Learning Methodology

Online and Blended Learning Approach

RSC is now accredited by INSETA as both of the follwing:

  • Online provider
  • Blended learning Provider

Our focus is now 100% online learning and the class room component is only available on special request and contract for groups, learnerships or programs.

All RSC programs are made up of a blend of:

  • Online facilitation and coaching using MS Teams
  • eLearning
  • Reading using online support, PDF copies, eBooks and Audio Books
  • Research supported by RSC website and systems
  • Self Study using online text books, suggested reading and websites
  • Online video lectures
  • RPL ( Recognition of Prior Knowledge) for those with existing levels of knowledge and skills
  • Practical assignments based on case studies, self-study and in-house research
  • Work placed assignments to ensure application of the knowledge and skills learned in the workplace
  • Continuous integrated formative assessments during the process to ensure knowledge, understanding, context in industry, practical skills and attitude to ensure competnecy
  • Final Integrated Summative Assessment after each skills program or part qualificaiton, to ascertain competence in the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to ensure competence and ability complete the requirements for the programs, including the EISA Eternal INtegrated Summative Asseswsment required for the QCTO occupational qualificaitons.

eLearning support

All of our programs have online support which includes research links, eBooks with constant updates, access to support documents and reading, video lectures and webinars, MS Teams coaching, self-assessment on knowledge learned, guidance for practical assignments and work-place assignments and all learners registered for qualification and skills program leading to a qualification will be given access to RE(Regulatory Exam preparation) and Class of Business training at no extra cost. This area is under development during 2018 and existing learners should constantly visit the website and RSC The knowledge network facebook site for updates. Please visit and like RSCnetwork Facebook site for updates.

eLearning facilitated workshops using MS Teams

All of our learners are provided with one online workshop per month where they can ask questions of the facilitator, interact with other learners during the workshop, learn skills and techniques demonstrated during these workshop, input from facilitator of complex areas, areas of concern or areas they are finding is causing problems for learners on this program.  These do not replace the online video lectures but rather provide a support for the reading material and lectures.

Learners in larger company groups also have online workshops and these dates and the invites are closed to learners from these companies only.  General workshops have been implemented to provide this type of support to learners on the general program who enrolled as individuals and not as part of a group.

The general workshops are run on the last Monday of every month at 1:00 to 3:00 and any individual learner is welcome to attend.The dates scheduled for the rest of this year are:

  • 31 January 2022
  • 28 February 2022
  • 28 March 2022
  • 25 April 2022
  • 30 May 2022
  • 27 June 2022
  • 25 July 2022
  • 29 August 2022
  • 26 September 2022
  • 31 October 2022
  • 28 NOvember 2022
  • December no workshop to recommence in January 2023

Enrolled individual learners who would like to join these general online workshops should email info@rscnetwork.co.za and advise when they started and need to provide their ID NUMBER or group.  We will then send a MS Teams invitation.  with a link to attend.

Blended Learning: Facilitated Program

This method is aimed at learner who have less than 2 years experience in the financial services industry and score reasonably in our pre evaluation, They need some facilitation, input from an expert trainer and can do more reading and self-study to prepare for the assignments and summative assessment. There may also be an element of RPL(Recognition of Prior Learning)

Learners would attend class room training and self-study 2 hours per month over a 6 to 12 month period to support the research, self-study, video lectures and the completion and submission of a formative assessment covering knowledge, reserach pracical and workplace application, culminating in a closed book exam as a final integrated summative assessment.

This learner will complete this 12 month program in 9 to 12 months, depending on their existing level of knowledge and skills.

Blended Learning: Self Study/eLearning

This is aimed at more experienced staff with 5 or more years experience in financial services and advice , who score highly on the pre assessment and evaluation.

They require far less input and guidance from the facilitator, and most of the learning takes place through reading, research, video lectures, self study, completion of research based assignments, and  practical and workplace assignments.

There may be a larger element of RPL in this process.

Complete the program through self study with induction into the program and tele coaching if required. This can be completed in 6 months with a maximum of 12 months, but on occasion, highly competent individuals with extensive experience and existing knowledge have completed in 3 to 6 months.

Blended Learning: Naturally Occurring Evidence

This is aimed at very experienced staff 5 to10  years experience, who score highly on the pre assessment and have a broad range of experience in financial services.

There is no initial input or self study in this program as it is an assessment of existing knowledge and experience gained over a long period of time in the financial services industry. This process has a high component of RPL Recognition of Prior Learning.

The learner would complete a work place assignment made up of evidence from the work place of actual experience in practising the knowledge, skills and attitude contained in these programs and this is based on Naturally occurring evidence. This is evidence from the work place using real client files, documents, reports, compliance etc.

If we discover any gaps or shortfalls in the learners knowledge and that required to be found competent RSC will then provide reading material, video lectures, self study opportunities and assignments to make up for these gaps in their competencies.

Once we are happy that the gaps(if any) have been addressed the learner has been found competent in the formative asssessment process, the learner would complete an integrated summative assessment to complete the process.

This program is a blend of RPL, Self Study, Research, Assignments and assessment, with a large focus on RPL. It can be completed in 3 to 6 months depending on the level of experience and motivation of the learner.

Qualification or Skills Program

All of our programs are based on unit standards or outcomes and will build towards a formal qualification.

It does not matter which of the above methods are used to complete the qualification the certificate and qualification will be the same and does not highlight if this program was completed of 1 year, 6 months or quicker.  The certificate issued by INSETA for each of these programs are identical.


This is a program made up of 120 or more credits and will result in a Certificate (120 credits) or Diploma(240 Credits) being issued by the SETA or an OC Occupationa certificate issued by QCTO.

The qualification is made up of unit standards which CORE, FUNDAMENTAL and ELECTIVE. All core and fundamental must be completed and sufficient electives to make up the 120 credits.

All qualificaitons offered by RSC are approved by the FSCA for FAIS purposes, while skills programs(INSETA) and part qualificaitons(QCTO) may not.

Skills Program or part qualificaiton

A program of fewer than 120 credits is called a skills program and you do not receive a certificate but will receive a statement of credits which reflects your credit on the iNSETA, QVTO and SAQA system.

RSC runs a number of skills programs that build up into qualification when you have completed the 120 credits and met the requirements for the qualification.

Unit standard based specialist skills programs can be used to develop specialised skills and will provide credits for CPD for FAIS and FPI.

We also offer a number of skills programs designed to provide useful skills and knowledge. These are not based on unit standards and do not result in credits towards a qualification.

We also offer QCTO part qualificaitons which will when copleted result in a full qualificaiton or occupational certificate which is then recognised by the FSCA.