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Understanding the PM Designation
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Project Manager (PM)

A PMSA Full or Professional Member has earned a Project Manager (PM) designation when fulfilling the full spectrum of responsibilities associated with project management and this has become their core focus in their working environment. A PM will have built up the required years of experience specifically taking multiple projects through the complete lifecycle over the required period and obtained an appropriate qualification and / or PM industry credential. A Project Manager will have seen the benefits of associating themselves with an appropriate professional body and will be actively participating in the body’s activities; they maintain a high ethical standard and at a minimum endeavour to comply with the principles of the PMSA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

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Qualification: NQF 7 related to a field in which you are currently working as a PM
Industry Credentials (Various): Optional at this level.



Three years’ working experience managing projects of a low complexity according to CIFTER

(without a NQF 7)
Five years’ working experience managing projects of a low complexity according to CIFTER.
PM industry credentials are advantageous.

Areas of Demonstrable Performance

Through a portfolio of evidence of work samples, essay responses and peer interviews candidates must be able to demonstrate basic performance of the following competencies:

1.Management of stakeholder relationships

2.Management of development of the project plan

3.Management of project progress

4.Management of product acceptance

5.Management of project transitions


Applying for a Project Manager (PM) Designation

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Please consult the following documents when applying for a PMSA Project Manager (PM) designation. Need assistance? Please email
Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Guide: PM Professional Designation PDF (736.9 KB) Administration 2020/04/20
PMSA Statement of Authenticity. PDF (174.17 KB) Administration 2020/04/20
PMSA Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct. PDF (449.17 KB) Administration 2020/04/20
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