National Certificate in Project Management (Level 4)

Qualification National Certificate in Project Management (Level 4)
Level 4

2014 intakes start 10 February, 07 April, 09 June and 11 August 

Applications close 21 days prior to the intake start date - please check the enrolment form for exact dates.


Intakes are 18 weeks long.

Location SIT2LRN Distance Learning

Course Outline

The programme will allow students to:

  • Gain skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to working or further training in the business sector.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills against standards recognised by the industry sector as appropriate.
  • Develop work habits and practices appropriate for further training and employment in the business sector.

Course Content

The programme is made up of the following papers:


Core compulsory papers – all must be completed:


US 11101 - Collaborate within a group/team which has an objective(s) (Level 4) 5 credits

Students will be able to collaborate within a group/team working toward achievement of objective(s) and contribute collaboratively to group/team function.


US 25212 - Apply scope controls to a project (Level 4) 5 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to contribute to scope definition for a project and apply project scope controls to a project.

US 25213 - Apply time management techniques to a project (Level 4) 5 credits

On completion of this unit standard, students will be able to assist in the development of project schedules for a project, apply agreed schedules to a project using progress records and participate in assessing time management outcomes for a project.


US 25214 - Apply cost management techniques to a project (Level 4) 5 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to assist with the development of a project budget; monitor project costs and contribute to the cost finalisation process.


US 25215 - Apply quality management techniques to a project (Level 4) 5 credits

On completion of this unit standard, students will be able to contribute to quality planning, apply quality standards and contribute to continuous improvement for a project.


US 25216 - Apply human resource management approaches to a project (Level 4) 5 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to assist with determination of human resource requirements for a project; assist with human resource control and stakeholder management for a project; and contribute to conclusion and evaluation of human resource practices and stakeholder management for a project.


US 25217 - Apply risk management techniques to a project (Level 4) 5 credits

On completion of this unit standard, students are able to assist with risk analysis and risk management planning, conduct risk control activities and contribute to assessing risk management outcomes for projects.


US 25218 - Apply contract and procurement techniques to a project (Level 4) 5 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to assist with contract and procurement planning for a project; contribute to contractor selection process for a project; conduct contracting and procurement activities for a project and conduct finalisation activities for the contracting and procurement stages of a project.


US 25219 - Manage projects (Level 4) 16 credits

This unit standard covers the management of a straightforward project or a section of a larger project. It focuses on the application of project management skills and the requirement of meeting timelines, quality standards, budgetary limits and other requirements set for the project. Students will be able to define a project, develop a project plan, administer and monitor a project, finalise a project and review a project.


US 1986 - Apply calculations, data analysis and statistical interpretation in a business context (Level 4) 5 credits

Upon completion of this unit standard, students will be able to complete calculations for a business operation, compile, measure and analyse business data and present and interpret business statistics for the analysed data.


Electives (E) – Choose a minimum of 10 credits:


US 1987 - Develop strategies to establish and maintain positive workplace relationships (E) (Level 4) 5 credits

Individuals credited with this unit standard will be able to devise strategies to establish positive working relationships with colleagues and manager(s), develop strategies to maintain and monitor positive workplace relationships.


US 11649 - Manage and coordinate business meetings to achieve outcomes (E) (Level 5) 8 credits

Students will be able to establish meeting objectives, identify and inform participants, conduct meetings to achieve objectives and record and report meeting outcomes and determine follow-up actions.


US 16612 – Use effective business writing skills in an organisation (E) (Level 4) 4 credits

People credited with this standard are able to select and present content and apply rules, writing style, and format to achieve effective communication for a business purpose; and evaluate the effectiveness of business writing.

Career Opportunities

People awarded this qualification will have demonstrated that they have contributed to the management of projects, including the management of a straightforward project or a section of a larger project and working with others in a project team.

Graduates may wish to continue onto further study in the National Diploma in Project Management (Level 5).

Enrolment Information


Papers should be completed in the order listed on the application form.


Part time study options


Average study load

Heavy study

First enrolment



Second enrolment



Third enrolment



Fourth enrolment





Students who have previously completed any of the above units at SIT or another learning institution can apply to have the unit(s) cross credited to their record of learning at SIT.  This is done by filling in a cross credit application form and attaching proof of achievement. The cross credit application form is available on MySIT or from the Programme Administrator on 0800 748 257 ext. 3320.

Applicants may also be able to cross credit up to 10 credits at Level 4 or above from anywhere on the National Qualifications Framework.



  • As a guideline, one credit equates to approximately 10 hours study within an intake period.  Click HERE to download a Study Load Calculator (spreadsheet).
  • All papers selected within a particular intake must be completed within that intake unless a transfer is requested (conditions apply; see FAQs).
  • Application forms are filled out on a year by year basis and students are welcome to apply for multiple intakes on the one application form.  Further enrolment is the responsibility of individual students.  There is no automatic enrolment rollover.


The assessments are all written assessments requiring paragraph or short essay type answers.


The Zero Fees Scheme applies to this course, so there are no tuition fees as long as you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident (residing in NZ), BUT there is a student direct material cost of $6.50 per credit of study undertaken, plus a non-refundable administration fee of $50.00 for each application processed, and the required textbook/s listed below.  You must maintain satisfactory academic progress to retain your Zero Fees Scheme entitlement.


Enrolment category

Zero Fees Scheme – applies to NZ citizens and permanent residents (residing in NZ)

International Students

2013 Cost (NZ$)

$6.50 per credit + admin fee $50.00 per application ($505.00 for 70 credit course) - includes GST

$100.00 per credit (+GST for those living in NZ – no GST for those living offshore)


Fees must be paid by the due date shown on the invoice.


All SIT2LRN courses are approved by Studylink.  Any queries regarding Studylink allowances, loans, and terms and conditions should be made directly to Studylink on 0800 88 99 00 or


Please check the textbook list to see if you need a textbook for the unit(s) that you are applying for. The list is available here:

Additional Information

All SIT2LRN courses require you to have a computer and internet access. Students are required to use their SIT webmail only for all SIT2LRN communications. All course materials and information, including assessments and due dates, are located on the online Blackboard system. Once you have been accepted into a programme you will receive a Welcome Kit that includes information that you can use to familiarise yourself with our online Blackboard learning environment. From the intake start date you will have access to the online course materials to work through.


Facilitator Assistance:  During the enrolled intake period, students have email access to Facilitators, who endeavour to respond to emails within 48 hours (week days only).  All students are required, within the first two weeks of an intake, to send an email to their Facilitator confirming their start on the programme of study.  Students who have not emailed their facilitator or embarked upon their course of study by the end of the 2nd week of an intake, will be Faculty Withdrawn from the programme.  Such withdrawals may impact on future access to SIT Zero Fees Scheme and Student Direct Material Costs are still liable for payment.


We recommend students new to SIT2LRN read through the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section of our website at for further study and enrolment information.

Application Criteria

  • All applicants should demonstrate a keen interest in project management and have academic attributes indicative of successful completion of the programme
  • Applicants should be a minimum of 18 years of age, with a minimum of 4 years secondary education
  • School leavers should have attained a minimum of 12 NCEA credits at level 2 in each of 4 subjects
  • Mature students are welcome to apply
  • Applicants need to have a project on which to work during the time of study (this may be an unpaid community project or personal project that involves the management of external suppliers e.g. school gala, landscaping, wedding, home renovation).
  • Applicants need to be part of a project team and for US25219 to manage projects or a sub-project.

Satisfactory Completion

For students to be considered to have satisfactorily completed the programme and be eligible for the award of the qualification National Certificate in Project Management (Level 4) they must have completed all scheduled course work requirements and assessments, successfully completed assessment requirements for all unit standards, and achieved 70 credits as specified in the programme schedule.


The National Certificate will be awarded directly by NZQA on attainment of 70 credits as specified and upon verification of the graduate's NZQA official record of learning.

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