APMG - Essentials for PMO Directors



Only 1 Day



Classroom / Online / Hybrid

Next date

Next date:

8/5/2023 (Monday)


This accelerated Essentials for PMO Directors course, which will provide you with the fundamental knowledge and skills you need to be an effective PMO Director. It is designed especially for those who are new to this role or aspire to be a PMO Director – to explain what is expected of you and provide you with simple tools to use in your day-to-day role.

The number of companies with PMOs continues to grow due to their proven ability to increase consistency and improve return on investment in projects and programmes. The PMO Director, is responsible for overseeing all the PMOs within an organisation and ensuring these PMOs are delivering on this potential and aligning change to the organisation’s strategic goals.

This course will outline the key knowledge, skills, behaviours and competences you need to excel in this critical role. The PMO Director role is an executive role, often referred to as the Head of PMO, Head of Project Management or a Portfolio Director.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to demonstrate:

  • That you understand how PMOs support project, programme and portfolio management activity and the different types of PMOs that could be required
  • Your knowledge of the four key roles in a PMO
  • That you understand the competences required to successfully undertake the role of a PMO Director and how they can be applied – including delivery support, capacity management, capability development, assurance and governance.

At the end of this course, you’ll achieve your Essentials for PMO Directors certification.

Through Firebrand’s Lecture | Lab | Review methodology you’ll certify at twice the speed of traditional training and get access to courseware, learn from certified instructors, and train in a distraction-free environment.

40% faster

Distraction-free environment


This course is ideal for current PMO Directors, Heads of PMOs, Heads of Project Management or Portfolio Directors - especially those new or moving into this role. It is also appropriate for those aspiring to be in this role.


Seven reasons why you should sit your course with Firebrand Training

  1. Two options of training. Choose between residential classroom-based, or online courses
  2. You'll be certified fast. With us, you’ll be trained in record time
  3. Our course is all-inclusive. A one-off fee covers all course materials, exams**, accommodation* and meals*. No hidden extras.
  4. Pass first time or train again for free. This is our guarantee. We’re confident you’ll pass your course first time. But if not, come back within a year and only pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs
  5. You’ll learn more. A day with a traditional training provider generally runs from 9am – 5pm, with a nice long break for lunch. With Firebrand Training you’ll get at least 12 hours/day quality learning time, with your instructor
  6. You’ll learn faster. Chances are, you’ll have a different learning style to those around you. We combine visual, auditory and tactile styles to deliver the material in a way that ensures you will learn faster and more easily
  7. You’ll be studying with the best. We’ve been named in Training Industry’s “Top 20 IT Training Companies of the Year” every year since 2010. As well as winning many more awards, we’ve trained and certified over 100,000 professionals
  • * For residential training only. Doesn't apply for online courses
  • ** Some exceptions apply. Please refer to the Exam Track or speak with our experts


Essentials for PMO Directors

  • What the role of the PMO Director is and the context which the PMO Director works in, including:
  • How PMOs support project, programme and portfolio management activity
  • What type of PMO is appropriate, depending on the complexity of the projects and programmes being delivered and the portfolio being managed
  • The four key roles within a PMO The competences required to successfully undertake the role of a PMO Director - including delivery support, capacity management, capability development, assurance and governance.

Exam Track

At the end of this accelerated course, you’ll sit the following exam at the Firebrand Training centre, covered by your Certification Guarantee:

Essentials for PMO Directors

  • Duration: 60 minute exam
  • Format: 50 questions; Complex multiple-choice; Closed book
  • Passing score: 50% pass mark (25 correct questions)

The validity period for all APMG exams will be limited to 12 months from the booking date. Requests to reschedule within this period will be accepted in the usual way, but extensions beyond this period will not be possible.

What's Included

Your accelerated course includes:

  • Accommodation *
  • Meals, unlimited snacks, beverages, tea and coffee *
  • On-site exams **
  • Exam vouchers **
  • Practice tests **
  • Certification Guarantee ***
  • Courseware
  • Up-to 12 hours of instructor-led training each day
  • 24-hour lab access
  • Digital courseware **
  • * For residential training only. Accommodation is included from the night before the course starts. This doesn't apply for online courses.
  • ** Some exceptions apply. Please refer to the Exam Track or speak with our experts
  • *** Pass first time or train again free as many times as it takes, unlimited for 1 year. Just pay for accommodation, exams, and incidental costs.


Before attending this accelerated course, you will need practitioner level knowledge of projects, programmes or portfolios – any formally recognised Project Management certification or the appropriate level of practical experience will be accepted.

For example, any of the following are applicable:

  • Essentials for PMO Manager
  • A Practitioner certificate in either P3O®, PRINCE2®, PRAXIS Framework™, AgilePM®, MSP®, MoP, PRINCE2 Agile, APM PFQ, PMQ, PM4SD™, PMP®, PgMP®, or CAPM or equivalent
  • 3 years’ experience of working within a PMO, project, programme or portfolio environment

Unsure whether you meet the prerequisites? Don’t worry. Your training consultant will discuss your background with you to understand if this course is right for you.


Here's the Firebrand Training review section. Since 2001 we've trained exactly 134561 students and asked them all to review our Accelerated Learning. Currently, 96.50% have said Firebrand exceeded their expectations.

Read reviews from recent accelerated courses below or visit Firebrand Stories for written and video interviews from our alumni.

"This is the second course I have attended with Firebrand and on both occasions I found them to be presented well with excellent instructors. No shortcuts were taken which meant I was ready to take my exams at and pass them first time. I will continue to use Firebrand for my training needs in future."
Martin Bassett, CoreFiling Ltd. (25/1/2023 (Wednesday) to 27/1/2023 (Friday))

"Overall it was a very good experience. Would like to thank the instructor, his approach, the way he structured the days, the approach and paced really helped."
Anonymous. (25/1/2023 (Wednesday) to 27/1/2023 (Friday))

"Thanks Jack for being patient and breaking everything down in ways that we could all understand & remember!"
C.D.S. (25/1/2023 (Wednesday) to 27/1/2023 (Friday))

"Had a really great experience, fully recommend Firebrand!"
BW, Computer Task Group. (5/7/2021 (Monday) to 7/7/2021 (Wednesday))

"Great course!"
Anonymous, Lloyds Banking Group. (5/7/2021 (Monday) to 7/7/2021 (Wednesday))

Course Dates





Book now

21/11/2022 (Monday)

21/11/2022 (Monday)

Finished - Leave feedback



27/3/2023 (Monday)

27/3/2023 (Monday)

Wait list



8/5/2023 (Monday)

8/5/2023 (Monday)

Limited availability



19/6/2023 (Monday)

19/6/2023 (Monday)




31/7/2023 (Monday)

31/7/2023 (Monday)




11/9/2023 (Monday)

11/9/2023 (Monday)




Latest Reviews from our students