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Unit for Continuing Education

Nelson Mandela University, in association with the International Centre for Sport Studies (CIES) and with the support of FIFA, is proud to offer this Certificate in Sport Management to interested persons in South Africa and other countries in Africa. The University was selected by FIFA and CIES as the sole contact education provider of this qualification to Southern Africa.

Course Objectives:

The primary objective of this course is to provide an advanced skill based short learning programme (SLP) that focuses on selected areas within the management of sport. In doing so the course aims to offer students important tools they can use to enhance the manner in which they manage their federation, their association or their club in accordance with the realities of South Africa and its neighbouring countries.

Admission requirements:

Candidates must be in possession of a three year higher education qualification and show a keen interest and active involvement in sport. Applicants who do not have a three year tertiary degree/diploma will still be considered for admission provided they have a grade 12 or equivalent school leaving certificate and can demonstrate active and extensive experience in the management and administration of sport. Admission is furthermore dependant on selection by the Candidacy Examination Panel (CEP) of the course.

Target Audience:

The programme is primarily aimed at persons that operate within one or more of the following settings:

  • National & regional football federations
  • Other sports federations
  • Sport clubs
  • National Olympic Committees
  • Governmental agencies
  • Industries related to sport

Course format:

The programme includes the following modules:

  • Strategic Sport Management
  • Sport Marketing
  • Sport Law
  • Sport Communication
  • Financial Management
  • Sport Event Management
  • Sport Sponsorship

Each module will compromise approxiamately 20 hours of teaching and learning activities, to be completed over one academic year, exclusive of a formal assessment/s. The mode of delivery for 2016/2017 will be by way of a block release system where students are required to attend classes at the NMMU for a period of one week at four different times in 2016/2017. Commencement (2016 edition)


  • Block one runs from 29 August - 3 September 2016
  • Block two runs from 28 November - 3 December 2016
  • Block three runs during March/April 2017 recess for NMMU students
  • Block four runs during June/July 2017 recess for NMMU students


  • Four one week block periods over a 10 month period.

Course location

  • Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth

Student numbers:

  • A maximum of 30 students can be accommodated

Course fee:

  • R12500 (inclusive of comprehensive CIES manuals for each module, Nelson Mandela University class hand-outs, international, national and local guest speakers, lunches and refreshments during each block week)
  • Course fee for international students - R13550


Contact information
Mr Buhlebethu Dumbu
FIFA/CIES/NMMU Administrative Coordinator and Student Assistant for Sport Management
Tel: 27 41 504 3881

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