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PMSA is a Section 21 (not-for-gain), voluntary professional association representing the interests of project, program and portfolio management practitioners in South Africa.


The most established and esteemed professions available to career-minded people have bodies and associations designed to promote that profession, represent its practitioners, prescribe a desirable code of conduct and develop a sense of community. A professional body exists to further the particular profession and in doing so consider the interests of the stakeholders in that industry, and the professionals that comprise their membership.


While it is a relatively new and growing profession, project management is becoming increasingly popular as a discipline applied to many aspects of an organisation’s strategic delivery. Project management is, indeed, emerging as a desirable, profitable profession, but with all this opportunity, comes the challenge of differentiating between real project management that follows an acceptable standard or methodology, and a buzz-term adopted by individuals and companies wanting to capitalise on the demand for project managers.

By belonging to a professional association like PMSA, project managers show that they are aware of what constitutes legitimate practices based on particular standards, methodologies and guidelines widely supported by project managers around the world and are committed to ongoing professional development.

Aspiring project managers can become associate members so they can become exposed to the professional community at the start of their careers, and use this as a solid foundation towards becoming professionals in their own right.
PMSA has existed as an autonomous representative body for more than a decade and continues to look for ways to improve its value to members and the extent to which it represents South Africa’s project managers in different forums.

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