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P3O Foundation

A P3O Foundation course is a great starting point for learning about PMOs and the P3O framework.

This course is suitable if you work in, or want to work in, portfolio, programme, or project management offices. It is also suitable if you are a project, programme, or portfolio manager wanting to bring consistency to projects, programmes, or portfolios.

This course provides you with P3O Foundation certification and includes the P3O Foundation exam.

Accreditation Accreditation: PeopleCert (on behalf of AXELOS)
Pre-requisites Pre-requisites: None
location Location: London or online
classroom Format: Live or virtual classroom
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P3O Practitioner

A P3O Practitioner course is for students wanting to learn to deploy a P3O or PMO framework.

A P3O Practitioner course is for people already certified at P3O Foundation level. A P3O Foundation and P3O Practitioner course can also be combined into a single course. Click for more details.

Accreditation Accreditation: PeopleCert (on behalf of AXELOS)
Pre-requisites Pre-requisites: P3O Foundation
location Location: London or online
classroom Format: Live or virtual classroom
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P3O certification

The P3O certification scheme from AXELOS offers two levels of certification, Foundation and Practitioner.

Our P30 training is designed by subject experts and professional P30 trainers. It gives you the best chance of passing your P30 certification exams and successfully earning your PMO qualifications.

P3O certification is the leading project management office (PMO) certification scheme and is a sign to employers that a candidate has a good knowledge of PMO principles and methods.

P3O Foundation

  • Exam: 1-hour, 70 multiple-choice questions.
  • Prerequisites: None.
  • Suitable for: Candidates working within a P3O model, those who want to learn the terminology and concepts underpinning P3O, and those wanting to pursue higher-level qualifications.
What is tested:
  • Knowledge and understanding of the P3O models and roles
  • Key functions and services of a P3O
  • Reasons for establishing a P3O model
  • Differences between types of P3O model and how to select the most appropriate model
  • Tools and techniques used by a P3O Practitioner.

P3O Practitioner

  • Exam: 150 minutes, long-form, objective test questions (based on a case-study).
  • Pass mark: 40/80.
  • Prerequisites: P3O Foundation certification.
  • Suitable for: Candidates working in a management, generic or functional P3O role. Those wanting to work within a P3O model as part of their career path.
What is tested:
  • How to develop the required business case to obtain approval of a P3O project
  • How to identify and build P3O models for use in any given context
  • How to adapt the P3O model to suit an organization’s needs
  • How to plan the implementation of P3O
  • How to use appropriate tools and techniques while advising a P3O model.

P3O guidance

The P3O book [1] provides an approach for designing, implementing and operating portfolio, programme and project offices. P3O is based upon best practices, and its authors consulted widely with experts in portfolio, programme and project offices when writing the guidance.

P3O is part of the same suite of global best practice publications by AXELOS. Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) and PRINCE2 are two of the best known.

The adoption of MSP and PRINCE2 globally by organisations has led to the development of centres of excellence and both programme and project offices.

The development of portfolio offices has happened more recently and P3O was developed to provide joined-up thinking for organisations to use when designing their portfolio, programme and project office(s) solutions.

[1] AXELOS (2013). P3O® Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices. 2nd ed. Norwich: TSO. 224.

Who should get a P30 qualification?

P30 training helps senior managers understand the structure for achieving strategic objectives.

Programme managers will benefit from the consistency P3O brings by standardizing strategies within projects, programmes and portfolios.

Project managers can integrate project management frameworks such as PRINCE2 into a P3O model and deliver consistent outputs across projects.

P3O offers new career paths for working professionals with industry experience as programme management office (PMO) is a natural career progression path for established roles.

P3O FAQs

P3O stands for Portfolio, Programme and Projects Offices. P3O was created by the Office of Government Commerce, a department in the UK Government, to help organisations build support structures that enable the successful delivery of their portfolios of change programmes and projects.

P3O is now owned and managed by AXELOS.

A project management office (PMO) is a dedicated business function within an organization that defines and maintains project management standards, tools and methods within the organization. A PMO aims to standardize and achieve a repetition in the execution of projects, and to ensure the total investments for the organization are spent wisely.

Yes. All our P3O training is accredited by PeopleCert on behalf of AXELOS. As an accredited training organisation Knowledge Train provides students with P30 exams as part of their P30 courses.

Your P3O course includes the following:

  • Exams
  • All examination fees
  • Professional certification
  • Sample exams
  • Official P3O book (for students of the Foundation, and Foundation & Practitioner courses)
  • Course materials
  • Pre-course preparation.

Yes. These courses include homework each night of the courses.

P30 Foundation exam results are given during class. P30 Practitioner exam results are received the same day. Certificate(s) can be downloaded 3 working days after the exam.

There are no prerequires for our P3O training. To sit your P3O practitioner exam however, you must first successfully pass the P3O Foundation certification exam.

Yes. All P3O training courses are available as in-house on-site training. Please call us and speak with our representatives to discuss the pricing.

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