to be written.  Beyond the pen and the printing press, the word processor revolutionized information storage.  So often computer users only know what a few functions will do, driven by icons or pull-down menus.  (3 unit standards - R1200)

  • Presentations - 10 credits

PowerPoints have become the industry standard for the NGO sector!  You have to know how to create them and operate them during presentations.  Not just for Trainers but for Fundraisers, presentations are mission-critical.  (4 unit standards - R1000)

  • Spreadsheets - 19 credits

Spreadsheets have many functions in NGO management - from basic math calculations to building application forms for grantmaking.  (6 unit standards - R1800)

  • Databases - 6 credits

From keeping directories to development-related research projects, including a scan of the software on the market.  (1 unit standard - R700)

Applied Level

Once the basic skills are in place, there are modules that apply those to managerial work:

  • I.T. Security - 13 credits

From passwords to virus protection, operating computers requires "digital hygiene".  It is important to protect data in particular.  (2 days - R1200)

  • Report Writing - 11 credits

Some say that the "Arab Spring" was caused by "Twitter-lution" ! It is important to understand this new phenomenon and to compare the range of products available.  (1 unit standard - 3 credits)

  • Project Management - 34 credits

Applying compouter tools in a project environment includes a look at appropriate software - like MS Project.  (4 unit standards - R2400)

  • Finance Management

Deploying computer skills and tools to manage NGO Finance, including a scan of available software.  (2 unit standards - R1100)


The full qualification #49077 is 130 credits.

Another qualification (Basic Computer Literacy #61591) is only 43 credits.

Either are available through C4L.  Study at your own pace, and on your own time!

Contact us with questions about computer training options at C4L.