Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices (P3O®) was published in autumn 2008 and is accompanied by a qualification scheme.

  • There are two levels of P3O – Foundation and Practitioner. We deliver a three-day foundation course, followed by the two-day practitioner course
  • Most candidates opt to complete the Practitioner level over the full five days, while others complete the 3-day Foundation course and return at a future date for a 2-day Practitioner conversion course


  • Scheduled open courses run on a regular basis at our purpose built training facility, Carnegie Conference Centre, in Dunfermline, with on-site hotel accommodation available if required
  • In addition, closed courses, tailored specifically for teams, can be delivered on-site at client premises throughout the UK or at Carnegie Conference Centre

A P3O® model provides a decision enabling/delivery support structure for all change within an organisation.

This may be provided through a single permanent office which may exist under several different names, for example portfolio office, centre of excellence, enterprise or corporate programme office.

It may otherwise be provided through a linked set of offices (portfolio office, programme offices, project offices). These offices could be permanent (enabling/supporting business objectives and consistency of delivery) and temporary (enabling/supporting specific programmes and projects), providing a mix of central and localised services.

PRINCE2®, Managing Successful Programmes, and Management of Risk all touch on the need to provide adequate support structures for these best practices. Until now there has been no single source of information that either organisations or individuals can use for guidance or advice on setting up or running an effective delivery support office.

The guidance will provide:

  • An Introduction to P3O®s – 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 P3O®s 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

Foundation Qualification

  • The foundation qualification focuses on the concepts, structures and duties of a P30®
  • The exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions to be answered in 40 minutes
  • It is a closed-book examination and has a pass mark of 60%

Practitioner Qualifications

  • The practitioner exam is an objective testing style paper
  • The paper consists of seven questions with a total of 70 marks available to be completed within 2 1/4 hours
  • You need to achieve a mark of 35 or more to pass the paper, and may only take the P3O guide into the exam room for reference during the exam
  • A pre-requisite for this exam is a pass at foundation level
  • Foundation – £1,100 (ex VAT)
  • Practitioner – £1,395 (ex VAT)
  • Foundation to Practitioner Conversion – £495 (ex VAT)
  • On-site hotel accommodation is available for courses which take place at Carnegie Conference Centre, Dunfermline, and offers modern, comfortable rooms with a work desk and high speed internet