Program Overview

The Project Management Apprenticeship Program (PMAP) is in its fifth 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 meet-ups 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 2019 cohort will run between May 2019 and September 2019. We will be accepting mentee and mentor applications between April 1, 2019 and April 24, 2019.

Here are the major events that we have planned for this year:

  • May 9, 2019 (5:30 – 7:30 PM) Orientation & Icebreaker
  • May 23, 2019 (5:30 – 7:30 PM) Puzzle building session
  • July 25, 2019 (5:30 – 7:30 PM) Portfolio show and tell
  • Aug 22, 2019 (5:30 – 7:30 PM) In-person Meet-up
  • Aug 29, 2019 (5:30 – 7:30 PM) Mock CAPM exam
  • Sept 26, 2019 (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 June to the end of August. 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?

Mentees

  1.  Be currently enrolled or just graduated from in a post-secondary institution. We welcome both part-time and full-time students.
  2. Be currently enrolled in a project management course or have recently completed a project management course that’s at least 23-hours in length
  3. Be available to commit 10 to 20 hours a month (~2.5 to 5 hours a week) between May 2019 and September 2019.
  4. Be a student member of PMI and PMI CWCC 
  5. 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

Mentors

  1.  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
  2. Be available to commit 2.5 hours a month between May 2019 and September 2019
  3. Be willing to share your project experiences – the successes and the pitfalls 
  4. 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 7 mentees and 7 mentors will be accepted for the 2019 cohort to ensure a quality program.

Program Organizers

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Alain Arostique, Director

Alain graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management (for Technical Professionals) from Ryerson University. He has worked internationally for more than 11 years as a Project Manager and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Alain hopes to bridge and practice his international Project Management experience and eventually gain more PMI certifications including the Scheduling Professional (SP) and Risk Management Professional (RMP).

 

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Raisa Crisologo, Director

Raisa started as a PMAP Director for the 2017/18 cohort as Director of Process and University Outreach. She graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration and Business Technology Management Certificate from Simon Fraser University in 2016. After landing her first job as a Data Management Coordinator, she worked on earning her CAPM designation, and successfully passed in November 2018. Raisa now works with Sterling Talent Solutions as a Data Team Lead where she and manages a team of data coordinators.

 

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Mitchell Wong, Director

Mitchell earned his BBA from the Beedie School of Business concentrating in management information systems and operations management. He was an avid case competitor in the realms of business analytics, marketing, and entrepreneurship, and has earned accolades including 1st place in the business division of the 2018 VanSASH Vancouver Whitecaps Datathon. He now works with WorkSafeBC as a Business Support Analyst.

 

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Rebecca Yao, Director

Rebecca was a mentee of the 2016/17 intake of the PMAP and successfully passed the CAPM exam through the program. Rebecca graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administrator and Business Analytics and Decision Making Certificate from Simon Fraser University in 2016. Rebecca now works for a supra-municipal organization in Northern Quebec, managing contracts and administrative work for 14 airports.

  

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Malharkumar Patel, CAPM Exam Preparation Lead

Malharkumar was a mentee in the 2017/18 intake of PMAP and successfully passed the CAPM exam through the program. Malharkumar has a background in mining engineering and complemented it with an Associate Certificate in Project Management from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Malharhumar currently works with Brygid Technologies Corp. as a Customer Service Representative.

How do I apply to become a mentee or mentor?

Applications are now open until April 24, 2019! Students, click here to apply to become a mentee. PM professionals, click here to apply to become a mentor.

If you have any questions regarding the program, you can contact the PMAP Directors at pmap@pmi.bc.ca