Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching Learnership

SACAP’s Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching Learnership is a comprehensive NQF 8 Level qualification designed to equip professional coach practitioners. This part-time 24 month Learnership is designed for working professionals, balancing academic rigor with practical applications of learning.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching Learnership offers a solid theoretical grounding and a deep understanding of current coaching thinking, practice, ethics and research. It includes a strong practical component that culminates in a supervised workplace Client Coaching Internship and research paper and involves practical applications in each of its 8 modules.

  • Four modules are completed via weekly evening classes. These are held once a week for 10-12 weeks depending on the module. Four modules are completed as full day intensive blocks of 4 days each.
  • You will also attend coaching sessions, Observed Sessions, Individual & Group Mentor Coaching sessions and Learning Groups.

SACAP’s Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching Learnership is aligned with International Coach Federation (ICF) and Coaches and Mentors of South Africa (COMENSA) requirements. It equips students as professional coach practitioners for multiple contexts such as Personal Coaching, Corporate Coaching and Executive Coaching. Most importantly, it will help you, an aspiring coach, find your own signature coaching presence and develop your own coaching model.

What is a Learnership?

A learnership is a structured work-based learning programme which is registered with the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). Learnerships involve theoretical learning as well as practical work experience.

At a Glance

Availability On Campus (Rosebank, Johannesburg & Claremont, Cape Town).
Duration 24 months part-time.
Modules and Credits 8 modules.
6 month supervised Client Coaching Internship.
Research Paper.
Accreditations and Credits
  • NQF 8, 129 credits.
  • Accredited by the Council on Higher Education, SAQA, BankSETA and the Department of Higher Education and Training.
  • Aligned to the International Coach Federation (ICF) and Coaches and Mentors of South Africa (COMENSA) competencies.


Is this course for me?

If you say yes to any of the following points, then the Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching Learnership could just be the perfect fit for you.

Do you?

  • Have a natural curiosity about how people function, worldviews, adult learning and psychology.
  • Have an optimistic outlook and are able to identify positives and opportunities.
  • Have the ability to be open-minded, accepting and respectful of diverse perspectives and people.
  • Consider yourself to be a self-directed learner who is courageous and willing to engage in self-exploration.
  • Want to develop into a conscious, competent, professional coach, who can unleash your potential to activate resources and thereby effect positive change and empowerment in society.
  • Seek a post graduate qualification that is rooted in strong academic, practical and ethical foundations and which is aligned with ICF requirements.
  • Want to study while working full-time.

What will I learn?

Throughout the Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching Learnership, you’ll gain knowledge and insight into:

  • The application of Psychology to the field of coaching.
  • Coaching foundations: competencies, methods and a variety of models.
  • The mechanisms of Peer Coaching, Observed Sessions, Mentor Coaching (individual and group sessions) and undertake a supervised Client Coaching Internship.
  • The process of critical thinking for the purpose of building the comprehensive knowledge and capabilities of a professional practitioner coach.
  • Practitioner research skills that equip graduates to contribute to the qualitative research foundations of the coaching industry.
  • Your signature presence so that you can develop your own unique coaching approach.

You will also experience:

  • Personal and professional growth based on self-determined development paths that enhance your self-awareness and increase your self-mastery.
  • A heightened ability to activate resources as well as be in a healthy relationship with yourself and the surrounding world.

Student Commitment

  • Learners must be able to travel weekly to Rosebank for evening classes.
  • Learners must meet the admission requirements for the programme.
  • Learners must succeed in SACAP’s application and selection processes.
  • Learners must be committed to completing the programme: attending all theoretical learning sessions and practical learning activities with the training provider and completing all assessment activities that are required as part of the learnership programme (both academic and workplace related), including the final assessment at the end of the learnership.
  • Learners must undertake all learning and assessment relating to the learnership conscientiously.

What can I do with this qualification?

  • You will be able to work as an independent coach practitioner or you may wish to work together with others to form an interdisciplinary support team.
  • You will be able to help individuals, organisations – and society as a whole – make meaningful contributions within personal, professional & economic realms.


  • A Bachelors degree or a professional qualification.
  • An ideal of five years of post-qualification life work or experience OR a postgraduate qualification.


Applicants who meet the Minimum Entrance Requirements do not gain automatic acceptance into the Postgraduate Diploma in Coaching. Individuals must successfully undergo an interview & selection process.

What are the Benefits of a Learnership?

Benefits for Learners

  • Learners can work and study at the same time (gain practical experience while studying)
  • Opportunity to obtain a nationally recognized qualification
  • Development of applied competence required in the workplace
  • Improved access to income earning opportunities
  • Access to further learning opportunities at a masters level

Benefits for Employers

  • Relevance of training to business needs and objectives – learnerships are developed by the industry for the industry in consultation with stakeholders (e.g. enhancing skills in key performance areas; providing opportunities for previously disadvantaged employees).
  • Improved skills and work performance –  learnerships develop applied competence in the workplace
  • Increased return on investment in training through the discretionary grant. You can apply to your SETA to allocate a grant for your learnership.
  • Increased return on investment in training through SARS tax incentive claimable when a learnership agreement is registered with your SETA (both annual and completion allowances) via an MOU with the SETA that first registered the learnership.
  • A learnership can contribute to the skills development measure on your B-BBEE scorecard to increase your points.

Where to from Here?

Contact SACAP’s recruitment department at the JHB or Cape Town Campus for more information

Tel: 011 447 4939   Fax: 011 447 0021     



JHB Address: The South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP)

SACAP Johannesburg Campus,

1st Floor, 1 Sixty Jan Smuts,

160 Jan Smuts Avenue



Tel: 021 671 7692 Fax: 021 671 7955



CT Address: The South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP)

SACAP Cape Town Campus,

1st Floor Sunclare Building, 21 Dreyer Street, Claremont

Application Requirements

  • Copy of ID
  • Certified copy(s) of matric certificate and tertiary academic transcript(s)
  • Competed Application Form and Application Fee Payment
  • Character Reference Letter (from somebody in the professional field who knows you and supports your decision to study)
  • Recent CV
  • 1 page biography summary (with photo) that speaks to who you are, your personal interests and activities, your previous education, your work experience and your specific interest in the field of coaching
  • Previous piece of academic writing
  • In depth essay (2500) that describes who you are and your investment in attending the programme. Details will be provided.

Please note that preference is given to Employment Equity applicants.