AIPMO – IPMO-Practitioner™ Certification

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.

Certified IPMO Practitioners have demonstrated, through a combination of formal training and competency assessment, that they have an in-depth understanding of PMO principles and practices including the design, implementation and operation of enterprise wide-PMOs

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-P 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.

As a PMO Practitioner, 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

This course is also designed to be hands-on, encompasses the day-to-day operational aspects of PMOs by detailing the challenges and best practices to improve communication and optimise resource utilisation. You will learn how to prioritise projects, and monitor progress and budgets on a continual basis.


Who Should Attend?

The IPMO-Practitioner level course is specifically for:

  • PMO Managers/Directors
  • Experienced PMO core team members (Co-ordinator, Analysts etc)
  • Project, programme and portfolio professionals with an interest in PMO
  • Consultants ( in PMO / organisational change)

Why You Should Attend?

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

  • Extending your understanding of project, programme and portfolio management in the context of PMOs
  • Understand how to design, build, run and transform a successful PMO, based on the PMO Lifecycle Framework
  • Understand PMO success factors and KPIs
  • Discuss group experiences to share and develop knowledge
  • Progress your journey to being a competent PMO Manager
  • Become confident and motivated to mentor others in getting most out of PMOs
  • Pass the AIPMO-Practitioner exam and become IPMO-Practitioner accredited

For more information about AIPMO – visit the Association website


Learning Objectives

  • Understand the value of high performing PMOs
  • Describe the different roles of PMOs in a single and networked context and across different levels of the organization
  • Understand the similarities and differences of organisational project management maturity versus PMO maturity
  • Hand-on experience on applying the PMO lifecycle using the detailed case study to walk through a real PMO enterprise example
  • Experience establishing a mandate for PMOs implementations
  • Identify the steps required to implement PMOs ranging from a single project based PMO, to enterprise wide PMOs
  • Learn new tools and techniques never used before in the PMO arena


  • 5 years experience in project, programme or portfolio management
  • 2 years plus experience in a PMO
  • IPMO-F™ Certification, or PMI PMP® or AXELOS Foundation/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 – 1 hour 30 minutes with 75 multiple choice questions
  • Discussing the exam answers

Course Logistics

  • Classroom training – 5 days
  • Location – London / Edinburgh
  • Price – £2799 + VAT


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

How the Course Differs from the IPMO-Expert™ Level

Both courses (IPMO-P and IPMO-E) follow a similar structure utilising the PMO lifecycle but the depth of topics is less in the Practitioner level. The Expert course certification covers organisational strategy, senior level assessments, business case development, competencies, hot spot evaluation, PMO clusters, topologies, PMO governance, principles, and a number of other topics required for Senior PMO Manager / Director levels who architect the PMO topology across the organisation.The Practitioner level certification emphasis is at a middle management level in terms of one organisational PMO or initiative specific PMOs. The case study is also different at each level of certification.

The IPMO-Expert level also requires different pre-requisites from the IPMO-Practitioner level certification course. This ensures the training course delegates are similarily matched in terms of skill and experience levels.


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