So, is project management marketable in Kenya?
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Is project management marketable in Kenya? / is project planning and management marketable in Kenya?
So, is project management marketable in Kenya really?
Well, here is what you need to know about your job prospects if you take the course:
Now, project management is not marketable in Kenya especially if you do not have another course.
Put another way, project management is more of a support course and is best done as a second course by those who had a degree in courses such as information technology, strategy, marketing, business management/administration, or similar.
So yeah, my opinion is that you should only take the course if you have a degree in the above fields and you are looking for a certification that can give you an important advantage when searching for employment.
It is actually better if you already have some practical experience in your line of work and you want a promotion at work or you want skills that will enable you to manage complicated projects, particularly in IT.
In other words, project management course is a best match for those already in IT although it can unlock opportunities in other sectors where project-oriented work is common including oil and gas, business services, manufacturing, finance and insurance, construction and utility companies.
Is diploma in project management marketable in Kenya?
There are fresh form 4 leavers who apply for the course through KUCCPS and as mentioned above, it is not really a bright idea if you’re not planning to take another major course.
Of course, there are chances of you getting a good job soon after finishing the course but you need to be sure of what you’re doing if you intend to take the course.
For example, if you (or your parents) have a good network of friends/relatives who can connect you to project management jobs in Kenya, that can give you an edge.
Otherwise, it is quite risky to be satisfied with a diploma in project management only because as I had said, it’s more of a complementary course than a major course(most employers consider it an added advantage).
Project management course requirements: Minimum Entry requirements for project management course in Kenya
Certificate in project management in Kenya
KCSE Mean grade: D
Additional requirements: D-(minus) in English and Mathematics/Accounting/Business Studies/ Commerce/ Economics
Division III (in KCE)
Completion of K.N.Q.A Level plus certificate of experimental learning(issued by KNQA)
Course Duration: 12 months
Diploma In Project Management in Kenya
KCSE Mean grade: C-
Additional requirements: D+(plus) in English and Mathematics/Accounting/Business Studies/ Commerce/ Economics
Division II (in KCE)
One Principal Pass (at the KACE)
Completion of K.N.Q.A Level 5 plus certificate of experimental learning(issued by KNQA)
A degree from any recognized institution.
Course Duration: 24 months
Degree in Project Management in Kenya
KCSE Mean Grade: C+
C (plain) in the following subjects:
- English / Kiswahili
- KACE certificate (you need two Principal passes + one Subsidiary pass + a Credit pass in maths at KCE)
- Certificate in a relevant discipline from any recognized Institution + a Diploma in a relevant discipline from any recognized institution+ KCSE C minus(mean grade)
- A diploma in a relevant discipline+ KCSE C plain (mean grade)
- CPS/ CPA Part II + KCSE C plain (mean grade)
- A degree from any recognized institution.
Course Duration: 24 months
Schools offering project management courses in Kenya
Below are some institutions offering project management courses in Kenya including project management degree courses in Kenya..
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Kenya Institute of Management
I recommend the Kenya Institute of Management(KIM) when it comes to project management short courses in Kenya and I suggest you consider them if you want to take a Certificate In Project Management (here is the link to the course).
Likewise, you can apply to Kenya Institute of Management(KIM) if you’re looking want to take a Diploma In Project Management (here is the link to the course).
University of Nairobi
Another institution you may want to consider for your diploma in project management course is the University of Nairobi.
Their diploma is actually named Diploma in Project Planning and Management and you must have the following grades to get admission:
KCSE mean grade: C plain (and above)
C- (minus) in English / Kiswahili
You must also have a C-(minus) in one of Mathematics/Accounting/Business Studies/ Commerce/ Economics
Here is the link to the diploma in project management course at the university of Nairobi
I should add that you can take the course via distance learning if you’re working and you are time-constrained.
Where can I study for a Degree in Project Management in Kenya?
There are a few institutions offering a Bachelor of Science (Bsc.) In Project Planning & Management so you won’t lack options if you’d like to pursue a Degree in Project Management in Kenya
Here is a selection of these universities:
|Bomet University College||Bachelor Of Science(Project Planning& Management)|
|Jkuat University||Bachelors Of Project Management|
|Karatina University||Bachelor Of Project Planning& Management|
|Kisii University||Bachelors Of Project Management|
|Maasai Mara University||Bachelor Of Science(Project Planning& Management)|
|Moi University||Bachelor Of Science(Project Planning& Management)|
|Rongo University||Bachelor Of Project Planning& Management|
|South Eastern Kenya University||Bachelor Of Science(Project Planning Management)|
|University Of Eldoret||Bachelor Of Science(Project Planning Management)|
|University Of Nairobi||Bachelor Of Project Planning& Management|
Online project management course in Kenya
If you’re really busy and you cannot afford to attend physical classes, you can check out the following online project management courses in Kenya:
Project Management Professional(PMP) Programme– This is one of the most prestigious project management certifications globally and you can study it virtually at Strathmore University.
Diploma in Project Management at Zetech University– Apply here
Diploma in Project Management online project management course in Kenya at KCA University– Apply here
MBA in Project Management at Kenyatta University– Learn more here
Career Opportunities for holders of project management course in Kenya
- Project Manager
- Line Manager
- Business Systems Analyst
- Project Assistant
- Planning Manager
- Project management consultant
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