Is the Level 4 Associate Project Manager apprenticeship the right choice for me?
So, you’ve decided you want to take your project management skills to the next level and are wondering if a project management qualification is the right choice for you. In this blog post we’ll explore what the Level 4 Associate Project Manager apprenticeship entails and whether it’s the right fit for you.
What is the Level 4 Associate Project Manager apprenticeship?
The Level 4 Associate Project Manager apprenticeship can be completed alongside your normal project management role. In addition to achieving your apprenticeship award, the Association for Project Management’s Project Management Qualification (APM PMQ) exam is integrated within this apprentceship so you will achieve two professional qualifications including an APM qualification too.
As well as the sector-specific skills you’ll learn while completing your apprenticeship, you’ll develop transferable skills that can be used throughout your future career, regardless of what sector you choose to work in.
What does the APM PMQ involve?
The APM’s Project Management Qualification covers a broad range of topics that provide you with understanding of all areas of project management. When completing this as part of the Level 4 Associate Project Manager apprenticeship, you’ll cover topics including planning, communication, budgeting and cost management, leadership, conflict management, negotiation, earned value management, teamwork, project sponsorship, risk management and procurement.
This qualification is suitable for those who manage projects within their role are seeking to be more effective, so you can be confident that you’ll develop the skills you need to successfully plan, execute, and complete projects. From understanding how to create a responsibility assignment matrix and differentiating between iterative, linear and hybrid life cycles to managing stakeholder expectations and implementing effective contingency plans, the PMQ runs that gamut and covers every element of project management in a professional environment.
How will you complete the Level 4 Associate Project Manager apprenticeship?
If you choose to enrol in a Level 4 Associate Project Manager apprenticeship, you’ll complete the learning and application while you undertake your regular role in managing projects. Provek’s dedicated online learning platform, Bud, makes it easier to organise and manage your learning alongside your work schedule.
Typically, our candidates complete the whole apprenticeship programme over a 13-month period via a mix of one-to-one learning, group workshops and guided self-learning. Students will also complete multiple learning assignments throughout the 13 months, which gives candidates an opportunity to identify strength areas and topics which may require further study. The learning assignments contribute to learners’ Portfolio of Evidence, which will then be used to prepare for the final assessment for the apprenticeship.
You’ll study 17 different topics, split into six distinct units. Upon completing all six units, you’ll be given the opportunity to sit the APM PMQ exam part-way through the programme. At Provek, we have a PMQ pass rate that is higher than the national average, due to the extensive preparation and guidance we provide. While it’s natural to feel nervous before an exam, you can be sure that you’ll have received a wealth of support and assistance so that you’re ready to complete your assessments successfully.