Various contact, distance and online courses relevant to the insolvency and business rescue professions are available from local universities in 2020.

New courses will start at the Universities of Johannesburg, Pretoria and South Africa in the 2nd half of 2020. Please direct your enquiries to the universities.

University of Johannesburg

Short Learning Programme (SLP) in Business Rescue

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 3 manageable 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. Duration is 3 months (July – September 2020) culminating in an online examination at end of the course. The programme is directed by Prof Kathleen van der Linde and Prof Juanitta Calitz.

Register by:  19 July 2020
Course Fees:  R14,150.00 (plus R1,000 levy for foreign students)
Enquiries: Elaine Squier
+27 11 559 2758

Online Course: Please visit the CEP page on the UJ website to apply.

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

University of Pretoria

Certified Rescue Analyst (CRA) Programme

UPDATED: The August 2020 CRA for business rescue at the University of Pretoria is now open for registration. The course has limited capacity, so early application is highly recommended.

The Certified Rescue Analyst Programme 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 competency and proficiency in preparation for the eventual qualification of certified business rescue practitioner. The programme therefore prepares you with knowledge of all issues relevant to the business rescue practitioner through basic theory and practice examples.

This is a comprehensive blended learning course, with one four-day introduction and a later four-day refresher (pre-evaluation) contact sessions in the final month prior to examination.

Course Dates: 03-06 August 2020 | 01-04 March 2021
Course Fees: R31,600.00
Enquiries: Getrude Hlungwani
+27 12 434 2569

CRA Programme: Please visit the course page on the University of Pretoria's Enterprises website for more detailed information and to enroll.

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

Course Schedules: Please download the CRA 2020 / 2021 course schedules.


University of South Africa

Advanced Short Course in Business Rescue Practice

UPDATED: 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

The course will give you the necessary skills to act as a business rescue practitioner and fulfil your duties in accordance with the letter and spirit of the law. You will also be able to advise and protect the interests of your clients who may find themselves involved in business rescue proceedings as directors, creditors, shareholders or employees of a company in financial distress.

Students study online via Unisa’s online platform – myUnisa. There are no classes, only a workshop in Gauteng, Cape Town and Durban provided there is sufficient interest.

Duration: August 2020 to October 2020
Course Fees: From R7,600.00 to R9,750.00
Register by: 17 July 2020
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.

University of Pretoria

SARIPA Programme in Insolvency Law & Practice

This extensive, practice-orientated SARIPA Programme in Insolvency Law and Practice is aimed at persons involved in the administration of insolvent estates. The course is presented as a series of part-time lectures and deals with the effects of insolvency on the insolvent, the solvent spouse and contracts, impeachable transactions, the powers and duties of trustees and liquidators, insolvency meetings, interrogations, proof of claims, rehabilitation secured, preferent and concurrent creditors, the drafting of liquidation and distribution accounts. The curriculum, which is updated annually, has been written by experts in practice and concentrate on the practical aspects of the administration of insolvent estates.

Duration: 1 year
Course Fees: R12,000.00
Course Commences: 24 February 2020
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.