AIPMO – IPMO-Practitioner™ Certification

Learning Approach: Classroom

Duration: 5 days

Exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, 75 multiple choice questions

Certification Body: AIPMO

Price: £2799 + VAT (discounts may apply)


  • 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®

Pre-Reading: A small amount of pre-reading is required for this course. It is distributed approximately two weeks before the course start.

*Pre-requisites are an indication of the level of experience expected of delegates.

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)

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 IPMO-Practitioner certification course is hands-on and covers the day-to-day operational aspects of PMOs.

As a IPMO-Practitioner, you will be able to assess PMOs in operation within the context of your organisation; the project types they support; assessment of the current PMO setup; a roadmap to strategically design and implement an integrated approach to ensure PMO alignment with organisational needs.

You will be able to:

  • Design and establish a PMO within a Project, Programme or Portfolio Management environment – or a departmental level.
  • Develop PMO services and capabilities catalogues 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.

Course modules include:

  • Module 1: Introduction
  • Module 2: Building the Context and Need for PMOs
  • Module 3: PMO Lifecycle to Build and Run PMOs
  • Module 4: Organisational Capabilities to Build and Run a PMO
  • Module 5: Identify / Evaluate / Strategise for a PMO
  • Module 6: Design and Justification for a PMO
  • Module 7: Pilot and Implement a PMO
  • Module 8: Run, Monitor and Control One (Or More) PMOs
  • Module 9: Transform / Retire PMOs
  • Module 10: PMO Success and PMO Maturity

Download the full course breakdown here.

*Module structure may change

In the course, learners will:

  • Understand the value of high performing PMOs.
  • Explore 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.
  • Gain experience of applying the PMO lifecycle using the detailed case study to walk through a real PMO example.
  • Gain experience of establishing a mandate for PMOs implementations
  • Identify the steps required to implement PMOs – covering temporary PMOs based at project and programme level and permanent offices for division and department levels (enterprise-wide PMOs are covered on the Expert level course)
  • Learn new tools and techniques never used before in the PMO arena
  • Prepare to pass the AIPMO-Practitioner exam and become IPMO-Practitioner certified.

After the course, learners will be able to:

  • Increase the value of PMOs in their organisations.
  • Demonstrate a greater understanding of Project, Programme and Portfolio Management in the context of PMOs.
  • Use the PMO Lifecycle Framework to design, build, run and transform a successful PMO.
  • Demonstrate understanding of PMO success factors and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
  • Share group experiences and develop knowledge within the organisation.
  • Progress in your journey to being a competent PMO Manager.
  • Become confident and motivated to mentor others in getting most out of PMOs.

If you’ve taken the AIPMO IPMO-Practitioner course, then there are a few ways you can continue your training.

If you’d like to continue with the AIPMO certifications, you might want to consider attending  AIPMO IPMO-Expert in few years or if you move into a more senior role.

If you’d like an idea of a broader understanding of PMOs, take a look at P3O Foundation and Practitioner.

If you’re looking for something more specific to your organisation, whether it’s implementing Agile or getting a grip on Benefits Management, browse our specialist courses.



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