FACULTY OF NATURAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT OF QUANTITY SURVEYING AND CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT
QUANTITY SURVEYING, CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT & PROJECT MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATE (QCP)
A. STUDY YEARS
Certificates stretch over a period of one to three years, with the QCP certificate over three years. Planning of an extended curriculum must be undertaken in consultation with the head of department. It is recommended that students undertake practical work at the offices of a quantity surveyor, construction manager or other approved institution in order to apply and expand subject knowledge and insight within a practical environment.
Important information: The study units contained in these open distance learning programmes are credit bearing towards obtaining a BSc-degree (where applicable) for candidates with a matric certificate with full matriculation endorsement.
B. EXIT LEVELS
128 credits: Certificate in construction science and building surveying – CSBS.
240 credits: Certificate in quantity surveying, construction management and project management - QCP.
C. CAREER PROSPECTS
The QCP Certificate addresses the serious lack of skills that exists in the construction industry, by providing education to multi-skill persons in and for the industry. Employment opportunities are to be found with construction contractors as well as with professional quantity surveying and other professional practices. Numerous career prospects also exist on all the levels of government, as well as with parastatals, in for instance public works, housing, health care, education and many other departments involved with aspects of the built environment. For those with an entrepreneurial spirit there are many possibilities regarding starting an own business or service practice. This qualification prepares candidates to enter a broad sphere of the built environment. From the conceptualization of new property developments, enhancement of property portfolios, to the re-development of properties, it offers opportunities that range from construction work to professional assistance regarding quantity surveying and other professional support.
D. GENERAL INFORMATION AND ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
For entrance to and consideration as a candidate for registration for these programmes, applicants must have matric, with minimum mathematics on the standard grade and one of the following subjects: physical science, woodwork, technical drawing, economics, business economics or accounting. Admission to the programme is limited and compliance with the minimum entrance requirements does not necessarily secure registration. Registration is based strictly on merit.
Where an applicant does not fully meet the entrance requirements due to exceptional circumstances, the Head of the Department may recommend to the Dean that certain concessions be made in respect of the requirements.
Evaluation and examination:
- Continuous evaluation and examination of candidates’ academic progress in respect of study units take place by means of assignments, tasks and a final examination. A year/semester mark will be complied from these marks, which will be a candidate’s final mark.
- If a student’s curriculum deviates from the official curriculum, the Head of the Department thereof must determine the planning and sequence. All study units in arrears must be completed at the first possible opportunity
E. CONTACT SESSIONS
Three contact sessions of two days each, as well as one examination session, take place each year in Midrand (or vicinity) in Gauteng and in Bloemfontein.
F. APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION
- Applications for admission on the prescribed form, must reach The Head, Department of Quantity Surveying and Construction Management, PO Box 339, Bloemfontein, 9300 on or before 30 October every year. Students will be informed of their admission to the programmes as soon as possible, but not later than 1 December.
- Student numbers are limited and early application is advisable.
G. CONTACT DETAILS