Health Promotional Officer

Health Promotional Officer (HPO) is an entry-level qualification for anyone who wants to start a career in Ancillary Health Care Services.

HPO is a new profession in the health sector in South Africa and it deals primarily with the prevention of diseases and improving lifestyles.

The Course

A blend of theory and practical training, the Health Promotional Officer is a QCTO accredited occupational qualification with the course breakdown being 25% knowledge, 38% practical skills and 37% workplace experience. All theoretical training is via our online learning platform through our Pretoria based Academy. You will be placed within our partner organisations for your practical training.

Why choose this course?

The National Health Council has mandated massive improvement in health outcomes and for this to occur significant steps need to be taken in the restructuring of the health system.

The restructured health financing system – the National Health Insurance (NHI) – is being based on the ward system that has been implemented in KwaZulu-Natal. Each ward will have one or more Primary Health Care (PHC) outreach teams comprising a professional nurse, environmental health and health promotion practitioners as well as up to five community health workers who are expected to serve a population of approximately 7 660 people.

The HPO qualification will form an integral part of this strategy. Starting as HPO’s, through a process of ongoing education these individuals will eventually become Community Health Workers who will be employed by the various government departments (with current needs estimated at approximately
70 000 people!).

Duties are varied and include:

  • Providing basic nursing care
  • Treating simple diseases, injuries, wounds and refer to clinics
  • Providing palliative care
  • Taking temperature, BP, pulse and respiration
  • Checking on outbreaks of transmitted diseases, teach and refer for treatment 
  • Check Sexually Transmitted infections, teach and refer for treatment
  • Check children and refer for immunisation
  • Check pregnant mothers, mothers who have given birth and their babies and refer for treatment
  • HIV and AIDS testing and counselling
  • Check drug and substance abusers and refer them to rehabilitation centres
  • Tech people about the dangers of drug and substance abuse
  • Teach people about basic in-house hygiene, environment and water
  • Teach people about women, men’s and children’s health
  • Teach people about healthy lifestyles

Further Career Opportunities

As you will have an occupational qualification certificate, you will be eligible for certain access recognition in various NQF Level 4 qualifications.

Occupational Certificate |  SAQA Qualification No: 94597  |  NQF Level 3  |  163 credits

QCTO Accredited

12 months full time study

Medium of instruction

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Grade 9 – 11 (but if you do not have a National Senior Certificate, you will need to complete a Foundational Learning Competence Certificate) OR
  • Ancillary Health Care NQF Level 1


Total course fees:
R25 000
PLUS R350 Indemnity Insurance

R10 000 Tuition
PLUS R350 Registration Fee (to be paid in full upon Registration).

Balance is payable in monthly instalments of R1 363 over 11 months from month of commencement.

Fees include full access to the online learning platform and one uniform shirt.