P3O® Foundation

About this course


Learn to thrive in P3O office teams with this P3O Foundation certification course from Good e-Learning!

‘Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices (P3O)’ is an AXELOS framework offering universal principles and techniques to help organizations deliver projects and programs effectively and efficiently. This course introduces the idea of a P3O model, as well as how to design, implement, and operate them. Candidates also learn the different roles and responsibilities within a P3O team, allowing them to confidently collaborate with and support P3O offices.

By the end of the course, candidates will be fully prepared to sit and pass the P3O Foundation certification exam. Kickstart your training today with Good e-Learning!

Who is this course aimed at?
  • Members of P3O offices or any else requiring an understanding of the framework’s technology and concepts

  • P3O users interested in pursuing higher-level qualifications

  • Candidates outside of P3O teams who require an understanding of the framework and its key concepts

  • Businesses eager to adopt a successful method for achieving goals within an established and effective framework

  • Candidates eager to further their careers in project and program management

What will you learn by taking this course?
  • What a P3O is

  • The benefits of having a P3O

  • How to design a P3O model

  • Roles and responsibilities in a P3O office

  • How to implement or re-energize a P3O

  • How to operate a P3O

  • Everything needed to pass the official P3O Foundation exam

Why should you take this course?
  • P3Os support strategic change management with effective strategy, prioritization, risk management, and resource optimization

  • P3Os also improve project and program ROIs by balancing output delivery with time, cost, and quality restraints

  • Studying P3O is an excellent way to learn how to deal with senior managers and decision-makers regarding project and program management, delivery, and strategy

  • P3O is a generic Project Management Office (PMO) qualification, making it highly relevant to any candidates seeking knowledge and skills in project/ program management

  • Good e-Learning is an award-winning online training provider with a diverse portfolio of accredited e-learning certification courses

  • P3O is part of AXELOS ProPath and is required to earn the ‘ProPath Programme Leader’ qualification

  • This course is fully accredited by PeopleCert on behalf of AXELOS.

Course Outline
P3O Foundation

This module introduces the main features of the course, as well as its learning plan, aims and objectives, and structure.

Candidates receive a syllabus, diagram pack, glossary, further reading and links document, and links to download copies of the P3O framework publications.

Finally, the module addresses the most frequently asked questions on P3O.

Module 1: What Are P3Os?

This module discusses what a P3O is, as well as key concepts such as programs, portfolios, projects, and ‘business as usual’.

Module 2: Why Have a P3O?

This chapter discusses the value of having a P3O and addresses questions such as:

  • How do I convince senior managers and executives of the value P3O can add to our organization?
  • How do I start the process of change?

The module also examines the P3O value proposition, how to obtain funding for a P3O, and how to envision and build a working P3O model.

Module 3: Designing a P3O Model

This module explains how an organization can design an appropriate, well-fitting P3O model to implement portfolio, programme, and project office concepts, as well as support processes via physical offices and key roles and responsibilities.

The module also looks at P3O design considerations. These include centralized and decentralized offices, permanent and temporary offices, and co-located or distributed models.

Finally, this module explores how the functions and services of a P3O should be selected, as well as how a P3O can be aligned with the wider organization.

Module 4: Review: Modules 1-3

This module offers candidates a chance to revisit the content covered in modules 1-3 with a series of learning games.

Module 5: P3O Roles and Responsibilities

This module discusses the various roles and responsibilities involved in a successful P3O.

Module 6: Implementing or Re-energizing a P3O

This module provides guidance on best practices for delivering programs and projects to implement or re-energize a P3O.

It also looks at the ‘implementation lifecycle’ for both temporary and permanent P3Os and how to define and deliver effective P3Os.

Module 7: Operating a P3O

The module focuses on the operation of P3Os after implementation or re-energizing.

It looks at key activities involved in maintaining successful permanent P3Os, as well as the tools and techniques used to support the consistent delivery of functions and services across the organization.

Finally, the module looks at tools and techniques P3Os can use to guarantee effectiveness.

Module 8: Review: Modules 5-7

This module offers candidates a chance to revisit the content covered in modules 5-7 with a series of learning games.

Module 9: Practice Exams

This module features two P3O Foundation practice certification exams. One is provided by AXELOS and the other by Good e-Learning.

When you feel you are ready to sit the exam, simply contact Good e-Learning to request your FREE exam voucher.

Practice Exam Simulators

This module wraps up the course while also outlining the next steps for candidates.


This P3O online course is designed to fully prepare candidates to sit and pass the Portfolio, Program and Project Offices Foundation certification exam. This includes providing official practice exams to help students test themselves and get used to examination conditions.

You can take the exam online (virtually) at any time using a service provided by PeopleCert.

This course comes with mock exams to help students prepare for the real thing, as well as a FREE exam voucher.(T&Cs apply)

Before booking your exam, it will be a good idea to make sure that your device meets the technical requirements. You can do so via this online test. This test will examine the suitability of your webcam, microphone, and internet connection. Please visit the PeopleCert website for more information and guidance.

When you are ready to use your free exam voucher, simply contact support@goodelearning.com. Exam voucher requests are typically processed within two working days, but please allow up to five. Students must request their exam voucher within the course access period, which starts from the date of purchase. For more information, please visit our Support & FAQs page.

MoP Foundation 
  • The exam consists of 75 multiple-choice questions (70 live questions and five trials)
  • There is a time limit of 60 minutes to complete the exam
  • The exam is closed book, with only the provided materials being permitted for use
  • Candidates must score at least 35 marks (50%) in order to pass


What is P3O?

Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices (P3O) is a framework designed to establish effective decision-enabling and delivery support structures to empower change within an organization.

According to AXELOS, this can be provided through a single office existing under several names, such as Center of Excellence, Portfolio Office, Enterprise or Corporate Program Office.

How can P3O benefit businesses?

P3O implements universally applicable guidance for both organizations and individuals to establish, develop, and maintain effective and appropriate business support structures.

P3O provides senior decision-makers with greater clarity regarding strategy, prioritization, risk management, and resource optimization to better help them achieve key business objectives.

P3O practitioners can effectively identify business outcomes and benefits as well as realize them within time, cost, and quality restraints.

What do I need to study P3O?

There are no prerequisites for studying our accredited P3OFoundation course or taking the exam.

However, the P3O Foundation certification is a prerequisite for taking the P3O Practitioner certification exam.

Who can benefit from studying P3O?

Any candidate who works in a P3O model-based office can benefit from studying the framework. This also applies to anyone who requires an understanding of P3O’s terminology and key concepts, as well as any candidates planning to pursue higher-level P3O certifications.

What do I need to know about the P3O exams?

The P3O Foundation exam consists of 75 multiple-choice questions, has a duration of 1 hour, and a pass mark of 50%. The exam is closed-book.

The P3O Prcatitioner exam consists of four test questions, each worth 20 marks, has a duration of 2 1/2 hours, and a pass mark of 50%. The exam is open-book.

What you will learn

Introduction to P3O®:

  • Understand the purpose and objectives of portfolio, programme, and project offices (P3Os) in organizations, and how they support effective project and programme delivery.

Key Concepts of P3O®:

  • Gain insights into key concepts such as governance, assurance, support, and control within the context of P3Os, and how they contribute to organizational success.

P3O® Models and Functions:

  • Learn about different P3O® models and functions, including single, multiple, and permanent P3Os, and their roles and responsibilities in supporting portfolio, programme, and project management activities.

Establishing a P3O®:

  • Understand the process for establishing a P3O®, including defining the P3O® mandate, roles, and responsibilities, and aligning the P3O® with organizational objectives and priorities.

P3O® Services:

  • Explore the range of services provided by P3Os, including portfolio management, programme management, project support, and capability improvement, and how they add value to the organization.

P3O® Tools and Techniques:

  • Learn about tools and techniques used by P3Os to support portfolio, programme, and project management activities, including performance measurement, reporting, and risk management.

Benefits Management:

  • Understand the role of P3Os in benefits management, including identifying, quantifying, and realizing benefits from portfolios, programmes, and projects, and ensuring alignment with strategic objectives.

P3O® Governance and Assurance:

  • Explore the governance and assurance mechanisms used by P3Os to ensure compliance with organizational policies and standards, and to provide oversight and control over portfolio, programme, and project activities.

By completing the P3O® Foundation course, participants will have gained essential knowledge and skills in establishing, managing, and maintaining P3Os, enabling them to contribute effectively to organizational success through improved portfolio, programme, and project management practices.

Benefits of this course

Enhanced Organizational Governance:

  • P3Os help organizations establish effective governance structures for portfolio, programme, and project management activities, ensuring alignment with strategic objectives, and providing oversight and control.

Improved Decision-Making:

  • By providing centralized support and guidance for portfolio, programme, and project management, P3Os enable organizations to make more informed and consistent decisions about resource allocation, prioritization, and risk management.

Optimized Resource Utilization:

  • P3Os help organizations optimize the use of resources, including financial, human, and technical resources, by providing visibility into resource demand and availability across portfolios, programmes, and projects.

Increased Project Success Rates:

  • P3Os support project success by providing standardized processes, tools, and templates for project management, as well as access to expertise and best practices, reducing the likelihood of project failures or underperformance.

Enhanced Stakeholder Engagement:

  • P3Os facilitate stakeholder engagement by providing a centralized point of contact for communication and collaboration, ensuring that stakeholders are kept informed and involved throughout the project lifecycle.

Improved Benefits Realization:

  • P3Os help organizations identify, quantify, and realize the expected benefits from portfolios, programmes, and projects, ensuring that investments deliver value and contribute to organizational objectives.

Standardized Approach to Project Management:

  • P3Os promote consistency and standardization in project management practices across the organization, reducing duplication of effort and improving efficiency and effectiveness.

Professional Development:

  • Completion of the P3O® Foundation course provides participants with a recognized certification, enhancing their credentials and career prospects in project, programme, and portfolio management roles.

Overall, the P3O® Foundation course equips individuals and organizations with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to establish and maintain effective portfolio, programme, and project offices, drive organizational success, and achieve strategic objectives.


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