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The Programme in Project Management (PPM) has been registered with ECSA (The Engineering Council of South Africa) for quite a while and is now (since April 2019) also registered with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP).

Upon successful completion of the PPM, both ECSA members and SACNASP members can claim 5 CPD points.

The Online Short course on Project Management Principles and Practices is now also registered with both ECSA and SACNASP and members can claim CPD points upon completion of the short course.  This online (distance education via the Internet) short course provides a convenient way for people who need ECSA or SACNASP CPD points. The course is recognized and earns credit as the first module of the Programme in Project Management (PPM).

On 27 June 2019 Dr Taryn Barnard, the lecturer teaching Project Procurement Management on the PPM, received the prestigious Nedbank 200 Young South African’s Award in the Education category.

We are proud of her, congratulate her with this achievement and wish her luck with the rest of her career.

I don’t expect to change the world, I just believe that you should use the talents God has given you.

Last year, Taryn Bond-Barnard was awarded the global young researcher of the year award in 2018 by the International Project Management Association (IPMA). The award recognised the exceptional research she had done in her field and her PhD research into project communication, trust, collaboration and success. She has been subsequently invited to serve on the IPMA Research Group until 2021 with the focus on promoting and providing support for the IPMA Global Research Awards. Bond-Barnard has also been chosen for the Tuks young researcher leader Trogramme (TYRLP) and received the University of Pretoria graduate school of technology management teaching and learning award in 2018.

Taryn - “I moved from industry to academia a few years ago and realised that being a researcher and lecturer was something that fulfilled me,” says Bond-Barnard. “I don’t expect to change the world, I just believe that you should use the talents God has given you.”

Bond-Barnard plans to maintain a high level of academic excellence in South Africa over the next few years and she wants to inspire young South Africans to consider education and research as a career.

“It is only through education that we can uplift our fellow South Africans,” she says. “My journey has been inspired by my family – my two sons – and by my students. They have worked so hard to get where they are and many continue to do so. Many are full time employed and have children and a family and yet they still make the time to further themselves and their families.”

Bond-Barnard believes that young South Africans need to be resilient in order to succeed, and they need to acknowledge how others have helped them achieve their goals.

“Know yourself and remember others, you didn’t achieve it all on your own,” she concludes. “I was most helped by my parents as they taught me to work hard, be resilient and always do my best.” – Tamsin Oxford 

LinkedIn: Taryn Barnard



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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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:




Delegates who successfully complete the PPM and comply with the related assessment criteria are awarded certificates of completion by the University of Pretoria.

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)

SACNASP (South African Council for Natural Scientific Professionals)

PMSA (Project Management South Africa)


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