AXELOS Portfolio, Programme and Project Office (P3O®) Certification

Since it was launched in 2008, the Portfolio, Programme and Project Office (P3O®) best practice and certification has become a popular choice for those working in and managing PMOs. Terminology such as “hub and spoke PMOs” and the “functions and services of PMO” stem from the guidance and have become common in the PMO domain.

For those working in PMO today, the P3O® accreditations have become  the most popular way to demonstrate your committment to a PMO career.

PMO Learning’s P3O courses are delivered by P3O author and expert Eileen Roden.

Why You Should Consider P3O® Foundation?

The P3O® Foundation Certification is considered to be the second* entry level training and certification for those working in a Programme or Project Management Office.

The course covers the fundamentals of P3O®, giving you a solid foundation in the P3O® model, the terminology and concepts involved – the course also covers the key functions and services in a P3O® model – considered to be one of the most useful areas for a PMO practitioner. The course also covers the tools and techniques used in a P3O® and looks at the different types of PMOs with the model.

*See the PPSO Essentials


Who Should Attend?

The P3O® Foundation level course is specifically for:

  • Those new to PMO – working in Project Administrator, Project Co-ordinator and Project Support Officer roles
  • Those new to a career in PMO with previous PPM experience
  • Those looking for a career move to project support and PMO
  • Graduates

Price – £1200 + VAT

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P3O® Foundation

Learning Objectives

On completion of the training and certification, you will have gained knowledge of:

  • High-level P3O model and its component offices
  • Differences between Portfolio, Programme and Project Management
  • Key functions and services of a P3O
  • Reasons for establishing a P3O model
  • Differences between types of P3O model and the factors that influence selection of the most appropriate model
  • Processes to implement or re-energize a P3O
  • Tools and techniques used by a P3O
  • Purpose and major responsibilities of the defined roles


  • No previous experience or knowledge required
  • PPSO Essentials would be a good first step before P3O® Foundation

Learning Approach

  • Classroom based
  • Lectures
  • Team exercises
  • Group discussions
  • Exam
    • Multiple choice examination questions
    • 75 questions – 70 live questions and five trial
    • 60 minutes’ duration
    • 35 marks required to pass (out of 70 available) – 50%
    • Closed book.

Course Logistics

  • Classroom training – 3 days
  • Price – £1200 + VAT


On successful completion of the course and examination, course delegates will be certified as P3O® Foundation accredited

“P3O® is a registered trade mark of AXELOS Limited”

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