become p3gp® certified


We are an official authorised partner of P3GQA (Project, Programme & Portfolio Governance Authority) which is the issuing body for the P3GP® Certification. IPMO Advisory MENA strongly believes that good governance practices are a key pillar of successful projects, programmes & portfolios and we hope that through this best practice certification course, our clients can increase their P3G maturity. 


Course Duration: 3 Days

Course Fee: 1200 US$ (Includes the exam & P3GP® Certification)

Instructor: ROSS GARLAND 

Certification Body: P3GQA

Course Timing: 9:00 AM – 15:30 PM UK Time 


Introduction and purpose

The Project, Programme and Portfolio Governance Practitioner (P3GP) certification provides the theory, principles and practical advice on how to review, design, implement and maintain decision making frameworks that enable optimisation of an organisation’s investment in change – where change is the projects or programmes that comprise its portfolio.

It explains how to establish an effective governance framework for a project or a program. It also explains how to identify governance issues in a project, programme or organisation and how to assess existing P3G frameworks. It also addresses portfolio governance and the integration of governance at all levels in the organisation. It is applicable to projects and programmes in all sectors including hard infrastructure, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), and business change in both the public service and the private sector.

The purpose of this course is to provide a basis for accreditation of those seeking to acquire the theoretical foundations and practical skills of P3G. It documents the certification content and describes the requirements a candidate is expected to fulfil in order to achieve the qualification.

The P3GP Qualification

The P3GQA qualification offered is P3GP. A successful candidate may use the post nominal P3GP.

Purpose of the P3GP Qualification

The purpose of the Practitioner qualification is to confirm that a candidate has sufficient knowledge and understanding of the P3GQA guidance/course work to effectively review, design, implement and maintain an organisation’s enterprise P3G framework, or the governance framework of an individual project or programme.

High Level Performance Definition of a Successful P3GP Candidate

The candidate should understand the theory and key principles of P3G and how the theory and principles should be applied in practice. Specifically, the candidate should understand:

  • The different treatment of Change versus Business as Usual governance structures in an organisation
  • The importance and treatment of accountability and empowerment within P3G
  • The purpose and major responsibilities of key governance roles
  • How to effectively separate project decision making and stakeholder management and why
  • The importance of the Business Case from a P3G perspective
  • How to ensure the decision rights of various committees and decision makers are consistent and logical
  • The main components of an investment gating process and how it operates
  • The ways in which a governance framework can be scaled to meet the needs of projects and programmes of varying risk profile

Day 1

Focus on the 10 Principles of effective P3G:

  • Treat Change differently to Business as Usual
  • Ensure a single point of accountability for the success of the project or programme
  • Business outcome ownership determines project ownership
  • Empower the accountable person
  • Separate project decision making and stakeholder management
  • Maintain the business case
  • Ensure consistent and logical decision rights
  • Implement investment gating
  • Scale governance to fit the need
  • Document the governance framework
  • Supported by case studies
  • 3 X 90min sessions

Day 2

Focus on the 3 Practices:

  • Implement in partnership
  • Operate for success
  • Review to improve
  • Supported by case studies
  • Discuss Day 3 Case study
  • 3 X 90min sessions

Day 3

  • Student group presentations of case study
  • Group discussion of case study
  • 2 X 90 min sessions
  • Exam


The exam format comprises of 50 multiple choice questions covering some or all of the areas addressed by the P3GP guidance/course as well as a single essay question. The multiple-choice questions are worth one point each. The essay question is worth 25 points.

The passing rate is 35 points.


The P3GP exam is proctored online and it’s 90 minutes in duration. 



This is a short 10 question free assessment that is indicative of the maturity of your project, programme or portfolio governance arrangements in your organisation!



Ross is the president of the Project, Programme & Portfolio Governance Qualification Authority. He is an expert in project governance and project assurance. He is a published author on project governance and has written white papers for the UK Cabinet Office Best Management Practice website. He was an official reviewer of the OGC’s Management of Portfolios guidance. He regularly presents at conferences and has been a guest lecturer for tertiary education bodies.

Ross develops, implements and builds capability in project governance frameworks that enable senior executives to manage their organisations’ program and project portfolios, providing the visibility, control and confidence they require to ensure value for money. He designs and implements enterprise governance frameworks for organisations, ensuring logical and integrated decision rights and accountabilities.

He has extensive experience in project assurance, including the assurance of programs and portfolios, which provide senior executives with decision making confidence. Ross is an expert in the Gateway Review Process, having implemented it in two jurisdictions, advised others and led, or been a member of, many Gateway Review teams.

His work encompasses related areas such as investment gates, project life cycles, P3O and PMO design and implementation, and business model design, including resolving problematic Purchaser/Provider relationships.

Ross works with best practice methodologies such as PRINCE2, MSP, MoP and P3O as well as the PMI’s PMBoK.

He operates at both strategic and tactical levels within organisations and has over 25 years experience covering Australia, the UK, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and the USA.