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BCS Programme and Project Support (PPSO) Essentials

This foundation course is designed to enable those responsible for establishing, managing or working within a programme or project support office to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively fulfil their role.

Programme and Project Support roles are becoming increasingly pivotal in their overall contribution to Programme and Project Management. For many years, the Project Management professionals who undertake these roles have been overlooked in terms of career development.

Target Audience:

Staff working in project and/or programme offices supporting the planning, monitoring and control of IT and IS projects.

Those wishing to establish practical procedures to underpin the management of project undertakings by setting up a programme and/or project support office.

Those looking to apply best practice project management methodology in an IT environment (the training draws on PRINCE2 and MSP although no knowledge of either is assumed). 

This course was previously known as ISEB Programme & Project Support Office Essentials

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Learning Objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • appreciate the role of a PPSO
  • understand Programme and Project organisation structures
  • assist with estimating
  • understand planning and assist in the development of plans
  • understand Product Based Planning
  • understand and assist in the development of schedules using Network Diagrams, Gantt Charts and Resource Histograms
  • assist in identifying risks and the management of risks
  • understand the principles of Configuration Management and Change Control
  • assist with the management of programme and project documentation
  • understand the principles of Monitoring, Control and Reporting
  • prepare to successfully sit the BCS PPSO Foundation Certificate



Course Content

  • Role of PPSO
  • Programme & Project Organisation Structures
  • Estimating
  • Planning Overview
  • Product Based Planning
  • Scheduling - Networks
  • Scheduling - Gantt Charts & Resource Histograms
  • Risk Management
  • Change Control & Configuration Management
  • Programme & Project Documentation
  • Monitoring, Control and Reporting
  • Project Initiation

Exams & Certification

The Essentials Certificate exam is taken at the end of the course on the final day. It is a 1 hour multiple choice paper of 40 questions; the pass mark is 60%.

Successful candidates may proceed to study for the Advanced certificate.

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