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P3O® Certification - Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices

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P3O logoAround the world, there are many organizations in both the public and private sectors, which recognise that their portfolio, programme and project management is best supported through a delivery support office.

The P3O guidance - which is aligned to PRINCE2®, MSP®, and M_o_R® - brings together in one place a set of principles, processes and techniques to facilitate effective portfolio, programme and project management through enablement, challenge and support structures.

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Benefits for Individuals

  • Ensure consistent delivery of projects and programmes and meet business objectives through effect use of resources.
  • Develop capability, capacity and risk models to suit the organizational maturity culture.
  • Help identify potential opportunities to be realized, exploited or enhanced as part of risk analysis.
  • Ensure that the strategies and performance requirements of your organization are realized via projects, programmes and operational business units.
  • Improve organizational accountability, decision making, transparency and visibility.

Benefits for Organizations

  • Establish, develop and maintain appropriate support structures to facilitate decision making, benefits realization and successful delivery of projects and programmes.
  • Assure that a joined-up set of outcomes and benefits is measured, managed, monitored and refined to ensure that optimal investment and strategic goals are achieved.
  • Deliver strategy, reduce benefits loss and deliver programmes and projects more effectively.
  • Provide assurance, coaching and mentoring to build a workforce capable of first-class programme and project delivery.
  • Protect revenue and spend while enhancing value for money.

Foundation Level

The purpose of the foundation level is to confirm that you have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the P3O guidance to interact effectively with, or act as an informed member of, an office within a P3O model. The foundation qualification is a pre-requisite for the practitioner qualification.

Exam Format

  • Multiple choice
  • 75 questions per paper
  • 5 questions to be trial and not counted in scores
  • 35 marks required to pass (out of 70 available) - 50%
  • 60 minutes duration
  • Closed book.

Practitioner Level

The purpose of the practitioner level is to confirm that you have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the P3O guidance to design, implement, manage or work in any component office within a P3O model.

Exam Format

  • Objective testing
  • 4 questions of 20 marks each - 80 marks in total
  • 150 minutes
  • 50% pass mark - 40 out of 80
  • Open book - (only the P3O Guide is allowed)

Practitioner Re-Registration Examination

All P3O Registered Practitioners should be re-registered within 3-5 calendar years of their original certification. Find out more about the P3O Re-Registration Examination: http://www.apmg-international.com/en/qualifications/p3o/P3O-re-registration.aspx

Recommended Reading

The following title is available from APMG-Business Books.

Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices: P3O - 2013 Edition



Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices: P3O - 2013 Edition



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View/download our P3O Certification Overview Leaflet.