P3O® (Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices) Foundation to Practitioner Certificate Virtual Training Course

PM-Partners virtual classroom offers an interactive experience that will engage and prepare you for the P3O Foundation and Practitioner exams. The course is facilitated by our expert team and can be customised to suit your requirements.

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P3O® Virtual Classroom Training

Our virtual training is streamed live (not pre-recorded) with an accredited trainer in real-time – otherwise referred to as Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT). Brought to you by experienced trainers based on our market leading materials and content.

Our trainers are based in real training rooms complete with audio visual equipment. We apply best practices incorporating a modular approach with frequent activities, visual engagement, appropriate pace and relevant dynamic learning to add value.

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About this Course


As businesses increasingly adapt portfolio, programme and project management, there is an increasing need for an effective infrastructure, namely the programme/project office, to support

The need for an effective support structure increases not only with the number of programmes and projects undertaken, but also with the significance placed on these initiatives. Portfolio,
Programme and Project Offices (P3O®) is a best practice guidance from AXELOS addressing this functionality.

The P3O model provides a decision and delivery support structure for enabling change within an organisation. This may be provided through a single permanent office such as, the Portfolio
Office, Centre of Excellence, Enterprise or Corporate Programme Office. Alternatively, it may be provided through a linked set of offices (portfolio office, programme offices, project offices).

P3O is aligned with PRINCE2® and MSP® and blends in one place a set of principles, processes and techniques to facilitate effective portfolio, programme and project management through
enablement, challenge and support structures. These structures bridge the gap between the strategy and policy makers, and the delivery arm of the organisation.

Who is this course for?

Foundation – those working within a P3O environment who need to understand the principles and terminology of P3O.

Practitioner – those managing and working within a P3O component requiring a full understanding of how to justify, build and manage a P3O.

Foundation Course

Qualification: P3O® Foundation Certificate
Nominal Days: 3 days

The Foundation course aims to certify participants in P3O Foundation Level and enable them to demonstrate a good understanding of the programme and project support office functions,
acting as an informed member of a P3O. Overall, the course assists in developing an appreciation of the issues and challenges that face Programme and Project Managers.

Practitioner Course

Qualification: P3O® Practitioner Certificate
Nominal Days: 1 day

The Practitioner course prepares participants to undertake and pass the P3O Practitioner Exam. The Practitioner level qualification aims to measure whether the candidate has sufficient
knowledge and understanding of the P3O guidance to apply and tailor it to a given scenario situation.

The course includes review, consolidation of concepts and exam questions for the Practitioner level certification. Please note that the Practitioner course is an examination preparation
course and focuses on the application of P3O to prepare candidates for the Practitioner examination.

Key Topics

These courses explore the following areas:

  • An Introduction to P3O – discussing why, when and how to use P3O models including the difference between portfolio, programmes and project environments and their different requirements
  • Value – what value P3Os can bring to the organisation including a business case, funding models and performance measures
  • Model – an overview of the different P3O models with examples
  • Functions and Techniques – details on the functions/services and techniques/tools used by units of a P3O model

Course Delivery

Trainers use a practical delivery approach to provide participants with a ‘hands-on’, multi-faceted and challenging learning experience. Understanding and recall techniques will be used to provide participants with a solid comprehension of P3O.

Courses are facilitated by our expert team and can be conducted onsite, at our premises or virtually. All courses can be customised to suit your requirements.

Weekend courses: These are conducted over two full weekends.



The Foundation course includes the P3O Foundation exam which consists of:

  • 75 multiple choice questions, 60-minute exam
  • Pass mark is 50% (35/70)
  • Closed book exam

Virtual Training: Online proctored exam taken after the course. See below for details.


Practitioner course includes the P3O Practitioner Exam which consists of:

  • 4 questions, 2.5 hours duration
  • Objective testing paper based on a scenario
  • Pass mark is 50% (40/80)
  • Open book (P3O guide only)

Virtual Training: Online proctored exam taken after the course. See below for details.

Your P3O Practitioner qualification is valid for five years. You need to re-sit an additional re-registration exam within three to five years of your original certification to retain your accreditation.

Taking your virtual exam

On the last day of your Foundation or Practitioner virtual course, you will receive an invitation to book your exam. You have 6 months to sit the exam online. Please check availability when making your booking.

Please refer to PeopleCert FAQ to view additional information (including system requirements) for web-proctored exams.

PeopleCert administers the P3O examination scheme. PM-Partners is an accredited partner of PeopleCert (Partner ID: 3800).


There are no prerequisites for the Foundation course.

To be eligible to sit the P3O Practitioner exam, participants must have attended the Foundation course and obtained a pass in the P3O Foundation exam.

Course Dates

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What do you mean by virtual training?

When we refer to virtual (classroom) training we are meaning just that: delivering live training (not pre-recorded) with a trainer to wherever you are real-time – otherwise referred to as Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT). Our trainers are based in actual training rooms complete with training and AV equipment.

What will I experience during a virtual training session?

Your virtual classroom trainer has access to a variety of options to ensure effective communication and learning, both individually and as a group, including:

  • Changing how webcams are viewed
  • Screen sharing to display a document, presentation or other training content
  • Changing the view to make an attendee the presenter
  • Conducting polls and tests
  • Splitting the classroom into small groups for activities
  • Uploading materials

How do I interact with the trainer? Other attendees?

Collaboration and actively participating in a training session are essential. You can:

  • Raise and submit questions/comments to the trainer or other attendees
  • Use shared apps and drawing tools to collaborate with the whole group
  • Participate in ‘breakout’ rooms for activities/small group discussions
  • Share the trainer’s keyboard and mouse control

Note: Drawing tools, shared keyboard/mouse control and multi-monitor screen sharing are available on the installed desktop app only.

How long will a session be before I can have a break?

As virtual training is a very different experience to face-to-face training, each virtual session will be a maximum of 90 minutes (many sessions will be shorter), followed by a break. Your trainer will confirm the timings of breaks at the start of each day.

What are the system and software requirements?

System requirements

Desktop app option Web browser option
Operating system Windows 7 – 10
MacOS X 10.9 (Mavericks) – MacOS Mojave 10.14TM
Operating system
Internet connection 1Mbps or better (broadband recommended)
Hardware 2GB or more of RAM
Microphone and speakers* (headset recommended)
Microphone and speakers* (headset recommended)
Software GoToTraining® desktop app, Javascript™ enabled Google Chrome (most recent 2 versions)

*It is recommended that you use a wired headset with VoIP to ensure optimal audio quality and to minimise audio feedback. If necessary, you are able to use your phone to dial in to the audio connection.

Software used

We are currently using GoToTraining® by LogMeIn. As a training course participant, you do not need a GoToTraining account. Before the training starts you will be sent an email with a link to join the course. When you join the course, you will be prompted to download the GoToTraining software.

How secure is GoToTraining®?

The session is completely private and secure and features end-to-end Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) encryption. No unencrypted information is ever stored on the system.

I require an invoice before payment is processed – can I still book this course online?

Yes. Simply select ‘invoice’ from the payment options during the checkout process and one of our consultants will be in contact to organise payment.

Can I buy these courses as a package?

Yes. P3O Foundation and P3O Practitioner can be purchased together as a package at a discounted rate. Book now & save!

Is this a certified course?

Yes. Upon passing the exams you will be certified.

Is the exam fee included?

Yes. The exam fee is included in the course cost.

Please note: You must have completed and passed the Foundation exam as a prerequisite to sitting the Practitioner exam

Do you offer a Take2 (resit option)?

Yes. You can purchase the PeopleCert Take2 exam resit option through us prior to taking your initial exam.

What are the online exam requirements?

Please refer to PeopleCert FAQ to view information (including system requirements) for web-proctored online exams.

P3O® Foundation

3 Days RRP: $2,450 excl. GST

Available course dates

15th April 2021

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Buy now for $2,205 excl. GST

The P3O® model provides a decision and delivery support structure for enabling change within an organisation. This 3 day workshop prepares candidates for the AXELOS P3O® Foundation certification exam.

P3O® Practitioner

1 Day RRP: $1,995 excl. GST

Available course dates

28th April 2021

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Buy now for $1,795.50 excl. GST

This 1 day workshop builds on the 3 day P3O Foundation workshop and prepares candidates for the AXELOS P3O® Practitioner certification exam.

P3O® Foundation (Weekend)

3 Days RRP: $2,450 excl. GST

Available course dates

15th May 2021

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Buy now for $2,205 excl. GST

P3O® Practitioner (Weekend)

1 Day RRP: $1,995 excl. GST

Available course dates

13th March 2021 | 29th May 2021

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Buy now for $1,795.50 excl. GST

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