PPM P3O® Foundation

Course Code: Q3ClaProj564


3 Day(s)

Course Type

Public or Private

Max Delegates


Delivery Style


Bringing together a set of principles and techniques to help deliver projects or programmes within an organization or department

Widely adopted and used in both public and private sector organisations, P3O - Portfolio, Programme and Project Office - is a model designed to encourage a structured 'office' to oversee portfolios, creating a decision-enabling and delivery support structure for all change within an organisation. As well as understanding the decision-making function within the P3O recommended model, the accreditation explores the approach recommended by P3O for the best practice tools, techniques, methods and processes to be adopted.  

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Who is this course for

Members of offices within a P3O model or anyone who needs to understand the terminology and concepts underpinning P3O and those wishing to pursue higher level certifications.

You will learn how to

  • Recognise the differences between Portfolio, Programme and Project Management

  • Recognise the key functions and services of a P3O

  • Understand the reasons for establishing a P3O model 

  • Recognise the differences between types of P3O model and the factors that influence selection of the most appropriate model

  • Establish processes to implement or re-energize a P3O

  • Apply tools and techniques used by a P3O


There are no pre-requisites for the foundation course, however a basic understanding of projects and business change would be beneficial. 

Benefits for you as an individual

The Foundation certification will provide you with sufficient knowledge and understanding of the P3O guidance to interact effectively with, or act as an informed member of, an office within a P3O model. You will gain an overall understanding of the elements, roles, functions and tools and techniques deployed in a generalized P3O model.  This course is ideal for anyone currently working within change management wishing to bring the wider context of P3O into sharper focus for use in their organisation and will be of particular benefit to those who wish to use P3O to pursue a career in this area.

Benefits for your organisation

Informed senior management decision-making on factors including strategy, prioritization, risk management and optimization of resources in order to successfully deliver their business objectives (portfolio management). Identification and realization of business outcomes and benefits via programmes. Greater consistency, clarity and visibility across business change activities as a whole and successful delivery of project outputs that enable benefits within time, cost and quality restraints. 

Introduction to P3O

  • What is the purpose of P3O?
  • What are P3Os?
  • Portfolio, Programme and Project Lifecycles
  • Governance and the P3O

Why have a P3O

  • How a P3O adds Value
  • Maximizing that Value
  • Getting Investment for the P3O
  • Overcoming common barriers
  • Timescales

Designing a P3O

  • Factors that affect the design
  • Design considerations
  • What functions and services should the P3O offer
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Sizing and Tailoring of the P3O model

Implementing a P3O

  • Implementation lifecycle for a permanent P3O
  • Implementation lifecycle for a temporary programme or project office

How to Operate a P3O

  • Overview of tools and techniques
  • Benefits of using standard tools and techniques
  • Critical Success factors
  • P3O tools
  • P3O techniques

Additional Exam Information

  • Multiple choice examination questions

  • 75 questions - 70 live questions and five trials

  • 60 minutes’ duration

  • 35 marks required to pass (out of 70 available) - 50%

  • Closed book.

If you are attending a Face to Face course your exam will be a paper-based exam during your course.

If you are attending a Virtual course you’ll be issued an exam voucher to take the exam at a time of your choosing. Please see PeopleCert’s website for the security requirements for the web based exam driver.

This course is eligible for the PeopleCert Take2 scheme, please discuss at point of booking if this is of interest to you.

Please note - it is compulsory to purchase the exam, although discretionary whether you take it.

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