Short Course: Property Development Programme


Our Property Development Programme (PDP) is designed to provide an opportunity for public and private sector practitioners and employees to learn the fundamentals that underpin property development. It deals with the development process regarding residential, commercial and industrial property and is suitable for any person who wants to obtain a better understanding of the profitable property development industry. A real life workshop takes you through the practical structuring of a feasibility study.

Topics covered:

  • Property economics;
  • Marketing and an analysis of the SA property market;
  • Important legislation;
  • Property viability;
  • Property law;
  • Valuation of residential & income producing properties;
  • Special aspects regarding sales contracts;
  • Calculating NPV & IRR;
  • Overview of town planning;
  • Understanding the principle’s of town planning;
  • Differences between capitalisation rates;
  • Development process;
  • Green buildings;
  • Feasibility studies;
  • Financing a development;
  • Dealing with financial institutions;
  • Understanding the listed property sector.


Our continuous quality management and evaluations obtained from delegates consistently reflect that this property development course is an excellent learning experience. This programme prepares candidates to enter a lucrative property development career path.


This course is presented over 4 months on an e-learning platform. You will watch recordings of each subject, as per the programme schedule. After each recording, you will do a short assignment on that specific subject. You will then receive a certificate after completing all of the modules.

Classroom Learning

This course is classroom-based and will be presented over 5-days at a venue in Pretoria or Midrand. An open book ‘Knowledge Gained Survey’ will be conducted on the last day and a practical and own workplace assignment needs to be submitted two months after the course. You will then receive a certificate after the completion of the assignment.


All fees are inclusive of all study material.

Classroom tuition fee: R19 800/delegate (delegates responsible for own accommodation & transport).

E-learning tuition fee: R17 600/delegate. *payment plans available

Please contact us for more information with regards to the fees of the course.

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