Education & Training


DPI offers a distinct form of workshop mode of learning. Currently, the Institute has eight stand-alone short courses/modules in its curriculum framework.

The Institute continues to develop and add a range of more short courses and modules, in order to develop sustainable capacity and maintain a competitive edge to many nurses in both the private and public sector. Each course is recognised and accredited on its own merits.

The courses can be added towards the accumulation of other relevant courses in the acquisition of a recognised comprehensive certificate, diploma, or degree.

The DPI curriculum framework is strengthened by its alignment with the following regulatory bodies:

• South African Qualification Authority (SAQA); 
• Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWESTA); and
• South African Nursing Council (SANC)


The DPI adheres to a holistic approach of developing nurses both as workers and healthcare professionals.

The DPI therefore fulfills the occupational, professional, personal and socio-economic concerns and needs of its learners.
In this regard, the DPI’s long-term strategy is to provide learning in the following critical areas: 
• collective bargaining; and shop steward training; 
• professional development (nursing and health care); 
• leadership, management, and financial skills; 
• computer literacy.

In collaboration with curriculum experts and practitioners in various nursing and healthcare fields, DPI develops, designs and manages the innovative curriculum and learning programmes with content that meet the quality standards and requirements of the relevant accreditation bodies.

DPI offers tailor-made training programmes and short courses for various departments or organisations on a number of areas within the health sphere, such as:

 HIV/AIDS management;

  • TB/DOTS management (in conjunction with the ICN (International Council of Nurses);
  • Leadership for Change (in conjunction with the ICN);
  • Quality of Care in the form of ‘Health Workers For Change’ programme (Partnership between Soul City, DENOSA, Seriti, AIDS Consortium, HSRC and Positive Convention Network);
  • Women’s Health;
  • Risk Management (in conjunction with Glen and Insurance);
  • Occupational Health and Safety (incorporating Infection Control);
  • Shop Steward Training (with input by the RCN (Royal College of Nursing, UK);
  • Research Methodology in Nursing (including Nursing Ethics);
  • Nursing Education;
  • Nursing Management;
  • Nursing Leadership.

The learning programmes in these key areas commenced at the end of the first quarter in 2010 in all provinces, and are offered by highly qualified educators and facilitators.

For more information on the DPI’s courses and any other enquiries related to training, please contact:

Wanda Mlotshwa
Tel: (012) 343 2315 (ext 315) / 082 938 4942
Fax: (086) 656 8788