What is a Diploma?
Technically, a diploma is the piece of paper showing that you have earned a particular qualification. However, people also use the term “diploma” to describe the nature of a qualification.
In South Africa, diplomas are post-school qualifications that are career-orientated. This means that they generally prepare you for a specific line of work, and provide you with knowledge and skills that you can apply in practice.
A diploma usually builds on the knowledge that you have gained in a previous qualification, such as a certificate programme. Diploma courses are normally shorter than full degree programmes.
Project Management Diploma
There are various diploma options in Project Management. If you have already completed a short course or certificate in project management, it would make sense to look for a diploma that covers the more advanced aspects. If you have no previous qualifications in project management, you might want to consider doing a certificate course first, or you could look for an entry-level diploma. You can study towards a project management diploma at a college, university, or other academic institution that offers post-school education.
For students with bachelor’s degrees or advanced diplomas in project management or relevant fields, there is the option of studying towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management. This is a very valuable qualification, which focuses on strategic management and advanced management skills. Postgraduate diplomas are usually offered by universities.