Construction Management online short course

Course starts in 3 days (Still accepting late registrations)

Course information

Registration Closes:
12 November 2019
Course Starts:
18 November 2019
8 weeks, excluding orientation
7-10 hours per week, entirely online
ZAR R11,900
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)
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South Africa accounts for the largest share of infrastructure and capital project activity for the entire Southern Africa.* With 47.3% of market coverage, the industry is booming with potential.

Constructing a building, whatever the scale, is no small feat. Planning, management, and coordination are all imperative to building success.

This 8-week Construction Management online short course focuses on the practical skills needed to navigate the daily management of large and small-scale construction projects.

Preparing you for the South African building industry, you’ll learn how to handle client relationships, address stakeholder needs, and manage time constraints, cost, quality, sustainability and regulations in this online construction course.

Gain a holistic understanding of the industry and its economic influences and earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town, formally validating your construction management expertise.


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What will set you apart

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town in this online course and be empowered to:

  • Manage projects within the South African construction industry, and become aware of the impacting market influences
  • Assess and guide a project’s planning, supply-chain, and cash flow using problem-based learning and practical strategies
  • Break into the industry by learning key principles and best practices, or validate your existing skills
  • Evaluate health and safety risks and reflect on environmental management practices
  • Confidently evaluate tenders against the requirement of the bid and project considerations

Course curriculum

Enhance your construction management skills as you follow your learning path through the weekly modules of this online course:

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Introduction to the South African construction industry 
  • Module 2 Compliance, contracts, and regulation
  • Module 3 Implementing health and safety, and environmental management
  • Module 4 Tendering for construction work
  • Module 5 Pricing the project
  • Module 6 Planning the project
  • Module 7 Protecting the cash flow
  • Module 8 Quality management
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GetSmarter is approved by PMI as a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P) providing you the opportunity to join the largest project management network. Find out what PMI membership means for you.

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Learn strategies to mitigate risk on your construction project

This University of Cape Town online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you gain skills to navigate construction planning and management.

Your Course Convenors

The design of this online course is guided by University of Cape Town faculty and industry experts who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.

Karen Le Jeun

Karen Le Jeune

Course Convenor

Karen practised as a professional Quantity Surveyor until 2001, notably becoming a managing partner of Walters Simpson & Du Toit in 1998. Having lectured part-time at UCT whilst working in private practice, she joined as a full-time staff member in 2002. Her research interests include Generational Theory, Women in the Built Environment, Green Buildings and Service Learning.

Karen serves as a professional member of The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors, Chartered Surveyor registered with The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Pr.QS registered with The South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession. Karen is also a member of the Society of Architects Planners Engineers and Surveyors (APES) and Women’s Property Network (WPN).


Mark Massyn

Mark Massyn

Course Convenor

Prior to joining the ranks of academia Mark practised as a Project Manager in the fields of commercial, industrial and low-income housing both as a practising project manager and a consultant in Project Management. His research areas include the construction and project management, construction production process, construction health and safety, low-income housing delivery models and densification.

 Mark is a committee member for the Western Cape Branch of the Chartered Institute of Building, WC Joint Practice Committee and CIDB Stakeholder forum. Mark has also served on both the Building Construction and Quantity Surveying Standard Generating Body and the National Committee of the Chartered Institute of Building (Southern Africa).


Guest Lecturers



OHS Manager at the Master Builders Association Western Cape


Associate Professor at UCT's Department of Construction Economics and Management


Executive Director at the Master Builders Association Western Cape



Quality Coordinator at GVK-Siya Zama


Project Manager at Rabie property group


Director at Status Africa Construction

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town

Get recognised for your knowledge when you earn an official certificate from the University of Cape Town and use it to set yourself apart as a professional construction project manager.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and couriered to you, at no additional cost, upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements. All certificate images are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.


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Our next available short course starts in 3 days. (Still accepting late registrations)

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    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.

    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    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 Manager who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    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 Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.

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