P3O®: Practitioner Certificate (including Foundation) — A 5 day course

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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:

Suitable For

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

Select a date to enquire about availability of places. For dates after 21 September 2019, please call 0333 210 0140 or use our contact form to enquire about places and availability.

Birmingham — £1495 (+VAT)

Glasgow — £1495 (+VAT)

Leeds — £1495 (+VAT)

London — £1495 (+VAT)

Manchester — £1495 (+VAT)


Introduction and Overview

Why have a P3O?

Identifying the value of a 'best-in-class' P3O model

P3O Models

Identifying the different ways that an organisation could implement Portfolio, Programme and Project offices

P3O Roles

Describing the typical roles and responsibilities within a P3O

Tools and Techniques

Discussing a range of common tools and techniques found within a 'best-in-class' P3O model.

P3O Implementation

Identifying the lifecycle to implement a new, or revitalise an existing P3O

* 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.