Gain the skills to take effective control of construction projects


8 weeks, excluding


7–10 hours per week,
entirely online

Learning Format

Weekly modules,
flexible learning



Practical skills for construction management, enabling you to implement health and safety plans, manage cash flow, and promote sustainable building.


An informed understanding of the industry that will guide you in making better decisions and planning calculated strategies.


A certificate from the University of Cape Town validating your construction management proficiency and helping you become formally recognised within the industry.


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 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).

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, a chartered surveyor registered with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and a 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).

This construction management course has been accredited by the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS). Completing the course will entitle you to claim 25 Category 1 CPD hours.*

In addition to this, all existing ASAQS members are entitled to a 10% discount for this course.**

*Should you wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is upon you. The University of Cape Town and GetSmarter accept no responsibility. If you would like to claim validation or points, use the accreditation reference ASAQS CPD 2021/01(P).

**Students must furnish proof of their ASAQS membership.


This course is certified by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) for CPD points. The course has an estimated 80 hours of learning and South African engineering professionals can earn up to eight CPD credits.*

International students need to consult their national professional engineering bodies to check whether this course is recognised for points towards maintaining professional status.

*Should you wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is upon you. The University of Cape Town and GetSmarter accept no responsibility. If you would like to claim validation or points, use the ECSA validation number UCTCON21.


Over the duration of this online short course, you’ll work through the following modules:

MODULE 1 Introduction to the South African Construction Industry
Discover the fundamentals of the South African construction industry, and the stakeholders and economic factors that define its context.

MODULE 2 Compliance, Contracts, and Regulation
Learn about the laws and regulations relevant to working in the construction industry

MODULE 3 Implementing Health and Safety, and Environmental Management
Discover the importance of health and safety, and environmental management in the construction industry.

MODULE 4 Tendering for Construction Work
Explore the documents and processes involved in tendering for construction work.

MODULE 5 Pricing the Project
Learn how projects in the construction industry are priced.

MODULE 6 Planning the Project
Discover how project planning and supply chain management impact a project.

MODULE 7 Protecting the Cash Flow
Discover how the requirements of the construction industry impact the management of project funds.

MODULE 8 Quality Management
Learn how quality is managed and controlled in the construction industry.


Please note that module titles and their contents are subject to change during course development.


This UCT online short course is delivered in collaboration with online education provider GetSmarter. Join a growing community of global professionals, and benefit from the opportunity to:


Gain verifiable and relevant competencies and earn invaluable recognition from an international selection of universities, entirely online and in your own time


Enjoy a personalised, people-mediated online learning experience created to make you feel supported at every step


Experience a flexible but structured approach to online education as you plan your learning around your life to meet weekly milestones


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