AIPMO – IPMO-Expert™ Certification

Since PMOs began to appear in organisations, academic researchers, project management practitioners and their organisations have been asking how best to structure PMOs, what roles, functions and leadership styles should they adopt to provide the maximum value.

This course brings together the latest in academic research and best practices across the project, programme and portfolio management areas into a PMO framework based on the AIPMO standard.

The AIPMO-E certification course will allow you to understand the building blocks of project, programme and portfolio management; success factors; success criteria; PMOs types; assessment of the current PMO setups in terms of SWOT; a roadmap to strategically design and implement an integrated approach to ensure PMO alignment with organisational needs.

Strategic PMO capabilities can also extend beyond the traditional functions of project, programme, and portfolio management and into the realm of organisational and transformative change for sustainment of strategic business execution excellence and is covered in the course.

As a PMO expert, you will be able to assess PMOs in operation within the context of your organisation; the project types they support; appropriate leadership styles; PMO functions including their ability to act as catalysts to knowledge sharing units that seed and support innovation groups whilst understanding the risks associated with long-term PMO performance.

In doing so, will you will have opportunity to find out why some PMOs might perform below expectations, what are the drivers for change, as well as learn how to improve individual and collective PMO performance in an organisation to achieve maximum business value.

You will be able to:

  • Design and establish an enterprise-wide PMO strategies based on PMO topologies
  • Develop PMO services and capabilities catalogs within the context of the organisation
  • Understand the content and purpose of key PMO document deliverables both at the group level and at individual PMO levels

Key documents from the course will be provided so you can use them immediately at your workplace to allow a quick start in building and running a high performing enterprise-wide PMO organisation.

Who Should Attend?

The IPMO-Expert level course is specifically for:

  • PMO Managers
  • PMO Directors
  • Senior project, programme and portfolio professionals
  • Senior consultants ( in PMO / organisational change)
  • Project, programme and portfolio managers with experience in PMO

For more information about AIPMO – visit the Association website


Learning Objectives

  • Understand the value of high-performing PMOs
  • Learn how to create and implement an enterprise PMO strategy
  • Describe the different roles of PMOs in a single and networked context and across different levels of the organisation
  • Understand the similarities and differences of organisational project management maturity versus PMO maturity
  • Hands on experience applying the PMO lifecycle in the 5 day case study to create and implement an optimum topology of PMOs with the capabilities and services
  • Understand the competencies required for the different levels of PMO responsibilities including the roles of project, programme and functional managers
  • Understand the approaches to ensure organisational-wide PMOs are aligned to the organisational strategy
  • Understand how to spot and support under-performing PMOs
  • Learn new tools and techniques never used before in the PMO arena


  • 10 years experience in project, programme or portfolio management
  • 2 years plus as a PMO Manager / PMO Director
  • IPMO-P™ Certification, or PMI PMP® or AXELOS Practitioner Levels in MSP®, P3O® or MoP®

Learning Approach

  • Classroom based
  • Lecture
  • Team exercises
  • Group discussions on pertinent topics
  • Detailed five day case study
  • Presentations and role play
  • Personal coaching
  • Exam – 2 hours with 100 multiple choice questions
  • Discussing the exam answers

Course Logistics

  • Classroom training – 5 days
  • Location – Residential – South of England [Link]
  • Price – £2999 + VAT – non-residential / Residential price TBC


On successful completion of the course and examination, course delegates will be certified as IPMO-Expert™.

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