Advanced Certificate in Project Management Course | Cranefield College

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

Advanced Certificate in Project Management

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 new Industry 4.0 (Fourth Industrial Revolution) economy and apply cutting-edge management skills and principles in their work context. The Advanced Certificate’s distance learning format and structure allow for flexibility and meet the needs of working professionals with limited time to study.

One cannot be a successful project manager without the supporting knowledge of general management and business management. The project management tools and techniques covered by the Advanced Certificate is fully aligned with PMI’s (Project Management Institute’s) 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, and the less experienced for PMI’s CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management) certification. The Advanced Certificate in Project Management is an accredited NQF Level 6 qualification.

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

  • Understand and evaluate the manager’s task and the management processes in organisations operating in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) economy.
  • Perform general management and business management practices and processes required in a project management contextual environment, especially in terms of human and physical resources.
  • Apply project management planning, implementation and control to deliver successful projects that are on budget, on scheduled time, and of a 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 the project scope of work.
  • Assess the resilience of an organisation’s business model by mitigating the unwanted risks in the economic environment.

Apply what you learn today in your job tomorrow

In the Industry 4.0 economy employers prefer job-relevant education and training for improving the abilities of employees, and for providing them with the necessary skills to apply what they learn today in their work context tomorrow. All academic programmes and modules are presented in English.

Due to the structure of all Cranefield’s academic programmes, students optionally spend only one morning per month to attend classes live or live online via the Internet. If unable to participate, an online recording can still be viewed later.

In between classes student syndicate groups meet outside of work hours to discuss practical case studies. Cranefield’s state of the art teaching and learning technologies allow classes, and even syndicate group meetings, to be attended live online via the Internet anywhere in South Africa and the world.

NQF level 6, with 120 credits:

The Advanced Certificate consists of three modules of 40 credits each.


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

Registration Fee:
R 3, 600.00

Fee per module:
R 18, 250.00

Academic Programme Fee Calculation:
R 3, 600.00 + (3 x R 18, 250.00) R 54, 750.00 = R 58, 350.00

Payment Options:
Pay the full fee or per module.

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).

Module Mα is offered four times, while modules AC1 and AC2 are offered twice per year at Cranefield’s main tuition centre in Midrand, Gauteng, and streamed live online globally. This allows for flexibility throughout the year to commence and continue with the programme.

If undertaken live online, or at the main tuition centre in Midrand, the learning programme can be commenced in any quarter of the year, as follows:

  • Jan to March
  • April to June
  • July to Sept
  • Oct to Dec

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.

Cranefield College offers technology-enhanced distance learning. It entails the integration of self-study, live online classes, traditional face-to-face classes, and online high definition (HD) videos of important topics. Cranefield’s learning mode is supported by its online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

All modules (class-based or live online):

  • Although Cranefield operates on a distance learning mode, students are advised to attend classes whether online or on-site.
  • It is particularly advised to participate in the first lecture day of each module.

Lecture session times & participation

Five hours on a lecture day

08h00 – 13h00

Contact Days:
3 days of lectures per module, spread evenly over the three months’ duration of each module. For actual class dates go to “Academic Calendars” in the main menu.

Auditorium Facilities:

  • After the formal morning lecture session, the auditorium facilities are at the disposal of attending students who wish to have syndicate group discussions.
  • The lecturer will be available to assist with individual or group matters.

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.


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).


Main Tuition Centre in Midrand, Gauteng and Streamed Live Online Globally

Registrations are Open for 2019.

The Advanced Certificate in Project Management (AdvCertPM) comprises THREE modules: Mα, AC1 and AC2.
Module Mα is undertaken FIRST followed by Module AC1 and Module AC2 IN ANY ORDER.


  • Module Mα: “Project Management: Perspective, Planning and Implementation”.
  • Module AC1: “General Management Perspective”.
  • Module AC2: “Business Management”.


NOTE that there are 3 lecture dates per Module.

Lectures 08:00 till 13:00Module MαModule AC1Module AC2
3RD QUARTER 201910 Jul
07 Aug
04 Sep
09 Jul
06 Aug
03 Sep
08 Oct
05 Nov
28 Nov
09 Oct
06 Nov
03 Dec
21 Jan
13 Feb
17 Mar
22 Jan
19 Feb
13 Mar
08 Apr
06 May
03 Jun
31 Mar
29 Apr
28 May
Do not hesitate to contact the administration should you require clarification on any of the above.