Project Controls Technician Apprenticeship Standard

In partnership with the training company 20/20 we are now delivering the Project Controls Technician Apprenticeship Standard. This qualification will take 36 months to complete and will provide great opportunities for a secure, long term career.

Project Controls Technician Standard - Level 3


A Project Controls Technician controls, monitors and systematically analyses progress and performance data on engineering, manufacturing, construction and infrastructure projects. They require strong analytical skills and a practical approach to interpret technical information. They use specific, complex software tools to undertake a wide range of project control tasks.

Project Controls includes the technical disciplines of estimating, planning, scheduling and cost engineering for which this apprenticeship gives a comprehensive grounding leading to roles such as project controller, estimator, planner, scheduler and cost engineer. Typically job holders work in large project teams on complex projects in sectors such as construction, manufacturing, engineering, energy and infrastructure – where detailed progress /performance tracking, and an understanding of on-site hazards, health and safety requirements and compliance is critical. This hands-on role is crucial to ensuring the successful delivery of complex projects and a shortage of skilled professionals provides opportunities for a secure, fulfilling long-term career.

The following qualifications will be gained:

  • Level 3 Project Controls Technician Apprenticeship Standard

  • Level 3 Diploma in Project Control Practice

  • Functional Skills English and Maths at Level 2 if applicable


The programme is delivered in partnership with the training company 20/20 over 36 months. Apprentices are expected to attend all teaching sessions and complete work in their own time.

Functional Skills

Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment.

Technical knowledge includes

  • Project controls - the project life-cycle, breakdown structures, the relationship between time and cost, quality and risk, how project controls is critical to successful project delivery

  • Technical information - how to review and interpret technical information from different sources e.g. engineering drawings, manufacturing plans or construction plans to develop the scope for control

  • Estimating practice - classes of estimate, how to interpret technical requirements and specifications to develop the estimate, techniques for estimate development such as parametric, analogous, bottom-up

  • Planning and scheduling practice - difference between planning and scheduling, key terms and processes used to produce control schedules, how to interpret the technical requirements to produce a workable control schedule including development of logic networks, dependencies, critical paths, resource management, levelling and smoothing and impact of uncertainty and risk

  • Cost engineering practice - key terms and processes related to preparing control budgets, cash flow, cost control and cost engineering relationships

  • Work breakdown and coding structures - their purpose, how to create, use and interpret them to enable accurate control and the need for flexibility

  • Tracking data and progress reporting - collection, validation and monitoring of data against plan, reviewing accuracy of reporting, how to tailor the presentation of data for understanding and buy-in

  • Analysis techniques - how to identify trends and variances using techniques such as earned value analysis, forecasting, critical path analysis and risk analysis

  • Technical, engineering and mathematical principles - what these are and how to apply them to support effective project controls within the context of the role

  • Importance of safety - relevant engineering, construction and infrastructure specific knowledge including related national and industrial health, safety and environmental standards and legislation

  • Employer organisation, management systems, and procedures - related governance including quality, change control, data management and security, configuration management, version control, risk analysis and management, and document control

  • Commercial matters - how they impact on the role, the basics of contract and supply chain management

  • Project controls related software and IT systems - attributes, limitations and systems used, in-house and proprietary applications used for: planning and scheduling, cost and risk analysis, estimating and progress and performance monitoring

Behaviours include

  • Strong work ethic, takes personal responsibility for own work, meets deadlines, sets the right example for others and displays honesty and integrity

  • Team player that shows sensitivity to others and works collaboratively demonstrating an openness to others’ ideas and input

  • Positive attitude, constructive thinking and able to adjust to change

  • Attention to detail, with an enquiring mind, not afraid to ask questions, seek assistance or challenge

  • Committed to advancing own learning and competence, showing a willingness to learn new skills

  • Applies and upholds principles of social responsibility, environmental sustainability, equality and diversity