Level 4 Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship
About this course

Our Level 4 Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship has been designed to equip you with the essential skills required to take on job roles such as Junior Project Manager, Project Management Support and any other roles in project management.

Projects can be defined and delivered within different contexts, across diverse industry sectors, large or small. Every project needs to be managed to ensure its success and an Associate Project Manager knows what needs to be achieved; how long it will take, how much it will cost and how it will work within 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.

What will I learn?

During the programme, you will be required to spend 20% of your time at work on off-the-job learning.

Our programme helps you easily fit your learning around your day job with access to our online platform – learning can be accessed and tracked anytime, anywhere and on any device.

You will learn essential skills including:

  • Understanding the principles of project management
  • Using Agile
  • Working with business case budget and cost control
  • Planning, risk and quality
  • Leading projects
  • Communicating and stakeholder management
Entry requirements

Either before or during the apprenticeship, apprentices will be required to achieve Level 2 qualifications in English and Mathematics prior to taking the End Point Assessment (EPA).

Individual employers will set their own entry requirements for their apprentices. Typically candidates will have achieved a grade C or above in at least 5 GCSEs including English and Mathematics and hold a minimum of 48 UCAS points or equivalent.

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.

Study, assessment and qualifications

Our Level 4 Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship combines assessor / mentor one-to-one training, classroom qualification delivery and on-the-job experience to equip you with essential project management skills ensuring you have the grounding needed to become a skilled project assistant, project manager or project supervisor.

You will complete the following as part of your study:

  1. Seven knowledge modules introducing project management theories and fundamentals through a combination of online learning and practical classroom workshops.
  2. Qualification delivery of APM Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ) and APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) delivered by Bristol Management Centre at our Lackham Campus
  3. A work based portfolio showcasing how you have demonstrated the skills you have learnt in real work projects.
  4. An End Point Assessment in the last 2-3 months of the programme to ensure you have met the learning outcomes of the programme.

On completion of the programme, you will gain the following qualifications:

  • Associate Project Manager Level 4
Additional costs and information


This apprenticeship standard has a 24 month duration starting at Level 4 and finishing at Level 5.

Link to professional registration:

Successful apprentices will become Student Members of the Association for Project Management (APM) as the first step of professional membership. 


Costs are not applicable.

What could I do next?

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.

Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.