This practical course introduces project management basics needed for project success and teaches a process to generate a basic project plan, including a project schedule.

The course is fully online, and you work whenever and wherever it suits you – no travelling and no leave from work is required.  Any scheduled interactive session will be recorded so that you can view it when it suits you.

Thousands of people have already benefitted from this course. It has been presented in contact classes since 1996 and has been presented online since 2018. The content is updated regularly to keep up with new developments.

Recognition and endorsement:

  • Successful candidates receive a certificate from the University of Pretoria. It is possible to obtain the certificate with distinction. (Click here to view an example certificate)
  • The course is recognized by the PMI (Project Management Institute), USA. (20 PDU Hours).
  • The course earns credits as the first one of 8 modules of the well-known comprehensive PPM (Programme in Project Management). People who enrol for the other 7 modules of the PPM within a reasonable time after completing this course, receive the full course fee paid for this course as a discount.
  • The course earns credits for ECSA members and SACNESP members who need to renew their professional registration. (5 CPU credits).

Academic arrangements:

Upon enrolment, access is provided to the university’s online platform. All material is provided, including a textbook that is sent to you by courier (all costs are included in the course fee).

It is theoretically possible to do the course in 20 hours of studying but experience shows it takes quite a bit more time and we recommend that you plan to spend about 50 hours on it. We typically allow about 3 months for you to complete the course.

Assessment is in the form of a project plan (that ideally involves a work-related project so that employers also benefit directly from the course).

About our online platform:

One of the people attending this course online says:

Thank you for the wonderful system, very user friendly…”  Olga Mojeng.

Course content:

  • Introduction to projects and project management
  • Project lifecycles and phases
  • Initiating a project and defining the project scope
  • Identifying project work, responsibilities and roles
  • Project scheduling
  • Project control

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Learning outcomes:

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Initiate projects, identify and analyse stakeholders
  • Develop scope statements for projects in your work environment
  • Manage scope changes
  • Plan the lifecycles of projects in your work environment
  • Identify work packages and activities
  • Schedule projects and control progress, and
  • Explain the role of systems such as MSProject and others.


All material is provided. Upon enrolment, a textbook will be sent by courier to the participant.

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). 

The assignment has to be submitted within three months of enrolment.

Admission requirements

No formal tertiary qualifications are required but practical experience on any type of project is highly recommended. The normal, minimum requirement is grade 12 with subjects such as either accounting or mathematics. Prior learning can, however, be recognized in cases where applicants do not meet this requirement.  As the course is presented in English, participants should have an adequate command of the English language to understand the material.

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