Providing world-class education to established and aspiring Project Managers.

Focusing on the practical know-how that matters for your success.


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Project Management and Controls is a profession full of opportunities and challenges.

However, projects spin out of control when the challenges become overwhelming. This means that inferior work gets delivered, later than planned and over budget.

At Ernest Lehman, we're passionate about teaching you how to add outstanding value to any organization that employs you.

How do we do this?

By passing on our faculty’s expertise about the real-world challenges you will face as a Project Manager.

We teach the most up-to-date theoretical knowledge, but always with an awareness of practical applications in the profession.

Our Story

From hard-earned real-world experience to authoritative coaching and mentoring.

1980 – 2003

1980 – 2003

A 40+ year PM journey begins…

Beginning in the 1980s, Ernest Lehman worked as a planning engineer, systems consultant and Project Manager for various companies.

This early work experience already gave him a keen awareness of how to rise to the challenges and avoid the pitfalls that come with Project Management and Controls as an subject matter expert.

His own project successes quickly established his reputation as a skilled and knowledgeable industry professional.

2003 – 2014

2003 - 2014

Saving time and money while getting the job done.

From 2003 onwards, Ernest managed various massive project portfolios at companies like De Beers, Murray & Roberts, Anglo Platinum, and Debswana Diamond Company.

His ability to complete projects months ahead of time and hundreds of millions of rands under the allocated budget made him a valuable asset to each company that employed him.

Apart from always being cost-effective and on time, his effective work ethic as a project services manager also ensured the highest standards of quality and safety.

2014 - 2022

2014 - 2022

Paying it forward.

Working at Debswana in 2014, Ernest played a fundamental role in organizing expert coaching and mentorship for 90 interns.

Since then, he has increasingly taken up the educational mission of improving knowledge and competencies within the PM profession for a long-lasting and positive social impact.

Ernest is passionate about providing the kind of leadership and motivation that strengthens his profession and adds value to the industry.




The most effective way for Ernest to bolster the profession has been to establish an Academy where both experienced businesspeople and novices in the world of Project Management can attain qualifications and certifications.

The Ernest Lehman curriculum has been assembled to fully prepare the Academy’s graduates in taking on demanding professional roles with confidence and capability.

Giving you the best education available ensures the transmission of the critical knowledge and skills that will secure PM expertise for future generations.

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Ernest Lehman holds two Master's degrees in Project Management and Business from the University of Queensland, Australia.

He has spent more than 40 years working in Project Management and delivering top results in Fortune 500 companies and others.

He has worked in oil and gas, engineering, mining, and construction, where he provided innovative strategies to complete large and mega projects ahead of schedule with enormous cost savings.

His vast expertise ensures that any project he steers secures that company's bottom line.

Our Values

We strive to deliver excellence in everything we do.

For our teaching, this involves the same values needed for effective control - understanding the scope of work necessary to deliver a top‐quality service on time and without ever losing sight of the budget.

Therefore, we’re all about being meticulous and aiming higher than before.

We see tremendous value in teaching leadership skills and empowering PMs to lead for a better future.

We know that any successful Project Manager needs to always be realistic.

This requires adaptable planning and estimating skills while always staying laser-focused on completing the project and protecting the bottom line.

Excellence, leadership, and realism are core ideals in our Project Management teaching and in our own PM work.

Adhering to them is our way of setting an example that encourages best practices and accountability in our industry.

Our Focus Is On You

At Ernest Lehman, our overriding objective is to help you make a meaningful professional impact as a Project Manager.

With our hands-on coaching and mentoring, you learn the knowledge and skills that are relevant to real-world PM settings.

We provide capacity building in Project Management and Controls, which allows individuals and companies to grow and succeed.

You learn the planning, decision-making, communication, and negotiation skills needed to solve problems in your demanding work.

Certification with Ernest Lehman allows you to stand out on quality.

You gain the credibility you need to be valued internationally as a PM expert and industry leader.


An internationally recognized education in Project Management:

Ernest Lehman is partnered with international accreditation bodies that provide ISO (International Organization of Standardization), PMP (Project Management Professional), and IPMA (International Project Management Association) certifications.

Our curriculum is accredited by:

International Accreditation Service (IAS)

CPD Certification Service

ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB)

Standards Council of Canada (SCC)

United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS)

We follow the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) rules and regulations and CHEA is in the United States of America.


"I've always found Ernest to be competent, highly motivated, and with the necessary drive and commitment to achieve a project's required goals. I would have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone wishing to assist them with their project delivery.”

- John Cramp

"Ernest delivered an outstanding and satisfying service in conducting and implementing a turnaround strategy at our company G&H Consulting Engineers. I would not hesitate to recommend his services to any other company."

– Jenifer Bokwa

"Ernest’s sharply structured online program provides highly relevant learning courses, personal guidance, and expert mentorship. My career has excelled."

– André Potgieter

Whether you want to stand more securely in your current Project Management work…

Or enter the profession as a bright-eyed newcomer who wants a satisfying career…

Enroll at Ernest Lehman to reach your highest potential.

We are eager to help you open the doors that lead to your future success.

The next step in your journey begins today.