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Project Manager

Kaiwhakahaere Kaupapa

Project managers manage projects for one or more organisations, usually setting up or improving an aspect of business. They manage the strategic, financial, operational and technological aspects of projects.

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Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements to become a project manager. However, some employers prefer you to have a diploma or degree in project management, or in an area you might specialise in, such as engineering or information and communication technology (ICT). A degree in business and/or management may also be useful.

Secondary education

A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter tertiary study. Useful subjects include English, maths and computer studies.

Personal requirements

Project managers need to be:

  • organised
  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • able to lead others
  • excellent at communicating and negotiating
  • skilled in writing and presentation
  • innovative, but also able to make practical decisions
  • able to relate well to a wide range of people
  • motivated
  • able to work well under pressure.
Kaushiki Roy Project Manager
"A project manager has to be a good leader, and also someone who wants to learn, because the nature of projects is becoming more complex."

Kaushiki Roy, Project Manager

Useful experience

Useful experience for project managers includes:

  • work in a project team
  • work in an area of specialisation, such as ICT
  • business and management experience.

Related courses

View information on courses in the course database

Find out more about training

Project Management Institute
(04) 970 2005 - PMINZ@pmi.org.nz - www.pmi.org.nz/


years of training usually required

Kaushiki Roy standing at a table where a group of people are sitting

Project managers need to be able to lead groups of people

Updated 16 Oct 2014