Project Management Course - FAQ

Why should I choose the project management course?

Listed as part of the top 500 universities in the world. The University of Pretoria is listed as one of the top three universities in South Africa. The Graduate School of Engineering and Technology Management  (GSTM) is the only place that offers a master's degree in project management. The master's degree is accredited by the Global Accreditation Center (GAC) in the United States of America. Earn CDP points when registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ESCA). GSTM is a platinum status education and training provider.

How credible is the project management course?

The Programme in Project Management (PPM) is a recognized certificate by the Project Management Institute (PMI) of the United States of America, Engineering Council of South Africa (ESCA), South African Council for the Project and Construction (SACPCMP) and Project Management of South Africa (PMSA). The University of Pretoria is an accredited higher education institution according to Act 101 of 1997. 

What certificate would I receive and of what value would it be?

You will receive a highly valuable certificate as the University of Pretoria offers the project management course for more than 30 years. The certificate is recognized nationally and internationally. Most of our lectures have industrial experience and extensive knowledge about the project management field. After your project management qualification, you qualify for a master's degree in project management at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. The master's degree is a one of a kind qualification at the University of Pretoria and is accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI) in the United States of America. 

What is the (CAPM) and how does it relate to project management?

Become a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) through attending our workshop at the University of Pretoria. The certification will make you stand out in the job market and give you more credibility to work on various projects. Project management is a fast-growing industry and the CAPM certificate will give you access to even more creative and exciting career opportunities.

How credible are the project management certificate and short courses?

The University of Pretoria is an accredited public higher education institution on Act 101 of 1997 and the Council on Higher Education (CHE) accredited the university as a multi-purpose training provider in higher education and training. The certificate and short courses for project management are funded through the Counting Education (CE) at the University of Pretoria Trust. The trust takes full responsibility for all the activities related to completing the necessary qualification at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

What is the PMP and how does it relate to the project management course?

The Project Management Professional (PMP) is a certificate offered by the American Project Management Institute (PMI). The University of Pretoria is registered at the American Project Management Institute (PMI). All project management qualifications are recognized by the Project Management Institute (PMI). The Programme in Project Management (PPM) gives background on the Project Management Professional (PMP) examination. You need a certain amount of Professional Development Units (PDU's) that can be obtained through the Programme in Management (PPM) course.

What further qualifications can I obtain after the PPM course?

After your Programme in Management (PPM) qualification you qualify to study for the Advanced Programme in Project Management (APPM) course. After completing your Advanced Programme in Project Management (APPM) course you will gain an extra 120 credits. A further relevant qualification to study after the Programme in Management (PPM) qualification is BTech. degree.


J.T. Labuschagne, H. Steyn


This paper describes the characteristics of a project management methodology that is currently used in the consulting engineering industry in South Africa. Based on currently-used methodologies in other industries, and on a Delphi survey conducted in several consulting engineering companies, guidelines for a project management methodology for the consulting engineering industry are proposed. Respondents of the survey were in full agreement on typical project life cycle phases. They were also in agreement that a lack of project management knowledge and maturity prevents the successful implementation of such a methodology in a company. Lastly, the respondents agree that, by applying a project management methodology in the South African consulting engineering industry, more consistent results regarding time, cost, and quality could be achieved.

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Ntokozo H. Nkiwane, Werner G. Meyer, Herman Steyn


With large infrastructure backlogs in Africa, well-controlled projects will play a significant role in African infrastructure development. In this paper, the monitoring and/or directive use of Earned Value Management (EVM) is investigated and linked to project management maturity. This case study also investigates the use of EVM based on the financial and schedule risk distribution among project role players, and the effect of EVM on project performance. The results show minimal use of EVM in the directive control of projects; at best, the directive use of EVM is found to be implied rather than deliberate and methodical. 


Earned Value Management (EVM); Construction Projects

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Brighton Tshuma, Herman Steyn, Corro Van Waveren


Projects are unique, temporary structures that produce unique knowledge. For organisations to gain competitive advantage, this knowledge needs to be transferred effectively between projects. Knowledge transfer across projects is thus an important and decisive competitive factor. However, project teams typically focus on short-term project goals, and often fail to regard capturing and transferring project knowledge between projects as important for the long-term benefit of the organisation. This theoretical study argues that Project Management Offices (PMOs) play an important role by supporting and facilitating the flow of knowledge between projects. A conceptual framework depicting the role of PMOs in the transfer of knowledge between projects is presented here, while empirical results will be reported on in a sequel to this paper.

Keywords Knowledge transfer; Project knowledge; Project Management Offices

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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)


Contact Information

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