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Portfolio, Programme and Project Office (P3O®)

eLearning: £1,140.00 incl. VAT

Access: eLearning and Online exam for 12 months at Foundation & Practitioner level

Includes: Official eBook (Manual)

Duration: Approx. 14 hours

Pre-Requisites: Previous experience of P3O or Programme Office environment and completion of the pre-course reading

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In-House: £POA

Our In-House service offers the chance to have our course content delivered to you by one of our accredited and certified trainers either in your workplace or via a virtual event, over the duration of five days. For any further information, click the "More Information" button below or alternatively fill in the contact form at the bottom of the page.

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Course Description:

Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices (P3O®) is the standard developed by the UK government to enable individuals and organisations to establish, develop and maintain appropriate business support structures. The guidance brings together a set of principles, processes and techniques to facilitate effective Portfolio, Programme and Project Management by proposing proven enabling and support structures, roles and responsibilities. These structures also bridge the gap between the process of developing the organisation’s strategy and that of its delivery.

Exam Information

P3O Foundation exam: 

  • Multiple choice
  • 70 live questions and 5 trail questions
  • 35 marks or more required to pass (out of 70 avaliable) -50%
  • 60 minutes
  • Closed book 

P3O Practitoner exam:

  • Objective-based 
  • 80 questions per papaer
  • 40 marks or more required to pass (out of 80 avaliable) -50%
  • 150 minutes
  • Open book

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for any staff involved in P30 roles who wish to gain a qualification, for example:

  • Head of P30® (Portfolio Office, Programme Office or Centre of Excellence)
  • Portfolio, Programme or Project Office staff
  • Portfolio, Programme or Project staff looking to work within a P3O® model.

Module 1 - Overview and Definitions

This section covers:

  • Understanding of Portfolios, Programmes and Projects:
  • Understanding the business as usual environment in which they are delivered
  • Definitions
  • Context of P3O®
  • P3O® Governance/Decision support responsibilities

Module 2 - Goverance Backbone

This section covers:

  • How P3O supports effective delivery of Portfolios, Pogrammes and Projects by linking to:
  • Strategy
  • Change
  • Business as usual

Module 3 - Business Case and Performance Measures

This section covers:

  • Answering the question: Why use P3O?
  • Justification for investment
  • How will we measure its success

Module 4 - Model Organisation Structures

This section covers:

  • Introduction to different types of P3O models and the pre-requisites to their success

Module 5 - Functions and Services

This section covers:

  • An understanding of P3O Functions and Service
  • How their emphasis may change dependent on the point of delivery
  • Processes models and options

Module 6 - Roles and Responsibilites

This section covers:

  • An introduction to typical roles found in a P3O model both generic and functional based roles
  • How responsibilities can be dispersed
  • Specialisms that might be needed 
  • Structures that might be put into place
  • Relationships with delivery teams

Module 7 - Types of P3O

This section covers:

  • Developing a Vision and Business Case for a P3O
  • Defining a Blueprint and establishing a programme or project to deliver the blueprint
  • Permanent P3O and relationship with temporary office
  • Temporary office and their relationships with delivery teams 

Module  8 - Tools Consideration

This section covers:

  • Understanding types of tools that are avaliable and when to use them and the benefits and associated critical success factors
  • Tailored use of Tools and Techniques
  • Online Repository of Example Tools
  • Benefits
  • Facilitation Techniques and Workshops

For any further enquires for this course, fill in the contact form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

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