Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices (P3O®) is the latest best practice guidance from the cabinet office. It 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 three-day foundation course and return at a future date for a two-day practitioner conversion course.

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 Qualification

  • 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

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
  • Programme manager
  • Portfolio manager
  • Foundation – £1,095 (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