Level: 4
SAQA ID: 50080
Services Seta: 2335
Learnership Duration: 12 Months
Credits: 136
Contact Days: Customise to client-specific needs and learner experience/level
Target Market: Team Leader, Project Management Assistant, Event Planner, Project Co-ordinator, Project Administrator

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Recommended entry requirements

Learners should be competent in the following:

  • Communication at Level 3
  • Mathematical Literacy at Level 3
  • Computer Literacy at Level 3, or the equivalent thereof

There is strong need for qualified individuals with project management skills within South Africa. This is due to the implementation of a project management approach to work in many different organisations and industries as well as the number of development projects being implemented across the economy, including infrastructure development.


The Project management industry is integral in the global business environment and skilled practitioners are required to meet the demands of the industry, providing significant benefits to individuals, global corporations and the country. 


This qualification aims to provide the foundation, or the initial skills required by an individual in an organisation to conduct projects successfully; be an effective project team member; undertake a range of project management administration or support tasks and contribute to the planning and execution of projects or sub-projects. It is designed for people working in a project environment as a team member, project administrator or leader of a small project/sub-project.


The primary purpose of the qualification is to provide learners with:

  • A foundation of basic project management knowledge and skills which can be used to build further project management related competencies.
  • Competence to be an effective project team member.
  • Competence to provide administrative support to a project manager and team members.
  • Competence to aid a project manager of medium to large projects.
Exit level outcomes

On achieving this Qualification, the learner will be able to:

  • Work with others to undertake or support the project management activities
  • Assist the project manager and/or project team by contributing and participating in planning, execution and control activities
  • Provide support to the administration of a project

For electives one of:

  • Supervise a project team of a small project to deliver project objectives


  • Support the project environment and management activities to deliver project objectives


  • Describe and apply specialised technical methods, tools and techniques to a project to deliver project objectives
Qualification rules

This qualification requires a total of 136 credits as listed below:

Fundamental component:

The Fundamental Component consists of 56 Unit Standards in:

  • Mathematical Literacy at Level 4 to the value of 16 credits.
  • Communication at Level 4 in a First South African Language to the value of 20 credits.
  • Communication in a Second South African Language at Level 3 to the value of 20 credits.

Core component:

Core: all 66 credits.

Elective component:

The Elective Component consists of Unit Standards to the value of 56 credits. Learners are to choose Unit Standards to the minimum of 14 credits.

Unit Standards - Fundamental component
US ID US Title Level Credits
8968 Accommodate audience and context needs in oral communication Level 3 5
8969 Interpret and use information from texts Level 3 5
8973 Use language and communication in occupational learning programmes Level 3 5
8970 Write texts for a range of communicative contexts Level 3 5
9015 Apply knowledge of statistics and probability to critically interrogate and effectively communicate findings on life related problems Level 4 6
8974 Engage in sustained oral communication and evaluate spoken texts Level 4 5
8975 Read analyse and respond to a variety of texts Level 4 5
9016 Represent analyse and calculate shape and motion in 2-and 3-dimensional space in different contexts Level 4 4
7468 Use mathematics to investigate and monitor the financial aspects of personal, business, national and international issues Level 4 6
12153 Use the writing process to compose texts required in the business environment Level 4 5
8976 Write for a wide range of contexts Level 4 5

Unit Standards - Core component
US ID US Title Level Credits
120383 Provide assistance in implementing and assuring project work meets quality requirements Level 3 6
120376 Conduct project documentation management to support project processes Level 4 6
120373 Contribute to project initiation, scope definition and scope change control Level 4 9
120374 Contribute to the management of project risk within own field of expertise Level 4 5
120384 Develop a simple schedule to facilitate effective project execution Level 4 8
120372 Explain fundamentals of project management Level 4 5
120381 Implement project administration processes according to requirements Level 4 5
120387 Monitor, evaluate and communicate simple project schedules Level 4 4
120375 Participate in the estimation and preparation of cost budget for a project or sub project and monitor and control actual cost against budget Level 4 6
120382 Plan, organise and support project meetings and workshops Level 4 4
120379 Work as a project team member Level 4 8
Unit Standards - Elective component
US ID US Title Level Credits
120385 Apply a range of project management tools and techniques Level 04 7
120380 Evaluate and improve the project team's performance Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 7

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