CPD Short Course: Project Management: Leading, Creating, Implementing and Improving (3 CPD Points) NQF L7

The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Short Course: Project Management: Leading, Creating, Implementing and Improving is exactly the same course as Module M1 of the Advanced Diploma in Project Management (AdvDipPM), which qualification is accredited at NQF Level 7. Classes are inter-active online.

After completion of this short course, students will receive credit for Module M1 if they qualify for admission to the AdvDipPM. There would then be two modules remaining to earn the full academic qualification.

The 3 CPD credits can be claimed by accessing the ECSA website.

The short course is fully aligned with PMI’s (Project Management Institute) PMBoK (Project Management Body of Knowledge). Successful candidates who have sufficient practical experience will be equipped to sit for the PMI’s PMP (Project Management Professional) certification.

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Technology-Enhanced Distance Learning; interactive online.

Starting Date:

Every Quarter

Class Participation:

Live online (Global)

Course Duration:

12 Weeks on a part-time (online) basis


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  • Course Content

    The content of this short course deals largely with project management principles and strategy as applied in practice, and illustrated in the various areas of the “Project Management Body of Knowledge” (PMBOK) of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and the “Competency Baseline” (ICB) of the International Project Management Association.

    It prepares candidates for PMI’s PMP (Project Management Professional) certification.

  • Technology-Enhanced Distance Learning

    All short courses are completed individually through technology-enhanced distance learning (although student collaboration is encouraged) within a relatively flexible timeframe.

  • Course Fee

    The fee is R 21, 200.00, which includes your online study material. Persons based outside South Africa can pay in US Dollars, Euros or GB Pounds. Payment of fees must be effected before access to the course.

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  • Course Availability

    Short courses are available internationally.  A new cycle starts every quarter.

  • Assessment and Awarding of Certificates

    Final assessment takes the form of a practical examination assignment. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the short course. The certificate states that the student has successfully completed the CPD Short Course: ‘Project Management: Leading, Creating, Implementing and Improving’. Should you achieve a distinction, this will be indicated on your certificate.

  • Academic Calendar

    Short courses are available internationally. A new cycle of short courses starts every quarter (January, April, July, and October) of the year.

    Module M1: Project Management: Leading, Creating, Implementing and Improving

    Quarter 1 2024 Quarter 2 2024 Quarter 3 2024 Quarter 4 2024
    1st Lecture 22 Jan 08 Apr 08 Jul 30 Sept
    2nd Lecture 05 Feb 22 Apr 22 Jul 14 Oct
    3rd Lecture 19 Feb 06 May 12 Aug 28 Oct
    4th Lecture 04 Mar 20 May 26 Aug 11 Nov
    5th Lecture 18 Mar 10 Jun 16 Sept 02 Dec

    Classes are inter-active online streamed globally on the internet.


    5 online lecture dates per Module, 09h00 to 12h00.

  • Who is this course designed for?

    Working professionals who wish to master the essentials of management and apply PM principles and strategy in a work context.

  • Study Material & Support

    Study materials include a textbook, live online lectures, lecture videos, a tutorial letter, and a detailed step-by-step study guide, which guides the student through the syllabus and the practical assignments.

  • Your principal lecturers

    Professor Pieter Steyn Pr Eng, BSc Eng, MBA, DCom
    Dr Roche Steyn AdvDipPM (Cranefield), BLC, LLB, HonsBA (Psych), LLM, LLD
    Ernst Swanepoel Pr Eng, BSc Eng (Hons), MComPM (Cranefield)

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What past students say about our courses

The MCom programme at Cranefield has fundamentally changed my outlook and made my service delivery and strategic focus more nuanced. The modules are the best strategic and business learning I have undertaken, vastly overtaking my previous studies both within and outside South Africa. I highly recommend Cranefield for every senior government official.

Neil Lewis

Senior Manager: Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services SETA

I have definitely benefitted from my experience with Cranefield. When I completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management, I was a Project Manager at a bank. The course matter delivered by Prof Steyn and his colleagues equipped me with the knowledge and confidence to move across industries and I am now privileged to be the Operations Director of an organization which is leader in transport infrastructure.

Chris Papas

Operations Manager