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P3O® Foundation & Practitioner

Course Duration: 5 days

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Course Duration: 5 days

From £3,245.00 +Vat
Includes cost of exam
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Course Duration: 5 days

From +Vat
Includes cost of exam
View dates and book

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Course Overview

A P3O® model provides a decision enabling and delivery support structure for all change within an organisation, whether large or small. This Foundation and Practitioner virtual course is designed to enable delegates to understand the structure, roles, tools and techniques along with the processes that help ensure business change happens in line with corporate strategic objectives. During the course, delegates will gain knowledge of the internationally recognised Best Practice terminology, structure, basic concepts and the core principles of P3O®.

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This is an intensive five-day course that prepares you for the P3O® Foundation and Practitioner examinations. The training is conducted via a virtual training environment. You need to ensure that you can satisfy the technical requirements that can be found on our website here.


In order to sit the P3O® Practitioner examination you must have passed the P3O® Foundation examination.

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Target Audience

This course would benefit:

  • SROs/programme directors and managers
  • Portfolio/programme/project office managers
  • Project or programme office support staff and project managers


In order to sit the P3O® Practitioner examination you must have passed the P3O® Foundation examination.


There is mandatory online pre-course work that must be completed prior to attending this course. You will be sent full instructions with a link to the online pre-course within 48 hours of your confirmed booking.

In addition, you will also be required to complete some evening work during the virtual classroom event.

The Exam

Exams are taken online via remote proctor. You will be sent an email invitation approximately two weeks prior to course commencement to register on the Peoplecert portal. Once registered you will be able to book your online exam at a date and time of your choice. You are responsible for booking your own exam. For more information about how to take your exam and the technical requirements, please click here.

Exam Format

Foundation exam format

  • Multiple choice
  • 75 questions – 70 live questions and 5 trial
  • 60 minutes
  • 50% pass mark – 35 out of 70
  • Closed book

Practitioner exam format

  • 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)

Course Objectives

By the end of the Foundation level you should understand the key principles and terminology within the P3O® guidance. Additionally you should understand the:

  • High-level P3O® model and its component offices
  • Differences between Portfolio, Programme and Project Management
  • Key functions and services of a P3O®
  • Reasons 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-energize a P3O®
  • Tools and techniques used by a P3O®
  • Purpose and major responsibilities of the defined roles

By the end of the Practitioner level you should exhibit all the competences required for the Foundation qualification and to show that you could apply the P3O® guidance to the design, implementation and management of a P3O® model. Specifically you will need to demonstrate your ability to:

  • Develop the business case required to obtain senior management approval for the P3O®
  • Identify and build the most appropriate P3O® model, which will adapt to the organization’s needs, taking account of the organization’s size and portfolio, programme and project management maturity
  • Identify the most appropriate roles required to populate a specified P3O® structure
  • Plan the implementation of a P3O®
  • Choose and use appropriate tools and techniques while running the P3O® and advising those who shape the portfolio of programmes and projects


The course includes but is not limited to:

P3O® Foundation

  • P3O® overview
  • P3O® services and functions
  • P3O® models
  • P3O® tools and techniques
  • P3O® roles and responsibilities
  • Developing a business case, Why have a P3O®?
  • How to implement or re-energise a P3O®
  • P3O® examination preparation

P3O® Practitioner

  • Preparing for the P3O® Practitioner examination’ providing sample Practitioner examination papers and marking guidelines
  • A review of the P3O® guidance, consolidating understanding and addressing any areas of concern
  • Syndicate and individual scenario based exercises, designed to focus candidates on the application of P3O® using case studies

Course dates

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Start Date: Feb 12, 2024 Exam Included: Course + Online Exam Price (excl VAT):


Start Date: Apr 08, 2024 Exam Included: Course + Online Exam Price (excl VAT):


Start Date: Jun 17, 2024 Exam Included: Course + Online Exam Price (excl VAT):



Frequently asked questions

A Pearson VUE exam voucher enables you to book and sit your exam at your local Pearson VUE testing centre at a time and date convenient to you.  Pearson VUE centres are worldwide, and you will be able to choose the closest testing centre to you. You then go along to the test centre with your photo ID at the specified date and time and you will then take an electronic exam. Your exam voucher will have an expiration date and your exam must be sat before this date as these vouchers cannot be extended.