AIPMO IPMO-P (Practitioner)
Copenhagen, Denmark
20-24 April 2020


The International Project Management Officer (IPMO)® certification is the most important industry recognized certification series for project management officers and professionals working in or, associated with PMO activities and delivered services. There are three core certifications reflecting the level of competency: Foundation, Practitioner, and Expert, three foundational certifications and a specialist PMO certification series reflecting the unique demands on PMOs that bridge projects, programs and portfolios including the operational environment.

Certified IPMO Practitioners have demonstrated, through a combination of formal training and competency assessment, that they have an in-depth understanding of PMO principles and practices including the design, implementation, and operation of a single PMO at any level or construct within an organization. This certification builds on the IPMO-F® foundation certification.


The AIPMO is a professional association for PMO, Project, Programme, and Portfolio Management Office leaders, managers and staff who define, establish, run or work in PMOs across different industry sectors.

The AIPMO is actively involved in the continuous process of improving the approaches and methods needed in PMOs and promotes the participation of institutions, corporations, academic organisations, associations, professionals, and operators in the field of PMO.

The IPMO certifications from AIPMO are for leaders; managers and core PMO team members in Project, Programme and Portfolio Offices responsible for the business justification, design, set up, running and retirement of PMOs.

AIPMO’s mission is to advance the understanding, design and implementation of high performing single, group and enterprise PMOs, through the certification of proven PMO capabilities based on its IPMO Body of Knowledge.

If you are involved in the running, monitoring and controlling of a PMO, the IPMO-P course is perfect for you.

The course covers topics of strategy formulation and execution, success factors, success criteria, PMOs and their services, assessment of the current PMO setups in terms of SWOT and then a roadmap to strategically design and implement a PMO using an integrated approach to ensure PMO alignment with organizational objectives. The content of AIPMO’s Body of Knowledge is covered which will comprise of a series of books covering PMO Principles, Portfolio, Program and Project Principles, PMO Techniques and Tools, PMO Services and Capabilities, plus references to other books.

As a PMO Practitioner, you will be able to design, establish or revalue your PMO, i.e., a set of services within the context of your organization and the projects you support. You will understand the key PMO documentation, how to define and measure PMO performance, PMO Success, PMO Benefits and PMO Value and link these to the latest thinking in AIPMO’ new principle-based PMO maturity model. In doing so, you will have the opportunity to find out why some PMOs might perform below expectations and learn how to improve individual and collective PMO performance in an organization to achieve the maximum sustainable benefits.

This course is also designed to be hands-on, encompasses the day-to-day operational aspects of PMOs by detailing the challenges and good practices to improve communication and optimize service utilization. You will take away key documents from the course that can be used immediately at your workplace to carry out PMO strategic and operational reviews, as well as the day-to-day activities.

  • PMO Directors/PMO Managers
  • Project/program management professionals
  • Consultants (involved in projects and/or organizational change)
  • Project/Program/Portfolio managers with expertise in PMOs
  • Experienced PMO Core team
  • Lecture
  • Team exercises
  • Group discussions
  • Detailed five-day Simulation Case Study
  • Presentations and role play
  • Exam preparation
  • Understand the importance of a Strategic PMO Lifecycle framework to design and run PMO services to achieve maximum sustainable benefits
  • Describe the different roles of PMOs across different levels of the organization
  • Hands-on workshop  experience  in  applying   the   Strategic  PMO  Lifecycle  framework  to your PMO  with an outcome of  an aligned set of PMO services that address your organization’s challenges
  • Gain experience  in  establishing  the  mandate  for  PMO  implementations
  • Understand the  drivers  of  PMO change  and  how  to  see  the  signs
  • Understand PMO Success and how it is measured
  • Understand the similarities and differences between organizational project management maturity and PMO Management maturity
  • Your own PMO improvement plan
  • Learn new techniques and tools never used before in the PMO arena

Module 0: Introduction and Welcome

Module 1: Overview of AIPMO’s Framework

Module 2: Using AIPMO’s Framework to Put PMO Design in Context

Module 3: Capturing the Business’ Needs of A PMO (Stakeholder’s Views of PMO Success)

Module 4: Project Control Factors Affecting PMO Requirements

Module 5: PMO Design and Justification

Module 6: Pilot, Roll-Out and Run the PMO’s Services

Module 7: Retire or Transform The PMO’s Services

Module 8: PMO Performance, PMO Capability Maturity Assessment and their Connection

Module 9: Course Conclusions and Career Next Step

Module 10: Revision and Certification Exam

Course-long detailed Case Study

The case study is designed to encourage course participants to work in teams. A scenario is used that emphasizes an organization in transition.

Attendees explore the steps of creating a PMO matched to business needs and so the types of decisions and issues associated with PMOs including the optimal placement and service configuration.

As part of the case study the teams will produce key PMO decision support and approval artifacts and identify the actions that may be needed to manage internal and external influences on a PMO.

The case study builds on the knowledge gained within each course module to reinforce techniques and tool use. Case-study activities are a mix of exercises, debate and challange.

Further exercises are used for exploring topics and developing skills

Depending on attendee needs and consensus of interests an extended ‘apply to your own work-place’ workshop may be used after or in place of the case-study.

Note: The participant level of engagement throughout the case study may be used as input into the certification evaluation process depending on the final exam scores.

  • 3 year plus experience in project and/or program management
  • 3 year plus as a PMO member or higher i.e., PMO manager
  • Ideally IPMO-F, SC-IPMO, TT-IPMO and IPMO-Sx
  • Ideally a formal PM certification such as PMP® , Prince II® or IPMA® (Levels C or higher i.e., B or A).
  • Educated at degree level or similar
  • The exam is taken online on the last day of the course
  • The exam is proctored by the AIPMO instructor
  • The exam is 1 hour 30 minutes in duration, consisting of 75 multiple choice questions
  • The exam results are released by AIPMO within 14 days from the exam date

The exam and class participation are evaluated post-course by AIPMO’s Certification Lead and the course instructor for award of credentials.


Dr. Robert Joslin – Professor, Founder of the Association of International PMOs and the co-author of the AIPMO body of knowledge©, PfMP®, PgMP®, IEEE, CEng is a project/program/portfolio management consultant, instructor, and academic researcher. He has 20 plus years in designing, initiating project and program management delivery of large-scale business transformation, reengineering, infrastructure, strategy development initiatives including winning prizes for ideas and product innovation. Previously, he has been a consultant in wide-range of industries including telecom, banking, insurance, manufacturing, and direct marketing whilst working for McKinsey & Co, Logica and his own consulting company.

Robert has published many books, chapters and research papers in the field of project, program and portfolio management and presents his research at conferences such as PMI® research and the European management conference (EURAM). He won the best paper award for EURAM – PMI® and IPMA conference in 2015. Robert is the founder and organizer of the annual PMI® Swiss program management conferences which is the biggest PMI® event in Switzerland where researchers and senior practitioners present their latest findings.

In addition, Robert is a peer reviewer for research papers submitted to PMI’s Project Management Journal® and the International Journal of Project Management, which are the top two research journals for projects, programs, and portfolios. As a trainer/coach Robert has trained many PMO, project and program managers in Europe, USA and the Middle East including using in his own developed PMO information structuring methodology aligned and complementing the PMI® standards. Robert in the process of authoring a book on Portfolio, Program and Project management Success Factors based on ten years of academic research.

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The course fee includes: IPMO-P exam fee, IPMO-P digital certificate, IPMO-P course manual, AIPMOs Book: PMO Principles, IPMO Advisory attendance certificate with 35 PMI PDUs, A3 charts, supporting documents and PMO templates, pre-reading materials, PMO competency self-assessment form, lunch & 2 coffee/snack breaks in the hotel venue. 

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