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Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship Level 4

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. An associate project manager utilises resources with suitable skills, qualifications, experience and knowledge to work together in a motivated and integrated team, with clearly defined reporting lines, roles, responsibilities and authorities. Dependent upon the size of the organisations and the complexity of projects, associate project managers’ job titles will vary, but typically they can include: assistant project manager, junior project manager, project team leader. Some organisations use ‘project manager’ as a generic job title.

Entry requirements

Individual employers set the selection criteria, but this is likely to include 5 GCSEs, including Maths and English, although some employers will accept other relevant qualifications and experience, including a relevant Level 2 qualification. Apprentices without English or Maths at Level 2 must achieve this prior to taking the end point assessment.

Course content

Mandatory Qualification

Accredited by the Association of Project Management (APM)

Knowledge based qualification which covers 12 Learning Outcomes.

Assessment is a paper-based written exam (3 hours) where candidates answer 10/16 questions. This is scheduled with APM with minimum 10 days notice. Exam papers are sent to us and we manage the exam sitting. Exams are sent back for marking centrally. Candidates receive their certificates directly from APM, TP’s receive a statement of results as confirmation.

Candidates must pass the qualification before End Point Assessment.

Students become student members of APM which allows access to online information & guidance

  • Project governance
  • Project Stakeholder Management
  • Project leadership
  • Project communication
  • Budget control
  • Risk Management
  • Project planning
  • Project scoping

Assessment methods

Requirements of the Apprenticeship:

  • On programme learning = mandatory qualification – APM PMQ qualification or IPMA Level D (2/3larger qualification than Prince2)
  • English & maths Level 2
  • Portfolio of evidence of skills & behaviours applicable to Project Management
  • Presentation of the portfolio to an Independent Assessor
  • Professional discussion based on the portfolio with an Independent Assessor

An End point Assessment will take place at the end of your programme and will comprise of an apprentice showcase

Interview and a professional discussion. Including project presentation on improvement also knowledge exam


Either before or during the apprenticeship, apprentices will be required to achieve level 2 qualifications in English and Mathematics prior to taking end point assessment (EPA). 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 EPA.

Further study and career options
Further study: Upon successful completion of this apprenticeship, with support and opportunities in the workplace, you can progress on to a management qualification or HNC Business Course The administration role may be a gateway to further career opportunities, such as management or senior support roles.
Additional information

On completion of all elements, Literacy and Numeracy students must complete an end of point assessment – this includes situational judgement test and professional discussion. 

Course Information & How to Apply

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291747.

Start DateDay(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
Flexible 1 day a month Free if 16-18yrs. If 19 or over please ring 01234 291000. Cauldwell Street ST0310

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Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
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Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

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Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.