TRADE UNION PRACTICE - SAQA Qualification No: 58337

The Western Cape Programme comprises of an accredited programme (the TUPQ), the provincial programme which includes provincial schools, PEP training and rollouts, educator’s forum, networking, and support work.


  • To support and compliment the unions education programmes and capacity needs
  • To build strong union organisation at shop floor, local, branch and provincial level
  • Organise strategies to advance trade unionism
  • Understand and advance the rights of workers
  • Understand the relationship between the economy, state, political power and the formation of social classes
  • Understand the history and impact of the trade union movement in South Africa and beyond
  • The course is offered as a provincial programme with participants enrolling for a learnership in trade unionism or simply for the purposes of obtaining the qualification
  • The programme is delivered over a period of 12 months. The first six modules were delivered in 2021 and the remaining four will be completed in 2022


Shop stewards, Organisers, Educators and young people who wish to acquire an NQF Level 4 qualification in trade unionism.

Module 1: Numeracy

Module 2: Labour Movement History

Module 3: Labour law and occupational health and safety

Module 4: Building effective organization

Module 5: Recruitment/Organising and Collective Bargaining

Module 6: Women and other forms of oppression

Module 7: Media and communication