Certificate: Municipal Financial Management

The purpose of the qualification is to enable qualifying learners to apply strategic level financial management competencies to ensure effective, efficient and economical utilisation of public funds and resources at local government level. Learners will develop competencies to manage strategic planning and budgeting processes, financial management processes and internal control, auditing and reporting processes. Individual learners will benefit through enhancing their personal competencies, knowledge and skills so as to be able to complete tasks required in their employment contracts and by legislation.
The qualification serves to provide the opportunity for new and existing public sector employees to gain financial management competencies. In this light it serves to allow access to management positions for groupings previously excluded from such positions. Through providing financial management competencies South Africa's democracy can be strengthened, through strengthening the ability of local government to deliver. Delivery of services, and most importantly of basic services will contribute to the social and economic development of the country.


1. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of municipal finance issues in general, and their areas of focus in particular.
2. Apply economic principles to municipal finance management.
3. Assess foundations and principles of municipal practice in South Africa.
4. Implement well-grounded and systematically developed principles in municipal financial management.
5. Proffer solutions to municipal service management and delivery problems.
6. Engage with the broader field of municipal finance management.
7. Support as a strategic management leader in the field of municipal finance management.
8. Contribute to others' understanding of current and emerging municipal finance issues.
9. Demonstrate responsibility and adaptability as a professional in a municipality setting.