AIPMO – IPMO-Foundation™ Certification

IPMO- Foundation (IPMO-F) Certification: how to be a high value certified PMO team, project or stakeholder professional

Working in a PMO?

The AIPMO IPMO-Foundation Certification is for any member of a PMO team looking to improve and build on their core skills.

The International Project Management Officer (IPMO)® is the most important industry recognised certification for international project management officers. There are three levels of certification reflecting the level of competency: Foundation, Practitioner, and Expert.

At IPMO Foundation level, the course focuses on the core functions and services that a PMO can offer to an organisation.

The course is designed to be hands-on, encompassing the day-to-day operational aspects of PMOs by detailing the challenges and best practices to improve the running, monitoring and controlling of a PMO.

This course brings together the latest in research and best practices into a PMO lifecycle framework that focuses on PMO capabilities especially for project, programme and portfolio management offices; your role(s) in running, monitoring and controlling a PMO; and what exactly is PMO success, PMO maturity; and how both are connected, including their influences on project success.

You will learn to view PMOs in terms of services and the associated supporting capabilities (tools and techniques coupled with personal competencies).

You will walk through the PMO documentation plan to gain an understanding of the key PMO document deliverables.

Course modules include:

  • Module 1: Introduction
  • Module 2: Building the Context and Need for PMOs
  • Module 3: PMO Lifecycle Framework
  • Module 4: Developing Capabilities and Services within the PMO
  • Module 5: Run, Monitor and Control Services within a PMO
  • Module 6: PMO Success, PMO Maturity and their Connection

Further details about each module can be found below.

During the course there are many exercises as well as a course-long case study that can be used to help to embed both PMO and project concepts in a story based industry example.


Who Should Attend?

The IPMO-Foundation level course is specifically for:

  • PMO/Project/Programme/Portfolio Office team members
  • New PMO Managers
  • Project team members involved in the PMO related activities
  • Project/programme/portfolio management practitioners with some experience in PMOs
  • Any project or PMO stakeholder wishing to better understand how to run, monitor and control a high performing PMO

Why You Should Attend?

Increase the value of PMOs in your organisation to make the competitive difference in your industry by:

  • Extend your understanding of project, programme and portfolio management in the context of PMOs
  • Extend your understanding of which PMO services and functions are required
  • Develop your core set of PMO capabilities required to deliver services to your PMO
  • Develop your PMO tools and techniques knowledge specific to core PMO services
  • Discuss group experiences to share and develop knowledge
  • Progress your journey to being a competent PMO practitioner
  • Pass the AIPMO-Foundation exam and become IPMO-Foundation accredited

For more information about AIPMO – visit the Association website


Learning Objectives

  • Understand how PMOs fit into the world of projects, programmes and portfolios
  • Understand the benefits of viewing PMOs in terms of services
  • Know what are PMO capabilities, how they are constructed in terms of competencies, tools and techniques
  • Understand the PMO lifecycle framework and which phases and processes are most relevant for a PMO team member
  • Learn the key PMO tools and techniques and take that knowledge back into the workplace.
  • Understand what are the key documents PMO use to run, monitor and control PMOs
  • How to be confident in knowing what to do in the majority of types of PMOs
  • Hands on experience applying the PMO lifecycle in the 4 day case study


  • Ideally 1 year plus experience in projects and PMOs
  • Educated at degree level or similar
  • One or more years of business experience

Learning Approach

  • Classroom based
  • Lecture
  • Team exercises
  • Group discussions on pertinent topics
  • Detailed four day case study
  • Presentations and role play
  • Personal coaching
  • Exam – 1 hour with 50 multiple choice questions
  • Discussing the exam answers

Course Logistics

  • Classroom training – 4 days
  • Location – London / Edinburgh
  • Price – £2400 + VAT


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

How the Course Differs from the IPMO-Practitioner™ Level

Both certification courses follow a similar structure utilising the PMO lifecycle framework but the Foundation course is targeted at the PMO team member or equivalent involved in the running, monitoring and controlling of a PMO. The Foundation course also details the role of a PMO or project team member in the processes needed in the running, monitor and controlling a PMO.

The Practitioner course certification covers more of the PMO lifecycle framework but especially the PMO lifecycle with the business need, identify, evaluate and strategise, design, justification as well as run, monitor and control a PMO. Capabilities are also cover but more specifically those associated with or at the management level of a PMO.

The case study focus different at Practitioner level than Foundation. The Foundation level certification requires little knowledge of PMOs and project management as a pre-requisites whereas the Practitioner course does require pre-requisites.



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