The CMP is a middle management programme for engineers and other practitioners who have the potential for advancement into corporate management. The CMP grooms future leaders for the construction industry. Participants to the programme include delegates from client (owner) organisations, consultants and construction firms. Successful delegates of the CMP have become the senior managers of top client, consultant and/or construction organisations within the built environment.
The programme was first presented in 1976 and has been in constant demand despite periodic lower levels of investment in construction and reduction in capacity over the past decade. Since 2007, the CMP has been presented annually using the total emersion learning methodology to expose delegates to the very latest theories, tools and techniques in all aspects of business management in the construction sector.
CMP is a collaborative effort between the Universities of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Pretoria and other tertiary institutions, though its faculty is drawn from a much wider body of experts and practitioners. The faculty for the CMP is led by the construction engineering and management division of Stellenbosch University, this is augmented and supported by faculty drawn from a wider body of domestic and international academics, experts and practitioners who may be described as the best in their field. Several high-profile business leaders and speakers participate in the presentation of the program. An annual theme is formulated for the programme in collaboration with the CMP industry advisory board. Typically, the annual theme is selected to match current industry conditions and challenges. The 2017 CMP theme was "keys for construction to add value to society". Whilst many values were identified, the 2017 CMP delegates chose the most important values that construction industry add to society to be provision of infrastructure, development of skills and education, and empowerment of communities. The keys to unlock these values were identified by CMP 2017 to be leadership by the role players in the industry, sufficient training and mentorship for practitioners and labour, collaboration across all fields, and an improvement of procurement practices.
The relevance of the programme to the industry and the country is one of the primary reasons why senior managers and other professionals enrol in the programme. CMP delegates are exposed to a variety of industry and project subject areas. Delegates work together in a high-pressure environment to synthesise the subject matter by applying it to engineering and management assignments and case studies. This enables them to comprehend the complexities of the industry and to find holistic solutions to strategic and/or execution level problems. The programme is unique through its challenging and uninterrupted, four-week long schedule where representatives from different spheres in the industry work together. This fosters a unique bond amongst the delegates and builds a lifelong network of professional relationships. Such a network is essential for successfully leading a business and/ or construction project. The fast pace of the programme tests delegates both physically and mentally. The CMP is therefore an excellent barometer of whether a future leader will be able to survive the unique challenges and pressure within the construction industry. The CMP is accredited with 16 CPD points from ECSA and application has been made for CPD points from SACPCMP.
"The CMP has a critical role to play in equipping individuals involved in built environment project delivery to meet the exciting growth challenges that lie ahead in South Africa and further afield. It has equipped me to approach my role as contractor in a proud, confident and knowledgeable way, enabling me to interface and contribute at all levels."
Werner Jerling, Managing Director, Stefanutti Stocks Structures Business Unit
"The CMP challenges your thinking and your boundaries with unique perspectives. However, the most important thing I took away from the CMP, was the relationships that were built with my peers. It is invaluable."
Rukesh Raghubir, CEO of M&D Construction Group, 2013 CMP Delegate
CMP 2018 Schedules and Fees:
CMP is a full-time course presented over four weeks. Delegates work a six-day week from Monday to Saturday. The normal day extends from 08:15 - 17:15 (12:30 on Saturdays) with private group study sessions during the evenings in preparation for the following day. The course dates are Sunday 17 June to Friday 13 July 2018.
The fee for CMP 2017 was R 92 000. The fee for 2018 will be announced in February 2018. (Normally an annual inflation adjustment is made). The fee covers tuition, books, accommodation and meals, site visits and other course materials. Application forms can be downloaded from the website or can be requested from the course
secretary. Applications close 31 March 2018.