APMG House of PMO Essentials for PMO Managers™

Learning Approach

Classroom & Virtual Classroom

Duration:

3 days

Virtual Course Timings:

9am to 4pm UK time each day

Exam:

75 minutes, 60 complex multiple choice (OTE) questions, 50% pass mark

Certification Body:

APMG International

Prices:

Classroom – £1950 + VAT

Virtual Classroom – £1495 + VAT

Looking to bring the Essentials for PMO Managers course in-house? Get in touch here!

 

Pre-Requisites:

You will need a practitioner level knowledge of projects, programmes or portfolios – any formally recognised Project Management certification or the appropriate level of practical experience will be accepted. For example, any of the following are applicable:
  • Essentials for PMO Analyst Certification
  • A Practitioner certificate in either P3O®, PRINCE2®, Praxis Framework™, AgilePM®, MSP®, PRINCE2 Agile, APM PFQ, PMQ, PM4SD™, PMP®, PgMP®, or CAPM or equivalent
  • 3 years experience of working within a PMO, project, programme or portfolio environment

 

Please note, PMO Learning will be in contact to validate your pre-requisites before your place on the course is confirmed. If you are unsure if you have met the pre-requisites, please get in touch.

 

Certification:

On successful completion of the course and examination, course delegates will be certified as Essentials for PMO Managers™ certified.

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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:

  • Pre-course material
  • Practice examination papers
  • Examination

Please note – the course textbooks for this course are the PMO Competency Framework and the PMO Service Catalogue.

The textbooks are not included in the cost of the course, however the course content is sufficient to complete the course without.

If you would like to purchase a copy of the textbooks, you can do so directly through our website >>here, or through other retailers such as Amazon.

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:

Please note – the course textbooks for this course are the PMO Competency Framework and the PMO Service Catalogue.

The textbooks are not included in the cost of the course, however the course content is sufficient to complete the course without.

If you would like to purchase a copy of the textbooks, you can do so directly through our website >>here, or through other retailers such as Amazon.

 

Essentials for PMO Managers Training and Certification is aimed at current PMO Managers or PMO Leads, especially those new or moving into this role. The training is also suitable for those aspiring to be PMO Managers and senior Project or Programme Managers moving into a PMO leadership position.

 

 

Why should you consider the Essentials for PMO Managers?

  • Gain the essential knowledge and understanding to undertake the role of a PMO Manager
  • Understand and articulate the core roles and responsibilities of a PMO Manager role.
  • Learn about the essential competences, knowledge, skills and behaviours required to perform the role of a PMO Manager successfully.
  • Explore the PMO services offered and how they are delivered by PMO Managers.
  • Continue your professional and personal development journey in working in a PMO and the PMO Manager role.
  • Discover the fundamentals of the design, set up, implementation, running and closing down of a PMO service.



There are also numerous benefits to the organisation with employees taking the Essentials for PMO Managers course, these include:

  • Provide training for those in the organisation currently working in project management and PMOs.
  • Improve capability and competence to support the organisation’s projects, programmes and portfolios.
  • Align development of PMO staff with the PMO professional body standards.
  • Help staff develop their competences, knowledge, skills and behaviours in P3M and PMO and deploy back in the workplace
  • Provide a training and development roadmap and enhanced career prospects for all levels of PMO professionals within the business – improve morale and employee commitment.
  • Help organisations to demonstrate the professional competence of their PMO Manager
  • Helping organisations with effective and efficient PMO design


In the Essentials for PMO Managers course you will:

Understand the role of the PMO Manager and the context within which the PMO Manager works.  Specifically, it will cover:

  • The P3M and PMO context
  • The four key roles within a PMO
  • The competences required to successfully to undertake the role of a PMO Manager and how they can be applied

Context

  • The four domains defined within the Cynefin model
  • The effective approach for each domain within the Cynefin model
  • The activities in each approach
  • Select an appropriate model for a given scenario
  • The recommended practices to be employed within the Cynefin model
  • The four stages of the PMO Lifecycle
  • How a delivery framework is used to design, implement, transform and close a PMO

Roles

  • The purpose of the four key PMO roles and how they relate to each other
  • The key responsibilities of the PMO Manager and how to execute them effectively
  • The key knowledge required to undertake the role of the PMO Manager and potential sources
  • The key skills of the PMO Manager and how to apply them
  • The key behaviours of an effective PMO Manager and their impact

Delivery Support

  • The definition and description of the competence
  • Key terms and artefacts relating to the competence, specifically:
  • Stopping projects and programmes going wrong
  • Providing the buffer (bridge) between the P3M community and the rest of the organisation
  • Being the corporate conscience / critical friend.
  • The potential services that require this specific competences and how the competences are used in the delivery of those services.

PMO Management

  • Definition of PMO Management
  • PMO services that require PMO Management:
    • PMO Development
    • PMO Design
    • PMO Benchmarking
  • Key terms and artefacts:
    • PMO Roadmap
    • Key Performance Indicators
    • P3 Maturity Assessments
  • Setting up a PMO
  • Running a PMO
  • Transforming a PMO
  • Closing Down a PMO

P3M Enabling

  • Capacity Management competence
    • Resource forecasting for current portfolio
    • Utilisation reporting
    • Maintain record of resource commitments
  • Capability Development competence
    • Develop and operate a mentoring scheme
    • Create training director
    • Undertake delivery competency assessment
  • Governance Frameworks competence
    • Develop terms of reference for governance bodies
    • Maintain RASCI matrix for the project / programme
    • Investigate conflicts of governance
  • Assurance competence
    • Schedule peer review
    • Product, project, programme Integrated Assurance and Approvals Plan
    • Maintain audit recommendations action plan.
  • Delivery Methods competence
    • Tailoring of corporate standards, processes, procedures and templates
    • Method consultancy at project and programme start up
    • Induction training for new resources
  • P3M Tools competence
    • Provide access to P3M tools
    • Training on P3M tools
    • Tailoring P3M tools for a project or programme.

To see the full syllabus from APMG International >> Download it here <<

In the course, you will learn:

  • The essential knowledge and skills needed to undertake the role of a PMO Manager
  • How PMOs support project, programme and portfolio management activity
  • The four key roles within a PMO and when different types of PMOs are required
  • The competencies required to successfully undertake the role of a PMO Manager – including governance, delivery frameworks, assurance, capability and capacity

After the course, learners will be able to:

  • How a delivery framework is used to design, implement, transform, and close a PMO.
  • The purpose of the four key PMO roles
  • The key responsibilities of the PMO Manager and how to execute those responsibilities
  • How to apply the key skills whilst undertaking the role of the PMO Manager.
  • Progress career development within project management and the PMO with confidence.

 

If you’ve completed the Essentials for PMO Managers™, then there are a few ways you can continue your training.

If you want to carry on with the House of PMO Essentials™ certifications, then your next step is the Essentials for PMO Directors™ (launching in 2022)

You can also look at the P3O® Practitioner, or MoP® Practitioner course.

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.

Find Out More About the Virtual Classroom 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 APMG]

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