Develop foundational skills in compliance and navigate the legislative landscape of business


6 weeks, excluding


6–10 hours per week,
entirely online

Learning Format

Weekly modules,
flexible learning



A clear understanding of the responsibilities of the compliance role in an organisation, and how to enter the industry.


The understanding and confidence to speak to compliance issues in a company, in order to facilitate a move into compliance roles.


The ability to understand and engage with South African regulations and laws, and their application in your organisation.


An official certificate from the University of Cape Town, with a one-year student membership to the Compliance Institute Southern Africa (CISA).*

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


Module 1:
The Context of Compliance Management
Learn about the key principles and topics that underpin compliance management. Module 2:
Corporate Governance and Compliance
Use an understanding of corporate governance as the context for managing compliance risk in an organisation.

Module 3:
The Role of a Compliance Function in an Organisation
Learn about the importance of independence and the mandate of the compliance function.

Module 4:
The Law and Compliance Universes
Learn about how an organisation's regulatory universe is shaped by its stakeholders. Module 5:
Legal Interpretation
Acquire a lens and a practical toolkit with which to read and interpret the law.

Module 6:
Risk Management in Organisations
Learn about the interrelationship between impact and likelihood to evaluate risk.


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.


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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