Programme in Project Management (PPM) – Weekender option

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. The content is updated regularly to keep up with new developments.

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.
  • 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.

Three alternative ways of doing the PPM

The PPM is presented in 3 alternative ways. The curriculum and the certificate for all three alternatives are identical – just the way of presentation differs. Alternatives to the Weekender option are the Online PPM and the Midweek PPM.

  • The Online PPM is presented via the Internet and no lectures are attended in a physical classroom. This option is ideal for people who are not able to, or prefer not to, attend any lectures in a physical venue in Pretoria. They study when and where it suits them.
  • The Midweek PPM is presented in 4 blocks of 5 days each (Monday to Friday) in Pretoria.

The schedule is available here

The brochure for the Weekender PPM can be downloaded here.

Course content

The PPM comprises the following 8 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.

Academic arrangements

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 Weekender PPM a 3-year tertiary qualification is preferred, although prior learning could be recognized. For such recognition, a comprehensive CV is required. 

Enrol Now Contact:

Ms Nadine Scott

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Alternative contacts:

Ms Amanda Mostert

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Prof Herman Steyn

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Learning outcomes

Detailed learning outcomes can be found here