Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices (P3O™) Certification

P3O Project Office Certifications

The course combines interactive multimedia training, workshops, video, practical exercises using our P3O project simulation, mock exam simulators and paper based exercises. Using the latest developments in e-learning this course will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the scope, content and structure of the P3O method to fully prepare you for the P3O Foundation exam. The highly interactive P3O Foundation exam simulator will give you a real-time opportunity to practice your exam technique prior to attempting the real exam.

Course Syllabus

P3O Overview

  • What a P3O is and why it is relevant
  • Who the P3O guidance is aimed at
  • The differences between Projects, Programmes, and Portfolio Management

P3O Services & Functions

  • The objectives of each functional or service area
  • Strategic Planning, Delivery Support and Centre of Excellence
  • Assurance services, through gated reviews or audit
  • P3O governance

Model Structures

  • Services and functions delivered through various design models
  • What kind of model to deploy
  • The reporting structure of a P3O model
  • Critical success factors of a P3O structure
  • Information Assurance for projects and programmes

How to operate a P3O

  • Portfolio prioritisation, Management Dashboards, Information Portals and Knowledge Management
  • Some of the facilitated workshops a P3O may be asked to lead
  • Business process swim-lane diagrams and the benefits they can bring
  • How approaches can be tailored for different demands

P3O Roles & Responsibilities

  • P3O “Management & Generic” roles and those that are “functional”
  • The purpose of each role, and be aware of some of the key responsibilities of each
  • How the roles might be implemented within the various P3O models
  • Some of the key skills and competencies needed within a P3O

Developing a P3O Business Case, Why have a P3O?

  • The benefits of a P3O, and the capabilities of a P3O
  • The Principles for Extracting Value. A Value Matrix
  • What performance improvements can be expected

How to implement or re-energise a P3O

  • A Blueprint for a programme of change, for a successful P3O
  • The lifecycle needed for P3O implementation
  • How to setup and run a Temporary Office structure

Case Studies

  • A large bureaucratic organisation delivering health services to various government departments across Europe
  • A medium sized organisation delivering hardware and software solutions to their broad customer base
  • A small organisation delivering construction project management for their clients

P3O Foundation Examination Technique

  • How to approach the P3O examination

P3O Examination Simulator 

  • Featuring sample questions from the P3O examination, using the correct timing and providing feedback for each question


Additional free resources for implementing a P3O, analysing the environment, and a self assessment of maturity.

Also includes…

  • Comprehensive course notes
  • Detailed exercises
  • Exam questions, answers and marking guides
  • Guide to exam technique
  • Full technical support

What’s Included

  • 12 months online access to our accredited P3O course
  • Official P3O manual
  • P3O Foundation mock exam simulator

Target Audience

This course conforms to the syllabus for those delegates wishing to gain both P3O Foundation certifications. This course would benefit:

  • SRO’s/Programme Directors and Managers
  • Portfolio/Programme/Project Office Managers
  • Project or Programme Office support staff and Project Managers

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