What Differentiates the Essentials for PMO Administrators Certification from other PMO Training Courses?

The Essentials for PMO Administrator certification launched in 2021 is the first in the PMO Essentials certification suite by the House of PMO. But what makes this certification different from other PMO training options?

What are the current PMO training options?

Perhaps the most well known PMO certifications available are the P3O Foundation and P3O Practitioner courses.

The P3O suite are advantageous for anyone working in a PMO – they provide a high level overview of the design, creation and transformation of PMOs. These certifications are more heavily theory focused, and can help delegates demonstrate a greater understanding of Project, Programme and Portfolio Management, demonstrate a better understanding of the different types of PMO, articulate the need for PMOs within an organisation, and even use the P3O functions and services guidance to implement new services or update existing ones within an organisation.

However, these certifications are often more suitable for those working in more senior roles within the PMO, such as that of PMO Manager or Director, who have greater control over the design of ways in which the PMO delivers.

This is where the Essentials for PMO Administrators course differs – the certification focuses on developing the knowledge, skills and competencies required for an individual to competently perform their role.

How is the certification relevant to the PMOs of today?

The Essentials for PMO Administrators certification, developed by the House of PMO, is a redesign of the BCS PPSO Essentials certification. Before being acquired by the House of PMO, this certification was around 20 years old – the new certification has been developed in keeping with the requirements of PMOs of today.

How can the certification help me in my role?

The course is based off the PMO Administrator role profile from the PMO Competency Framework, and so specifically outlines the requirements for those working in Project Support roles.

Furthermore, the course uses both theory and practical application in order to establish and develop your base knowledge, skills and behaviours necessary to support you in your role.

Who should take this course?

The course is perfect for those working in Project support roles such as Project Administrators, and Project Co-ordinator and Project Support Officers.

The course has no pre-requisites – as such, it is a great entry level qualification for those looking to enter the world of projects and PMOs – recent graduates, aspiring Project Managers, or even PAs involved in project management in their support activities for the senior executives they work for.

Where can I find out more?

You can read more about the Essentials for PMO Administrators certification by clicking here.

You can also watch a webinar hosted by PMO Learning Directors Eileen and Lindsay below!

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