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P3O(R) Practitioner

Location Birmingham
Price ex. VAT 1005 GBP
Start Date 10 October 2019

Course type Performance Plus
Course code PBPP3OPP
Duration 2 Days

The Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices (P3O??) guidance provides advice, supported by discussion and examples, on how to develop a governance structure that helps optimize an organization's investment in change alongside its business as usual work.

The P3O Practitioner course, based on the 2013 guidance, comprises two days of trainer led instruction, with the Practitioner examination on day two of the course. It is aimed at members of offices within a P3O model or anyone who needs to understand the terminology and concepts underpinning a P3O. The course will to provide delegates with a comprehensive and applied understanding of the P3O advice and to prepare delegates for the P3O Practitioner Certificate examination.

Target Audience:

  • Senior managers wishing to gain an understanding of possible structures for supporting business change and the type and level of support that can be provided by Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices
  • Senior Managers, Programme and Project Managers who require an understanding of how portfolio and programme offices can add value and enhance the delivery of strategic business change, benefits and capability
  • Managers and/or staff who have been tasked to create delivery support structures and mechanisms within their organisation
  • Experienced portfolio or programme office managers who need to review, revitalise or tailor current portfolio or programme office provision
  • Portfolio office or programme office staff who need to understand the importance of their role
  • Staff responsible for programme/project assurance


  • Candidates must hold the P30 Foundation Certificate.
  • The course fee includes the examination fee for the Practitioner examination. During the course you will asked to provide written permission which enables QA to pass on your pass mark to your employer.
  • You will need to provide evidence that you have passed your P3O Foundation examination prior to sitting your P3O Practitioner examination. Please bring your candidate number and/or certificate to your course to show the invigilator.
  • If you cannot provide your candidate number and/or certificate, please contact us on 44 (0)1793 696135.
  • You will be required to bring along your own copy of the official P3O 2013 manual: Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices. You may have received this on your Foundation course. Please ensure you bring the latest version - ISBN 9780113314225.
  • You must bring photographic identification on exam days (passport, driving license or student card) as it is an examination requirement to produce it for the invigilator prior to the exam. Failure to produce a valid form of photographic identification may result in a candidate not being able to sit the exams. For any questions about what form of identification is acceptable, please contact your Account Manager or the QA Examination Administration team on 44 (0)1793 696273 or info@qa.com.
  • BCS allow additional time for candidates who have a disability or whose native language differs to that of the examination paper. Full details are provided in the BCS Reasonable Adjustments Policy which is available to view on the BCS website. If you believe you qualify for this then please notify the Exam Administration team on the details below as early as possible. At least two weeks' notice will be required for processing this request. Delegates failing to advise QA and provide evidence when requested, may not be allowed the additional support offered via the BCS policy. QA Exam Administration can be contacted by email exam.admin@qa.com or by phone 44(0) 1793 696162.
  • Delegates need to have worked in a project/programme environment and understand the basic principles relating to Programme and Project Management.
  • It is recommended that delegates attend this course no later than three months after the Foundation course, and that a minimum of four hours revision of the P3O manual is completed before attending.

Essential Prerequisites

Proof of prerequisites MUST be produced on the day of the exam to the trainer.

Acceptable forms of prerequisite confirmation are as follows:

  • A copy of the candidates examination certificate
  • Confirmed entry in the AXELOS Successful Candidate Register. You will need to provide the full SCR number (registration/candidate number located on your certificate).

Delegates will learn how to

At the end of this course you will be able 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.

Delegates will also sit the P3O?? practitioner examination.


The course will recap the subjects covered in the foundation course, but will be focussed towards the application of P3O in the real world, culminating in the practitioner exam at the end of day 2.

  • Review of P3O key areas
  • Why Have a P3O?
  • Designing a P3O Model
  • P3O Roles
  • How to Implement or re-energise a P3O
  • How to Operate a P3O

Focus on the Practitioner exam

  • Understand the practitioner exam format & syllabus
  • Practice sample practitioner questions


The P3O Practitioner examination will be taken on the afternoon of day two of the course. The exam is a multiple choice exam consisting of 80 marks (4 questions with 20 marks per question) that must be answered in 2 ?? hours. To be successful in this exam the delegate must get 40 or more marks. The exam allows the use of the 2013 version of the P3O manual. Delegates will be informed of their result by the examining body, normally within four weeks of course completion.

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