Course Introduction

P3O® training is an abbreviation for Programming Project Portfolio Office. A basic overview of this methodology is its focus on injecting efficiency and improvement into a project. They enforce this through identifying prioritisation in tasks surrounding the business and carrying out risk assessments throughout projects.

Part one of the 5 day P3O® Foundation and Practitioner course is concentrated on P3O® Foundation. Understanding the themes and concepts of the P3O courses makes practically applying them to different scenarios more comprehensible.  The reason for gaining a foundation qualification in the P3O® certification is to show that you have adequate knowledge of the concepts and principles of P3O® in order to move on to the Practitioner qualification.

Being able to develop and maintain the support structures of each individual concept as well as a collective, is a highly effective skill in an organisation. Not only structuring a well executed project from the foundations upwards, but maintaining the structure throughout the project is the most beneficial aspect. To be able to maximise value to the project, risk assessments are essential. Being able to identify potential problems and preparing to deal with them is an efficient way of decreasing time and money spent on dealing with the situation.

The ability to identify the order in which projects come into priority creates a structure for the business and helps to save cost in the business. Sometimes problems over flow and therefore fixing one problem could fix another problem. Identifying the order of importance helps to reduce time wasted and helps to set objectives for the business.

By combining both P3O courses needed to successfully qualify as a P3O® graduate, you are reducing the time in which it takes to attain these qualifications individually. Instead of spreading the qualifications over a stretch of months, you can obtain 2 qualifications in the space of 5 days.       

A benefit of taking the P3O training course is that you will have substantial knowledge of the foundation concepts when taking the practitioner course because they are closer together. You will understand more of what is being asked of you as you will have retained more information in a shorter period of time.

A shorter space of time between the two examinations means that you can become an asset to the workplace quicker and be more involved in upcoming projects. There will also be a shorter amount of revision required as there will be less need to recall theories. As well as this, you will be working with the same people and trainers. Essentially, this means that you can become more confident throughout the 5 day period. Furthermore you will be familiar with working alongside the same candidates and understand their working environments. You will have  higher amount motivation within this short time period, unlike if you were to pick up the Practitioner examination in the future.

This P3O course is an asset to their education as it can be combined with other methodologies such as PRINCE2® , M_o_R®  and MSP® , all project management programmes. Being able to combine the different skills taught in each course, puts their value above other candidates.



What's Included

Find out what's included in the training programme.

Course Content

This P3O® foundation & practitioner course will cover the following subjects:

  • Why have a P3O®?
  • P3O® Model
  • Implement or Re-Energize a P3O®
  • Tools and Techniques
  • Roles & Responsibilities
  • Business Case
  • Model Tailoring
  • P3MS Summary
  • Functions and Services



  • Govern Effectively- Being able to govern affair, actions and policies with authority, injects structure into the workplace. Identifying the importance of risk and changes allows the case to be escalated to the right level of authority and therefore to the most effective area of the organization. Supporting senior management shows an efficient and collective work base. P3O® ensures that data is collected and applied effectively to contribute towards decision making within an organization.
  • Hold people to account- Assigning different roles to different authorities within a business allows responsibility and accountability for the success of the model. P3O® helps senior management to analyze options and consequences of a defect in the model as well as providing them with support. Training senior management offers advice and support to maximise success of applying the model.
  • Investment, alignment and adjustment of business strategies- Identifying changes and shifts within a business before they occur, can help to decrease delays in the process. Estimating probability
  • Safeguarding- P3O® ensures that candidates understand the need to support the business case and processes of the business. As a contribution to  risk analysis, candidates can identify potential opportunities to be realized or exploited within the business.
  • Investment in people and processes- It is important to invest in people and processes and P3O® can help with this by identifying the types of training,mentoring and coaching required to be a successful candidate and asset to a P3O® model. Assignment of different roles is a crucial factor to a successful business. Skills and capabilities help to assign roles within a business and different projects.
  • Tracking progress- P3O® teaches candidates the importance of creating and providing reports and exception management services from Project all the way through to a portfolio level. Injecting flexibility into organizations. Implementing management dashboards that physically represent the risks, issues and progress to management of a senior authorisation.

Datrix Training offers different formats to complete the P3O® Foundation and Practitioner Training Course. 

Online Training is a beneficial format for a client with a busy schedule and using this course as an addition their former job. Spacing the course over 90 days from purchase date with a total of 10 hours to study allows customers to be flexible with their learning. Available 24/7 means that timing is not a problem and can fit around their lifestyle.

Online Training at Datrix Training is also a cheaper alternative to Classroom Training as travelling costs are eliminated. Even though there is a lack of personal contact with our trainers, there is an online alternative. Our support suite offers all the support candidates need from tutoring to technical to administrative advice. There is also now the ability to discuss their learning with other online students through our discussion suite.

Our online training classes do not lack anything compare to our training courses due to our fantastically structured engaging and interactive courses.

Classroom Training is the most popular option for our clients here at Datrix Training. Interacting with other clients with the same aims allow candidates to expand their knowledge and perspectives. Having peers that candidates can exchange ideas with is beneficial for communication skills and team building.

Another factor that makes Classroom Training at Datrix Training so popular is our highly qualified classroom trainers with over 10 years of experience in the industry and specialising in P3O. Offering the most efficient three day course we can offer. Our trainers guide clients through problems and provide valuable advice.

Onsite Training is one of the most efficient types of training in regards to comfortability with candidates. Learning a new set of skills within their own work place makes the methods more applicable at a faster rate. Thi is because their work area has been used as a demonstration for hows to carry out these projects in a workplace. What makes this so beneficial is that candidates are familiar with the equipment candidates will need.

Another factor that makes Onsite Training popular when training a cluster of employees is that candidates are familiar with them. When candidates train in a group of familiar faces, confidence is developed quicker, communicating is easier and candidates can gain a lot more knowledge out of the course. Also, learning alongside people candidates will be working with on future projects help candidates to establish an ethos with one another and learn each other's thought processes. This can help in the future as candidates will know how to work efficiently and more effectively.

Foundation exam:

  • Confirms knowledge and understanding of P3O®
  • Multiple choice
  • 75 questions
  • 5 questions are trial and not counted
  • 1 hour
  • Closed book
  • Pass mark is 50% (40 out of 80)
  • Pass rate is 98%

Practitioner exam:

  • Focuses on the ability to design, implement, manage, and work in a P3O® office
  • Objective testing
  • 4 questions, worth 20 marks each - 80 marks in total
  • 150 minutes
  • Open book – the P3O® guide is allowed
  • Pass mark is 50%
  • Pass rate is 95%

The Practitioner exam is to be completed at a mutually convenient date (please see the below details for further information).

Online Exam:

We provide comprehensive support during the exam process to make the experience as simple as possible. This exam can be taken at a suitable time, subject to availability; online, anywhere.

The benefits of Online Exams are:

  • Rather than having to be out of the office for a paper exam, once you have received your exam voucher you can arrange directly with the accrediting body for a time that suits you
  • It allows you to complete all revision activities at your own pace to help you prepare for your exam to maximise your passing potential
  • It allows you to revise further before taking the exam
  • Exam results are issued much quicker than the paper based format


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Delivery Methods


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What are the prerequisites for this course?

There are no prerequisites for taking this course.

What does Datrix provide me with during the course?

Datrix will deliver the manual, the official portfolio, a highly skilled trainer and refreshments.

What is the experience of the instructor(s) delivering my course?

All of our instructors at Datrix are accredited and have over ten years of experience worldwide.

What time shall I arrive at the venue?

Please arrive at the venue for 08:45am.

How can I find more information?

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