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How to become a project manager

Thinking about a career as a project professional but not sure where to begin? Project management is increasingly becoming a career of choice rather than chance and plays a crucial role in a wide range of business sectors, making it a varied and rewarding job.

There are many entry level jobs available such as assistant project manager or project assistant, or you could consider an apprenticeship. There is more than one way to become a project management professional though.

Routes to project management

Whether you’re a graduate or a career changer, there a number of ways to pursue a career in project management:

Become an apprentice

The Associate Project Manager, Trailblazer Apprenticeship level 4, is available in England; and in Scotland and Wales the Higher Apprenticeship Framework, level 4 is available - these apprentices all study for the APM PMQ.

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Take APM qualifications
Take APM Qualifications

Consider starting with the APM Project Management Fundamentals Qualification. This is a really good way to learn the basics of what the discipline of project management is all about.

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APM accredited degrees

Choose the best education to support your career progression. View the list of courses and degrees with APM Academic Accreditation, which are aligned to the APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition.

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How can I improve my knowledge?

By reading books such as Starting Out in Project Management or Project journal; accessing our extensive project management resources; or attending APM events where you can network with other project managers and listen to industry-leading speakers - you will increase the depth of your knowledge and ensure consistent personal and professional growth.

Become a member

Individual membership of a professional body such as APM enhances your status with colleagues and employers alike and helps you stay ahead of the competition. Publicly demonstrate your commitment to professionalism and boost your career prospects by joining now.

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Attend events and webinars

APM holds many prestigious events and conferences throughout the year. Make sure you don't miss out on learning from leading industry specialists and project professionals. SIG and Branch events and webinars are also excellent opportunities to network and discover. 

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Read and read some more...

Starting Out in Project Management is your essential guide to the the project life cycle journey, from concept through to delivery and handover.

You can also read Project journal and our blogs such as 'How do I become a project management?'

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Jobs And Careers

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A specialist job site for project professionals. You will also find career news, advice, resources, events and opportunities within the project management industry.

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Project:You - A student guide to project management

APM's Project:You student guide gives you insight in to the project profession, as well as case studies, information on our free Student membership and 50+ examples of companies supporting the guide.