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P3O® Foundation

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


The Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices (P3O®) guidance provides advice, supported by discussion and examples, on how to develop a governance structure that helps optimise an organisation's investment in change alongside its business as usual work.

Our three-day 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.

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
£1800Excl. VAT

Course Syllabus

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

Introduction and Overview

A high level introduction to the terminology used in the course and sets P3O®'s into an organisational context

  • Definitions of Portfolio, Programmes, Projects and Business as Usual
  • Relationships between project, programme, portfolio lifecycles
  • High level P3O® Model

Why have a P3O®?

Examines the reason for having a P3O®, and develops the business case to implement or reenergise a P3O®.

  • The value of a P3O®
  • Identifying the vision and need for a P3O®
  • Identifying the stakeholders for a P3O®
  • Developing a business case for the P3O®
  • P3O® capability and linked benefits
  • Overcoming common barriers to successful P3O® implementation

P3O® Models

Identifying the different ways that an organisation could implement a Portfolio, Programme or Project Office

  • Different P3O® models
  • Sizing and Tailoring an appropriate model
  • Functions and services of a P3O®
  • Integrating to P3O® in an organisation
  • P3O® maturity and evolution

P3O® Roles

Describing the typical roles and responsibilities within a P3O®

  • Management, generic, and functional roles
  • Skills and competencies
  • Staffing a P3O® office

Operating a P3O®

Describing the range of tools and techniques that can be used to support the functions and services of a successful P3O®

  • the differences between a tool and a technique
  • 3 types of tool - Individual, Collaborative and Integrated
  • Critical success factors in implementing a tool
  • Benefits of various techniques including: Management dashboard, Portfolio prioritisation, Facilitated workshops, Business process swimlanes

P3O® Implementation

Identifying the lifecycle to implement a new, or revitalise an existing P3O®, both permanent and temporary offices

  • Definition Stage and its key activities
  • The Blueprint
  • P3O® information flows
  • Risks to implementing a P3O®

Learning Outcomes

Our P3O® Foundation training course will teach you:

  • How portfolio, programmes and projects relate
  • Why it is important to provide appropriate support at all these levels
  • The value of a P3O® to the organisation
  • How to identify a 'best-in-class' P3O® model
  • How to identify different models for support provision, and the factors that influence their design
  • To recognise the roles within a P3O®
  • To apply the main P3O® principles
  • How to identify the tools and techniques that support consistent delivery of functions and services

Who Should Attend

Our P3O® Foundation training course is aimed at members of offices within a P3O® model or anyone who needs to understand the terminology and concepts underpinning a P3O®.

  • 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

What's Included

Our P3O® Foundation training course includes the following:

  • Full Materials
  • Comprehensive Course Workbook
  • P3O® Foundation Examination

Entry-Level Requirements

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, QA Ltd.

Recommended Reading

You will be provided with pre-course reading prior to attending our P3O® Foundation training course. This pre-reading is in the form of a PDF and is expected to take approximately two to three hours to complete. This is only a guide and you may wish to spend longer on this activity to help you prepare effectively. Your learning starts with this pre-reading, so please ensure you can complete the pre-course activities in full prior to attending.

Exam Information

PeopleCert exams take place remotely via PeopleCert Online Proctoring, and the afternoon of the last day of your course will continue with your learning until approximately 4.00pm. When booking your exam please ensure that it is for a time after the course has concluded and at a time convenient for you. You will be required to download and install ExamShield and conduct a compatibility test prior to sitting the exam.

P3O® Foundation Examination:

The P3O® Foundation exam is a multiple choice exam consisting of 75 questions that must be answered in 1 hour. To be successful in this exam, you must correctly answer 35 or more questions.

Exam Type

Proctored Exam


P3O® Foundation Certificate

What's Next

Our two-day P3O® Practitioner training course will help you to establish, develop and maintain a support structure for the delivery of change across your organisation, whether through a single office, or a linked office set.

Additional Information

Please Note: If taking an exam, you are required to provide Photo ID with a valid signature e.g. driving license, passport or named work ID badges prior to sitting your exam. Failure to produce this ID will result in your exam results being withheld until proof of ID is provided. If proof is not provided within 40 days, your exam results will be null and void and a re-sit would be required.

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