P3O® Foundation Overview

P3O® Foundation Training Outline

Module 1: Introduction to P3O®

  • What is the purpose of P3O®?
  • Definitions
  • Strategic Objectives
  • What are P3O®’s
  • P3O® Definitions within the Models
  • Portfolio, programme, and project lifecycles
  • Governance and the P3O®
  • P3O® and Other Best Management
  • P3O® Terminology

Module 2: Why Have a P3O®?

  • Integral Part
  • P3O® can Increase Success
  • Focus of a P3O®
  • Add Value
  • Governance Focus
  • Principles for Extracting Value
  • Govern Effectively
  • Holding People to Account
  • Prioritising Investment
  • Safeguarding Value
  • Investing in People and Processes
  • Tracking Progress
  • Getting Investment for the P3O®
  • Identifying the Stakeholders
  • Identifying the Problem
  • Analysis of Issues and Reviews
  • Value Matrix
  • Stakeholders Requirements
  • P3M3®
  • Demonstrating the Value
  • Business Case Content
  • Capability and Outcome
  • Benefits Vs Constraints
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Cost Model
  • Some Variations of Costing
  • Overcoming Common Barriers
  • Timescales

Module 3: Designing a P3O® Model

  • Factors that Affect the Design
  • Functional Areas of a P3O®
  • Design Considerations
  • Centralised Versus Decentralised
  • Additional Success Factors Hub Portfolio Offices
  • Permanent Versus Temporary
  • Underlying Success Factors – Temporary Offices
  • Co-located Versus Distributed
  • Functions and Services
  • Functional Areas
  • Wider Organisation
  • Integration
  • Assurance and Governance
  • Information Assurance (IA)
  • Non-PPM Functions and Services
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Skills/Competences of P3O® Staff
  • P3O® Management, Generic, and Functional Roles
  • Sizing and Tailoring
  • How to Size a P3O® Model?
  • P3O® Sponsor
  • Head of P3O® (Permanent Office)
  • Head of Programme/Project Office (Temporary)
  • Portfolio Analyst
  • Programme or Project Specialist
  • Programme or Project Officer
  • Benefits and Value Role
  • Commercial Role
  • Communication and Stakeholder Engagement Role
  • Information Management Role
  • Consultancy and Performance Management Role
  • Finance and Issue Role
  • Change Control and Planning Role
  • Quality Assurance and Risk Role
  • Reporting and Secretariat/ Administrator Role
  • Tools Expert


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Who should attend this P3O® Foundation Training?

The P3O® Foundation Training is suitable for a wide range of professionals in the industry. It's a great choice for the people who are interested in understanding the fundamental concepts and principles of P3O® practices. This training is particularly beneficial for:

  • Project Team Members
  • Junior Project Managers
  • Aspiring Project Managers
  • Programme Team Members
  • PMO Staff (Project Management Office)
  • Business Analysts
  • Change Managers

Prerequisites of the P3O® Foundation Training Course

This P3O® Course is open to everyone and there are no formal prerequisites for attending this P3O® Foundation Course.

P3O® Foundation Training Overview

The P3O® Course is an important Parth to knowledge for delegates who want to become experts in managerial roles. Some of these roles include project portfolios, programs, and project offices. This course is important managing projects quickly and efficiently, as more companies start to use organised methods for managing projects.

P3O® Training Courses are essential for Project Managers, Programme Managers, and PMO staff. They are also highly beneficial for individuals aspiring to these roles. This training provides the foundational knowledge and skills necessary to establish, develop, and maintain a supportive business environment for projects and programmes. It’s particularly relevant for professionals who aim to implement or manage P3O® models in their organisations.

This 1-day P3O® Online Course by the Knowledge Academy is designed to efficiently impart core P3O® principles and practices. Delegates will learn how to align projects and programmes with their organisation’s strategic objectives. This P3O® Course enhances skills in managing risks, resources, and stakeholders, ensuring an increase in project and programme success rates.

Course Objectives

  • To understand the key concepts and structures of P3O®
  • To learn the roles and responsibilities within a P3O® model
  • To develop skills in P3O® implementation and management
  • To gain insights into effective resource and stakeholder management
  • To align organisational strategy with project and programme execution

After finishing the P3O® Online Training, delegates will clearly understand how P3O® models can contribute to a project’s success. They will learn the skills and knowledge needed to make sure their work aligns with their organisation's goals. This basic training is the first step towards more advanced learning in P3O® methods.

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

The Swirl logo™ is a trademark of AXELOS Limited, used under permission of AXELOS Limited. All rights reserved.

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What's included in this P3O® Foundation Training Course?

  • P3O® Foundation Examination
  • World-class Training Sessions from Experienced Instructors
  • P3O® Foundation Certificate 
  • Digital Delegate Pack  

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P3O® Foundation Exam Information

The P3O® Foundation Exam evaluates participants' understanding of the Portfolio, Programme, and Project Offices (P3O®) framework. P3O® provides guidance for setting up, developing, and maintaining support structures to enhance organisational decision-making and effective delivery of change initiatives. 

  • Question Type: Multiple Choice  
  • Total Questions: 75 Questions 
  • Total Marks: 70 Marks   
  • Pass Mark: 50%, or 35/70  
  • Duration: 1 Hour  
  • Open Book/ Closed Book: Closed Book

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Ways to take this course

Experience live, interactive learning from home with The Knowledge Academy's Online Instructor-led P3O® Foundation. Engage directly with expert instructors, mirroring the classroom schedule for a comprehensive learning journey. Enjoy the convenience of virtual learning without compromising on the quality of interaction.

Unlock your potential with The Knowledge Academy's P3O® Foundation, accessible anytime, anywhere on any device. Enjoy 90 days of online course access, extendable upon request, and benefit from the support of our expert trainers. Elevate your skills at your own pace with our Online Self-paced sessions.

Experience the most sought-after learning style with The Knowledge Academy's P3O® Foundation. Available in 490+ locations across 190+ countries, our hand-picked Classroom venues offer an invaluable human touch. Immerse yourself in a comprehensive, interactive experience with our expert-led P3O® Foundation sessions.


Highly experienced trainers

Boost your skills with our expert trainers, boasting 10+ years of real-world experience, ensuring an engaging and informative training experience


State of the art training venues

We only use the highest standard of learning facilities to make sure your experience is as comfortable and distraction-free as possible


Small class sizes

Our Classroom courses with limited class sizes foster discussions and provide a personalised, interactive learning environment


Great value for money

Achieve certification without breaking the bank. Find a lower price elsewhere? We'll match it to guarantee you the best value

Streamline large-scale training requirements with The Knowledge Academy’s In-house/Onsite P3O® Foundation at your business premises. Experience expert-led classroom learning from the comfort of your workplace and engage professional development.


Tailored learning experience

Leverage benefits offered from a certification that fits your unique business or project needs


Maximise your training budget

Cut unnecessary costs and focus your entire budget on what really matters, the training.


Team building opportunity

Our P3O® Foundation offers a unique chance for your team to bond and engage in discussions, enriching the learning experience beyond traditional classroom settings


Monitor employees progress

The course know-how will help you track and evaluate your employees' progression and performance with relative ease

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P3O® Foundation FAQs

Yes, our P3O® courses are fully accredited by the PeopleCert on behalf of AXELOS.
A P3O® Foundation certification will never expire and is eternally valid.
Yes, our P3O® course includes the P3O® Foundation exam.
Here at The Knowledge Academy, we’re extremely proud of our high pass rates for our P3O® courses. Our Foundation exam has pass rates of 98%.
The Foundation exam is 60 minutes.
Classroom based learning is available across the world in a range of luxury venues - enabling you to learn without travelling. The P3O® courses can be undertaken midweek, at residential events, and solely on weekends too - optimising the learning potential of these courses and tailoring your learning to your needs.
All our trainers are fully accredited, engaging, and have many years of experience.
The training fees for P3O® Foundation certification in Australia starts from AUD3395
The Knowledge Academy is the Leading global training provider for P3O® Foundation.
Please see our P3O® Training courses available in Australia
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Best price in the industry

You won't find better value in the marketplace. If you do find a lower price, we will beat it.


Trusted & Approved

The Knowledge Academy are accredited for all their P30® course by PeopleCert on behalf of AXELOS.


Many delivery methods

Flexible delivery methods are available depending on your learning style.


High quality resources

Resources are included for a comprehensive learning experience.

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