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Specialist certifications

Course Description

The Project and Team Leadership specialist certification course will help you develop an understanding of the skills necessary to play an active and effective leading role within projects and project teams. Delegates will learn the key aspects of leadership and traits of leaders and how to develop them. The impact of leadership will be discussed in different situations: leading a project, leading a team, understanding what it involves to make decisions, and how a leader can prevent, detect, and solve conflicts in business situations.




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  • Introductions
  • Course outline, Guidelines and training approach
  • Definitions
  • Purpose of leadership
  • Leadership, ethics, and responsibility
  • Management and leadership – what and where is it required in the organization
  • From manager to leader
  • Impact on organizations
  • Levels of leadership
  • Leadership competencies
  • Bad habits of leadership
  • Gender differences in leadership styles and management
  • Leadership styles
  • Project leader versus project manager
  • Performance in organizations
  • Competencies of a project leader
  • Value for the organization
  • Horizontal versus vertical leadership
  • What is a team? Understanding the dynamics
  • Tuckman's model
  • Multicultural teams
  • Virtual team leadership
  • Agile team leadership: the power of empowerment
  • Definition of a PMO
  • Where PMOs exist in the organization
  • AIPMO's 7 PMO principles with the 8th overriding principle
  • PMO metaphors and the balance of leadership and management
  • Matching the PMO role to your personal leadership abilities
  • AIPMO's advice on PMO leadership
  • What is decision making?
  • Who makes decisions?
  • Types of decisions – programmed versus non-programmed decisions
  • Fact based decisions – the knowledge triangle
  • Leadership and decision making
  • Decision making in projects
  • Red flags in decision making
  • Risk of functional managers taking complex related decisions
  • What is a conflict and how to recognize it?
  • Sources of conflicts and prevention
  • Principles of dealing with conflicts
  • Conflict and Negotiation
  • Conflicts in and across teams
  • Leadership aspects of conflict management
  • Conflict types between projects, programs, portfolios, and PMOs
  • Conflicts between the project world and operations world 
  • Comparing the attributes of a physical, virtual, and hybrid environment
  • Traits of teams and what they mean
  • Virtual environment success factors
  • Decision making
  • Building trust
  • Culture
  • Performance monitoring
  • Automating updates
  • Motivation
  • Hints and tips to lead and create success

Teaching Approach

The training approach includes




Team exercises


Group discussions


Case study


Personal coaching



I come from project management background and want to set a PMO. So the IPMO-P course was very important for me, and just perfect. It was good to have participants from different countries and different fields.

Faiçal Maiach
Project Manager. ICAD-KSA

The training was amazing. I not only got ideas to improve my daily work but I thought of the areas I never did before. The IPMO-E course was rich in content. I especially liked the PMO lifecycle breakdown. It helped me understand why we are doing what we are doing.

Feras Ayoub
Portfolio Management Advisor, Fichtner Consulting Engineers Ltd

Who should attend

  • Project, program, and portfolio management professionals
  • Consultants (involved in projects and/or executive coaching)
  • PMO/IT managers and team members, portfolio managers, and senior management
  • HR and skills management professionals
  • Those responsible for leading and managing people in the context of projects

Key takeaways

Recognize the typical leadership traits and how they differ from management skills

Assess leadership styles and competencies in individuals and how adequate they are in project situation

Give hints and directions to develop further leadership skills

Understand the impact of leadership and project leadership on an organization

Know how leaders can make a difference in projects

Understand the needs of a team to bring it to the performing stage

Adapt and apply leadership skills in multicultural, virtual, and/or volatile contexts

Understand why the PMO needs a leader and what are the benefits to the organization

Learn to make better decisions by recognizing the knowledge needs

Learn to become accountable for the decisions taken

Learn the cues and forms of conflicts


  • 6 months of experience in project management or PMOs 


The online exam is run by AIPMO, and moderated by a proctor from AIPMO at the end of the course.

  • Open book exam, 50 multiple choice questions 
  • Duration: 1 hour

Attendees are notified by email of the results of the exam

Frequently Asked Questions

You Ask, We Answer

Each of the certification categories serve a different purpose. The first category “PMO Core Certifications” shows that you have the competencies to design and build a service-orientated PMO with services that are needed by your project community. At the top-level (Expert) certification, you will have to show that you have the competencies to design and build one or more PMOs (called PMO topologies) within an integrated PMO Services topology. The second category of courses, called “Foundational certifications,” comprise of three certifications that are needed by everyone irrespective of whether you are a PMO or project team member or a PM/O director. The foundational courses are the techniques and tools of a trade, so they are needed by everyone including project professionals. The third category of certifications is called the “Specialist” certifications because they directly relate to the ability to offer PMO services. If a PMO service is planned, then the PMO needs to have the capability to offer them. There are over 20 specialist courses at the time of writing. These courses are also needed by project team members.

For now, it is best to ask one of our professionals. You can either call or chat online. They will be able to provide you expert advice to plan and advance your career.

Short answer, yes. There are bundles shown on the website, but you can also call to ask if you can get a special discount. If you join as a group to the course, then this will also be taken into consideration.

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