AXELOS - P3O® (Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices)



Only 3 Days



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28/6/2021 (Monday)


We recommend that you are familiar with portfolio, programme or project management office concepts and their basic functions within an organisation.

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.

Seven reasons why you should sit your course with Firebrand Training

  1. Two options of training. Choose between residential classroom-based, or online P3O courses
  2. You'll be P3O certified in just 3 days. With us, you’ll be P3O trained in record time
  3. Our P3O course is all-inclusive. A one-off fee covers all course materials, exams, accommodation and meals. No hidden extras
  4. Pass P3O 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 P3O 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 P3O 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 103,427 professionals, and we’re partners with all of the big names in the business


Get your P3O certification in just three days - 40% faster than traditional training. You'll sit both the Foundation and Practitioner exams as part of the programme.

P3O is the single source of information that you need for guidance on setting-up or running an effective delivery support office. It enables you to establish, develop and maintain appropriate business support structures for portfolio, programme and project management activities. This course will prepare you to design, implement, manage, work, interact with or act as an informed member of an office within a P3O model.

You'll learn how to:

  • Meet your business's objectives by keeping a consistent delivery of projects and programmes
  • Improve decision making in your company
  • Identify opportunities and threats as part of risk analysis

The P3O certifications also complement PRINCE2®, MSP®, MoP® and M_o_R® by facilitating effective portfolio, programme and project management.

Note: This P3O® course is provided in conjunction with Thynk an AXELOS accredited training organisation.

Thynk ATO of AXELOS Limited offers the P30® course on this page and is a registered trade mark of AXELOS Limited. All rights reserved.


Benefits of Training with Firebrand

  • Two options of training - Residential classroom-based, or online courses
  • A purpose-built training centre – get access to dedicated Pearson VUE Select facilities
  • Certification Guarantee – pass first time or train again free (just pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs)
  • Everything you need to certify – you’ll sit your exam at the earliest available opportunity after the course - either immediately after your classroom course, or as soon as there are slots available, if you've taken it online
  • No hidden extras – one cost covers everything you need to certify


You'll gain an understanding of the:

  • High-level P3O model and it’s component offices
  • Differences between portfolio, programme and project management
  • Key functions and services of a P3O
  • Arguments for establishing a P3O model
  • Differences between types of P3O model and the factors that influence selection of the most appropriate model
  • Processes to implement or re-energise a P3O
  • Tools and techniques used by a P3O
  • Purpose and major responsibilities of all roles

You'll also learn how to apply P3O guidance to design, implement and manage a P3O model, including how to:

  • Define the business case to get senior management approval for the P3O
  • Build the right P3O model to adapt to the organisation’s needs, taking account of the organisation’s size and portfolio, programme and project management maturity
  • Identify the most suitable roles required to populate a specified P3O structure
  • Plan the implementation of a P3O
  • Use tools and techniques in running the P3O and advising those who shape the portfolio of programmes and projects

You'll learn all the above by covering the following topics:


  • Key P3RM and P3O definitions
  • What is a P3O, including P3O objectives and how a P3O helps to deliver change
  • The organisational context of P3O
  • The governance, responsibilities and services of a P3O

Why have a P3O?

  • The ways that a P3O can help an organisation deliver it’s strategy
  • Principles for measuring the performance improvement to be delivered by a P3O
  • How a P3O can help an organisation deliver change and add value
  • How to engage stakeholders and identify their needs
  • The approach to getting the right investment in P3O
  • Approaches to planning the implementation of a P3O

Models and Tailoring

  • The functional areas within a P3O model
  • Where a P3O should report
  • The main P3O model types and key features
  • The three main concepts of Information Assurance
  • The different functions and services offered by the different functional areas within a P3O
  • How the different features of a P3O support an organisation in delivering change
  • P3O reporting arrangements
  • P3O assurance functions and services and how they can be delivered
  • How a P3O enables governance
  • Integrating the P3O model with the wider organisation
  • Sizing of a P3O for a permanent or temporary office

Implement and Re-energise

  • The processes and activities of the P3O lifecycle
  • The purpose, key areas of focus, activities and characteristics of the P3O
  • The key success factors of a P3O
  • Activities to re-energise a P3O

Tools and Techniques

  • The way tools and techniques are delivered by a P3O, and used by the P3O community
  • Typical P3O techniquest to support business processes
  • Strategic benefits of embedding tools and techniques
  • The factors involved in the tailoring of programme and project approaches


  • The high-level purpose of each management role, including P3O Sponsor, Head of P3O, Head of Programme and Project Office
  • The high-level purpose of each generic role, including Portfolio Analyst, Programme or Project Specialist, Programme or Project Officer
  • The skills and attributes of each role
  • The key responsibilities of each role
  • P3O resources and team structure

Exam Track

During the course you'll prepare for and sit the following exams. Covered by your certification guarantee:

P3O Foundation Exam (2013 edition)

  • Multiple choice examination questions
  • 75 questions - 70 live questions and five trial
  • 60 minutes’ duration
  • 35 marks required to pass (out of 70 available) - 50%
  • Closed book

P3O Practitioner Exam (2013 edition)

  • Objective testing
  • Four questions of 20 marks each - 80 marks in total
  • 150 minutes’ duration
  • 40 marks required to pass (out of 80 available) - 50%
  • Open book - (Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices - P3O guide only)

What's Included


  • Accredited courseware
  • Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices: P3O - 2013 Edition - ISBN-9780113314225

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. 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 (just pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs)


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