P3O® Foundation and Practitioner

Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices - Certification Training and Examinations

The purpose of Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices (P3O®) is to provide universally applicable guidance, including processes and techniques, along with hints and tips, that will enable individuals and organizations to successfully establish, develop and maintain (or in some cases re-energize) appropriate support structures.

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"A P3O plays an integral part in ensuring that the strategies and performance requirements of an organization are realized via portfolios, programmes, projects and operational business units and an integrated set of outcomes and benefits are measured, managed, monitored and refined to ensure that optimal investment and strategic goals are achieved."

Foundation Exam format

  1. All 75 questions should be attempted.
  2. 5 of the 75 are trial and they do not count on the overall score
  3. All answers are to be marked on the answer grid provided.
  4. Please use a pencil and NOT ink to mark your answers in the Answer sheet provided.
  5. There is only one correct answer per question.
  6. You have 60 minutes for this paper.
  7. You must get 35 or more correct to pass.
  8. 15 minutes extra for native language speakers

Practitioner Exam Format

  1. This is a 150 minute objective test examination. 
  2. Exam contains a Scenario upon which the exam paper is based. 
  3. All questions are contained within the Question Booklet.
  4. Additional information is provided within this Scenario Booklet for a number of questions. 
  5. Where reference should be made to additional information, this is clearly stated within the question to which it is relevant. 
  6. All information provided within a question must only be applied to that question.
  7. Each of the four questions is worth 20 marks, giving a maximum of 80 marks in the paper. 
  8. The pass mark is 50% (40 marks). 
  9. Within each question the syllabus area to which the question refers is clearly stated.
  10. The exam is to be taken with the support of the P3O Guide only, i.e. no material other than the Question Booklet, the Scenario Booklet, the Answer Booklet and the MoP Guide is to be used. 
  11. You are permitted to use a simple calculator in the exam.
  12. 38 minutes extra for native language speakers

Course deliverables and P3O implementation tools -


Official accredited student e-course material - Foundation & Practitioner

P3O Foundation e-training manual (prepared by IMTCS)

P3O Practitioner e-training manual (prepared by IMTCS)

P3O Foundation material Hard Copy

P3O Practitioner material Hard Copy

P3O Principles summary (prepared by IMTCS)

P3O Management Baseline summary (prepared by IMTCS)

P3O Quick Brush - Foundation and Practitioner (prepared by IMTCS)

P3O mind maps (.mm files) (prepared by IMTCS)

P3O Templates (Prepared by IMTCS)

Comprehensive introduction to the complete AXELOS BMP portfolio of which P3O is an integral part of

Introduction to the P3M3 maturity model - Project, Programme and Portfolio delivery perspectives.

Introduction to BMP Risk Management - Principles and context - M_o_R perspective

Case study to differentiate 'Leadership' and 'Management'

Brief Introduction to P3M3 and P2MM - Programme perspective

P3O Summary Audio files (prepared by IMTCS)

P3O Foundation Exam flyer video (prepared by IMTCS)

P3O Foundation sample papers (prepared by IMTCS)

100 P3O Practitioner exam style sample Questions (prepared by IMTCS)

2 Official Sample Foundation papers

2 Official Sample Practitioner papers

e-Participation Certificate (1 for Foundation and 1 for Practitioner)

Sample P3O Case study walk through

P3O official Foundation Exam

P3O official Practitioner Exam

Brief Introduction on how PRINCE2, PMBoK and MOP can be used together in a programme / portfolio environment

Brief Introduction on how MOP, MSP PRINCE2 and ITIL can be used together to achieve corporate objectives and benefits of strategic importance

Assignments shall be given between Foundation and Practitioner trainings so as to be better prepared for the tougher Practitioner exam


Please note - The Official P3O Manual (AXELOS Limited) will be used for the purpose of Foundation and Practitioner training. However please note that this book is for the practitioner exam only. It is not one of the deliverables to the delegates. If the delegates are interested in buying the official manual, IMTCS can help them with procuring the same at best possible price.

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