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P3O® Foundation

Course Overview

ILX Group’s accredited P3O® Foundation online learning covers all aspects of the P3O® guidance. Using voice, animation and activities, the course takes approximately twelve hours to complete which is equivalent to a three day workshop.

The main body of the course consists of seven lessons which cover the principles, techniques and structure for implementing a Portfolio, Programme and Project Office, including a Centre of Excellence, through to the business case and planning for implementation.


  • An exam simulator which results in exceptional pass rates
  • Increased retention of learning
  • Less time taken to learn
  • Increased control and visibility of progress and achievement
  • Reduced travel costs
  • Accessible from any location

Target Audience

  • Those requiring an understanding of Portfolio Management and the supporting environment for successful programmes and projects.
  • Managers attempting to provide a structure for prioritisation and control of corporate organisational investments, particularly those using PRINCE2® and MSP®, although any methodology can be effectively improved using the P3O® model.
  • There are no pre-requisites for studying this course or qualification other than an understanding of the project and programme environment.

Learning Outcomes

P3O® Overview

  • What a P3O® is and why it is relevant
  • Who the P3O® guidance is aimed at
  • The differences between Projects, Programmes, and Portfolio Management

P3O Services & Functions

  • The objectives of each functional or service area
  • Strategic Planning, Delivery Support and Centre of Excellence
  • Assurance services, through gated reviews or audit
  • P3O® governance

Model Structures

  • Services and functions delivered through various design models
  • What kind of model to deploy
  • The reporting structure of a P3O model
  • Critical success factors of a P3O structure
  • Information Assurance for projects and programmes

How to operate a P3O®

  • Portfolio prioritisation, Management Dashboards, Information Portals and Knowledge Management
  • Some of the facilitated workshops a P3O may be asked to lead
  • Business process swim-lane diagrams and the benefits they can bring
  • How approaches can be tailored for different demands

P3O Roles & Responsibilities

  • P3O® “Management & Generic” roles and those that are “functional”
  • The purpose of each role, and be aware of some of the key responsibilities of each
  • How the roles might be implemented within the various P3O® models
  • Some of the key skills and competencies needed within a P3O®

Developing a P3O® Business Case, Why have a P3O® ?

  • The benefits of a P3O® , and the capabilities of a P3O®
  • The Principles for Extracting Value. A Value Matrix
  • What performance improvements can be expected

How to implement or re-energise a P3O®

  • A Blueprint for a programme of change, for a successful P3O®
  • The lifecycle needed for P3O® implementation
  • How to setup and run a Temporary Office structure

Case Studies

  • A large bureaucratic organisation delivering health services to various government departments across Europe
  • A medium sized organisation delivering hardware and software solutions to their broad customer base
  • A small organisation delivering construction project management for their clients

P3O® Foundation Examination Technique

  • How to approach the P3O® examination

P3O® Examination Simulator

  • Featuring sample questions from the P3O® examination, using the correct timing and providing feedback for each question


  • Additional free resources for implementing a P3O® , analysing


The P30® course on this page is offered by ILX ATO/Affiliate of AXELOS Limited.

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