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P3O® Foundation Training Course

Develop A Governance Structure That Helps Optimise Your Organisation's Investments


Our 3-day Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices (P3O®) Foundation training course will equip you with detailed knowledge of the approaches, guidance and practical tools to establish an effective assurance and strategic planning and delivery support function.

Successful completion of our P3O® Foundation and P3O® Practitioner training courses will give you a recognised Practitioner Qualification.

Please Note

You can book this course and hold it in credit until you have decided on a specific course date. Alternatively, please view our other course dates.
Exam Included
3 Days
£1595Excl. VAT

Course Outline

Our P3O® Foundation training course will cover the following topics:

  • Why have a P3O®?
  • P3O® Model
  • Implement or re-energize P3O®
  • Tools and Techniques
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Business Case
  • Model Tailoring
  • P3MS Summary
  • Functions and Services


P3O® guidance will assist your organisation to realise strategic objectives by providing services and tools to plan, resource, enable and control successful delivery of change into operational environments and by providing consistent governance.

P3O® is aligned to the current MSP®, PRINCE2®, and M_o_R® guidance and has been developed to enhance the support advice referred to in that guidance.

About the Course

Using our accelerated learning techniques our P3O® Foundation training course will help to ensure that the theory and techniques you will learn are fully embedded. We will help you to gain the confidence in the practical application of P3O®.

Who Should Attend

  • 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 Offices
  • Senior Managers, Programme and Project Managers who require an understanding of how portfolio and 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 portfolio or programme office managers who need to review, revitalise or tailor current portfolio or programme office provision
  • Portfolio office or programme office staff who need to understand the importance of their role
  • Staff responsible for programme/project assurance

Materials Provided

  • Full Materials Including Comprehensive Course Workbook
  • Highly Skilled and Knowledgeable Tutors
  • P3O® Foundation Examination
  • Refreshments

Organisational Benefits

  • Establish, develop and maintain appropriate support structures to facilitate decision making, benefits realisation 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.

Individual Benefits

  • 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 organisational maturity culture.
  • Help identify potential opportunities to be realised, exploited or enhanced as part of risk analysis.
  • Ensure that the strategies and performance requirements of your organisation are realised via projects, programmes and operational business units.
  • Improve organisational accountability, decision making, transparency and visibility.


Prior knowledge about aspects of P3O® would be beneficial to you.

The P3O® Foundation course on this page is sourced from our strategic training partner, SPOCE Project Management Ltd.


You will be given comprehensive pre-course reading that you will need to complete before attending our P3O® Foundation training course.

Exam Overview

The P3O Foundation examination will be taken on the afternoon of day three of the course. The exam is a multiple choice exam consisting of 75 questions that must be answered in 1 hour. To be successful in this exam the delegate must correctly answer 35 or more questions. Delegates will be informed of their indicative result before they leave the course.

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Exam Type

Classroom Exam

Professional Development Units - PDUs

There are no Professional Qualification Credits associated with this course.


P3O® Foundation Certificate

Next Steps

We recommend that you book a place on our 2-day P3O® Practitioner training course which will prepare you for the P3O® Practitioner examination.


Congratulations! Once you have successfully passed the P3O® Foundation examination, you will be awarded the P3O® Foundation Certificate which is a formally recognised qualification.

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