Study the PPM in Project Management Online
The PPM (Programme in Project Management) has been taught since 1997 and, as thousands of people are benefitting from having done it, it is well-known in the job market.
Online studying is now possible.
The Graduate School of Technology Management (GSTM) at the University of Pretoria is responsible for the academic content of the PPM and is the undisputed leader in Project Management education, training and research in Africa.
The PPM is recognized by ECSA, PMSA and SACPCMP. The department responsible for the academic content has been a Registered Education Provider of the PMI (USA) since 2003 (Premium Level IP Licence).
About our online platform: One of the people attending PPM modules online says:
“Thank you for the wonderful system, very user friendly…” Olga Mojeng.
Work when it suits you – no compulsory sessions to attend; attendance of the few scheduled interactive sessions will be recorded so you can view it when it suits you.
Assessment is in the form of practical assignments that ideally involve work-related projects, and no time off work is required so that employers also benefit directly from the course.
People interested in online learning (studying whenever it suits them) can be accommodated in one of two ways (please see A and B below):
A. The comprehensive, fully online PPM (equivalent to the 20-day attendance course that has been running successfully since 1997). This programme runs and requires at least 5 hours’ work per week over a period of approximately 8 months. The course covers the following eight topics:
- Project Management Principles, Practices and Scheduling
- Financial Principles and Project Cost Management
- Project Risk Management
- Project Quality Management
- The People-Side of Project Management
- Legal Aspects of Project Management
- Project Procurement and Contract Management
- Project Management in Business Context
B. The first module of the PPM module, Project Management Principles, Practices and Scheduling, is available as a short course that earns credits towards the PPM. The course requires at least 20 hours to complete. The course, including a final assignment typically has to be completed within a 12-week period.
A. Comprehensive, fully online PPM
Work when it suits you – no compulsory sessions to attend; attendance of the few scheduled sessions will be recorded so you can view them when it suits you.
Admission requirements: CV to be provided for purposes of admission, typically a tertiary qualification is required.
Assessment is in the form of practical assignments that ideally involve work-related projects, so that employers benefit directly from the course.
The programme earns 96 SACPCMP CPD Hours - Category A Core and five ECSA CPD Points: CPD Reg No.: P005601-2020.
Applicants must take note that studying online requires the discipline to work consistently and diligently on one’s own, at one’s own pace, mainly by ways of online study material such as pre-recorded videos and narrated PowerPoints (while some interaction with classmates is required for some modules).
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, rather than 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). During the COVID-19 lockdown period, these courses are presented online and requires some participation at set times.
B. The first PPM module: Project Management Principles, Practices and Scheduling
The first one of the 8 modules is 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.
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 of 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.
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.
Ms Nadine Scott
Tel: +27 (0) 82 651 3594
Ms Amanda Mostert
Prof Herman Steyn