The Graduate School of Technology Management (GSTM) of the University of Pretoria is the undisputed leader in project management research, education and training in Africa and is responsible for the academic content of the PPM. The programme is to a large extent developed and taught by the same lectures 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).

Thousands of people have already benefitted from the PPM. It has been presented in contact classes more than 180 times since 1997. The PPM is therefore well known in industry. It has been presented online since 2020. The content is updated regularly to keep up with new developments.

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

Alternatives to the Online PPM that require attending of classes in Pretoria are the Midweek PPM and Weekender PPM.

Recognition and endorsement:

  • Successful candidates receive a certificate from the University of Pretoria. To obtain the certificate With Distinction a candidate must achieve an average mark of 75% or higher on the eight modules. (Click here to view an example certificate)
  • The course is recognized by the PMI (Project Management Institute), USA. (160 PDU Hours).
  • The course earns credits for ECSA members and SACNASP members who need to renew their professional registration. (5 CPU credits).
  • The course earns 96 SACPCMP Hours – Category A Core.

Academic arrangements:

Upon enrolment, 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).

The schedule is available here

Assessment is in the form of one or more practical assignments for each of the 8 modules. 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.  

To be admitted to the Online PPM requires a 3-year tertiary qualification, although prior learning could be recognized. For such recognition, a comprehensive CV is required. 

People who prefer to rather participate in-person – face-to-face with a lecturer and a peer group during set predetermined days in Pretoria – can consider our Weekender and Midweek alternatives of the PPM, instead of the Online option. (The Weekender alternative requires attendance on 8 Fridays and 8 Saturdays while the Midweek alternative is presented in 4 blocks of 5 days each). Admission requirements for the Midweek PPM is slightly lower than for the Online PPM. 

About our online platform:

One of the people who attended PPM modules online says:

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

Course content:

The PPM comprises of the following modules:

  • Project Management Principles, Practices & Scheduling
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Procurement and Contract Management
  • Project Quality Management
  • The People-Side of Project Management
  • Legal Aspects for Project Managers
  • Financial Principles and Project Cost Management
  • Project Management in the Business Context.

For more information find the latest brochure here

Learning outcomes:

Detailed learning outcomes can be found here

The first PPM module: Project Management Principles, Practices and Scheduling

The first one of the 8 modules in Project Management Principles, Practices and Scheduling that can be done as a stand-alone online course. Successful completion leads to a certificate from the University of Pretoria. Find more information here

The course earns five ECSA CPD Points: CPD Reg No.: P005601-2020


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 requirement:

Prospective delegates should preferably have a tertiary qualification. Delegates will also be required to submit a CV for admission purposes. 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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