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Practitioner Programme in Project Management Incorporating the National Certificate in Project Management (SAQA ID: 58395)

Achieve this sought-after qualification and take your project management career to the next level

Course Overview

The Practitioner Programme in Project Management is a six-month programme aimed at entry level and practising project managers and project co-ordinators who want to gain formal theoretical and practical project management skills.

The course places a strong focus on workplace assignments which are to be completed by delegates and submitted for formal assessment. This assessment process provides rich and detailed feedback of the work submitted so that the assignments serve as valuable learning experiences in addition to forming part of the overall course mark.

Course Objectives:

  • Gain a solid grounding in project management theory and practice;
  • Develop strong formal presentation skills and be able to confidently deliver business presentations to a variety of stakeholders;
  • Be able to compile and present key project deliverables in a professional manner including a project charter and project management plan; progress reports and a project review report for a real workplace project;
  • Be able to set up and execute project activities, monitor and control activities and take appropriate corrective actions where variances occur; and
  • Be able to effectively manage teams and establish and maintain project stakeholder relationships by applying leadership skills.


Course Delivery

The programme combines classroom learning with practical projects to enhance the learning experience. Group discussions, case studies, workshops and exercises add richness and understanding.

Course Assessment

This course has a formal assessment mechanism. In order to successfully complete the programme, delegates will need to complete and pass the following:

  • Project Charter Document submitted in writing 
  • Project Management Plan Document submitted in writing and presented formally
  • Project progress reports and lessons learnt submitted in writing
  • Final practical examination 
  • Submission of a Portfolio of Evidence.

To successfully complete the FTI Practitioner Programme in Project Management, delegates must achieve a final overall course mark of 50% or more, with a sub-minimum of 50% for the examination. Delegates obtaining a final course aggregate of 80% or more achieve distinction.

To achieve the National Certificate in Project Management, delegates must submit a Portfolio of Evidence and be found competent against all the assessment criteria of the National Certificate in ProjectManagement(Level 5).

Course Content

Module 1: Communication and Stakeholder Management
  •  Course orientation
  •  Personal and Professional Effectiveness
  •  Presentation Skills
  •  Project Initiation, and
  •  Stakeholder Communication
  •  Workplace assignment: Develop a written project charter
  •  Assessment of Exit Level Outcome 1

Module 2: Planning a Project
  •  Facilitation skills
  •  Project Scope Management
  •  Project Schedule Management
  •  Project Cost Management
  •  Project Risk Management
  •  Project Quality Management and Procurement
  •  Workplace assignment: Develop a written project management plan and deliver a formal presentation of the key aspects of the content of the plan
  •  Assessment of Exit Level Outcome 2

Module 3: Executing and Controlling a Project
  •  Executing a project
  •  Controlling a project
  •  Closing a project
  •  Project Leadership
  •  Workplace assignment: Develop a project status report and conduct a lessons learned exercise for a project
  •  Assessment of Exit Level Outcome 3

Final Qualifying Exam
Submission and Final Summative Assessment of  Portfolio of Evidence

Course Prerequisites

In order to be permitted to enter the Programme, delegates should:

  • Have successfully completed the FET Certificate: Project Management (NQF Level 4),
  • Have successfully completed any other qualification at NQF Level 5 or higher which included a project management module ,
  • Have at least two year's experience working in or with Project Management teams, or using a project management approach to running a business;


  • Have access to a suitable workplace project in order to complete the workplace assignments

It is assumed that learners applying for the programme are competent in Communication and can demonstrate mathematical literacy at NQF Level 4.
All applicants are required to complete a course pre-assessment to ensure they meet the course pre-requisites and are in a position to derive real value from the programme.

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