Press Release
A good project administrator makes all the difference
Issued by: Faculty Training Institute  
[Johannesburg, 22 January 2014]

This coming Monday, 27 January 2014, Brent Combrink will be a guest speaker at the Project Management South Africa's (PMSA) Western Cape breakfast event.

Combrink, a seasoned Faculty Training Institute (FTI) lecturer, project management coach and mentor, will be presenting: The Value of a Good Project Administrator. The workshop invites project management practitioners of all levels to understand that project administration is a core competence to be properly understood by every member of a project management team, from portfolio manager to project administrator.

According to Combrink, high performance project teams are crucial to maximising organisational and project performance in today's competitive corporate climate. "In self-managed teams, every person's distinct role makes a unique contribution, including the often-times overlooked and more junior project administrator role," says Combrink.

This workshop will give project office managers and project managers the chance to explore how they can seize on the specialised skills of a project administrator, whose vital role contributes to the overall success of a project.

A good project administrator is an efficient, organised and proficient communicator who functions across the levels of a project team, a project management team and a project office. Combrink says a project administrator's role in a project office or project management team is a specialised function and one that includes an intimate knowledge of project management tools and skills. Combrink feels strongly that the role of project administrator cannot be fulfilled by the project manager's personal assistant, though this happens often. He instead feels that to be an effective project administrator, the incumbent needs an understanding of project administration principles, tools, and a disciplined and methodical approach to project management work.

The 90-minute PMSA workshop will explore the role of a project administrator in the context of supporting any project, whether large or small, and whether done by an individual or through the combined services of a project office. The workshop will highlight the value of a good project administrator through their key duties, PM-specific skills, typical constraints, and the strategic alignment of the project admin role in the broader context of the project office's function and organisational strategy. Anecdotes from real life scenarios will be discussed, including the latest research into project administration and project management functions.

FTI's three-day Project Administration Fundamentals course, on which Combrink lectures, teaches the project-specific tasks that a project administrator should optimally perform. These include competently interpreting information from project management tools such as the Gantt chart and WBS. "Importantly, project administrators should be able to gather project progress updates from the team and then prepare the regular progress updates," says Combrink.

Project Management South Africa (PMSA) is a not-for-profit, voluntary professional association representing the interests of project, programme and portfolio management practitioners in South Africa. Faculty Training Institute, as a leading training provider in project management, is a joint sponsor of the PMSA events in the Western Cape. To book for the event, please contact Dilshaan Duearte at or 011 257 8003.

For further information about FTI's Project Administration Fundamentals course commencing on 31 March 2014 in Cape Town and 2 June 2014 in Johannesburg, please contact on 021 683-4506 or on 011 807-9478. For a full list of FTI's comprehensive training programmes, including FTI's Certificate Programme in Project Management Practice and FTI's Applied Programme in Project Management, please visit

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