Project Management

This standard is at Level 4. 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. They work with the project team to achieve the required outcomes. Projects can be defined and delivered within different contexts, across diverse industry sectors.

Occupations

This apprenticeship standard is targeted at Project Managers, Business Analysts, Project Co-ordinators or anyone who has a role that is project based and needs to develop their skills and standardise their approach to project management.

Programme

Typically this programme will take 18 months to complete in learning.

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, 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 employs 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. The programme comprises 17 standards; delivered in line with and relating to the APM Project Management Lifecycle and in line with the APM 13 Principles of Project Governance. Each standard will be covered within a classroom session broadly devised to cover the specific activities within the APM lifecycle; giving relevance and context to the learning within a project environment. Each learner is advised to consider their apprenticeship as a project they are delivering; with their tutor taking the role of Programme Manager/Project Sponsor.

Qualification

In order to acheive the APM qualification learners will develop the following knowledge and skills:
1 Project governance
2 Stakeholder management
3 Budgeting and cost control
4 Business case and benefits
5 Scope management
6 Consolidated planning
7 Schedule management
8 Risk and issue management
9 Contract management and procurement
10 Quality management
11 Resource management
12 Project context
13 Collaboration and teamwork
14 Leadership
15 Communication

End Point Assessment

The end-point assessment comprises of two elements; a presentation and a professional discussion. Prior to taking the end-point assessment, all candidates must have a generated a full portfolio of evidence to cover all aspects of the standards and have passed the APM PMQ (Association of Project Management Project Management Qualification).