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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 prevailing fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0 or 4IR), and apply cutting-edge management skills and principles. Momentous changes are occurring in the 4IR environment, and business administration is now more than ever before a vibrant and extremely valuable field of study. One cannot be a successful project manager without the supporting knowledge of general management and business management. The Advanced Certificate in Project Management is an accredited NQF Level 6 qualification.
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After completing the Advanced Certificate, students will be able to:

  • Understand and evaluate the management tasks and organisational processes most suitable for operating successfully in the Industry 4.0 (Fourth Industrial Revolution) economy.
  • Apply general management and business management knowledge and skills required to productively lead and manage value chain activities and achieve optimal organisational performance.
  • Grasp the important role played by functional departments in providing supportive resources to cross-functional supply chain and project portfolios of the Industry 4.0 organisational value chain.
  • Apply project management knowledge and skills to plan, implement and control project operations and deliverables that are on budget, on time, and of 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 supply chain and project work.


Apply what you learn today in your job tomorrow!

In the current economic climate, 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 and due to the structure of all Cranefield’s academic programmes, students who choose to attend live or live online classes spend only one day per month away from work.

Note that classes can be attended live at the Cranefield auditorium or live on-line via the Internet. The rest of the time student syndicate groups meet outside of work hours to discuss their 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 the world. Recordings of classes are available for revision purposes, or where a student is unable to attend a live session or resides in a country that falls outside the time line.

The learning programme requires the execution of learning content (modules) in a specific order that is in line with the accepted national and international bodies of knowledge of this applied science. The different learning modules therefore are offered in a prescribed order.

NQF level 6, with 120 credits:

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

Module Order of Precedence

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, 750.00

Fee per module 2020:
R 19, 200.00

Academic Programme Fee Calculation:
R 3, 750.00 + (3 x R 19, 200.00) R 57, 600.00 = R 61, 350.00

Payment Options:
Pay the full fee or pay per module. Note that either way it is advisable for your employer to sponsor the payment(s) and claim back the fees from the relevant SETA (South Africa).

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).

The Advanced Certificate commences every quarter starting in January, April, July, or October. New enrollments start with module Mα, followed by AC1 and AC2 in any order. Module Mα is offered four times, while modules AC1 and AC2 are offered twice per annum. The sequence of the modules depends on which quarter the new enrollment commences. For details please view the Academic Calendar below (or click on “Academic Calendars” at the top of the HOME page). Learning modules are offered in series, with ONE moduleat a time being completed per quarter.

Note that all lectures at the main tuition centre located in Midrand, Gauteng are streamed live online globally via Cranefield’s online Virtual Learning Evironment (VLE), making it possible to either attend interactive live classes on site, or via the Internet. The online system also caters for viewing recordings of all classes afterwards. Therefore, you do not need to be based in Gauteng province, or reside within the South African timeline, to undertake a module presented at the main tuition centre in Midrand.

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. Moreover, module Mα is validated by ECSA for 3 CPD points.

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. 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.
  • Note that students can also view recordings of all lectures online in their own time.

Live lecture session times and frequency

08h00 – 13h00

Contact Days:
3 lectures days per module (streamed from Cranefield’s auditorium in Midrand, Gauteng), spread evenly over the three months duration of each module. For class dates see the ACADEMIC CALENDER below.

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.
  • Note that some classes take the form of webinars. Students receive early notification of webinars.

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

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”.










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AC1 15 Apr
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07 Oct
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02 Dec
AC2 19 Jan
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NOTE that there are 5 online lecture dates per module per quarter from 10h00 to 13h00.
Do not hesitate to contact the administration should you require clarification on any of the above.