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P3O® Foundation & Practitioner Course 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

Module 4: How to Implement or Re-Energise a P3O®?

  • Permanent P3O®
  • Implementation Lifecycle for a Permanent P3O®
  • Identify Activity and Outputs
  • Vision Statement
  • Define Activities and Outputs
  • Establish the Implementation Team
  • Identify and Analyse Stakeholder
  • Threats to Achieving the Blueprint
  • Develop, Model, and Validate the Benefits
  • Develop and Confirm the Business Case
  • Plan Stages or Tranches of Delivery
  • Project Dossier
  • Deliver Activities and Outputs
  • Closure Activities
  • Post Implementation and Benefit Review
  • Closure Outputs
  • Temporary Office
  • Implementation Lifecycle for a Temporary Programme or Project Office
  • Established Timescales
  • Internal Resources
  • Implementation Lifecycle
  • Definition and Implementation
  • Closing Down a Temporary Office

Module 5: How to Operate a P3O®?

  • Overview of Tools and Techniques
  • Which Tools and Techniques?
  • Benefits of Standard Tools and Techniques
  • Critical Success Factors
  • P3O® Tools
  • Enterprise PPM (EPM) Solutions and Selecting EPM Solutions
  • P3O® Techniques
  • Prioritisation and Optimisation
  • Complexity Modelling
  • Management Dashboard
  • Knowledge Management
  • Workshops
  • Facilitation – Workshop Techniques
  • Skills Development and Maintenance
  • Business Process Swimlanes
  • Capacity Planning
  • P3O® Tools and Techniques
  • Tailoring of Approaches

*After completing 4 days of training and successfully passing your Foundation Exam, the fifth day of this course is a flexible exam preparation day to complete at your convenience to prepare you to take and pass your Practitioner exam online.

We provide comprehensive support during the exam process to make the experience as simple as possible. This exam can be taken at a suitable time, subject to availability; online, anywhere.

Benefits of online exams include:

  • Proven higher pass rates
  • Quicker Results
  • Save Travel Costs
  • Flexibility
  • Convenient
  • Sit your exam at your home, office, or work when you are ready


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

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

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Who should attend this P3O® Foundation & Practitioner Training Course?

The P3O® (Portfolio, Program, and Project Offices) Foundation & Practitioner Training Course is intended for professionals who are involved in establishing, managing, or improving portfolios, programs, and project offices within organisations. This P3O® Course is particularly beneficial for:

  • Portfolio Managers.
  • Programme Managers.
  • Project Managers.
  • PMO (Project Management Office) Managers.
  • Business Managers.
  • Strategic Planners.
  • Change Managers.

Prerequisites of the P3O® Foundation & Practitioner Training Course

There are no formal prerequisites for attending this P3O® Foundation & Practitioner Training Course.

P3O® Foundation & Practitioner Course Overview

The P3O® Course encompasses a comprehensive framework essential for effective Portfolio, Program, and Project Management in organisations. Its relevance lies in structuring and aligning these practices with organisational strategy, enhancing efficiency and decision-making processes.

P3O® Training is crucial for professionals involved in project, program, and Portfolio Management. It is particularly beneficial for Project Managers, PMO staff, and those aspiring to implement P3O® models in their organisations, aiming to enhance governance and achieve strategic alignment.

The 5-day P3O® Training by The Knowledge Academy is designed to provide delegates with a clear understanding of the P3O® model. It focuses on equipping them with the skills needed to establish, develop, and maintain a P3O® framework effectively within their organisations.

Course Objectives

  • To understand the principles and structure of the P3O® model.
  • To learn to align P3O® with organisational strategy and governance.
  • To acquire skills in setting up and managing effective PMOs.
  • To gain insights into facilitating successful project and program delivery.
  • To develop competency in applying P3O® practices within an organisation.

Upon completion of the P3O® Training Online, the delegates will have a thorough understanding of the P3O® framework. They will understand its practical application and real-life use cases. They will be equipped to enhance efficiency within an organisation and the strategic alignment. This will allow them to successfully bring a project and program to completion.

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 & Practitioner Training Course?

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

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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Our Melbourne venue


Free Wi-Fi

To make sure you’re always connected we offer completely free and easy to access wi-fi.

Air conditioned

To keep you comfortable during your course we offer a fully air conditioned environment.

Full IT support

IT support is on hand to sort out any unforseen issues that may arise.

Video equipment

This location has full video conferencing equipment.

Melbourne is the capital city of the Australian state – Victoria. The population of Melbourne is around 4,500,000 people with its inhabitants known as Melburnians. The metropolitan area is located on the extended natural bay of Port Phillip and expands towards the Dandenong and Macedon mountain ranges. Melbourne was transformed into one of the world’s wealthiest and largest cities during the 1850s gold rush. Melbourne’s economy has particular strengths in areas such as finance, manufacturing, research, IT, education, logistics, transportation, and tourism. Melbourne is also home to the world’s largest mining company BHP Billiton. The seaport in Melbourne is Australia’s largest and handles more than $75 billion in trade every year. There are around 9 million visitors every year, this plays and important role in the economy with an annual $16 billion being brought in on tourism alone. Melbourne is home to many of Australia’s most prominent and well-known schools. Six out of 20 of the best ranked schools in Australia are located in Melbourne. Melbourne was further ranked the world’s fourth top University City just after London, Boston, and Tokyo. The University of Melbourne was ranked top among Australian universities in the 2010 THES international rankings. The University has approximately 43,000 students and 4,000 teach staff. The University of Melbourne is highly ranked in many academic areas such as Law, Computer Science & IT, Arts and Humanities, Dentistry and, Medicine. There are a number of private international schools which includes The Japanese School of Melbourne which is a weekend programme for Japanese Australian and Japanese national students. There are a number of other well-known universities in Australia including the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, La Trobe University, and Swinburne University of Technology. An increase in international students attending university in Melbourne has resulted in an increase in the number of places being made available to students.

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Ways to take this course

Experience live, interactive learning from home with The Knowledge Academy's Online Instructor-led P3O Training | P3O® Foundation & Practitioner Training in Melbourne. 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 Training | P3O® Foundation & Practitioner Training in Melbourne, 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 Training | P3O® Foundation & Practitioner Training in Melbourne. 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 Training | P3O® Foundation & Practitioner Training in Melbourne 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 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 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 Training | P3O® Foundation & Practitioner Training in Melbourne FAQs

Yes, these courses are officially recognized and meet the required standards.
P3O® certifications have one-of-a-kind expiry facts depending on the qualification type: a P3O® Foundation certification will not expire.
Yes, the fee includes the cost of taking the exams.
It's a package offering both beginner and advanced level courses together, at a discounted rate.
Exams are of a set duration and usually follow a multiple-choice format. Please refer to our course page to get the exact details.
Completing this course can result in roles in venture management, software coordination, and portfolio oversight.
Salaries vary, but completing these courses can lead to well-paying roles in management.
The courses cover managing projects, programs, and portfolios effectively within organizations.
You'll learn skills in project and portfolio management, strategic alignment, and decision-making.
These are specific terms used in the P3O® framework, like portfolio, program, and project structures.
Organizations improve their project management practices and align projects with strategic goals.
The Foundation level certification might not expire or could require renewal after several years.
The Practitioner certification has a set validity period after which you need to get recertified.
Certification can lead to better job prospects, higher salaries, and improved project management skills.
The P3O® exam focuses on the principles, processes, and techniques for effective portfolio, program, and project management office (PMO) setup and operation.
It's a tool used to assess and prioritize based on the value and impact of different options or projects.
These encompass strategies for aligning tasks with commercial enterprise methods, hazard management, and aid allocation.
Tailoring means adapting the P3O® methods to fit the specific needs and context of an organization or project.
Yes, The Knowledge Academy offers training programs tailored to the needs of businesses and organizations.
The training fees for P3O® Foundation & Practitioner certification in Melbourne starts from AUD5295
The Knowledge Academy is the Leading global training provider for P3O® Foundation & Practitioner.
Please see our P3O® Training courses available in Melbourne
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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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