Enhance your organisation’s operations with a deeper understanding of compliance risk analysis and management.


8 weeks, excluding


10–12 hours per week,
entirely online.

Learning Format

Weekly modules,
flexible learning.



A deeper understanding of the regulatory universe in order to successfully lead strategic compliance efforts in your business.


A risk management plan to help you proactively and preemptively manage regulatory threats.


The ability to develop a culture of compliance in your organisation, endorsed by the Compliance Institute Southern Africa (CISA), to which you’ll receive a one-year membership.*


An ethical, analytical, and strategic perspective on compliance developed through academic theory, practical case studies, and self-reflection.

*Should you complete both UCT compliance online short courses offered by GetSmarter, within a one-year period, you’ll then get a two-year student membership for CISA.


Module 1 Effective Corporate Governance
Learn how the King IV Code is used to implement effective corporate governance and ethical leadership within an organisation.

Module 2 Structuring a Compliant Organisation
Explore the benefits and limitations of frameworks for compliance risk management.

Module 3 Creating the Right Culture for Compliance
Explore the importance of creating an effective culture of compliance in an organisation.

Module 4 Compliance Risk as an Element of the Risk Universe
Review the theory of compliance risk and analyse the risk drivers which inform the prioritisation of risk assessment.

Module 5 Compliance Risk Management Planning
Learn to create a risk management plan using risk-rating scales.

Module 6 Control Design
Explore how to develop effective and appropriate controls to proactively manage compliance risk in an organisation.

Module 7 Monitoring and Reporting
Develop ethical and analytical skills for effective monitoring and reporting as part of the compliance risk management process.

Module 8 The Future of Compliance
Predict the effect of evolving disruptive technologies on compliance risk management and ethical codes of conduct.


Tebello Thabane

Senior Lecturer, Commercial Law Department, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town

After practising as an advocate for several years, Thabane served as the principal secretary and chief advisor to the Minister of Law and Constitutional Affairs in the government of Lesotho. Today, he lectures company law, corporate governance and business law. His qualifications include a BA (law), LLB, LLM (in commercial law and human rights), and certificates in corporate compliance and commercial dispute mediation.

James Leach

Lecturer, Commercial Law Department, Faculty of Law, UCT

After graduating from the University of Cape Town with an LLB in 2012 and a Master of Laws in commercial law (LLM) with distinction in 2013, and successfully pursuing a second LLM in shipping law in 2014, Leach became a lecturer at UCT in the Faculty of Law’s Commercial Law Department. He is the primary developer and course convenor of a new postgraduate diploma in regulatory compliance management, and his research interests lie in theories of corporate legal regulation, corporate governance, and financial aspects of corporate financing structures.

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GetSmarter is endorsed by the Compliance Institute Southern Africa (CISA). CISA sets, maintains, and promotes best-practice standards for the compliance profession and has developed a Generally Accepted Compliance Practice (GACP) framework to govern business standards. By completing this course, students will gain compliance-management skills aligned with CISA GACP benchmark standards, which are nationally recognised. CISA also administers professional accreditation for compliance professionals. Upon completion of this course, students will qualify for one year’s free student membership to CISA and access to the latest compliance intelligence. By completing the Compliance Management course, you’ll also be eligible for 60 Continuous Professional Development (CPD) hours. Click here for more information.

Please note that GetSmarter and UCT bear no responsibility for the claiming of the membership and other benefits with CISA. The onus, therefore, falls on you to do so.

If you’re beginning your career in compliance, or have never dealt directly with a compliance function before, we recommend you investigate the UCT Compliance Essentials online short course or request a call to speak to an Enrolment Advisor.


This UCT online short course is delivered in collaboration with online education provider GetSmarter. Join a growing community of global professionals, and benefit from the opportunity to:


Gain verifiable and relevant competencies and earn invaluable recognition from an international selection of universities, entirely online and in your own time


Enjoy a personalised, people-mediated online learning experience created to make you feel supported at every step


Experience a flexible but structured approach to online education as you plan your learning around your life to meet weekly milestones


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