Design Thinking Innovation Lead


  • NQF: 4
  • SAQA ID. 118788
  • CREDITS:  160

What is a Design Thinking Innovation Lead? 

A Design Thinking Innovation Lead coaches’ teams to apply design thinking approach and methodologies to understand and address complex challenges to create innovative solutions for problem solving and addressing needs. 

Did you know? 

Design thinking has taken the business world by storm in recent years, with business schools and companies recognizing how this innovative approach can revolutionize the way we approach solving problems.  As businesses continue to recognize the need for design thinking and innovation, they’ll likely create more demand for employees with those skills 


This is an exciting programme that allows your Creativity, lateral thinking, and intuition to be sharpened for the workplace. Design Thinking Innovation Lead introduces students into how they can immerse themselves in the environment and context of the problem or need and approach it from multiple perspectives and collaboratively apply analysis and synthesis of data from multiple sources in a coherent way and in a manner that is relevant to solution.


Career Fields

Design Thinking Champions
Design Thinking Practitioners
Design Thinking Innovation Specialists
Design & Innovation Coaches in public
Admission Requirements
  • NQF Level 3 qualification.

Certification and Examination 

On successful completion of the programme, the student will receive a statement of result from Berea College of Technology and upon meeting the EISA requirements, receive an Occupational Certificate: Design Thinking Innovation Lead from the QCTO. 

EISA is a single, national assessment which leads to competent learners being awarded Occupational Certificates. It is an integral and critical component of QCTO’s quality assurance system, as it ensures that the assessment of occupational qualifications, part-qualifications and trades is standardised, consistent and credible. Qualifying for External Assessment: To qualify for an external assessment, learners must provide proof of completion of all required knowledge and practical modules by means of statements of results and a record of completed work experience. 

Duration and Work-Integrated Learning

The programme duration is 2 years on a full-time basis.

Study Materials
  • Prescribed textbook lists will be provided by the academic department at your campus. Students will receive electronic versions of the study guides for this programme. Study material is also available online on the learner management system, Moodle.


Enquire at Berea College of Technology campus for a pricelist for the programme you are interested in.

Additional Costs

Students must make provision for additional items such as textbooks, stationery, supplementary examinations, research costs and printing of study guides.For more information on this course and further study options, visit 


Knowledge Modules

Human Centred Innovation 

Design Thinking Fundamentals 


Fundamentals of Positive Psychology for Design Thinking 

Research to Inform Design Thinking Processes 

Benefits of Design Thinking 

Innovation Leadership for Design Thinking 

Coaching Workshops for Design Thinking 

Introduction to Project Management for Design Thinking 

Introduction to Design Thinking Governance, Legislation and Ethics 

4IR and Future Skills 

242102-001-00-KM-12 Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Computer Technology and Utilisation 

Practical Skill Modules

Conduct Applied Ethnographic Research 

Lead Group Interaction for Innovative Solutions 

Apply Design Thinking for Innovation Principles and Methodologies 

Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Computer Technology and Utilisation 

Apply Ethics and Effectiveness in the Workplace 

Work Experience Modules

Applied Ethnographic Research 

Design Thinking Innovation Coaching 

Creative Innovation Solution Design


Centre for Student Relations (CSR)

The Centre provides a free online service to students who require additional academic and personal support.