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University Of Pretoria

University Of Pretoria

Programme in Project Management Online

This comprehensive program equips you with the tools you need, whether you're launching your project management journey or seeking career advancement. You will master essential skills from industry experts, gain practical experience, and unlock diverse career opportunities.

Next course:

19 August 2024

Course number: 202400329

Course fee:

R36 570 (Including VAT)

Course Duration:
approximately 8 months

at least 5 hours per week,
entirely online


Course Duration:
approximately 8 months

at least 5 hours per week, entirely online


University of Pretoria

Experienced Lecturers:
each specialising in a specific aspect of project management

What our students say

University of Pretoria

Experienced Lecturers:
each specialising in a specific aspect of project management

What our students say

project management course

Who is The Online Course In Project Management For?

  1. Our online course is entirely conducted via the Internet, allowing for a self-paced learning experience that can be accessed from anywhere in the world. This flexibility makes it an excellent option for busy professionals or individuals unable to attend in-person classes.
  2. The course is tailored to benefit individuals involved in projects, including project managers, team members, planners, and senior managers.
  3. The skills and techniques taught are highly applicable across various sectors in both business and government, including services, engineering, social development and information management.

Why Must I Study This Course?

  1. The online course in project management is offered by the Graduate School of Technology Management (GSTM) in collaboration with Enterprises University of Pretoria (EUP).
  2. The Graduate School of Technology Management (GSTM) at the University of Pretoria is widely recognized as the premier institution for project management research, education, and training in Africa. It is the academic authority behind the Programme in Project Management, setting the standard for excellence in the field.
  3. Established in 1997, the Programme in Project Management (PPM) has empowered thousands through contact classes. It has been presented online since 2020. Regularly updated content ensures industry relevance, equipping individuals with the skills to excel in project management.
  4. The program is largely developed and taught by the same lecturers that offer Africa’s only master’s programme in project management that is accredited by the Global Accreditation Center of the PMI (Project Management Institute).
  5. It is also endorsed by the International Project Management Institute (PMI) which provides globally recognized certification for project managers. This course could be your first step in obtaining such certification. Details are regularly provided during the course.

What Will My Course Content Include:

  1. Project Management Principles, Practices and Scheduling
  2. Project Quality Management
  3. The People-Side of Project Management
  4. Legal Aspects for Project Managers
  5. Financial Principles and Project Cost Management
  6. Project Procurement and Contract Management
  7. Project Risk Management
  8. Project Management in Business Context

In an April 2024 survey, students who attended the PPM Online were asked to respond (for each module) to the statement I found the module of great value. The average of the 8 modules was that 96% of the students agreed or strongly agreed to the statement.

People who want to initially learn only about the basics of project management, or who are not yet ready to study a more comprehensive program, can enroll on the first of these 8 modules as a stand-alone short course, our Project Management Principles, Practices and Scheduling (Accredited as the first module of the Online PPM)

Course Leader:
Prof Herman Steyn

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Admission Requirements:

  1. All delegates will be required to submit a CV for admission purposes.
  2. Prospective delegates should preferably have a tertiary qualification. To be admitted to the Programme in Project Management (PPM) Online requires a 3-year tertiary qualification, although prior learning and relevant work experience could be recognized.
  3. As the course is presented in English, participants should have an adequate command of the English language to understand the material.
  4. Find the next course intake date here

Top-notch learning experience!
Lee Mc Ivor August 2023
I'm thrilled to share that I've successfully completed the Programme in Project Management (PPM) course through Enterprises University of Pretoria with flying colors, achieving distinctions in all eight modules! I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to Enterprises University of Pretoria for providing a top-notch learning experience. Each module has equipped me with valuable skills and insights that I'll carry with me as I prepare to step into the field of project management. A special shout-out to all the dedicated and knowledgeable individuals who presented the course. Your passion for project management and commitment to excellence truly made the difference in my learning journey and experience gained.

Payment for courses

To secure a person’s seat on a course full payment of the course fee has to be received.

If a client cannot make full payment some time before a course starts, options exists at Mobicred or Fundi to grant a loan to the client and make the full payment to EUP on behalf of the client. The client then pays back the fee in monthly instalments to the organization that granted the loan.

To use Mobicred, you need to complete an online credit application at, agree to the terms and conditions, and provide the necessary documents.
Fundi provides short course loans and educational finance services, catering to people seeking career enhancement through additional training. Please click on to submit an online credit application.

However, if a client itself is in a position to make the full payment (at least a few days before the course starts), it is the preferred option.


19 August 2024 - 2 May 2025


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. (Click here to view an example certificate) 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.


By completing our online course in project management, you'll be prepared for a range of career opportunities, including:

  • Project Manager:
    Manage projects from start to finish, including planning, execution and control.
  • Project Director:
    Having obtained sufficient business and project experience, manage a megaproject or some other large-scale, high-impact project.
  • Project Coordinator:
    Assist project managers with planning and execution, including managing schedules, resources, stakeholders, and communications. Manage sub-projects or work packages of a larger project.
  • Project Administrator:
    Support project managers with well-organized planning and execution of projects.

Our project management training takes a unique and practical approach to skill development, ensuring real-world application and effectiveness. Each candidate participates in hands-on assignments, crafting project plans tailored to their workplace context, fostering immediate implementation and learning.

Facilitation is a key aspect, drawing on the expertise of at least eight lecturers from diverse backgrounds, including Engineering, Law, Industrial Psychology, and Finance. These seasoned professionals possess both practical experience and exceptional academic credentials, enriching the learning process with valuable insights from various perspectives.

The training goes beyond one-size-fits-all approaches. Practical work takes place in the learners' workplaces, allowing for customization and relevance to individual work environments. While some projects may be used as examples, the emphasis is always on adapting the training to suit each candidate's unique circumstances.

Our Programme in Project Management Online (PPM) is open to individuals from a wide range of diverse backgrounds. We offer training in generic project management principles, not limited to specific fields like Engineering, IT, or Construction. This inclusive approach ensures that our graduates are equipped to excel in any industry or domain.

  • Project Management Principles, Practices & Scheduling:
    Develop a strong foundation in project management, gaining insights into essential methodologies, best practices, and effective scheduling techniques to confidently guide projects from inception to completion.
  • Project Risk Management:
    Explore the realm of project risk management, learning to identify, assess, and address potential risks that could impact project success. Discover strategies for risk mitigation and contingency planning.
  • Project Procurement and Contract Management:
    Navigate the intricacies of project procurement and contract management. Acquire skills to efficiently source resources, negotiate contracts, and adeptly manage external partners to ensure successful project outcomes.
  • Project Quality Management:
    Elevate project quality through effective management techniques. Learn methods to maintain and exceed stakeholder expectations, implementing quality assurance and control measures for consistent excellence.
  • The People Side of Project Management:
    Understand the human dynamics within project management. Strengthen your abilities in team collaboration, leadership, and communication, fostering an environment that maximizes productivity and success.
  • Legal Aspects for Project Managers:
    Gain insights into the legal dimensions of project management. Navigate contracts, regulations, and intellectual property considerations, ensuring projects are legally compliant and well-protected.
  • Financial Principles and Project Cost Management:
    Develop financial acumen for effective project management. Master budgeting, cost estimation, and financial analysis skills, enabling informed decision-making and maintaining project financial health.
  • Project Management in the Business Context:
    Connect project initiatives with broader business strategies. Explore the alignment of projects with organizational goals, learning selection and prioritization techniques that drive overall business achievement.

Explore our comprehensive learning outcomes


Upon enrolment into the Programme in Project Management (PPM) Online, access is provided to the university’s online platform. All material is provided, including a textbook that is sent by courier to each participant (all costs are included in the course fee).

Click here for information on the textbook


The work to be done by the participant includes viewing of lectures as videos provided via the Internet (more than 8 hours of videoing time), reading more than 100 pages from the textbook, answering some basic questions about the material, and develop a basic project plan as an assignment (preferably in the participant’s workplace). This assignment has to be submitted within three months of enrolment.

Each module has its own assessment. Assessment is mainly by means of practical assignments (group assignments and especially individual assignments) although the writing of a limited number of tests is sometimes also required. The last module integrates the work done in the previous 7 modules and assessment is again in the form of practical assignments – there is no other final examination.


The online course runs on a learning management system, Blackboard Learn.

  • Delegates must have a computer with access to the internet, with sufficient data to connect to the portal and to participate in the course.
  • The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox web browsers must be used to access course material (other browsers like Internet Explorer are not officially supported).
  • The device must have a properly installed, activated and/or plugged-in microphone.
  • The course content may include videos and delegates must be able to access external sites (e.g. Youtube). The device should ideally have a properly installed, activated and/or plugged-in webcam.

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 Project Management (PPM) course.


The Project Management Professional Exam Preparation (PMP®) short course prepares you to write the international PMP® certification exam. It is presented by the Graduate School of Technology Management, University of Pretoria. For information related to the Project Management Professional Exam Preparation (PMP®) short course (Benefits of PMP® certification, Course content, Course fees, Admission requirements, Accreditation and certification etc) download the brochure here: PMP® Exam Preparation short course Brochure


After your Programme in Project 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 Project Management (PPM) qualification is BTech. degree.

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The PPM is recognized by the following:

  1. PMI (Project Management Institute) – USA and Globally
  2. ECSA (Engineering Council of SA)
  3. SACPCMP (South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions)
  4. SACNASP (South African Council for Natural Scientific Professionals)
  5. PMSA (Project Management South Africa)

On successful completion of the PPM, suitable candidates may be eligible to apply for the professional designation of Project Manager (PM) conferred by Project Management South Africa (PMSA). PMSA is the SAQA recognized professional body representing the interests of project managers across sectors.

Contact Information

Simbulele Mtshotane

Course Coordinator

All Administrative Matters
+27 (0)12 434 2603
Mobile: +27 (0)73 760 7402
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Mpolokeng Rammutloa

Programme Manager

Prof Herman Steyn

Course Leader

All Academic Matters
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