Project Management Apprenticeship Program
The Project Management Apprenticeship Program (PMAP) is in its eighth year of helping fast-track a cohort of elite, PM-focused students to have a career in project management.
This year’s program will feature bi-weekly check-ins for mentees and mentors; bi-monthly meetups to foster networking amongst mentees and mentors, and study sessions that will be led by a subject matter expert of the Certified Associate of Project Management (CAPM) exam.
Mentees will be assigned to a portfolio within the Canadian West Coast Chapter to gain volunteering experience and exposure to Chapter activities. Mentors can earn PDUs while mentoring.
The 2022 cohort will run between July 2022 and December 2022. We will be accepting mentee and mentor applications between April 15, 2022, and June 15, 2022
Here are the major events that we have planned for this year:
- July 07, 2022 (05:30 – 7:30 PM) Orientation & Icebreaker
- July 28, 2022 (05:30 – 7:30 PM) Puzzle Building Session
- August 25, 2022 (05:30 – 7:30 PM) Cohort Dinner
- September 22, 2022 (05:00 – 08:00 PM) PMI Dinner Event
- October 29, 2022 (10:00 – 12:00 PM) Mock CAPM Exam
- December 02, 2022 (5:30 – 7:30 PM) PMAP Completion Celebration
What does the program provide?
1. Get a Mentor
Wise words and war stories are needed to bridge the gap from theory to practice. Mentees will meet twice a month with their mentors throughout the program to learn about the field of project management.
2. Get Involved
To become part of the PM community, one has to actively give back. PMAP students will be working with the PMI CWCC portfolios to gain project management experience while receiving guidance from their mentors.
3. Get Noticed
Time to leave campus and get noticed! Mentees will be given exclusive access to PMI monthly dinners and professional conferences. These events will be an ideal opportunity for participants to build their network, be exposed to various job opportunities, and become educated on important issues through TED Talk-style presentations.
4. Get Certified
PMAP provides its mentees with the opportunity to be CAPM certified - a highly valued accreditation that provides them with an edge in the job market. Weekly study sessions to help you prepare for the CAPM exam run from the beginning of July to the end of October. Each week, our CAPM Exam Preparation Lead will go through select PMBOK topics and provide tips and tricks to help you pass the exam!
Mentees will be reimbursed CAPM exam fees subject to passing.
What does the program provide for mentors?
PMAP is a rewarding experience where you give back to the project management community by mentoring a PM-focused student. Give wise words and war stories to bridge the gap from theory to practice. While you mentor, you can also earn up to 12 PDUs on all three pillars of the PMI Talent Triangle.
What you earn will be subject to the number of hours you meet up with your mentee and the dialogue’s topic.
What are the requirements to join the program?
- Be currently enrolled or just graduated from in a post-secondary institution. We welcome both part-time and full-time students.
- Be currently enrolled in a project management course or have recently completed a project management course that’s at least 23-hours in length
- Be available to commit 10 to 20 hours a month (2.5 to 5 hours a week) between July 2022 and December 2022
- Be a student member of PMI and PMI CWCC
- Tell us a bit about yourself through our application form – we want to get to know you better so we can pair you with your ideal mentor
- Be a certified PMP, PfMP, PgMP, PMI-PBA, PMI-ACP, PMI-SP, or PMI-RMP; or have three years of project experience under your belt
- Be available to commit 2.5 hours a month between July 2022 and December 2022
- Be willing to share your project experiences – the successes and the pitfalls
- Tell us a bit about yourself through our application form – we want to get to know you better so we can pair you with your ideal mentee
Please be advised that a maximum of 8 mentees and 8 mentors will be accepted for the 2022 cohort to ensure a quality program.
Alain Arostique, Director
Alain graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Degree and holds a Graduate Certificate in Project Management (for Technical Professionals) from Ryerson University, Toronto. He has been working in the Project Management field for more than 12 years as a Project Manager and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Alain, who’s also a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Professional and LEED Green Associate is currently working as part of the Project Management team in one of Vancouver’s leading construction firms.
Divya Malik, Director
Divya is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with 11 years of working experience in Project Management for Finance, Insurance & Visa Services Industry and has completed Masters in Finance. Divya is currently working as a Project Manager with VFS Global, manages a team of 9 and provides support across several business lines. Divya serves as one of the mentors in PMAP’s 2019 program.
Melody Lee, Director of PMAP
Melody graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Business degree specializing in service management. She was previously in the hospitality and tourism industry and has since pivoted her career path to project management. Melody participated in the Project Management
Apprenticeship Program (PMAP) in 2021 as a mentee and completed the program with CAPM Certification on hand. She currently works as a Junior Project Manager at Chase Office Interiors.
Brad Monette, Director of PMAP
Bradley joined the Canadian West Coast Chapter of the PMI as a mentee in the 2021 cohort of the Project Management Apprenticeship Program. In addition to completing the program with his Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification, he is set to receive his BBA in Business Management with a Project Management concentration from Douglas College at the end of April. Bradley has over 10 years of experience in various roles spanning several industries including insurance, transportation, and corporate services. Bradley loves sports and regularly plays hockey, softball and golf. His deep passion for hockey led him to volunteer as a coach for youth hockey programs based out of West Vancouver, North Vancouver, and Burnaby.
Saad Abdelkader, Director of PMAP
Saad is a senior project manager with international and diverse background delivering infrastructure and integrated business automation solutions to tier1 CSPs globally. Saad also have previous volunteering experience working with new comers helping them to kick off their career in Canada. On the personal level, he enjoys boating, fishing and camping.
How do I apply to become a mentee or mentor?
Applications are now open until June 15, 2022! Students, click here to become a mentee.
PM Professionals, click here to become a mentor.
If you have any questions regarding the program, you can contact the PMAP Directors at firstname.lastname@example.org