P3O® - Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices - Foundation

Face-to-face duration: 3 days
PDU's: 24

Course Overview

Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices (P3O) is one of the core elements in the Best Management Practice suite of guidance. A P3O model provides a decision enabling/delivery support structure for all change within an organisation.

This may be provided through a single permanent office which may exist under several different names e.g. Portfolio Office; Centre of Excellence; Enterprise or Corporate Programme Office; Project Management Office or Project Support. It may otherwise be provided through a linked set of offices (Portfolio Office, Programme Offices, Project Offices), both permanent (enabling/supporting business objectives and consistency of delivery) and temporary (enabling/supporting specific programmes and projects), providing a mix of central and localised services.

This course comprises three days of trainer-led instruction, and practical exercises, conveying an understanding of the P3O model culminating in the P3O Foundation examination.

Course Objectives

This course will enable candidates to:

  • Articulate an overview of different ways the P3O can add value
  • Recall and understand key reasons and benefits required to get senior management approval for the P3O
  • Identify the different P3O models and the need to adapt to the organisation's needs, taking account of the organisation's size and portfolio, programme and project management maturity
  • Identify the key elements of a plan to either implement or re-energise a P3O
  • Recall the different purposes of a range of tools and techniques required in the P3O
  • Confidently attempt the Foundation exam.


  • Anyone who is working in or responsible for establishing or justifying investment in a P3O model or re-energising an existing office or setting up a new P3O office/s
  • Anyone who seeks to add better value and develop a career in this important area.


There are no prerequisites for this course however some basic understanding of portfolio, programme and project management principles would be useful.


  • P3O overview & principles.
  • P3O models and tailoring.
  • Implementation of a P3O model.
  • Tools and techniques.
  • Roles & responsibilities.

Delivery Strategy

The course has been structured to be delivered over three (3) interactive days and will be led by our experienced trainers. Participants will receive a student workbook that includes a series of theories and models, accompanying information, additional reading, written activities, reflective tasks and PowerPoint slides.

Exam Format

The P3O Foundation Exam is a 1-hour, closed book, multiple-choice exam. There are 75 questions (including 5 trial questions not counted in scores). Candidates must score 50% or more out of the available 70 marks to pass the exam.

Note: Homework and evening study is highly recommended to prepare for the exam.

Institute of Management will conduct the exam on behalf of the Accredited Examination Institute PeopleCert, subject to their terms and conditions.

Program Outline

Day One

  • The context of support offices.
  • The value of a P3O.
  • Designing a P3O - models.

Day Two

  • Designing a P3O - models (continued).
  • Designing a P3O - roles.
  • Designing a P3O - functions and services.
  • Implementing or re-energising a P3O.

Day Three

  • Implementing or re-energising a P3O.
  • Operating a P3O.
  • Course evaluation and closure.
  • Foundation examination.

P3O® is a registered trade mark of AXELOS Limited.
Institute of Management is a reseller of P3O® - Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices through Aspire Australasia Pty Ltd trading as Inspiring Projects. ABN 63 122 098 686.


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