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Associate Project Manager Level 4 Apprenticeship Standard


There are a range of opportunities available to those who complete this apprenticeship. Projects can be large or small, defined and delivered within different contexts and across diverse industry sectors. The apprenticeship would suit a candidate who has prior management or project management knowledge and/or experience. Typical job titles for the role might include: Assistant Project Manager, Junior Project Manager, Associate Project Manager or Project Team Member.

This apprenticeship will provide you with the skills and experience to work as an Associate Project Manager.


Associate Project Manager


Level 4

Typical duration

24 months



Maximum Funding Value


Delivery model

Delivery is flexible to suit the individual apprentice and their employer. The apprentice will have a minimum of one tutorial per month either in person in the workplace or remotely via an online meeting. Group sessions may be available on some programmes.

Entry requirements

  • Individual employers will set their own entry requirements for their apprentices. Typically, candidates will have achieved a Level 4/C or above in at least five GCSEs, including English and Maths, and hold a minimum of 48 UCAS points, or equivalent.
  • Apprentices must be employed in order to study for this qualification. Please see our Apprenticeship vacancies.
  • The apprentice must be at least 16 years of age.

Knowledge outcomes

  • Project governance: 
    • Understands different types of organisational structures and responsibilities, functions and project phases on different types of project. 
    • Understands how governance can control and manage the successful delivery of projects and the significance of the project management plan (PMP).
  • Project stakeholder management: 
    • Understands stakeholder perspectives, different interests and levels of influence upon project outcomes.
  • Project communication: 
    • Aware of the key contexts of a project communication plan and its effectiveness in managing different stakeholders.
    • Knows factors that can affect communications, such as cultural and physical barriers.
  • Project leadership: 
    • Understands the vision and values of the project, links to its objectives and how these can be effectively communicated and reinforced to team members and stakeholders. 
    • Understands leadership styles, qualities and the importance of motivation on team performance.
    • Understands the characteristics of the working environment which encourage and sustain high performance.
  • Consolidated planning: 
    • Knows the purpose and formats for consolidated plans which support overall management, taking account of lessons learnt.
    • Understands how the plans balance fundamental components of scope, schedule, resources, budgets, risks and quality requirements.
  • Budgeting and cost control: 
    • Understands funding, estimating, overheads, direct costs, indirect costs, fixed costs, variable costs and how to interpret an overall budget for a project.
    • Understands tracking systems for actual costs, accruals and committed costs; alternative cost breakdowns to provide for graphical representations and performance management.
  • Business case and benefits management: 
    • Understands preparation and/or maintenance of business cases, including benefits management.
  • Project scope: 
    • Understands requirements management and evaluation of alternative methods to learn from the past to improve delivery.
    • Understands project scope change control, baseline change management and configuration management.
  • Project schedule: 
    • Can schedule and estimate project activities including how they can be quality assessed. 
    • Understand progress monitoring and metrics to assess work performed against the schedule.
    • Can schedule management methods to evaluate and revise activities.
  • Resource management: 
    • Understands resource analysis, allocation and acceptance.
  • Project risk and issue management: 
    • Understands the need for and implementation of a risk management plan, risk management methods and techniques to identify and prioritise threats or opportunities.
    • Can apply mitigation actions to minimise risk impacts and to optimise benefits by managing opportunities.
  • Contract management and procurement: 
    • Understands the nature of contracts and their implications for contracting organisations.
    • Understands procurement processes.
    • Understands legal and ethical means for managing contracts.
  • Project quality:
    • Understands quality management processes, assurance and improvements; outcomes of a quality management plan, metrics for processes and quality standards.
  • Project context: 
    • Knows the different contexts in which projects can be delivered, including health, safety, and environment management.
    • Knows the interdependencies between project(s), programme(s) and portfolio management.
    • Aware of project phases and key review points, across project life cycles.

Skills Outcomes

  • Project governance: 
    • Understands project monitoring and reporting cycles to track, assess and interpret performance by the application of monitoring techniques to analyse status and manage information.
  • Stakeholder and communications management: 
    • Knows how to manage stakeholders, taking account of their levels of influence and particular interests whilst managing conflicts and negotiations.
    • Has the ability to communicate to a variety of different audiences.
    • Can contribute to negotiations relating to project objectives.
  • Budgeting and cost control: 
    • Can develop and agree on project budgets, monitor forecast and actual costs against them and control changes.
    • Can support funding submissions.
    • Has knowledge of tracking systems for actual costs, accruals and committed costs; structures for alternative cost breakdowns.
  • Business case: 
    • Contributes to the preparation or maintenance of a business case including achieving required outcomes.
  • Scope management: 
    • Can determine, control and manage changes to the scope of a project, including assumptions, dependencies and constraints.
  • Consolidated planning: 
    • Can consolidate and document the fundamental components of projects.
    • Monitors progress against the consolidated plan and refines as appropriate, implementing the change control process where relevant.
  • Schedule management: 
    • Prepares and maintains schedules for activities aligned to project delivery.
  • Risk, and issue management:  
    • Can identify and monitor project risk or opportunity.
    • Can plan and implement responses to them.
    • Able to contribute to a risk management plan.
    • Responds to and manages issues within a defined governance structure.
  • Contract management and procurement: 
    • Can facilitate a procurement process.
    • Contributes to the definition of contractual agreements.
    • Contributes to managing a contract.
  • Quality management:
    • Able to develop a quality management plan, manage project assurance and contribute to peer reviews.
    • They will utilise an organisation’s continual improvement process including lessons learned.
  • Resource management: 
  • Can develop resource management plans for project activities.
  • Can acquire and manage resources including commitment acceptance and monitor progress against plans.

Behaviour outcomes

  • Collaboration and team work: 
    • Understands and is effective as part of an integrated team.
  • Leadership: 
    • Communicates direction and supports the vision for project delivery.
  • Effective and appropriate communication: 
    • Works effectively with and influences others, taking account of diversity and equality.
    • Can influence and facilitate effective team performance.
  • Drive for results: 
    • Demonstrates clear commitment to achieving results, and improving performance.
  • Integrity, ethics, compliance and professionalism: 
    • Promotes the wider public good in all actions, acting in a morally, legally and socially appropriate manner.
    • They promote and model the highest standards of professional integrity, ethics, trust and continued development.

External qualifications

Apprentices are required to achieve a suitable level of knowledge as part of their development in order to gain an IPMA Level D qualification or APM Project Management qualification prior to their end point assessment.

End Point Assessment

  • Presentation with supporting portfolio.
  • Professional discussion supported by the apprentice's portfolio.


For more information about this course please contact us.

Queens Court Regent Street Barnsley South Yorkshire S70 2EG
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These course details were downloaded on 20/04/2024

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