Wits online CVO programme - Postgraduate diploma in specialised accounting

The CVO Programme, which consists of four short courses, is part of a continuing research-driven enquiry into integrated reporting, integrated thinking, sustainable development and ethics being undertaken by the Wits School of Accountancy.

The first short course is an integrated thinking themed course which examines integrated thinking and value creation in a practical context with a focus on how the CVO, either in a dedicated role or in some other executive capacity, could be expected to oversee the management of multiple types of capital.

The second short course is a governance themed course which covers outcomes-based governance and its application to emerging issues such as COVID and climate change. The course considers the drivers and consequences of good governance and how an outcomes-based approach to governance is essential for effective multi-capital management, stakeholder engagement and long-term value creation.​


The third short course in the CVO programme is an assurance themed course which deals with, inter alia, the nature and emergence of combined assurance, the role of external assurors in the preparation of integrated reports and the relevance of assurance for the broader value creation.

The fourth short course in the programme deals with the ethical behaviours expected from accounting professionals. Like finance and accounting, ethics has become an essential business function and organisations establish business ethics to promote integrity among their employees and gain trust from their shareholders.

How it works

The short courses can be attended consecutively or independently of each other. A student wishing to obtain a degree must register for the Post Graduate Diploma in Specialised Accountancy in the field of Integrated Thinking and Value Creation (“the postgraduate qualification”). 

All four courses must be completed to be eligible for “the qualification”. 

Degree or short course but not both 

Currently, the rules set by the Department of Higher Education do not allow students to obtain short course certificates in addition to the post-graduate qualification. In other words, students must elect either to obtain one or more short course certificates or the postgraduate qualification. The diagram below will assist you with how to register.

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