Higher Certificate in Project Management

Build a framework for understanding the dynamics of project management and cover all the essential elements and processes with an accredited project management certification.

1 year
NQF Level 5
120 credits

Key Features

  • Accredited and Registered
  • Cutting-edge curriculum
  • Flexible structure
  • Online support
  • Affordable and Accessible
  • Internationally benchmarked
  • Multicultural Faculty and support
  • Project management course online


Project Management has emerged in the business world as one of the most popular career fields in the twenty-first century. It encompasses and touches every facet and business unit of the organisation from human resources to finance and information technology. Having a project management qualification enables individuals to easily switch careers.

The project management framework cuts across all disciplines while the tools and techniques required to manage projects remain the same. Some of these tools and techniques may need to be adapted based on the nature of the project and the industry. This programme is intended to provide students with the framework for understanding the dynamics of project management and covers all the essential elements and processes in project management.

Who Should Apply?

  • School leavers looking to pursue a career in project management.
  • Individuals who wish to acquire project management skills.
  • Managers of businesses.
  • Individuals who are currently in supervisory and management positions looking to improve their project management skills.


Completion of the Higher Certificate meets the minimum entry requirement for admission to an appropriate Advanced Certificate. A Higher Certificate may also allow access to an appropriate Bachelor’s degree.

Mode of Delivery

This programme is offered through online learning. Each module is delivered over a 5 week period.

Career Opportunities

On completion of the programme, graduates can aspire to the following positions:
  • Project Administration
  • Project Coordinator
  • Project Management

Programme Structure

Duration: 1 year


  • Fundamentals of Project Management
  • Project Scope and Time Management
  • Introduction to Project Quality Management
  • Project Schedule, Cost and Budget Control
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Monitoring and Evaluation


  • Knowledge Checks
  • Short essay questions
  • Project

Admission Requirements

  • The minimum entry requirement is the National Senior Certificate or National Certificate Vocational with appropriate subject combinations and levels of achievement; or
  • An equivalent NQF level 4 qualification with proven proficiency in English.
  • To be considered via RPL, applicants should be above the age of 23 years.

For further information on this alternative route, please contact a student advisor.

All applicants with an international qualification will be considered in accordance with MANCOSA‘s institutional rules.

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