Project Management Essentials-Accredited

Unit Standard: 120372
NQF Level: NQF 4
Credits: 5
Course Category:
Management & Leadership
Duration: 3 Days
Time: 8:30am-4pm

Learners accessing this qualification will have demonstrated competence in computer literacy, numeracy, literacy and communications at NQF Level 4 or equivalent


People in organisations who recognise that taking a projects approach to achieving strategy and work leads to greater success.
Project Team leaders or Team members, who have limited experience in managing projects, and who wish to gain a good understanding of the fundamentals of good project management.
People with some experience who wish to refresh their exposure to the discipline of Project Management


By the end of this course you will be able to:

Utilise a projects approach to plan and manage work initiatives for greater success.
Define what is meant by a project and how it differs from normal management tasks
Identify and interview Stakeholders
Influence others positively and negotiate satisfactory outcomes to problems
Set clear and realistic objectives for a project and understand the stages of the project life cycle
Appreciate the range of techniques and tools used in planning, organising and controlling projects and be able to select appropriate methods to suit the size and type of project being managed
Understand how Project Management applications can help you to plan and track projects. We capture a project onto a cloud based Project Management application and examine the Gantt Chart, and Critical Path.
Plan for effective communications
Gain and maintain the support and commitment of others and clearly identify the role of project team members
Monitor, control and adjust a project effectively and create a true picture of progress achieved
Review and learn from strengths and weaknesses identified on completion of a project
All learners will receive a set of template documents – Project Charter, Kick Off Presentation, Change Control, Risk Management Action Plan, Skills Matrix, and Project Closing Checklist


Project Definition and Life Cycle

What is a project?
Phases of the Life Cycle
Stakeholder identification and interview
Identifying project goals and key decision points
Project organisational structures
The project management system – procedures and documentation
Defining and clarifying project objectives, scope and constraints
Defining strategic fit and gaining agreement with key project roles
Project Planning - Understanding the Principles

Planning tools and methods
Work, product and cost breakdown structure
Critical path and slack time
Gantt charts - communicating the plan
Identifying areas of risk and contingency planning
Risk management and assessment during the lifetime of the project
Practical use of Project Management software to help to plan and track Project Communication
Maintaining communication throughout the project
Achieving buy-in and commitment from all project participants and benefactors
Keeping people informed - using communication to keep the project visible and alive
Project Leadership and Team Working

Building effective project teams
Agreeing ways of working - overcoming cultural differences
The demands of virtual teams
Keeping abreast of project progress
Agile project management for – scrums as an effective management approach
The roles and responsibilities of the Sponsor, Project manager and Team members in working together for project success
Project Monitoring and Control

Accurate capture of progress to date
The critical management of the Triple Constraints – Time, Cost and Scope
Responding to problems and changes
Progress reporting and assessment
Methods of monitoring and controlling a project
Using review meetings and progress reports
Post Launch Review / Learning’s

Project completion and launch of the project
Project performance – capturing and sharing the lessons learned
Celebrating project success with all involved

Contact Details

Contact Person: 

Nikki Pears
Course Details

Unit Standard: 

Unit Standard: 120372

NQF Level: 

Level 4



Course Delivery Method: 

Presented Presented Courses

In House In-House

Course Duration: 

3 days


R6 600 excl VAT per delegate with a reduced rate for 3 or more from the same organisation

Course fee Includes: 

Refreshments including a light lunch