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P3O Foundation & Practitioner

Those wishing to find guidance or advice on setting up or running an effective delivery support office in alignment with OGC's Best Practice guidance.

This course is designed for individuals newly-appointed to leading portfolio, programme or project office roles or those wishing to gain formal qualifications after a period of support office experience.

A P3O model provides a decision enabling/delivery support structure for all change within an organisation. This may be provided through a permanent or temparary office (or set of interlinked offices). These "offices" come under a variety of names eg Portfolio Office, Centre of Excellence, Enterprise or Corporate Programme Office.

OGC's PRINCE2, Managing Successful Programmes, and Management of Risk all touch on the need to provide adequate support structures for these best practices. P3O comes from the same family and provides guidance for organisations or individuals who wish to set up or run an effective delivery support office.


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Learning Objectives

To cover the content of the P3O Practitioner syllabus and to prepare delegates to take both the Foundation and Practitioner exams during the course.

The purpose of the Portfolio, Programme and Project Office (P3O) guidance is to provide universally applicable guidance that will enable individuals and organisations to successfully establish, develop and maintain appropriate business support structures that will allow:

  • Informed senior management decision making on strategic alignment, prioritisation, risk management, optimisation of resource etc to successfully deliver their business objectives (portfolio management).
  • Identification and realisation of business outcomes and benefits via programmes.
  • Successful delivery of project outputs that enable benefits within time, cost and quality restraints.


You will have experience of working within a project environment

Course Content

- Overview of Method
- Project Management Concepts 
- Programme Management Concepts
- Portfolio Management Concepts 
- P3O Overview 
- P3O Maturity 
- Why Have a P3O?
- P3O Models
- P3O Roles
- Tools, Techniques and Functions
- Models and Tailoring
- Implementation 
- Tools and Techniques

Exams & Certification

The P3O Foundation and Practitioner exams will be taken during the course.

The Foundation exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions to be answered in 40 minutes. It is a closed-book examination and has a pass mark of 60%.

The Practitioner exam is an objective testing style paper. The paper consists of 7 questions with a total of 70 marks available to be completed within 2 1/4 hours. Candidates need to achieve a mark of 35 or more to pass the paper, and may only take the P3O Guide into the exam room for reference during the exam. A pre-requisite for this exam is a pass at Foundation level.

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