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If it is not measured, it is not managed (Drucker, 1954). Billions of Rands are wasted year after year as a result of ill-monitored projects, creating a need for a programme that will equip individuals with the tools to manage their projects better, learn from mistakes and intervene before it is too late. Monitoring and Evaluation is increasingly recognized as the cornerstone for effective programme management and is critical for organisational sustainability. A continuously increasing need for suitably skilled monitoring and evaluation project managers has been identified as a priority area by various stakeholders active in different sectors and industries; e.g. globally-funded sponsorships often require evidence of effective monitoring and evaluation systems prior to awarding funds.

The purpose of the Advanced Certificate (Monitoring and Evaluation) is to equip managers and M&E officers across a variety of sectors with the knowledge and skills to successfully design and implement sound monitoring and evaluation systems from programme/project initiation to close-out.

This programme is structured in such a way that it guides learners to apply monitoring and evaluation principles within the context of their unique work environment.

Who Should Enrol

Any individual that is presently operating in a monitoring and evaluation role who has identified a need to further develop their monitoring and evaluation knowledge and skills, additional to their current vocational focus, e.g. a manager whose performance agreement demands the effective design and management of monitoring and evaluation system for a programme or organization.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements is an NQF Level 5 qualification.

Learning Outcomes

After completion of this qualification, participants will be able to:

  • Master key principles of monitoring and evaluation relevant to implementing projects and programmes
  • Apply results-based management principles
  • Explain and apply the value of a Theory of Change and Logical Framework in monitoring and evaluation
  • Learn how to undertake a stakeholder mapping and analysis for monitoring and evaluation purposes
  • Design monitoring frameworks
  • Manage data quality
  • Conduct routine data quality assessments
  • Identify indicators for projects and programmes
  • Demonstrate the ability to use and report on monitoring data
  • Plan and conduct an evaluation
  • Study practical considerations in selecting appropriate evaluation designs and methods for data collection
  • Construct an organizational learning agenda and identify evaluation priorities and questions
  • Apply evaluation ethics 
  • Acquire skills in developing practical sampling and data analysis strategies
  • Plan for resources needed for an evaluation
  • Develop a Terms of Reference for evaluations
  • Learn key steps in ensuring effective communication and utilisation of evaluation findings

Programme Design

This is a blended learning programme, offered as distance (self-study) learning through eLearning, supported by 3 blocks of virtual classes.

Programme Content

The following modules are included in this programme:

Module 1 – Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • Introduction to monitoring and evaluation principles and concepts
  • Programme Logic Models and Theory of Change
  • Designing monitoring systems for programmes

Module 2 - Monitoring of projects and programmes:

  • Implementing programme monitoring systems
  • Managing data quality
  • Analysing and reporting monitoring data for decision making

Module 3 - Evaluation of projects and programmes:

  • Designing evaluations
  • Planning and managing evaluations
  • Disseminating and using evaluation results


Participants will be assessed through means of both formative and summative assessments.


The Advanced Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation is a registered qualification on NQF Level 6 for 120 Credits.

SAQA ID: 91831

Programme Duration

The Advanced Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation is a 12-month programme.


Participants will receive a certificate of completion for the Advanced Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation should they attend all virtual classes as well as successfully complete the assessment component.

Programme Fee

R24 800 (Inclusive of VAT ad Taxes where applicable).

R350.00 non-refundable application fee.

A minimum of R4 960.00 secures your seat.

Enrolment process

Click here for more information on the application & enrolment process.