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Associate Project Manager — Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4)

Apprenticeship outline

Projects can be defined and delivered within different contexts, across diverse industry sectors. They can be large or small.

Every project needs to be managed to ensure its success, An associate project manager knows what needs to be achieved, how it will be achieved, how long it will take and how much it will cost, and works with the project team to achieve the required outcomes.

Associate project managers need good planning, organisation, leadership, management and communication skills.

This is a challenging course and you need to dedicate a commitment to undertaking the amount of study required, but you will be supported by your tutor. You will be taught online in cohorts by our experienced tutor in order to fully prepare you for the 3 hour APM Project Management Qualification exam.

Once you have passed the exam, you will be able to continue your apprenticeship and enter the Gateway which will enable you to take the End Point Assessment which is required to complete your apprenticeship.

In addition to the knowledge you will gain during your online sessions, becoming an Associate Project Manager Apprentice allows you to apply for Student Membership of the APM. The APM has a wealth of benefits to help you achieve the Project Management Qualification and get your career well on the way.

The apprenticeship covers:

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Project governance
  • Stakeholder management
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Consolidated planning
  • Budgeting
  • Project scope
  • Business case and benefits management
  • Scheduling
  • Resourcing
  • Risk management
  • Contract management and procurement
  • Quality.


  • Collaboration and team work
  • Leadership
  • Effective and appropriate communication
  • Drive for results
  • Integrity
  • Ethics
  • Compliance
  • Professionalism

How to apply for this apprenticeship

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Study location Online Learning

Monthly online lessons

Start date

You can start this Apprenticeship at any time of the year.


Associate Project Manager - Level 4 Standard Higher Education Apprenticeship


24 months

Level Level 4
Entry requirements

You will need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a relevant job but we can assist you in finding a placement.

You will also need 5 GCSEs at grades 9–4 (A*–C), including English Language and maths – Functional Skills Level 2 can be used as equivalent to GCSE grade 4 (C) or above.

Adults who are aged 19+ with appropriate industry experience but without the necessary qualifications are welcome to apply.

All applicants will be required to undertake an assessment in English and maths prior to enrolling.

Teaching & assessment

You will take a 3 hour exam and then go on to complete an End Point Assessment in the final 3 months of your study.

Additional information

Apprentices are required to achieve a suitable level of knowledge as part of their development such that they achieve an IPMA Level D qualification or APM Project Management Qualification, prior to their End Point Assessment.

Upon commencement, apprentices may become student members of the Association for Project Management (APM) as the first step of professional membership.

Apprentices will be eligible for progression to associate membership upon successful completion of the apprenticeship. Full membership can be attained through further experience and professional development,