Various distance and online courses relevant to the insolvency and business rescue professions are available from local universities in 2021.

Courses are available at the Universities of Johannesburg, Pretoria and South Africa. Please contact the relevant university directly with your enquiry.


University of Johannesburg

Short Learning Programme (SLP) in Business Rescue

[Updated Feb. 2021] Given the financial turmoil caused by the COVID-19 lockdown and the downgrades by rating agencies, the number of businesses experiencing financial difficulties is set to increase dramatically. The demand for trained and experienced business rescue practitioners is thus likely to continue rising. The Faculty of Law of the University of Johannesburg is now offering its short learning programme in business rescue in a fully online format. This programme covers the scope and underlying principles of business rescue and thoroughly analyses the substantive law and procedure of the legal process. It also focuses on the practical implications of business rescue.

The programme is broken down into 4 modules and includes a range of interactive content, including live video lectures, case studies and access to various further educational resources. The programme is presented on the Blackboard e-Learning platform. There will be two assignments and one examination, all in online format.

The course leaders are Prof Kathleen van der Linde and Prof Juanitta Calitz.

Course dates:  April - August 2021
Register by:  20 April 2021
Course Fees:  R14,800.00 (plus R1,000 levy for foreign students)
Enquiries: Esmeralde du Plessis
+27 11 559 2758

Online Course: Please visit the Law Short Coureses page on the UJ website.

Course Brochure: Please download the latest brochure for more information on the course modules and leaders.

University of Pretoria

Certified Rescue Analyst (CRA) Programme

[Updated Dec. 2020] The 2021 Certified Rescue Analyst Programme at the University of Pretoria is open for registration. The course has limited capacity, so early application is highly recommended.

The CRA for business rescue will introduce you to the newly established rescue regime following amendments to the Companies Act 71 of 2008 with the aim to ultimately gain levels of competency and proficiency in preparation for the eventual qualification of certified business rescue practitioners. The programme therefore prepares you with the knowledge of all issues relevant to the business rescue practitioner through basic theory and practice examples.

During the programme you will also gain the necessary skills to demonstrate your understanding of all the elements of and relevant to the tasks that are commonly executed by the business rescue practitioner. While managers who are faced with rescue situations can benefit from the programme, its purpose is to provide developmental steps towards qualifying as a CRP.

The CRA Programme is internationally recognised by TMA International. TMA-SA considers successful completion of this programme in line with the South African accreditation/processes in collaboration with the Regulator.

Course Dates: 01-04 March 2021 | 02-05 August 2021
Course Fees: R31,600.00 (VAT incl.)
Enquiries: Client Information Centre
+27 12 434 2500

Course Brochure: Please download the CRA brochure for more information.


University of Pretoria

SARIPA Programme in Insolvency Law & Practice

[Updated Nov. 2020] The SARIPA Programme in Insolvency Law and Practice provides you with a practice-orientated training intervention in the administration of insolvent estates. The programme covers the effects of insolvency on the insolvent, the solvent spouse and contracts, impeachable transactions, the powers and duties of trustees and liquidators, as well as insolvency meetings. You will also gain insights to proof of claims, interrogations, preferent and concurrent creditors, and drafting of liquidation and distribution accounts. You will also gain a better understanding of sequestration and winding-up procedures. The programme is presented in line with the South African Restructuring and Insolvency Practitioners Association (SARIPA).

Duration: 1 year
Course Fees: R12,000.00
Course Commences: 22 February 2021
Enquiries: Dolly Mabuza
+27 12 434 2576

The course is available in two formats. Please visit the relevant pages on the University of Pretoria's Enterprises website for detailed info and to enrol:

Contact Sessions: Part-time course consisting of 15 evening sessions plus 1 non-compulsory Saturday workshop.

Distance Learning: Recorded lectures on DVD will be provided to delegates who register for distance learning.

Course Brochure: Please download the brochure for more information.

University of South Africa

Advanced Short Course in Business Rescue Practice

[Updated Nov. 2020] The Advanced Short Course in Business Rescue Practice is a joint initiative between the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) and the University of South Africa (UNISA).

Total credits: 12 Credits   |   South African National Qualifications Framework (NQF): Level 8

Purpose of the Business Rescue course:

  • To equip students with knowledge on the implementation of business rescue proceedings.
  • To explain and apply practically the provisions of the Companies Act of 2008 and other relevant laws regulating or applicable to business rescue proceedings, including the appointment and functions of a business rescue practitioner.

Students study online via Unisa’s online platform – myUnisa.

Duration: 01 March to 31 May 2021
Course Fees: From R7,980.00 to R10,200.00
Register by: 28 February 2021
Enquiries: Bettie Lubbe
+27 12 441 4670

Online Course: Please visit the course page on the LEAD website.

Course Brochure: Please download the brochure for detailed information and a fillable registration form.