AXELOS ProPath – Good for PMO Professionals?

AXELOS® – home to PRINCE2®, MSP® and P3O® amongst others – recently announced a new name for the collection of best practice qualifications in project management.

ProPath® “provides a progressive development structure of best practice certifications that are specifically geared towards delivering meaningful change, in a changing world.”

ProPath is about development pathways – which courses to do based on the role you perform.

There are three paths available:

  • ProPath Project Expert
  • ProPath Agile Project Expert
  • ProPath Programme Leader

You’ll see from the figure below that P3O® – the Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices certification is mentioned, but the path – ProPath Programme Leader – is actually aimed at Programme Managers more than it is PMO professionals.

That said, the three AXELOS products that make up the Programme Leader path are actually well suited for those working in but especially managing PMOs with many PMO practitioners opting to take P3O® alongside MSP® and MoP®. P3O® provides the PMO focus whilst MSP® covers programme management and MoP® covers portfolio management.

“Combining the rigour of P3O®, with the big picture focus of MSP® and MoP®, professionals will demonstrate their leadership that inspires and delivers.”

Although the collective name of ProPath Programme Leader can be used if you have all three of those certifications unfortunately it probably doesn’t really mean that much in the world of PMO – we don’t tend to be programme leaders!

You can of course use it on your CV or profile but I would argue that you would still make it clear that you hold all three of those certifications as they are more widely recognised in the marketplace.

The highest ProPath you’ll see is the Certified Portfolio Director which is a combination of the project ProPaths and the Programme Leader ProPath. In other words, you have at least five of the AXELOS best practice certifications:

  • PRINCE2® Practitioner or PRINCE2® Agile Practitioner
  • MoR® (Management of Risk)
  • MSP® (Managing Successful Programmes)
  • MoP® (Management of Portfolios)
  • P3O® (Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices)

There are no other requirements needed than passing the examinations for all of the products – and if you already have some of these, you can still qualify to use the collective name when you’ve completed any new ones you don’t yet have.

To find out more about ProPath, visit the AXELOS website.

If you’re looking to complete your P3O® training and gain the qualification, find out the different ways of doing that at PMO Learning.


From AXELOS – ProPath Programme Leader

Crafted for professionals that are looking to increase their ability to manage the complexities of multiple projects and programmes, whilst controlling the impact of risk and maintaining alignment with corporate strategy. This route comprises:

  • Managing Successful Programmes 5th edition (MSP® 5th edition) Foundation and Practitioner
  • Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices (P3O®) Foundation and Practitioner
  • Management of Portfolios (MoP®) Foundation and Practitioner

The P3O® and MoP® courses on this page are offered by PMO Learning. P3O® and MoP® are [registered] trade marks of AXELOS Limited. P3O® and MoP® are registered trade marks of AXELOS Limited, used under permission of AXELOS Limited. All rights reserved.

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