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Applied Project Management Programme

Combine proven theory with real project experience to enhance your project management expertise and effectiveness

Course Overview

The Applied Project Management Programme is a programme aimed at practicing project managers who want to formalise and build on their existing practical project management skills and achieve a national qualification. This qualification is a performance or competence based qualification that is registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). The qualification is intended for someone who is working as a Project Manager of small to moderately complex projects and it is based on the key competencies expected of someone fulfilling that role.
The course places a strong focus on workplace assignments which are to be completed by delegates and submitted for formal assessment in order to obtain a National Certificate in Project Management. Both formative and summative assessments are conducted. Formative assessments provide 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. Summative assessments verify that delegates can demonstrate their competence to the level required to be awarded with a National Certificate in Project Management
Aspiring project managers who have not yet had the opportunity to manage a project would find FTI's Certificate Programme in Project Management Practice more suitable. 

Learn to:

  • present and deliver business presentations to a variety of stakeholders confidently
  • compile and represent key project deliverables in a professional manner including a project charter and project management plan, progress reports and project review reports
  • set up, execute, monitor and control project activities and learn how to take appropriate corrective actions where necessary
  • manage teams effectively and establish and maintain project stakeholder relationships by applying leadership and change management skills
  • demonstrate your project management competence in a way which is verifiable through both formative and summative assessments

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 and presented formally
  • Project Management Plan Document submitted in writing and presented formally
  • Project progress reports and lessons learnt submitted in writing
  • Final practical examination
  • Submit a comprehensive portfolio of evidence

To be awarded the FTI Applied Programme in Project Manage-ment, 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.

Course Content

Introduction and briefing
Context of project management in today's world; gaining formal presentation skills.

Initiating successful projects
Delegates get feedback on their selected workplace project.
Project selection and prioritisation; project charters, high-level requirements, risks, milestones,  budget and strategy.

Compiling an Effective Project Management Plan
Including project scope, schedule, resources, budget, strategy and plans for communication, risks, quality, procurement and human resources.

Delivering Project Value
Project monitoring and control; managing variances and project changes; commission and close a project; post project reviews and lessons learned.

Leadership and Change Management
Leadership vision & styles; influencing stakeholders; effective decision making; political and cultural awareness;  organisational change management.

Final Exam

Portfolio of evidence: summative assessment

Course Prerequisites

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

  • Have completed FTI Certificate Programme in Project Management Practice (or an equivalent) with a reasonable passing grade
  • Have at least one year, and preferably more, experience working as a Project Manager or Project Co-ordinator
  • Have access to a suitable workplace project in order to complete the workplace assignments

In addition to these requirements, delegates making application for admission to the Applied Project Management Programme must write and pass (i.e. achieve a mark of 50% or more) a course entrance test demonstrating that whatever prior study in project management they have undertaken has resulted in a sufficient level of knowledge of project management concepts, tools and techniques.
Delegates who have previously passed the FTI Certificate Programme in Project Management Practice course with a merit pass (a mark of 65% or more) may – at the discretion of FTI – be exempted from writing this course entrance test.


Faculty Training Institute holds the following institutional accreditations

  • Provisionally accredited as an Education and Training Provider with the MICT Seta (ACC/2010/00/601)
  • An Institute of Sectoral and Occupational Excellence (ISOE) in Business Analysis with the MICT Seta
  • A Registered Education Provider (REP 2841) with the Project Management Institute (PMI®).
  • A Member of the Information Technology Association of South Africa
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