P3O® Practitioner

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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® Practitioner
Duration 1 Day
Delivery Blended, Classroom, Virtual Classroom
Languages English

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What is included in P3O® Practitioner

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 Practitioner Course is an interactive, classroom-based learning experience. The course covers the curriculi of both foundation and practitioner level. The P3O Practitioner level content provides the participant with sufficient knowledge and understanding of the P3O guidance to design, implement, manage or work within any component office of a P3O model. It enables participants to successfully complete the associated P30 Practitioner exam and achieve the qualification.

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

Course Information

Certification: P3O® Practitioner

Duration: 1 Day

Domain: Project and Program Management

Delivery Method: Blended, Classroom, Virtual Classroom

Accreditor: PEOPLECERT

Available Languages: English

Purchase Options: Pay Per Use Courseware


P3O Practitioner qualification is targeted for those who:

  • Aspire to join a portfolio, program, or project office environment.
  • Are new to a portfolio, program, or project office environment. 
  • Consider deploying or reconfiguring the P3O model.
  • Are involved to delve into optimization of the strategic decision making.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the P3O Practitioner course, you will be able to:

  • Define a business case to get senior management approval for P3O.
  • Build a right P3O model to adapt to the organization’s needs, taking account of the organization’s size and portfolio, programme and project management maturity
  • Identify the elements, roles, and functions deployed in a generalized P3O model.
  • Use tools and techniques in running the P3O and advising those who shape the portfolio of programmes and projects.

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. Why have a P3O (Extension)
    1. The P3O Business Case
    2. The P3O Model Blueprint
    3. Vision Statement
    4. Demonstrating the Value
    5. KPIs
    6. The Benefits of Claimed Capabilities
    7. Benefit Realisation and Strategic Objectives
    8. Benefit Profile
  5. How to Implement or Re-Energize a P3O
    1. ŸImplementation lifecycle for a permanent P3O
      1. ŸIdentify
      2. ŸDefine
      3. ŸDeliver
      4. ŸClose
    2. ŸImplementation lifecycle for a temporary programme or project office
      1. ŸOrganizational context
      2. ŸDefinition and implementation
      3. ŸRunning
      4. ŸClosing
      5. ŸRecycling
  6. How to operate a P3O
    1. ŸOverview of tools and techniques
    2. ŸBenefits of using standard tools and techniques
    3. ŸCritical success factors
    4. ŸP3O tools
    5. ŸP3O techniques

Available Courseware For P3O® Practitioner


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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