Project Controls Technician



PCI Approach

The Project Controls Technician apprenticeship is part of the UK Government’s Trailblazer programme. A Project Controls Technician controls, monitors and systematically analyses progress and performance data on engineering, manufacturing, construction and infrastructure projects. Project Controls include 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.

Standard: Approved and ready for delivery.

Level: This apprenticeship is at Level 3.

Duration: The duration of this apprenticeship is typically 36 - 42 months.

Suggested Entry Requirements: Set by individual employers, entry requirements will typically include a minimum of 5 GCSE grades A* - C (or equivalent qualifications) including mathematics; English (Language).
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Our Delivery Approach

We have developed a unique approach to deliver Project Controls Technician Apprenticeship by leveraging our subject matter expertise. Our approach includes training (Technical, Occupational and Software), assessment gateway review and end point assessment. Our delivery approach includes training delivered in a simulated classroom environment (Classroom, Blended and Online) with case studies and real-life examples across the project life cycle.

This approach develops competency and creates an environment that enables it to attract, develop and retain individuals who can contribute towards business objectives.

Our unique delivery approach is shown below.

Benefits of PCI Apprenticeship Training

  1. Actively engaged in development of the Project Controls Technician Apprenticeship Standard.
  2. Registered training provider (TBC) for Project Controls Technician Apprentice Managed by Institute for Apprenticeships, UK Government.
  3. Unique delivery approach includes training delivered in a simulated classroom environment (Classroom, Blended and Online) with case studies and real-life examples across the project life cycle.
  4. AACE Authorised Education Provider (AEP), ECITB Approved Training Provider, APM accredited training provider and PMI Registered Education Provider (REP).


  1. Delivery Options: Day release/Block release
  2. Location Options: At client location (minimum 5 learners required) or PCI learning centre @Chertsey


  1. The delivery can be customised according to clients internal processes and systems.
  2. Case studies based on domain specific real life projects. Client’s completed/ongoing projects can also be converted for case studies.

Project Controls Technician Career Progression

On completion, the apprentice will be eligible to apply for membership of the Association of Cost Engineers (ACostE) as a Graduate Member, and will also be eligible to apply for registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech), subject to having suitable engineering experience and undergoing a professional review process.

With further training following on from the apprenticeship, individuals may choose to specialise in specific sectors or related roles which could lead to membership of other related professional bodies.

With additional training the Project Controls Technician could also progress to more specialist roles in areas such as project controls, planning, scheduling, estimating, cost control, risk and quality and ultimately a role as project controls manager or director.