AXELOS MoP®: principles, practices, and procedures for successful portfolio management (MoP®)

PMO practitioners have chosen MoP because they’re working at a portfolio level – within a Portfolio Management Office or an Enterprise PMO (ePMO). In this type of role, it is important to understand how portfolio management determines which projects and programmes an organisation decides to do and when.

There’s long been a saying that portfolio management is about doing the right projects and project management is about doing the projects right.

For PMO practitioners with minimal experience in portfolio management, the Foundation level is the place to start. For the more experienced, and especially those working in PMO management, the Practitioner level should also be undertaken.

For a PMO practitioner, it is important to understand some of the key themes such as investment appraisals, business case development and portfolio prioritisation.

MoP is particularly useful if you are setting up a Portfolio Office or organisation-wide PMO and are looking for best practice to inform your approach to implementation.

MoP® (Management of Portfolios) is comprised of principles, techniques, and practices that will assist your organization in the successful adoption of portfolio management.

MoP is concerned with two issues:

  • how to choose the optimal projects and programmes to suit your organization’s strategic objectives
  • how to execute them to optimize value for customers and other stakeholders.

It focuses on the change delivered by project and programme management as a whole, rather than the work of individual initiatives.

MoP is closely aligned with PRINCE2 and MSP. It helps senior executives and decision-makers to understand how portfolio management can maximize return on investment, and start and sustain transformation.

AXELOS have two MoP® certifications:

  • Management of Portfolios (MoP®) – Foundation
  • Management of Portfolios (MoP®) – Practitioner

The Foundation Certification is aimed at those involved in a range of formal and informal portfolio management roles including investment decision making, project and programme delivery, and benefits realization. It is relevant to all those involved in the selection and delivery of business change initiatives including: members of Management Boards and Directors of Change; Senior Responsible Owners (SROs); Portfolio, Programme, Project, Business Change and Benefits managers; and business case writers and project appraisers.

The Practitioner Certification is aimed at those involved in a range of formal and informal portfolio management roles encompassing investment decision making, project and programme delivery, and benefits realization. It is relevant to all individuals involved in the selection and delivery of business change initiatives including: members of Management Boards and Directors of Change; Senior Responsible Owners (SROs); Portfolio, Programme, Project, Business Change and Benefits Managers; and business case writers and project appraisers.

For more information on MoP® courses, download the brochure, visit the dedicated courses pages or continue reading for some FAQs.

1
Why should I take a MoP® Course?

MoP® courses are some of the most recognised courses in the UK.

PMO practitioners also take the course because they wanted a recognisable certification to add to their career achievements and to bolster their CVs.

2
Why should I take the MoP® course with PMO Learning?

If you’ve worked in a PMO, you’ve heard of MoP® qualifications so how are we different?

At PMO Learning, we’re equally focused on learning as we are on exam success.

All of our trainers have real PMO experience, to help you implement your learning into your day-to-day role.

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Which MoP® Course should I take?

MoP® Foundation is aimed at those looking at gaining the sufficient knowledge and understanding to work as an informed member of a Portfolio Office, including: members of Management Boards and Directors of Change; Senior Responsible Owners (SROs); Portfolio, Programme, Project, Business Change and Benefits managers; and business case writers and project appraisers.

MoP® Practitioner is for the more experienced PMO professional, looking to to demonstrate an understanding of how to apply and tailor the MoP guidance and to analyse portfolio data, documentation and roles in relation in a practical context. You will be able to advise on the implementation of appropriate practices and techniques, and apply the method to a live portfolio. This may include members of Management Boards and Directors of Change; Senior Responsible Owners (SROs); Portfolio, Programme, Project, Business Change and Benefits Managers; and business case writers and project appraisers.

If you’re still not certain contact us for more advice.

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How can I take the training?

We currently offer open-public classroom training; virtual classroom training and eLearning.

You can see the live training schedules we have and you will see the public courses we have.

To find out more about what virtual classroom training is take a look at the overview

We have partnered with Aspire Europe Ltd. to provide MoP Foundation and Practitioner eLearning, and you can find out more here

We also deliver courses in-house at an organisation’s own location for a team of PMO practitioners to be trained together.

5
What is covered on the courses?

Take a look at our brochure to find out what is covered on the courses

Download here

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Do I have to have the MoP® Foundation certificate to take the Practitioner course?

Yes, the MoP® Foundation certificate is a prerequisite of the Practitioner course.

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What happens after my MoP® course?

You will be awarded with a certificate after completing the course.

If you’d like to undertake further training in the future, remember all PMO Learning alumni receive an exclusive discount on any future course bookings.

MoP® Foundation
Mop® Practitioner

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