PL Projects are working with Leeds City College to provide the Level 4 Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship. Learners must be enrolled with Leeds City College as students and will have access to their facilities throughout the programme. The apprenticeship programme is regulated by Ofsted.

Gain an internationally recognised qualification awarded by the chartered body for the project profession.

Our Level 4 Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship programme is regulated by Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education.

This apprenticeship programme is approved to meet the Associate Project Manager level 4 standard set by the Institute for Apprenticeships.


The Level 4 Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship is an 18-month programme that supports learners to develop project management knowledge, skills and behaviours and use these in their work. The Association for Project Management (APM) Project Management Qualification (PMQ) exam is a mandatory on-programme assessment, covering topics in the APM’s ‘Body of Knowledge’, and is taken after 12 months. The learners will concurrently create their Portfolio of Evidence to submit to independent assessors and then take the End Point Assessment (EPA) consisting of a Presentation and Professional Discussion based on the Portfolio of Evidence. Learners must also show evidence of Level 2 maths and English qualifications. If this is not the case, then they will need to do these qualifications before the EPA.

On an apprenticeship, 20% of your working time is used for learning, which is generally one day a week. On a weekly basis, we will deliver a 3-hour session which will cover knowledge and discuss how to implement skills in your role. We will also use these sessions to ensure that you are progressing your Portfolio of Evidence and getting the project management experience that you need. Your employer contributes to the apprenticeship by ensuring you have a suitable mentor to support your learning in the workplace and may provide guest speakers at our sessions on key topic areas.


The Level 4 Associate Project Manager Apprenticeship is designed for individuals who wish to take the next step in their project careers and acquire a broad range of project management knowledge and put this into practice in their organisations. Applicants typically work in project environments, or improvements in business-as-usual activities and have some pre-existing project management knowledge or experience.

The apprenticeship is only available by using Apprenticeship Levy funding, so it is crucial for the learner to have the support of their organisation when considering this programme.


The APM PMQ syllabus and apprenticeship provides an in-depth coverage of:

  • The project lifecycle
  • Project context
  • Business case and benefits
  • Stakeholders and governance
  • Leadership, teamwork and communication
  • Negotiation and conflict
  • Programme management
  • Quality
  • Planning and scheduling
  • Estimating and cost control
  • Project scope and quality
  • Risk management
  • Change control
  • Transition to ‘business as usual’
  • Project reviews
  • Tutor support throughout the whole programme
  • APM accredited course materials
  • Official APM sample exam papers
  • Significant exam preparation, support and exam
  • One to one coaching on Portfolio of Evidence
  • End Point Assessment support and preparation
  • Independent final assessment
  • Level 2 maths and English qualification support

To begin with, the apprenticeship introduces the PMQ syllabus to the learners, and we spend time establishing the cohort dynamic. By the end of the first quarter, we will be establishing a routine of PMQ learning with weekly homework issued and structured feedback returned. During the first 12-month period where you will be getting ready for the PMQ exam, we will take time to write some more general Portfolio narratives. After a year, the focus will then be on the Portfolio of Evidence, followed by the preparation for the EPA. If a learner does not have the Level 2 maths and English certificates, then they will be enrolled in a course at Leeds City College to complete these in the first three months of the programme.

Every four weeks we will provide group teaching and learning plans and every three months we will carry out one to one feedback sessions to make sure that you are progressing well. We will be communicating also with your mentors to check workplace progress and identify any areas that need more focus.

In advance of the programme, learners will be provided with suitable course material which may include pre-reading. If you have any questions whilst you are going through the reading, these can be discussed in the delivery sessions.

The apprenticeship programme is a classroom style delivery via a live video-conferencing platform. Our experienced tutors will take you through the programme material online where you will be engaged with the delivery and able to clarify any points as they might occur.  


October 2022 is the start of the next 18-month programme. We are currently looking to work with employers who can provide a minimum cohort size of 10.