Advanced Certificate in Project Management Course (AdvCertPM) – NQF L6

Cranefield College’s Advanced Certificate in Project Management Course is designed for working professionals who wish to master the essentials of project management, general management, and business management in the prevailing fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0 or 4IR), and apply cutting-edge management skills and principles. Momentous changes are occurring in the 4IR environment, and business administration is now more than ever before a vibrant and extremely valuable field of study. One cannot be a successful project manager without the supporting knowledge of general management and business management. The Advanced Certificate in Project Management is an accredited NQF Level 6 qualification. practical experience will be equipped to sit for the PMI’s PMP (Project Management Professional) certification.
Payment Options: Full or 3 part payments
Classes per Module: 5 live inter-active online classes | 09H00 – 12H00 RSA time (GMT +2)
Live online-attendance Globally
Starting Date: Every Quarter (Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct )
Registration Closes: 7 days prior to starting date
Course Duration 9 months (3 modules)
More about the course

The Advanced Certificate’s distance learning format and structure allow for flexibility and meet the needs of working professionals with limited time to study. The project management knowledge gained is fully aligned with the Project Management Institute’s PMBoK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) and the International Project Management Association’s ICB (Individual Competence Baseline). Successful candidates who have sufficient practical experience will be equipped to sit for the PMI’s PMP (Project Management Professional) certification, and the less experienced for PMI’s CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management) certification. Such candidates also qualify for ICB level D certification. Moreover, module Mα is validated by ECSA for 3 CPD points.

Cranefield College is an ISO-9001-certified leader in private higher education and selects only the best in terms of highly qualified and experienced lecturers who are at the cutting edge of development in their fields. This ensures that students enjoy first-class tuition and derive maximum practical benefit from their studies. Moreover, they will be in a position to be positively influential in the job market very early in their studies. Nevertheless, the syllabus carefully guides every student systematically from first-step foundations and into more advanced aspects at the appropriate point in each module of the course. The needs of those who are already experienced in the job market are accordingly attentively met.

Course Outcomes

After completing the Advanced Certificate, students will be able to:

  • Understand and evaluate the management tasks and organisational processes most suitable for operating successfully in the Industry 4.0 (Fourth Industrial Revolution) economy.
  • Apply general management and business management knowledge and skills required to productively lead and manage value chain activities and achieve optimal organisational performance.
  • Grasp the important role played by functional departments in providing supportive resources to cross-functional supply chain and project portfolios of the Industry 4.0 organisational value chain.
  • Apply project management knowledge and skills to plan, implement and control project operations and deliverables that are on budget, on time, and of high quality.
  • Perform project accounting and contract management activities as part of an overall approach towards successful project management.
  • Exercise supplier relationship management with the aim of effectively procuring goods and services required to perform supply chain and project work.


The Advanced Certificate consists of three modules of 40 credits each.
Module Order of Precedence
Step 1: Complete Module Mα (pronounced MAlpha) Mα: Project Management: Perspective, Planning and Implementation (Validated by the Engineering Council of SA for 3 CPD points.)
Step 2: Complete AC1 and AC2 in any order:
AC1: General Management Perspective
AC2: Business Management

Academic Programme Fees

Registration Fee:
R 3, 750.00

Fee per module 2020:
R 19, 200.00

Academic Programme Fee Calculation:
R 3, 750.00 + (3 x R 19, 200.00) R 57, 600.00 = R 61, 350.00

Payment Options:
Pay the full fee or pay per module. Note that either way it is advisable for your employer to sponsor the payment(s) and claim back the fees from the relevant SETA (South Africa).

Cancellation Fee:
Contact Cranefield’s Financial Co-ordinator. Module Repeat Fee: Contact Cranefield’s Financial Co-ordinator.

*Fees may be claimed back from your organisation’s SETA (South Africa).

Programme Availability

The Advanced Certificate commences every quarter starting in January, April, July, or October. New enrollments start with module Mα, followed by AC1 and AC2 in any order. Module Mα is offered four times, while modules AC1 and AC2 are offered twice per annum. The sequence of the modules depends on which quarter the new enrollment commences. For details please view the Academic Calendar below. Learning modules are offered in series, with ONE module at a time being completed per quarter.

Note that all lectures are streamed live online globally via Cranefield’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The online system also caters for viewing recordings of all classes afterwards.

Accreditation and Certification

The Advanced Certificate (AdvCertPM) is accredited by the Council on Higher Education at NQF level 6, with 120 credits (consisting of three modules of 40 credits each). The qualification is registered by the Department of Higher Education and Training. It particularly serves to meet the need for a professional qualification on the under-graduate level in project management.

The (AdvCertPM) is fully aligned with the USA Project Management Institute’s (PMI) PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) and is an ideal route towards gaining international certification as a CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management), and PMP (Project Management Professional). It is also fully aligned with the International Project Management Association’s 4-level certification. These are deemed to be the internationally most important industry-recognised certifications for project managers. Moreover, module Mα is validated by ECSA for 3 CPD points.

Learning Mode

Cranefield College offers technology-enhanced distance learning. It entails the integration of self-study, live interactive online classes, and recordings of classes online. Cranefield’s learning mode is supported by its online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Class Attendance Requirements

All modules (live online):
Although Cranefield operates on a distance learning mode, students are advised to attend classes online. Note that students can also view recordings of all lectures online in their own time.

Live lecture session times and frequency

09h00 – 12h00

Contact Days:
Five (5) live interactive online lecture dates per module, spread evenly over the three months duration of each module. For dates see the ACADEMIC CALENDAR below.

Entrance Requirements

A Higher Certificate, or at least a Senior Certificate (‘matric’ or international equivalent) coupled with relevant management experience and/or additional courses for the purpose of recognition of prior learning (RPL). For the purpose of RPL assessment, all relevant information and documentation, including a detailed curriculum vitae (particularly describing the applicant’s work experience) must be submitted to the Registrar (Academic). This category is designed to provide opportunities to those who meet the following criteria:

  1. Have completed at least the National Senior Certificate (or international equivalent).
  2. Have been employed or vocationally active in the community for at least two years since earning the Senior Certificate.
  3. Have gained relevant management experience in the workplace, holding a position of authority and responsibility.
  4. Have completed relevant credible courses related to the required competencies at credible institutions.

Applicants must generally comply with at least 1) to 3) above, but evidence related to 4) will also contribute significantly to a favourable outcome and may obviate the need for 3). Where an applicant has been identified by his or her employer as having leadership potential resulting from Human Resources career-path tracking, it is sufficient for him or her to comply only with 1) and 3) above. EVERY APPLICATION WILL BE ASSESSED ON ITS OWN MERITS.

General Admission Regulations

General Admission for all academic programmes:

  • Possession of prescribed qualifications for admission to any learning programme does not automatically qualify a student for registration.
  • The prospective student may be requested to comply with additional requirements such as a special assignment or an oral or written examination.
  • The admission policy is reviewed annually, and the admission requirements from the previous year may not apply.
  • It is the responsibility of prospective students to keep abreast of developments.
  • Because of the nature of the admission procedures, deadlines are enforced strictly.
  • All relevant documentation must be provided by the specified deadlines.
  • Application for any programme implies acceptance by the applicant of the admission policies and procedures.

Submission of Documents:
Applying for admission to any academic programme.

  1. Submit certified copies of your highest qualifications.
  2. Submit a curriculum vitae, which must reflect all your qualifications and the latest grades received.
  3. The Admissions Committee may, however, require you to provide certified copies relating to all courses/programmes attended at any other institution, prior to approving admission to the learning programme involved.

All documents must be submitted to the Registrar (Academic). Note: When undergraduate courses are still in progress at the time of application, or graduate programmes have not been completed, and are not reported on the certified copies, applicants must provide a ‘statement of registration’ to the Registrar (Academic).

Academic Calendar

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Quarters Models Q1 – 2022 Q2 – 2022 Q3 – 2022 Q4 – 2022
19 Jan
02 Feb
16 Feb
02 Mar
16 Mar
13 Apr
28 Apr
18 May
01 Jun
22 Jun
20 July
03 Aug
24 Aug
07 Sept
28 Sept
12 Oct
19 Oct
02 Nov
16 Nov
07 Dec
AC1 12 Apr
26 Apr
17 May
31 May
21 Jun
11 Oct
18 Oct
01 Nov
15 Nov
06 Dec
AC2 18 Jan
01 Feb
15 Feb
01 Mar
15 Mar
18 July
01 Aug
22 Aug
05 Sept
26 Sept

NOTE that there are 5 online lecture dates per module per quarter from 09h00 to 12h00.


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