Project Management

APM Level 4 Project Management Qualification



The Association of Project Management (APM) Level 4 Project Management Qualification is an ideal way to develop the skills and knowledge of project management so that you can manage projects successfully in your school.

As well as providing a recognised professional qualification, the programme helps to develop a range of relevant, practical skills that can be applied in your school. The programme enables you to:

  • maintain and develop the effectiveness and efficiency in planning, leading and implementing a wide range of projects.
  • underpin and develop your knowledge in fundamentals of a range of Project Management styles and suggested situations of when to use them
  • substantiate your experience with an accredited, internationally recognised qualification


What will you study?

The APM Level 4 Project Management Qualification is made up of 5 units, detailed below:

  • Introduction to Project Management
  • Leading a Project
  • Initiating a Project
  • Project Planning
  • Project Implementation

How long is the programme?

5-8 months.

Those studying the qualification will usually have the option to sit their examination within as little as 5 months from programme commencement. However, you are provided with approximately 8 months online Virtual Learning Environment access and support to enable you to spread your studies over a longer period, if you prefer.

You can view an example timetable here.


How is the programme delivered?

The programme delivery is via Live Online, which includes live, interactive webinar sessions delivered by our industry expert tutor. All sessions are also recorded to enable you to access them on demand. Additionally, learners are given access to a suite of project management resources to help you on your path to success.

On the programme you will be part of a mixed cohort with learners from a variety of sectors. This enables you to share knowledge, experiences and learn how projects are managed in other sectors.


There are 2 options of how to study the Level 4 APM Project Management Qualification. These are:

  • Programme plus exam - Learners will receive eight months access to our Live Online programme as well as being entered to complete their APM PMQ exam. You will also be provided with access to a sample exam paper and a pre-exam briefing webinar to put you in the best position to pass your exam and become a fully qualified project manager. Learners will be able to choose between a paper-based* or online exam.
  • Programme Only – Learners have eight months access to our Live Online programme and be provided with all of the support features listed above. Exam entry not included. 

*paper-based exam option is currently unavailable due to COVID-19 restrictions.


How is the programme assessed?

The programme is assessed via final examination – this is a 3-hour paper which requires learners to respond to 10 of 16 questions based on the learning outcomes covered across all of the 5 modules.

For programme-only learners, there will be no assessment at the end of the qualification.


What are the benefits of completing the programme?

The APM Level 4 Project Management Qualification is designed to expand knowledge in key areas of managing a project and allow you to substantiate this through an internationally recognised qualification.

School business professionals manage a wide range of projects in their schools and this qualification will allow you to apply and tailor your knowledge to each project, and provide your with the confidence that you can manage and deliver the project effectively.

As well as developing knowledge and offering an opportunity to stand out from your peers, the programme is also a gateway to esteemed APM Chartership.


Do I need any Project Management experience to complete this programme?

The programme is designed for learners looking to expand their experience and knowledge in managing a wide range of projects as well understanding of various project management styles. As the qualification guides learners through the end-to-end process of managing a project from initial planning to implementation stage, there are no entry requirements for enrolment.

Therefore, for school business professionals who do not have a project management qualification and who are already managing projects in your school, the Level 4 APM Project Management Qualification is an ideal next step.


How is the programme funded?

The programme is either paid for directly by your school/trust or it can be self-funded. It is separate from the apprenticeship scheme and unfortunately is not eligible for apprenticeship funding.


How much does it cost?

  • Programme only = £695
  • Programme plus exam = £1095

One of the benefits of being an ISBL member is being able to access the member rates for training and conferences. If you are not a member, you can find out more about joining ISBL here.


When can I start the programme?

The Level 4 APM Project Management Qualification is an open cohort, allowing learners the opportunity to study alongside peers to share best practice, effective techniques and also build a network of like-minded contacts. This also means that there are various opportunities available for learners to commence studies throughout the year.


How can I book my place?

This programme is offered directly by our Learning Partner, MOL Learn. There are new cohorts starting on a regular basis. 

For more information regarding the qualification or next cohort start dates, contact MOL Learn on the phone line for ISBL Members on 0330 057 5625. Please quote reference ISBL-APM.

To secure a place on the programme, please complete an application form and send it to MOL Learn.


Click here for more information about the programme.