P3O® Foundation

Learn to thrive in P3O office teams with this P3O Foundation certification course from Good e-Learning!

‘Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices (P3O)’ is an AXELOS framework offering universal principles and techniques to help organizations deliver projects and programs effectively and efficiently. This course introduces the idea of a P3O model, as well as how to design, implement, and operate them. Candidates also learn the different roles and responsibilities within a P3O team, allowing them to confidently collaborate with and support P3O offices.

By the end of the course, candidates will be fully prepared to sit and pass the P3O Foundation certification exam. Kickstart your training today with Good e-Learning!

Welcome to Portfolio, Program and Project Offices (P3O)

Learning Objectives

This module introduces the main features of the course, as well as its learning plan, aims and objectives, and structure.

Candidates receive a syllabus, diagram pack, glossary, further reading and links document, and links to download copies of the P3O framework publications.

Finally, the module addresses the most frequently asked questions on P3O.

Module 1: What Are P3Os?

Learning Objectives

This module discusses what a P3O is, as well as key concepts such as programs, portfolios, projects, and ‘business as usual’.

Module 2: Why Have a P3O?

Learning Objectives

This chapter discusses the value of having a P3O and addresses questions such as:

How do I convince senior managers and executives of the value P3O can add to our organization?
How do I start the process of change?

The module also examines the P3O value proposition, how to obtain funding for a P3O, and how to envision and build a working P3O model.

Module 3: Designing a P3O Model

Learning Objectives

This module explains how an organization can design an appropriate, well-fitting P3O model to implement portfolio, programme, and project office concepts, as well as support processes via physical offices and key roles and responsibilities.

The module also looks at P3O design considerations. These include centralized and decentralized offices, permanent and temporary offices, and co-located or distributed models.

Finally, this module explores how the functions and services of a P3O should be selected, as well as how a P3O can be aligned with the wider organization.

Module 4: Review: Modules 1-3

Learning Objectives

This module offers candidates a chance to revisit the content covered in modules 1-3 with a series of learning games.

Module 5: P3O Roles and Responsibilities

Learning Objectives

This module discusses the various roles and responsibilities involved in a successful P3O.

Module 6: Implementing or Re-energizing a P3O

Learning Objectives

This module provides guidance on best practices for delivering programs and projects to implement or re-energize a P3O.

It also looks at the ‘implementation lifecycle’ for both temporary and permanent P3Os and how to define and deliver effective P3Os.

Module 7: Operating a P3O

Learning Objectives

The module focuses on the operation of P3Os after implementation or re-energizing. It looks at key activities involved in maintaining successful permanent P3Os, as well as the tools and techniques used to support the consistent delivery of functions and services across the organization.

Finally, the module looks at tools and techniques P3Os can use to guarantee effectiveness.

Module 8: Review: Modules 5-7

Learning Objectives

This module offers candidates a chance to revisit the content covered in modules 5-7 with a series of learning games.

Module 9: Practice Exams

Learning Objectives

This module features two P3O Foundation practice certification exams. One is provided by AXELOS and the other by Good e-Learning.

When you feel you are ready to sit the exam, simply contact Good e-Learning to request your FREE exam voucher.


Learning Objectives

This final module offers a summary of the content featured throughout the course to help candidates prepare for the exam.

This P3O online course is designed to fully prepare candidates to sit and pass the Portfolio, Program and Project Offices Foundation certification exam. This includes providing official practice exams to help students test themselves and get used to examination conditions.

You can take the exam online (virtually) at any time using a service provided by PeopleCert.

This course comes with mock exams to help students prepare for the real thing, as well as a FREE exam voucher.(T&Cs apply)

Before booking your exam, it will be a good idea to make sure that your device meets the technical requirements. You can do so via this online test. This test will examine the suitability of your webcam, microphone, and internet connection. Please visit the PeopleCert website for more information and guidance.

When you are ready to use your free exam voucher, simply contact [email protected]. Exam voucher requests are typically processed within two working days, but please allow up to five. Students must request their exam voucher within the course access period, which starts from the date of purchase. For more information, please visit our Support & FAQs page.

P3O Foundation exam:

  • The exam consists of 75 multiple-choice questions (70 live questions and five trials)
  • There is a time limit of 60 minutes to complete the exam
  • The exam is closed book, with only the provided materials being permitted for use
  • Candidates must score at least 35 marks (50%) in order to pass

What is P3O?

Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices (P3O) is a framework designed to establish effective decision-enabling and delivery support structures to empower change within an organization.

According to AXELOS, this can be provided through a single office existing under several names, such as Center of Excellence, Portfolio Office, Enterprise or Corporate Program Office.

How can P3O benefit businesses?

P3O implements universally applicable guidance for both organizations and individuals to establish, develop, and maintain effective and appropriate business support structures.

P3O provides senior decision-makers with greater clarity regarding strategy, prioritization, risk management, and resource optimization to better help them achieve key business objectives.

P3O practitioners can effectively identify business outcomes and benefits as well as realize them within time, cost, and quality restraints.

What do I need to study P3O?

There are no prerequisites for studying our accredited P3OFoundation course or taking the exam.

However, the P3O Foundation certification is a prerequisite for taking the P3O Practitioner certification exam.

Who can benefit from studying P3O?

Any candidate who works in a P3O model-based office can benefit from studying the framework. This also applies to anyone who requires an understanding of P3O’s terminology and key concepts, as well as any candidates planning to pursue higher-level P3O certifications.

What do I need to know about the P3O exams?

The P3O Foundation exam consists of 75 multiple-choice questions, has a duration of 1 hour, and a pass mark of 50%. The exam is closed-book.

The P3O Prcatitioner exam consists of four test questions, each worth 20 marks, has a duration of 2 1/2 hours, and a pass mark of 50%. The exam is open-book.

Who is this course aimed at?

  • Members of P3O offices or any else requiring an understanding of the framework’s technology and concepts

  • P3O users interested in pursuing higher-level qualifications

  • Candidates outside of P3O teams who require an understanding of the framework and its key concepts

  • Businesses eager to adopt a successful method for achieving goals within an established and effective framework

  • Candidates eager to further their careers in project and program management

What will you learn by taking this course?

  • What a P3O is

  • The benefits of having a P3O

  • How to design a P3O model

  • Roles and responsibilities in a P3O office

  • How to implement or re-energize a P3O

  • How to operate a P3O

  • Everything needed to pass the official P3O Foundation exam

Why should you take this course?

  • P3Os support strategic change management with effective strategy, prioritization, risk management, and resource optimization

  • P3Os also improve project and program ROIs by balancing output delivery with time, cost, and quality restraints

  • Studying P3O is an excellent way to learn how to deal with senior managers and decision-makers regarding project and program management, delivery, and strategy

  • P3O is a generic Project Management Office (PMO) qualification, making it highly relevant to any candidates seeking knowledge and skills in project/ program management

  • Good e-Learning is an award-winning online training provider with a diverse portfolio of accredited e-learning certification courses

  • P3O is part of AXELOS ProPath and is required to earn the ‘ProPath Programme Leader’ qualification

  • This course is fully accredited by PeopleCert on behalf of AXELOS.

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  • Access period: 6 months
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