P3O®: Foundation Certificate — A 3 day course

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Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices (P3O®) is the latest best practice guidance from OGC. It was published in autumn 2008 and is accompanied by a qualification scheme. All change and the resulting value and benefits are delivered in organizations via project, programme and portfolio management.

A P3O model provides a decision enabling/delivery support structure for all of the change within an organisation. This may be provided through a single permanent office which may exist under several different names, for example Portfolio Office, Centre of Excellence, Enterprise or Corporate Programme Office. It may otherwise be provided through a linked set of temporary or permanent offices, providing a mix of local and centralized services e.g. enabling/supporting business objectives and consistency of delivery.

OGC's PRINCE2, Managing Successful Programmes, and Management of Risk all touch on the need to provide adequate support structures for these best practices. Until now there has been no single source of information that either organisations or individuals can use for guidance or advice on setting up or running an effective delivery support office.

This 3 day P3O training course provides an understanding of the P3O model based on OGC guidance and prepares delegates for the Foundation Certificate Exam, which is taken at the end of the course.


This course will enable delegates to:

Suitable For

The OGC Guidance and this course will benefit anyone who is working in or responsible for establishing or justifying investment in a P3O Model or re-energizing an existing office or setting up new P3O Office/s.

Anyone who seeks to add better value and develop a career in this important area.


No prior knowledge of the syllabus content is assumed.

OGC recommend readers of the P3O guidance have a basic understanding of portfolio, programme and project management principles.

The guidance does not set out to replace existing guidance on portfolio, programme or project management; it has been developed to enhance and build on the challenge, enablement and support structures referred to in existing OGC guidance.


The P3O Foundation examination will be taken in the afternoon of the last 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.

The exam fee is included in the course price.

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

A schedule of dates for this subject is not currently available. Please call 0333 210 0140 or use our contact form to enquire about places and availability.


The P3O Foundation Exam

An explanation to remove mystique and explain types of question and examination environment.

P3O Overview & Principles

Why have a P3O, the key reasons and justification for the investment to re-energise or implement a P3O model, what can we do to help senior managers identify their core problems to be solved, what value will the new P3O provide.

P3O Models and Tailoring

Know what the different models are and what we mean by tailoring to the environment.

Implementation of P3O

What steps are required to implement or re-energise a P3O, the blueprint, the model of the future state P3O and who the key stakeholders are.

Tools and Techniques

Know and understand what Management Dashboards, Facilitated Workshops, different types of tools such as Enterprise Project Management software or collaborative tools are and what their role might be in a P3O.

Roles & Responsibilities

Understand specific responsibilities of the different management and generic of functional roles such as Head of P3O, Portfolio Analyst, Head of Programme Office (Temporary) and Project or Programme Specialist, Programme or Project Officer and Information or Commercial or Finance roles.

* All our Accredited P3O® training is provided by APMG-International Accredited Training Organisations.
* P3O® is a Registered Trade Mark of the Office of Government Commerce.