AXELOS P3O® Practitioner Certification

Learning Approach

Classroom & Virtual Classroom


2 days

Virtual Course Timings:

9am to 4pm UK time each day


2 hour 30 minutes, 4 questions of 20 marks

This is an open book exam which means you can use a hard copy of the manual in the exam (digital versions are not allowed in the exam after the 31st December 2021)

Certification Body:



Classroom – £995 + VAT (early booking discounts may apply)

Virtual Classroom – £695 + VAT (save 30% on classroom-based prices)

Looking to bring the P3O Practitioner course in-house? Get in touch here!


  • You must have already passed your P3O® Foundation


Delegates should be up-to-date on P3O® Foundation content.

Learning Approaches

Public Classroom Training

Your course will take place in a training venue with the exam taken at the end of the three-day course.

You’ll receive:

  • The PMO Learning P3O Foundation workbook
  • Pre-course material
  • Past examination questions
  • Examination

You will need to use your own copy of the P3O manual following the Foundation course.

Virtual Classroom Training

Virtual classroom training takes place with a live instructor throughout the online course and you will be learning alongside other virtual learners – you’ll be able to see and hear them too!

All you need for virtual classroom training is a decent broadband connection, a webcam and a microphone [Test your setup here]

You’ll receive:

  • The PMO Learning P3O Foundation workbook
  • Pre-course material
  • Past examination questions
  • Examination voucher [find out how it works] (valid for 12 months)

You will need to use your own copy of the P3O manual following the Foundation course.


The P3O® Practitioner level course is specifically for:

  • Those leading or managing a PMO function – PMO Managers, PMO Lead, PMO Director and Head of PMO roles.
  • Those tasked with designing and implementing a PMO function

The P3O® Practitioner Certification follows on from the P3O® Foundation. Where the Foundation certification focuses on the fundamentals of P3O®, the Practitioner level is about the application of P3O®.

The Practitioner course covers the design, implementation and management of a P3O model. You will gain an overall understanding of the elements, roles, functions and tools and techniques deployed in a generalised P3O model.

Course Modules include:

  • Module 1: Why Have a P3O?
  • Module 2: Models and Tailoring
  • Module 3: Implementing and Re-energising
  • Module 4: How to Operate a P3O (including Tools and Techniques)
  • Module 5: P3O Roles
*Module structure may change


In the course, learners will:

  • Understand how to develop the business case required to obtain senior management approval for the P3O.
  • Explore how to identify and build the most appropriate P3O model, which will adapt to the organisation’s needs, taking account of the organisation’s size and portfolio, programme and project management maturity.
  • Learn how to identify the most appropriate roles required to populate a specified P3O structure.
  • Learn how to plan the implementation of a P3O.
  • Learn how to choose and use appropriate tools and techniques while running the P3O and advising those who shape the portfolio of programmes and projects.
  • Prepare to pass the P3O Practitioner exam and become P3O Practitioner certified.

After the course, learners will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a greater understanding of how to create a business case and mandate for the P3O.
  • Understand how P3Os are structured throughout the organisation.
  • Use the P3O model and blueprint for implementing a P3O model.
  • Demonstrate which functions, services, tools and techniques are needed throughout the high-level P3O model and component offices.
  • Share group experiences and develop knowledge within the organisation.
  • Demonstrate progress to becoming a competent PMO practitioner and manager.

If you’ve taken P3O® Practitioner, you’ve reached the highest level of P3O® Certifications. Congratulations! There are now a number of ways you can continue your training.

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.


P3O Training from PMO Learning


Find Out More About the Virtual Classroom Exam

You’ll sit your P3O Practitioner exam with Peoplecert. Peoplecert are the providers of the online P3O Practitioner exam.

We’ll issue you with a voucher and all you need to do is book your examination time slot. You can choose to do the exam when it suits you – same day or later. There are lots of times available – including in the evening.

You’ll do the exam at your own PC and log in to the testing environment.

Find out more about how it works:

[Read more about exams by online proctoring from Peoplecert]

Got a question? [Get in touch]


Your Trainer – P3O Author

PMO Learning’s P3O courses are delivered by P3O author Eileen Roden. You will find it difficult to find another trainer as experienced as Eileen – there’s nothing she doesn’t know about P3O!

You can expect clear and concise information; lots of support along the way; great real-world examples to bring the course to life and a delivery style that will keep you engaged.

“Eileen is pragmatic and knows her stuff. She is great at distilling a message and ensures everyone is included in discussions.”

“Excellent delivery, kept it engaging as Eileen was so passionate about it. Great stories, real-life examples, excellent explanation, patience AND most importantly – FAB sense of humour.”


P3O® is a registered trade mark of AXELOS Limited, used under permission of AXELOS Limited. All rights reserved.

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