Course Overview

Projects can be defined and delivered within different contexts, across diverse industry sectors. Every project no matter how large or small, 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 organisation and the complexity of projects, Associate Project Manager job titles will vary, but typically they can include: assistant project manager, junior project manager, project team leader.

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.

The Content

This programme will develop the following knowledge, skills and behaviours:

Knowledge
• Project governance
• Project stakeholder management
• Project communication
• Project leadership
• Consolidated planning
• Budgeting and cost control
• Business case and benefits management
• Project scope
• Project schedule
• Resource management
• Project risk and issue management
• Contract management and procurement
• Project quality
• Project context

Skills
• Project governance
• Stakeholder and communications management
• Budgeting and cost control
• Business case
• Scope management
• Consolidated planning
• Schedule management
• Risk and issue management
• Contract management and procurement
• Quality management
• Resource management

Behaviours
• Collaboration and team work
• Leadership
• Effective and appropriate communication
• Drive for results
• Integrity, ethics, compliance and professionalism

Learners 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 as part of this programme prior to their End Point Assessment.

Functional Skills in English and Maths
Learners who have not already achieved Level 2 English and Maths must do so as part of the programme.

The Assessment

Learners will need to undertake an End Point Assessment which comprises the following:
• Professional discussion supported by portfolio of evidence
• Presentation supported by portfolio of evidence

The IPMA Level D qualification is assessed by completion of a 3 hour written paper, comprising multiple choice and open answer questions.
The APM qualification involves completion of a 3 hour exam, or 2 hour exam for registered PRINCE2® Practitioners.

Successful completion of the programme results in learners being awarded a Level 4 Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship and an IPMA Level D, or APM Project Management qualification.

Course Duration

16 Months

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