The Programme in Project Management of UP

Prof Herman Steyn is known for advising people that, if they can find a better course to develop project management skills than the PPM (Programme in Project Management) of the University of Pretoria, they should enrol on it.

The PPM was established in 1997 and is revised regularly to keep up with the latest developments in the field. It is the project management course of choice of several organizations and has been presented in-house at several companies. It has, for example, been presented 9 times in-house at Group Five Ltd.  In total, more than 8000 people have done this course since 1997. The PPM is therefore well known by employers and adds value on the CVs of professionals.

The PPM is a product of the Graduate School of Technology Management (GSTM) of the University of Pretoria – the leading institution in Project Management in the country. The GSTM also offers the only master’s degree course in Project Management on the African Continent that is accredited by the Global Accreditation Center of the PMI (Project Management Institute).

The lecturers on the PPM are to a large extent the same ones that teach this leading master’s programme.  In addition to extensive practical experience in the industry, all lecturers also have excellent academic credentials.  With several PhD graduates and several current PhD studies, the GSTM leads in project management research.  The quality of the PPM is therefore undisputed.

Successful candidates obtain the PPM certificate from the University of Pretoria.

In addition, the PPM is recognized by the following:

  • PMI(Project Management Institute) – USA
  • ECSA(Engineering Council of SA) – 5 CPD points
  • SACPCMP(South African Council for the Project and Construction. Management Professions) – 96 CPD points
  • PMSA(Project Management South Africa).

T’s & C’s apply.  More details on the website below.

People enrolled on the PPM apply the principles and techniques in their workplace by doing practical assignments in their specific work situations. Work done on the PPM is therefore practical and of value to both employees and employers.

The PPM consists of 8 modules. To accommodate the needs of a variety of people, the following modes of presentation are available:

  • The traditional 20-day course, presented in 4 blocks of 5 days each;
  • The Weekender presentation on 8 Fridays and 8 Saturdays;
  • Online modules: Three of the 8 modules are available online. The cost of doing the first module online is a mere R7324.70 (all inclusive).


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PPM lecturer receives international recognition

The International Project Management Association (IPMA) is a global project management association with 40,000 members in more than 60 countries.


IPMA annually rewards two top researchers in project management from the global project management research community. One of these annual rewards goes to the “Young Researcher of the Year”.

The 2018 Global Research Award as Young Researcher has been bestowed on Dr Taryn Bond-Barnard who teaches Project Procurement Management on the PPM.

Taryn is a Senior Lecturer at the GSTM (Graduate School of Technology Management) of the University of Pretoria where she teaches project management at post-graduate levels (honours and master’s degree programmes).   She also teaches the following Examination Preparation courses for PMI (Project Management Institute) certifications: Project Management Professional (PMP) and PMI Certified Project Management Associate (CAPM). 

The PMP and CAPM Exam Prep courses are, like the PPM, offered by Enterprises, University of Pretoria.

The award ceremony took place on 3 September 2018 at a gala event during the IPMA Research Confe­rence in Rio de Janeiro where Taryn received the award and gave an overview of her research to an audience of renowned researchers and practitioners in the field of project management.

Taryn’s PhD research project led to six peer-reviewed outputs, including a paper in the International Journal of Project Management and one in the International Journal of Managing Projects in Business. The PhD study was supervised by the PPM course leader, Prof Herman Steyn, and co-supervised by Dr Lizelle Fletcher of the University of Pretoria Department of Statistics.

The announcement was recently posted at the following IPMA webpage:


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Above: Special guests, course leaders, fields experts and other academics at the combined GSTM and GIBS certificate ceremony at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria.

Enterprises University of Pretoria (Enterprises UP) has recently kicked of its first round of certificate ceremonies for 2018 to acknowledge those delegates who have put in the hard work and dedication to successfully complete their training programmes and short courses for the 2017/2018 season. The first ceremony took place on Wednesday, 9 May 2018 at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria with delegates, family and friends celebrating their successes.

The evening was opened by Professor Elma van der Lingen, HOD: Graduate School of Technology Management, as she reflected on delegates’ achievements and also further congratulated by Professor Mike Ward, course leader on the Executive Education Programmes presented in collaboration with the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).

Further recognition for the PPM

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Since its inception in 1997, the PPM (Programme in Project Management) course has made very significant contributions:  With thousands of people who have attended one of the 160 times that this 20-day programme has been presented, it is arguably the best-known project management training available in South Africa.

Section 13 (a, b, c) of the Project and Construction Management Act (Act No. 48 of 2000), mandates the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) to accredit project and construction management educational programs within any department, school or faculty in institutions of higher learning.

One of the latest recognitions of the PPM skills training course of the University of Pretoria is its validation by the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professionals (SACPCMP).

In a letter dated 28 May 2018 from Mrs Mohajane, the Coordinator: Programme Accreditation & CPD of the SACPCMP, Enterprises University of Pretoria has been informed about the validation of the course.

Dr Lynn Keeys, President of PMI SA Chapter was the guest speaker at the Certificate Ceremony on 21 November 2017 at the CSIR International Conference Centre

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From left to right: Ms Anneli Delport, Prof Tinus Pretorius, Dr Taryn Barnard, Mr Corro van Waveren, Dr Lynn Keeys, Dr Dolf Steyn, Prof Herman Steyn, Dr Jean Cooper. 

Inhibitors to the transfer of knowledge generated on projects: a case study within a construction company

Authors: R Louw, H Steyn & C van Waveren


Several studies indicate the value of knowledge management in improving organisational performance. While the benefits of effective knowledge management are undeniable, literature suggests that, due to the temporary nature of project teams, knowledge is generally not managed efficiently by project-based organisations.

This article explores the main inhibitors to effective knowledge transfer in a South African construction company. Implementation of knowledge management systems was lacking, but corporate culture and human factors had the greatest effect on knowledge transfer, and hence on project performance. In addition to inhibitors of knowledge transfer mentioned in literature, some additional inhibitors were identified and the effect that lack of knowledge transfer investigated.


Delegates who successfully complete the PPM and comply with the related assessment criteria are awarded by the University of Pretoria (at a certificate ceremony) certificates of successful completion. In addition to the certificate, the PPM is recognized by the following:

PMI (Project Management Institute) – USA

ECSA (Engineering Council of SA)

SACPCMP (South African Council for the Project and Construction. Management Professions)

PMSA (Project Management South Africa)


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