BCS Certificate in Programme and Project Support Office Essentials (PPSO) — A 4 day course

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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.

Please note, this course also provides 28 Hours of Contact Education/Professional Development Units towards PMI PMP certification/re-certification.


On completion of the course the delegate will be able to:


Role of PPSO

Programme & Project Organisation Structures


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

* All our PPSO courses are delivered in partnership with Accredited Training Organisations.
* PRINCE2™ is a Trade Mark of the Office of Government Commerce.

Publicly scheduled dates, locations, and prices

Select a date to enquire about availability of places. For dates after 19 September 2019, please call 0333 210 0140 or use our contact form to enquire about places and availability.

London — £1795 (+VAT)

Manchester — £1795 (+VAT)

Suitable For

This BCS course is recommended for those currently working in a PPSO or who plan to do so and who currently work in an IS environment.

Attendance on this course will be of particular benefit to individuals working in project and/or programme offices supporting the planning, monitoring and control of projects.

It will also benefit individuals wishing to establish practical procedures to underpin the management of project undertakings by setting up a programme and/or project support office.


There are no formal requirements for entry to the course, although the candidate should have a basic working knowledge of IT.


The Essentials Certificate examination is taken at the end of the course on the final day. It is a one hour, forty question, multiple choice exam. The pass mark is 26 out of 40.

Candidates are advised that Photo ID must be brought to the examination (Driving License, Passport and named work ID badges are all acceptable).

This is a BCS requirement and delegates will be turned away from the examination if ID is not produced.