Property Management: Marketing, Contracts and Administration online short course

Course starts 31 August 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
25 August 2020
Course Starts:
31 August 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation.
7–10 hours per week, self-paced learning online.
ZAR R13,500
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


Rent earned from an additional property can serve as a lucrative secondary source of income, but in order for real estate to be profitable, it needs to be maintained and administered effectively.

The Property Management online short course from the University of Cape Town (UCT) is designed to empower you to take on the role of property manager and take over the maintenance and letting of a real estate portfolio. Develop an understanding of the key techniques and principles of the field, and learn how to oversee the leasing process, apply property marketing strategies, and leverage technology to make the task of managing property more efficient. As you progress through the course, you’ll have the opportunity to practically apply each module’s theoretical learnings by managing a fictional building.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • Insight into how to maintain and increase the long-term value and profitability of a property
  • The competence to administer a property portfolio, and prepare a budget report
  • The skills to screen tenants, make strategic use of leases, and manage relationships with key stakeholders
  • An understanding of how to use new property technology (PropTech) platforms to solve real estate problem

Is this course for you?

This course is aimed at both property owners and property professionals who manage, or aspire to manage, real estate. Private investors can empower themselves with the knowledge needed to effectively maintain their investment, while those working in the property industry can update and refresh their skills.

Property administrators, real estate agents, and individuals looking to move into a career in property management for the first time may also find this course beneficial.

Course curriculum

Learn how to oversee rental property as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 The fundamentals of property management
  • Module 2 Managing a property portfolio
  • Module 3 Understanding leases and the leasing process
  • Module 4 Landlord-manager-tenant relationships
  • Module 5 Maintenance and facilities coordination
  • Module 6 Budgetary and financial control
  • Module 7 Technology and property management
  • Module 8 Adapting to changing markets


This course is certified by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) for CPD points. The course has an estimated 80 hours of learning and South African engineering professionals can earn up to eight CPD credits.*

International students need to consult their national professional engineering bodies to check whether this course is recognised for points towards maintaining professional status.

* Should you wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is upon you. The University of Cape Town and GetSmarter accept no responsibility, and can’t be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points. The ECSA validation number is “UCTPMG20”.

Your Course Convenor

At GetSmarter, we improve lives through better education. One of the ways that we achieve this is by bringing rich industry context to an academic environment through our expert facilitation and engagement. We work with university faculty and industry experts to provide a practical, industry lens on the world's leading university subjects.

Kathy Michell

Kathy Michell

Associate Professor, Department of Construction Economics and Management, UCT

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)

Develop skills in property management and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town. 

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements. 


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 31 August 2020.

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    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


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    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.