Study this qualification online to grow your career in Supply Chain and Manufacturing 

Khulekhani Sibindo

Advanced Diploma in Supply Chain Management
NQF Level 7 | 120 Credits | 12 Months

Realise the full potential of your career in the supply chain and manufacturing industries with this cutting-edge qualification. This accredited programme qualifies you for further advancement in higher education.

Optimum Learning Technologies is a distance learning, private provider of Higher Education. As with all our offerings, this division is aligned to the needs of the FMCG sector specifically. Given the challenges of learning while working full time, our service is distinguished by our expert online teaching model as well as the comprehensive support we provide directly to the student.

Our dedicated online teaching team boasts a wealth of industry experience with sound academic knowledge. At the click of a button, students receive expert advice and academic support. Using an online portal, students have full access to all learning resources – anytime, anywhere.

Students receive weekly live engagement to ensure steady progress and, ultimately, a successful graduation. Furthermore, we conduct continuous reviews and provide in-person feedback on progress. If the qualification is sponsored by an employer, we provide regular feedback and insightful reporting.

Many employers require an NQF 7 qualification to advance your career. Not only does this qualification open the gateway to senior positions, it also enables you to further your postgraduate studies (NQF 8) and, ultimately, complete an MBA (NQF 9) .

Programme Information

Programme structure

This programme consists of 7 modules completed over two semesters.

Semester 1:

  • Strategic Management 701 – 20 credits
  • Supply Chain Management 701 – 20 credits
  • Research 701 – 10 credits

Semester 2:

  • Strategic Management 702 – 20 credits
  • Supply Chain Management 702 – 20 credits
  • Relationship Management 701 – 10 credits
  • Research 702 – 10 credits

Applications close: 9 February 2022

Programme starts: 21 February 2022

Semester Dates

  • Semester 1: 21 February 2022
  • Semester 2: 11 July 2022

Exam Dates

  • Semester 1: 27 June – 05 July 2022
  • Semester 2: 28 November – 06 December 2022
How you study

This is a paced distance learning programme which is delivered on our online learning platform.

Study Materials

You will be provided with a Study Guide, Module Outline a Virtual Library and a textbook list to assist you in your studies.  Our online learning platform gives you access to your lecturers, and fellow students to engage, participate and interact with one another during the programme.

You will have access to your lecturers for all your subject matter related questions. Our lecturers are subject matter experts with a sound academic background bringing relevance to your studies.

Online Support

Online support

With us, you have access to online, academic, technical and administrative support on a daily and continuous basis.

As this is a distance learning qualification, a large part of self-study is required. We will however provide you with the foundations required, and monitor and support you every step of the way. 


Each module has various different assessments. The assessments are short and focused, making sure your studies deliver maximum impact and take your busy schedule into consideration.

You will write exams online twice a year for the majority of your modules.

Entry requirements

You need one of the following qualifications to qualify:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree
  • NQF 6 Diploma
  • National N Diploma

Additional requirements:

  • Three years’ managerial experience within industry.

What is the enrollment process?

  • Submit the required documents as listed below.
  • This will be reviewed by Optimum’s academic team.
  • We will get back to you within two working days!

What do I need to submit?

Complete and send the following information to us at

  • Application form
  • Certified copies of your qualifications
  • Certified copy of your ID or passport
  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)


The total fee for this programme is R38 000, payable before the commencement of the programme or as per financial agreement with Optimum.


No registration fee.


This programme is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE), the only Higher Education accreditation body in Southern Africa.