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P3O® - Portfolio, Programme, and Project Offices

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What is this PMO Certification?

A P3O framework (Portfolio, Programme and Project) provides a decision-enabling/delivery support structure for all change within an organisation. This may be provided through a single permanent office which may exist under several different names e.g. Portfolio Office, Centre of Excellence, Enterprise or Corporate Programme Office. It may otherwise be provided through a linked set of offices (portfolio office, programme offices, project offices), both permanent (enabling/supporting business objectives and consistency of delivery) and temporary (enabling/supporting specific programmes and projects), providing a mix of central and localised services.

The purpose of P3O guidance is to provide universally applicable guidance that will enable individuals and organisations to successfully establish, develop and maintain appropriate business support structures.

Course Outcomes

Upon course completion, participants will be able to:

  • Describe P3O characteristics and explain why they are established
  • Describe the value and benefits of P3O structures
  • Explain strategies to implement, tailor, and operate a P3O


Benefits to the Individual

  • Improve their career prospects by demonstrating accredited P3O certification
  • Gain a thorough understanding of how and why a P3O structure allows organisations to achieve strategic objectives
  • Develop knowledge to increase pragmatic decision making within organisations that need strong structures to manage change

Benefits to the Organisation

  • Increased scrutiny and challenge of project decisions
  • Ensuring the ’right’ projects are done ‘right’
  • Improves the overall maturity and capability of project and programme delivery
  • Increased support to Executive decision makers when determining the ‘right’ change for them

Recommended for

  • Portfolio and Programme Management Office Managers and Staff
  • Project and Programme Managers
  • Change Managers
  • Operational Staff
  • Business Change Managers
  • Managers from other disciplines that support and balance new business initiatives with Business-as-Usual

Certification Levels

Foundation level
Delivered over three days, the P3O Foundation Course is a blend of course participation, audio-visual presentations, and case studies. Evening work and study is required.

Practitioner level
Delivered over two days, the P3O Practitioner Course is the practical extension of the Foundation course. Participants are challenged to apply their learning while revising Foundation course topics and preparing for a comprehensive, scenario-based exam.

P3O Course Content

The course is designed to provide detailed guidance in the application of the following areas:

  • What is P3O?
  • Why have a P3O?
  • How a P3O model adds value
  • Roles and responsibilities within a P3O
  • Sizing and tailoring of the P3o model
  • How to implement a P3O
  • How to operate a P3O – Tools and Techniques to support the P3O capability
  • Prepare the delegate to undertake the P3O Foundation and Practitioner examinations

P3O Course Includes

  • Professional Delivery by an Accredited MetaPM P3O Training Consultant
  • Official AXELOS Best Practice Guide ‘Portfolio, Programme and Project Management Offices
  • MetaPM P3O Process Chart
  • Refreshments
  • Successful Practitioner exam candidates receive a Registered Practitioner certificate from the accrediting body and are listed on the APM Group website as P3O Registered Practitioners

To Register

Upcoming P3O course dates are listed on the right of this page.

Or, view our course complete course schedule here: Course Schedule

Individual and multiple attendee registrations can be made online.

To enquire about in-house courses please contact Melanie Holland, Practice Director – MetaPM Learning, on 1800 800 436 or email

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