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B1: What training does PMSA offer?
PMSA does not offer training. Instead, it runs a programme called the Registered Education and Training Provider Programme (RETP) which affords training bodies, training consultants, in-company training departments and tertiary institutions the opportunity tohave their offerings reviewed by PMSA according to a checklist of requirements (see the education and training section of the website for more details) and then belisted on the PMSA website and make use of a range of benefits afforded this category of membership. Please click here for a list of RETP's
B2: What should I study if I want to be a project manager?

This is a very difficut question to answer as it depends on so many factors. There aresome articles that were published in a career magazine that will answer the question to some extent, yet possibly pose even more in return. Also consult the professional development pages of this website to obtain a sense of the bigger picture in terms of becoming a PM.

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B3: What should I do to progress my career in project management?

PMSA is developing a career path that explains the career progression opportunities for project, program and portfolio managers, as well as support staff. The purpose of this framework is to provide a generic view of possible progressions as well as the qualifications, designations, accreditations, knowledge, skill and experience associated with each stage. The final career path framework will be released in 2014.

B4: What is the difference between certifcations, accreditations and qualifications in project management?

There is some confusion about the differences between these and to add to it, different organisations may attribute different meanings to the same term. In essence, a qualification is the outcome of a formal course of study at a tertiary institution. In South Africa, a qualification would be considered an outcome registered with the South African Qualifications Authority on a particular NQF level, or the outcome of a course of study registered by a private higher education institution and assigned an NQF equivalency, based on a SAQA assessment. A certification, in turn, could be the outcome of a short course (non-degree)offered by a tertiary institution, private higher education institution or private training provider. Certification may alsorefer tothe outcome of having been tested on or otherwise meeting the requirements associated witha particular industry standard or product.
An accreditation is typically associated with a combination of knowledge and experience and attaining an accreditation would require some conbination of having illustrated competence, working experience and displaying theoretical knowledge. One usually only applies to complete an accreditation when you wish to formalise your combined career and learning achievements with an industry-recognised credential.

B5: How do I earn continuingprofessional development points like CPDs and PDUs?

Different professions and their related certifications and accreditations may require that individuals maintain a commitment to their professional development. This is frequently measured by a points system, with the individual accumulating points by engaging in various activities. In order to maintain a professional accreditation or registration, a specified number of points are stipulated per reporting period.

Kindly note that PMSA does not currently have a system whereby its members need to accumulate professional development points, but we are aware that many of our members hold such certifications or registrations and that their participation in PMSA activities would enable them to earn points.

One example is Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points required by engineers registered with the Engineering Council South Africa (ECSA) and that body`s member associations.

PMSA is not a voluntary association (VA) of ECSA as it exists to serve professionals outside of, as well as within the engineering profession. PMSA is thus not in a position to validate its activities in terms of ECSA`s CPD requirements. However, where there is sufficient demand and PMSA is in a financial position to do so PMSA does seek validation of its events by a voluntary association. For example, the programme of presentations a the PMSA National Biennial Conference is recognised as holding value for engineer who are tasked with the role of project manager. At the conclusion of the national conference, PMSA supplies the full conference programme, speaker descriptions, evaluation form feedback and variou other information to an ECSA VA for validation. An authorised person then conducts the asessment and if successful, willhave the VA issue a code against which the CPD points may be claimed. This code is communicated to PMSA conference delegates as soon asit becomes available. There is a payment required from PMSA to the VA so there must be evidence of demand fr th CDPs before PMSA engages in the process.

A second example is the requirmeent of those with PMI credentials to earn Profesisonal Development Units. Kindly read this document for advice on how you can optimise your PMSA activities towards PDU credits.

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