Learning Materials Developer

A learning materials developer designs and develops materials which enable students to improve their understanding of subjects and performance in tests, examinations etc.

Learning materials developers should enjoy communicating with people – whether verbally or in written form, and be passionate about learning and the continuous development of every person during a lifetime.

Meaningful learning materials and high-quality delivery and assessment constitute the core of uplifting South African society in terms of personal growth, reducing unemployment and becoming more globally competitive.

They must have the ability to make use of various computer software packages to compile high-quality learning materials that make an impact, both in terms of content and layout. The ability to make use of relevant sequencing approaches, so that learning materials unfold in a systematic and logical manner is also important.

The National Qualifications Framework has two generic Design and Development unit standards that are suitable for developing skills to create learning materials, namely NLRD 123401 and NLRD 123394. Accredited training providers in the marketplace typically offer these two unit standards as one integrated skills programme, or as two separate and follow-on skills programmes. Individuals interested in becoming developers should undertake learning in relation to these unit standards.

An average day in this job depends on a number of variables, such as the context in which one works, for example, whether for a small training provider or a large established firm, and whether appointed as a full-time or freelance developer. Many learning materials developers work on a freelance contract basis for a variety of different training providers.

Learning materials developers are in demand, as there is a shortage of people with the required level of skill and competence. Therefore, opportunities should always exist for people with these skills, thereby opening doors in a full-time capacity or on a freelance basis.


  • educational institutions

  • self-employed, working free-lance

Getting Started

  • speak to a learning materials developer about this career and ask to observe him/her at work

  • do research on the various types of learning materials available and find out about the relevant NQF standards


Adventist University of Central Africa, Africa Research University, Africa University, Afrikaanse Protestantse Akademie, Alliance International University, Bindura University of Science Education, Bishop Stuart Universities, Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning, Busoga University, Catholic University College of Ghana, Catholic University of Eastern African, Cavendish University, Centre for Creative Education, Chilambana University, College of Cape Town , College of Intergrated Healthcare, Daystar University, DMI-St.Eugene University, Durban University of Technology , Egerton University, Ekurhuleni West TVET College, Embu University College, Embury Institute for Teacher Education, Gaborone University College of Law and Professional Studies, Gideon Roberts University, Great Zimbabwe University, Headstart Mercy Montessori Teachers Training College, Headstart Mercy Montessori Training Centre, Institute of Development Management, Kabarak University, Kaimosi Friends University College, Karatina University, KCA University, Kenya Highlands Evangelical University, Kenya Methodist University, Kenyatta University, Kibabii University, Kisii University, Kwame Nkrumah University, Kyambogo University, Laikipia University, Livingstone International University, Machakos University College, Makerere University, Maseno University, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Mauritius Institute of Education, Meru University of Science and Technology, Middlesex University Mauritius, Moi University, Monash South Africa, Mount Kenya University, Mukuba University, Mulungushi University, Namibia College of Open Learning (NAMCOL), North-West University, Nsaka University, Open University of Tanzania, Pearson Institute of Higher Education, Pwani University College, Rosebank College, Rusangu University, Scott Christian University, Solusi University, St Paul's University, Swaziland College of Technology, Texila American University, The Copperbelt University, The Eastern University, Trinity University, Uganda Martyrs University, University for Development Studies, University of Cape Coast, University of Eastern Africa Baraton, University of Education Winneba, University of Eldoret, University of Gitwe, University of Kisubi, University of Nairobi, University of Namibia, University of Rwanda, University of Swaziland, University of Zambia, Varsity College, Zambian Open University, Zimbabwe Open University

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