P3O®: Practitioner Certificate (including Foundation) — A 5 day course
The P3O Practitioner course comprises five days of trainer led instruction, and practical exercises, with the Foundation examination on day three of the course and culminating in the Practitioner examination on day five.
The aim of the course is to provide delegates with a comprehensive and applied understanding of the P3O advice and to prepare delegates for the P3O Foundation and Practitioner Certificate examinations.
The course fee includes the latest copy of the P3O manual and the examination fee for the Foundation and Practitioner examinations. It is based on the 2008 edition of the P3O Manual.
By the end of this classroom course delegates will be able to:
- understand how portfolio, programmes and projects relate
- understand why it is important to provide appropriate support at all these levels
- identify a 'best-in-class' P3O model
- identify different models for support provision
- recognise the roles within a P3O
- apply the main P3O principles
- identify the tools and techniques that support consistent delivery of functions and services
- prepare for and take the APMG P3O Foundation and Practitioner examinations
Senior managers wishing to gain an understanding of possible structures for supporting business change and the type and level of support that can be provided by Portfolio, Programme and Project support offices
Senior Managers, Programme and Project Managers who require an understanding of how programme offices can add value and enhance the delivery of strategic business change, benefits and capability
Managers and/or staff who have been tasked to create delivery support structures and mechanisms within their organisation
Experienced support office managers who need to review, revitalise or tailor current support office provision
Programme office or programme support staff who need to understand the importance of their role
Staff responsible for programme/project assurance or audit requiring an understanding of how best practice support is provided
Delegates need to have worked in a project/programme environment and understand the basic principles relating to Programme and Project Management
A basic understanding of MSP (Managing Successful Programmes) or a Foundation qualification in MSP would be a benefit for this course Delegates will be expected to have completed the assigned pre-course study material prior to attending this course.
This work is likely to take delegates 10 hours and will be sent to you approximately two weeks before the start of your course.
The Exam fees are included in the course price.
The P3O Foundation examination will be taken in the afternoon of day three of the course. The exam is a multiple choice exam consisting of 50 questions that must be answered in 40 minutes. To be successful in this exam the delegate must correctly answer 30 or more questions. Delegates will be informed of their result before they leave on day three. To proceed to day four and five delegates must achieve Foundation certification.
The P30 Practitioner exam is taken on the morning of day five of the course. The exam is an objective marked assessment consisting of seven questions which must be answered in two and a quarter hours. Each question is worth ten marks and delegates must achieve a score of thirty five to be successful. The exam allows the use of the P3O manual. Delegates will be informed of their result some time after course completion.
Please note: You must bring signed photo ID with you on any P3O exams (passport, driving licence, student card) as you will be asked to produce it by the invigilator prior to the exam.
You must also be familiar with the APMG Terms and Conditions of Certification which can be found here on the APMG International website. P3O®, MSP®, PRINCE2®, and M_o_R® are registered trademarks of the Cabinet Office.
Publicly scheduled dates, locations, and prices
Edinburgh — £1495 (+VAT)
Leeds — £1495 (+VAT)
London — £1495 (+VAT)
Manchester — £1495 (+VAT)
Introduction and Overview
- Portfolio, Programmes and Projects
- High level P3O model
- P3O Roles
Why have a P3O?
Identifying the value of a 'best-in-class' P3O model
- The value of a P3O
- Adding Value
- Extracting Value
- P3O capability and linked benefits
Identifying the different ways that an organisation could implement Portfolio, Programme and Project offices
- Different models
- Sizing and Tailoring an appropriate model
- Integrating to P3O in an organisation
- P3O maturity and evolution
Describing the typical roles and responsibilities within a P3O
- Skills and competencies
- Staffing a P3O office
- Management, generic, and functional roles
Tools and Techniques
Discussing a range of common tools and techniques found within a 'best-in-class' P3O model.
- Collaborative and integrated tools
- Tools and techniques - key benefits
- Management dashboards
- Facilitated workshops
- Business process 'swimlanes'
Identifying the lifecycle to implement a new, or revitalise an existing P3O
- Definition Stage and its key activities
- The Blueprint
- P3O information flows