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Freuently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Our NEW Online and Distance courses are now available for registration.

F.A.Q.

We try to answer all of your questions. If you have a question not in the FAQ, please ask!

Is my online payment secure?

Yes, our online payment system is 100% secure and runs through a secure Shopify payment system that is set up to protect your privacy.

 

How do I get my student number?

Follow the steps below to receive your student number before paying for your studies:

Application: 

Complete the online application page.

Select a study program or subject: 

Students must have a study program in mind by the time they start their studies. If you cannot decide what to study, the Faculty of Business and Management advises students to select General Specialization. It makes the transition to other programs easier in the future by adding elective subjects.  

Contact by the Administration Department: 

PCiBS administration department will contact potential students via e-mail to collect all required information for enrollment. 

Completion of application: 

Once all enrollment information required is received and verified by the Administration Department of PCiBS. Once PCiBS makes an acceptance decision, the Administration Department of PCiBS will send the student an offer of admission to study that includes a student number

An offer of admission to study: 

The offer of admission to study must be signed and returned to the Administration Department of PCiBS. Any deviation or e-mails sent to other addresses will delay the application process. 

Payment: 

Students must use the student number indicated on the offer of admission to study as a reference number in their payment methods.

Verification of Payment: 

Confirmation of student’s payments for study programs will be cross-referenced against their allocated student number only. The verification process takes a week or two, depending on the method of payment. 

Access to PCiBS LMS online study system: 

Students will receive a notification via our Learning Management System (LMS) of enrollment to a program. The study program follows a stringent flow of subjects and will be released as required. The sequence of topics will entrench the foundation of all competencies needed for the selected program through our active learning approach.

Queries around the PCiBS LMS system: 

Any questions relating to any issues regarding the LMS system and release of study material is done directly within the LMS system. Any queries relating to subjects and assignments are via the LMS system. 

The Administration Department of PCiBS does not have access to the LMS and cannot be held responsible for answering any queries regarding the LMS.

 

Can I complete my program application online?

All applications are strictly confidential, and all required attachments need to be uploaded for the application to be complete. PCiBS is a paperless environment and everything we do must assist our environment in a positive way. Make sure that you apply before the closing date for each program to avoid disappointment. Once you applied for a program, you need to fill in all required details in the application form.

PCiBS Application Form

 

Can I apply for Sponsorship?

Any person can apply for a sponsorship. All sponsorships are strictly controlled and companies who supply these sponsorships require a prior assessment to be initiated by the applicant. Make sure that you apply before the closing date for each sponsorship. When applying for a sponsorship, all required details in the application form must be completed 

Scholarship Application Form

NOTE: Scholarships are limited and not always available.

Can I apply for Commonwealth Assistance?

Any person from a commonwealth small state can apply for Commonwealth assistance. All Commonwealth sponsorships are strictly controlled and companies who supply these Commonwealth sponsorships require a prior assessment to be initiated by the applicant. Make sure that you apply before the closing date for each Commonwealth sponsorship.

When applying for a Commonwealth sponsorship, all required details in the application form must be completed 

Commonwealth Assistance Application Form

NOTE: Scholarships for Commonwealth citizens are limited and not always available.

 

Can I apply for Merit Bursary?

This application is automatic once your application is submitted and the transcript has been verified. Where subject score is above 75% mark for your final school year, students will receive financial assistance for the first year of study. The Merits Bursaries will assist with tuition fees, but applicants must enroll for a full programme.

Merit assistance will only start in the latter part of the year. The merit assistance program is also available for students that achieve higher distinction during their year of study. Here is the allocation and basis of grades per subject.

Grades
Highest Lowest Letter Description
100% 75% A Distinction
74% 60% B Credit
59% 50% C Pass
49% 45% R Rewrite
44% 0% F Fail
NG Exit
What is the cancelation policy?

Students may cancel their studies in a particular online offering by official notification thereof before cancellation dates as determined by the Business School. This notification must be submitted to the relevant faculty officer.
The student may cancel their registration onto the course or program within 2 weeks post the course start date and receive a 100% refund. After that, no refund will be issued.

What is competency-based education?

This type of education measures skills and learning rather than time. PCiBS students’ will progress through courses when they can prove they’ve mastered the material and not only at the end of a semester or term. Some students can learn faster, spend more time on schoolwork, or utilize knowledge they have from prior learnings. For these students to accelerate we have various modes of study. With 24/7/365 access to online learning resources, students can embark on an educational journey that is tailored according to where their knowledge and competencies currently are. This can only be concluded if an online self-assessment is performed by the potential student, prior to his engagement as a student with PCiBS. In addition, faculty members and lecturers will provide personalized learning support.

It doesn’t matter what obstacles and challenges you face, PCiBS will put in charge of your education. The following items are crucial to putting YOU into the drivers seat of your studies.

  • It’s individualized: Because every student is different, we believe the learning experience for our students should be built around you, not PCiBS.
  • It’s efficient: You focus on learning the material that’s new to you. We assist in some topics where you need a bit of a refresher and follow on through subjects you know well. If you are competent, you are competent! We don’t waste your time.
  • It’s supportive: You have a whole team around you to assist you making a success of your studies, from our faculty, lecturers, staff and your fellow students.
  • It’s flexible: Study when and where it works best for you. PCiBS LMS resources are anywhere WiFi is.
About our Accreditation and Processes?

“Accreditation” is a review performed by approved accreditation organizations through the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) of the United States of America. Accreditation measures the quality of the higher education of an institution of its programs and courses. In the United States of America, and for PCiBS, certification is a definitive way that government officials, students, families, and the press know that PCiBS is an institution that provides quality education as per the norms laid down by CHEA.  To find out more about CHEA, click the link above.

At PCiBS, we strive to be the best for our industry and the Project Controls Discipline. To be the best, it requires us to ensure that our courses and programs are world-class and in line with international project management standards.

PCiBS has followed an extensive quality checklist to ensure that all the accreditation requirements are in place. With these qualifications requirements, we have aligned our programs and their Notational Qualifications Framework (NQF) to all the higher learning institutions. PCiBS also conforms to the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). All the credits for the programs are in line with the accreditation organization’s requirements, PLUS they are equal or better than the best higher educational institutions and universities.

Accreditation information

PCiBS follows the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Accreditation Information) rules and regulations and CHEA is in the United States of America.

The CHEA approves all the institutions as listed on their website. The CHEA Database of Institutions and Programs Accredited by Recognized United States Accrediting Organizations contains information about more than 8,200 institutions and 20,000 programs in the U.S. Links to the Websites of these colleges and universities are also available. Read more about PCiBS’s Global Accreditation Information.

How do I get my coach appointed?

Follow the steps below to get a coach appointed to guide you with your work:

Application: 

Complete the online application page.

Select Coaching from the dropdown menu: 

The potential coachee must ensure that they make time for the coach to interact with them on a regular and formal basis.

Indicate a period for coaching to take place: 

Coaching should not be less than four months and not more than 12 months.

Completion of application: 

Once all application information required is received and verified by the Coach of PCiBS, then an offer will be sent to the coachee that includes a student number. This number will identify you as a coachee and also ensure that the Administration department keeps track of your payments.

An offer for Coaching: 

The Offer for Coaching must be signed and returned to the Administration Department of PCiBS. Any deviation or e-mails sent to other addresses will delay the application process. 

Payment: 

Students must use the student number indicated on the Offer for Coaching as a reference number in their payment methods.

Verification of Payment: 

Confirmation of coachee’s payments for the coaching program will be cross-referenced against their allocated student number only. The verification process takes a week or two, depending on the method of payment. 

Making contact by your coach: 

Once all formalities have been concluded, your appointed Coach will set up formal interactions with you. These sessions will vary once the coachee’s development needs have been defined. The Coach might make additional suggestions to the coachee to assist with the coachee’s development over the coaching period that has been defined.

Coaching progress and final report: 

The coach will submit a progress report to the coachee during the coaching period. A final report will be issued to assist the coachee in adjusting their development program going forward.  

The Administration Department of PCiBS does not have access to the coaches’ information about the coachee’s and cannot be held responsible for answering any queries regarding the coaching sessions. The Administration Department of PCiBS has a purely administrative and accounting role. 

How do I get my Mentor appointed?

Follow the steps below to get a mentor appointed to guide you with your work:

Application: 

Complete the online application page.

Select Mentoring from the dropdown menu: 

The potential mentee must ensure that they make time for the Mentor to interact with them on a regular and formal basis.

Indicate a period for mentoring to take place: 

Mentoring is an informal method of interactions and should not be less than twelve to 18 months, because mentoring focuses on personal development and career expansion. Sessions can be formal or informal, with set meetings being set over the defined period. Career definition never ends; thus, mentorship should be considered for development into future roles.

Completion of application: 

Once all application information required is received and verified by the Mentor of PCiBS, then an offer will be sent to the mentee that includes a student number. This number will identify you as a mentee and also ensure that the Administration department keeps track of your payments.

An offer for Mentoring: 

The Offer for Mentoring must be signed and returned to the Administration Department of PCiBS. Any deviation or e-mails sent to other addresses will delay the application process. 

Payment: 

Mentees must use the student number indicated on the Offer for Mentoring as a reference number in their payment methods.

Verification of Payment: 

Confirmation of mentee’s payments for the mentoring program will be cross-referenced against their allocated student number only. The verification process takes a week or two, depending on the method of payment. 

Making contact by your Mentor: 

Once all formalities are complete, your appointed Mentor will set up formal interactions with you. These sessions will vary once the mentee’s career and development needs get defined. The Mentor might make additional suggestions to the mentee to assist with the mentee’s development over the mentoring period.

Mentoring progress and final report: 

The Mentor will submit a progress report to the mentee during the mentoring period. A final report will be issued to assist the mentee in adjusting in their career and development program going forward.  

The Administration Department of PCiBS does not have access to the mentee’s information about the mentee’s and cannot be held responsible for answering any queries regarding the mentoring sessions. The Administration Department of PCiBS has a purely administrative and accounting role. 

 

Why should I use the Talent or Gap Analysis tool?

Students / Coachee’s / Mentee’s should consider utilizing the Talent Analysis tool to identify their skills gap between their existing competencies/capabilities and the ones required by the role they wish to step into or are in. If you find that you are not growing in your role, then this analysis should be strongly considered.
Training Needs or Gap Analysis are conducted by a third party organization, and they are situated across the globe. These Talent and Gap analysis tools are being used in conjunction with the PCiBS individual development tool to identify the performance gaps, meet expected job responsibilities, and drive the upskilling of competencies through each individual’s career objectives and goals.

What is an Individual Development Plan?

An individual development plan (IDP) is a tool that assists students or any employee in managing their career and personal development. The primary purpose of an IDP is to help students and employees to reach short and long-term professional career goals. The IDP, as measured by PCiBS, provides input into improving student competencies and manage employees’ current job performance. The IDP is not a performance evaluation tool. 

How long must an Individual Development Plan be managed?

The management of an IDP is not a one-time activity. It must be managed over a more extended period to see the benefit it holds for each individual to monitor and keep the focus on crucial competency gaps in their career.

What does Major(s) or Specialization mean?

Specialization: 

The subjects are preselected to ensure that your active competency-based education is focused on the specialization selected

Major(s):

All majors consist of a group of subjects (normally 4 subjects) that focus on a specific discipline that will enhance the student’s ability to be competent in that area. With the focus being on active learning through assignments and hand-on practicals, PCiBS enforces the skills with their students and their ability to be able to be productive from the first day of employment.

Core:

All the specialization subjects are part of the core and these may not be replaced with other subjects unless it is approved by the relevant Faculty of PCiBS.

Elective:

The elective subjects are selected to enhance the specialization of a specific program to ensure competency in that specific discipline.

Alternate Elective:

Some programs have alternate elective subjects that can be selected. These are picked to ensure that any RPL credits received by a student can be substituted through the elective of core subjects that form part of the specialization program.

General specialization: 

The only program that has the most electives and alternate electives in the General specialization programs and does not necessarily conform to the Major subject selection criteria. i.e. All students can pretty much pick what subjects they want to select for a General qualification.

Can I receive credit(s) for my previous studies?

Yes, absolutely! If you have studied at an institution (university, college) or accredited project management institution (e.g. PMI; AACE, AIPM, etc.) before, you can apply for credits towards your PCiBS certificate, diploma, foundation, or associate degree; degree, or masters degree. You can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and receive credits towards your PCiBS program. You can apply for RPL’s by completing the online form at 

Apply for RPL’s.

What is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)?

Potential students can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and receive credits towards their PCiBS program. Students can apply for RPL’s by completing the online form at 

Apply for RPL’s.

Any credits must be approved according to the NQA / NHCE of the USA. PCiBS does not specialize in specific subjects that fall into this criterion, such as e.g. Quantity Surveying or Engineering, but will give credit for these subjects as part of the Elective subjects in some programs.

Until the RPL has been approved by the PCiBS Administration Department, all courses/subjects will be billed accordingly.

Are you a undergraduate?

Do you have any certificate, diploma, foundation or associate degree or degree? If yes, you can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and receive credits towards your PCiBS program that you apply for. You can apply for RPL’s by contacting the PCiBS Administration department at 

Apply for RPL’s.

How are my credit(s) for my previous studies assessed?

Potential students can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and receive credits towards their PCiBS program. Students can apply for RPL’s by contacting the PCiBS Administration department at 

Apply for RPL’s.

Any credits must be approved according to the NQA / NHCE of the USA. PCiBS does not specialize in specific subjects that fall into this criterion, such as e.g. Quantity Surveying or Engineering, but will give credit for these subjects as part of the Elective subjects in some programs.

Until the RPL has been approved by the PCiBS Administration Department, all courses/subjects will be billed accordingly.

How long does it take to get a result on an RPL / Credit / Exemption application?

The complete application is online and will take about 2 to 3 weeks to conclude once ALL required information has been received by the PCiBS Administration Department. Applications must be handed in timeously.

How many Credit(s) / Exemption(s) can I apply for with my RPL application?

The applicant must remember that Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL’s) or Credits granted will only be to a maximum number of half the required subjects for a program.

  1. i) Application is performed for a program per year only (maximum of 6 subjects for a e.g. Degree)
  2. ii) PhD only allows up to six credits towards the specialization selected.

Credits are applied for by program per year. For multiple year i.e. more credits, an additional application must be submitted. 

Can I apply for Credit(s) / Exemption(s) for a single course?

No credits will be given for a single course or subject.

My RPL application is not complete and lectures are starting, what now?

All fees are due on required program date. If your RPL / Credit / Exemption application is not concluded before an invoice is issued by PCiBS, all fees will be due for payment according to your enrollment plan as listed in your invoice.

If the RPL(s) / Credit(s) / Exemption(s) are not approved in time, they can be rolled over to the next semester or another period of a program.