P3O® Foundation

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P3O® is the Axelos standard for the design of decision-making processes regarding changes in organizations. P3O® provides a guideline for the design of portfolio, program,…

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Certificate P3O® Foundation
Duration 2 Days
Delivery Blended, Classroom, Virtual Classroom
Languages English

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What is included in P3O® Foundation

Course Description

P3O® is the Axelos standard for the design of decision-making processes regarding changes in organizations. P3O® provides a guideline for the design of portfolio, program, and project offices in organizations.

The P3O® Foundation course is an interactive, classroom-based learning experience. The course covers the curricula of both foundation and practitioner level. The P3O® Foundation level content provides the participant with 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. It enables participants to successfully complete the associated P3O® Foundation exam and achieve the qualification.

In this course, participants will be prepared to successfully attempt the P3O® Foundation exam and learn how to implement or re-energize a P3O® model in their own organization.

Course Information

Certification: P3O® Foundation

Duration: 2 Days

Domain: Project and Program Management

Delivery Method: Blended, Classroom, Virtual Classroom

Accreditor: PEOPLECERT

Available Languages: English

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P3O Foundation qualification is targeted for professionals who:

  • Needs to understand the terminology and concepts underpinning P3O
  • Aspire to join a portfolio, program, or project office environment.
  • Are new to a portfolio, program, or project office environment.

Learning Objectives

Individuals certified at the P3O Foundation level will be able to:


  • Define a high-level P3O model and its component offices.
  • List the component offices in a P3O model.
  • Differentiate between Portfolio, Program, and Project Management.
  • List the key functions and services of a P3O.
  • List the reasons for establishing a P3O model.
  • Compare different types of P3O model.
  • List the factors that influence selection of the most appropriate P3O model for an organization.
  • Define the processes to implement or re-energize a P3O.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to P3O
    1. ŸWhat is the purpose of P3O?
    2. ŸDefinitions
    3. ŸWhat are P3Os
    4. ŸPortfolio, programme and project lifecycles
    5. ŸGovernance and the P3O
  2. Designing a P3O Model
    1. ŸFactors that affect the design
    2. ŸDesign considerations
    3. ŸWhat functions and services should the P3O offer
    4. ŸRoles and responsibilities
    5. ŸSizing and tailoring of the P3O model
  3. Why Have a P3O
    1. ŸHow a P3O adds value
    2. ŸMaximizing that value
    3. ŸGetting investment for the P3O
    4. ŸOvercoming common barriers
    5. ŸTimescales
  4. How to Implement or Re-Energize a P3O
    1. Implementation lifecycle for a permanent P3O
      1. Identify
      2. ŸDefine
      3. ŸDeliver
      4. ŸClose
    2. ŸImplementation lifecycle for a temporary programme or project office
      1. Organizational context
      2. ŸDefinition and implementation
      3. ŸRunning
      4. ŸClosing
      5. Recycling
  5. How to Operate a P3O
    1. Overview of tools and techniques
    2. Benefits of using standard tools and techniques
    3. Critical success factors
    4. P3O tools
    5. P3O techniques

Available Courseware For P3O® Foundation


Instructor Package

Includes a slide deck suitable for Classroom and Virtual Classroom delivery, instructor notes to guide the trainer through the course delivery, and a version of the Coursebook.


Learner Coursebook

Coursebook with all the relevant information required for the learner to take and pass the exam.


Course Agenda

Sample agendas for running successful Classroom, Virtual Classroom, or Blended Classroom sessions.

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