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Foundational Certification

Course Description

MT-IPMO certification is based on the upcoming book from AIPMO on “Project, Program, Portfolio and PMO Methods and Tools” that focuses PPM professionals and PMO professionals and other technique-driven professions to understand, for the first time the important details behind ‘what exactly is a tool and what is a technique’. The course explains that not all techniques are equal, and some are basic techniques, others are a chain of techniques (hereafter called chains), and the third type is called a category of techniques (hereafter called CATs). All exist within a hierarchy identified by AIPMO. To help in the understanding of the complexities of PPP techniques and tools, AIPMO has built a techniques and tools framework within their PMO Lifecycle Framework (see below). This framework guides the professionals to determine the following:

·        What are Basic techniques, Chains, and CATs

·        How they should be selected and adapted for one or more PPPs

·        What are the considerations to carry out a pilot using one or more complex chains and CATs

·        Implementing steps to apply, and use, the techniques including the tools to support them.

Certified TT-IPMO will have demonstrated, through a combination of formal training and competency assessment, that they have an in-depth understanding of the definitions, types, and structures of PPP and PMO techniques and tools. They know the practices including how to identify the need, select, adapt, pilot, implement, use, and improve techniques and tools while taking a holistic techniques and tools topology view across – project types, the organization, and its partners.




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  • Course outline
  • Introductions
  • Certification path, Different levels of exam & Sample foundation questions
  • PMOs, T&Ts and success - the link
  • What research reveals (the average number of T&Ts known is only 10 for project managers and less for team members from a total of approximately 200) 
  • The shortfall in knowledge
  • The review, analysis and confusion
  • The path to understanding – frameworks, filters
  • The understanding and testing 
  • The book on Project, Program, Portfolio and PMO Tools and Techniques
  • Your role in the AIPMO T&T journey
  • Definitions and a ‘Definition-Gap’ 
  • The T&T hierarchy to aid understanding
  • Tools- Generic and commercial
  • Techniques – Basic, Chains and CATs
  • Some Statistics on the types of techniques and tools
  • Implications and importance of the findings
  • Introduction to the T&Ts Lifecycle Framework
  • Organizational strategy, EEF, PMO Vision, Mission, Strategy, Goals, Governance, Management, Continuous improvement, Adaptive alignment 
  • Definition of capability, service and how they are applied within the PMO context 
  • T&Ts Principle based Maturity Model and T&Ts Utilization Lifecycle
  • T&Ts Categorization & Implementation framework
  • Identify the need for T&Ts 
  • Selection and rational
  • Adaption - chains, CATs and generic tool structures 
  • Pilot, Implement, Apply & use, Monitor & Control
  • Background to the research findings on the determination of the top 30 T&Ts (Patanakul et al 2010) across project phases 
  • Discuss and review 

Determining root cause(s) of project failures linking to T&T

Overview of PMO Services 

Managing and approving T&Ts

Risks of outsourcing with respect to T&Ts 

Building a T&Ts Set of Services

T&Ts register 

T&Ts maturity assessments

Teaching Approach

The training approach includes




Team exercises


Group discussions


Case study


Personal coaching



Your instructor: Laurent Kummer

DBA(c), PM² and PMO Consultant, Coach, Author of “The Lean Project Manager”

Laurent Kummer is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in leading projects and project teams. Consultant and entrepreneur, he is also involved in academic research on Project management methodologies. He is one of the key contributors to PM², the official project management methodology of the European Institutions, which has been released to the public in 2016. As a teacher, he has been sharing his passion for project management through countless classes, lectures, and seminars over the last ten years and keeps current by leading several projects at the highest level of the European Commission.

He has developed a deep expertise in EU-funded development and research projects. Laurent used to represent the Belgian project management community at the International Standard Organization and has participated at the making of the ISO 21500 standard family on project management. Before this, he spent over a decade leading quality and IT infrastructure programs for General Electric in France, Eastern Europe, and Middle East. During his time in various sectors (banking, aviation, energy, oil & gas), Laurent earned a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification and since then has been a pioneer and active promoter of Lean project management, and, in 2017, he authored his best seller “The Lean Project Manager". Laurent holds an engineering degree in Computer Science from the French National School of Electronics and several project management (PMP, PM²) and Agile certifications (Scrum, PM² Agile).

Laurent Kummer


  • EINSEIRB 1999
    Engineering degree, Computer Sciences, Bordeaux (FR)
    Doctoral Program on Project Management, Maribor (SI)

Contributions to leading practice

  • PM² Guide version 2.5 – European Commission 2016 – co-author
  • The Lean Project Manager – 2017 – author
  • “The Lean Project Manager: Applying principles from Lean manufacturing to the project management practice” – 2017 – Proceedings of Society of Project Management International Conference, Munich.
  • PM² Guide version 3 – European Commission 2018 – editor
  • PM² for EU funded Development Projects – European Commission 2019 – co-author
  • PM² Guide – French version – European Commission 2021
  • Sustainability and project resilience (Thesis WIP – 2022)

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Imagination… What we can easily see is only a small percentage of what is possible. Logistics through innovation, dedication, and technology.

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Imagination… What we can easily see is only a small percentage of what is possible. Logistics through innovation, dedication, and technology.

Marion Raven

Imagination… What we can easily see is only a small percentage of what is possible. Logistics through innovation, dedication, and technology.

Marion Raven

Imagination… What we can easily see is only a small percentage of what is possible. Logistics through innovation, dedication, and technology.

Marion Raven

Who should attend

  • Project leaders, PMO managers, and project managers wishing to formalize and extend their existing techniques and tools knowledge
  • Any senior project stakeholder wishing or needing to be part of a project team and understand/take the lead on using a variety of techniques
  • Team leaders
  • Consultants and other professionals who need to deepen their knowledge
  • Team members looking to develop an understanding of the core of project management which is founded on tools and techniques so that they can best support their project managers
  • Sponsors of projects, who would like to learn more about which techniques and tools they need to know to be able to support their projects in the most effective way

Key takeaways

Able to apply the AIPMO techniques and tools framework including using the AIPMO filters to determine what is a generic tool, commercial tool, basic technique, CAT, and chain

List the types of techniques – basic technique, a category of techniques (CAT), and chain of techniques (Chain)

Demonstrate how to create a techniques and tools topology by project type, PPP, and across the organization

Differentiate between generic and commercial tools and the risks associated with using them

Apply the techniques and tools framework using a detailed case study based on a real project with exercises, role play, and management presentations

Gain tips and tricks, experience, and best practice guidelines that relate techniques and tools

Advise project managers on which techniques and tools should be applied at which phase within a project lifecycle

Know how to build techniques and tools capabilities within your organization

What is the difference between Core, Foundational, and Specialist certifications?

Are there any discounts if I take more than one course?


  • 1 year plus experience in project and/or program management
  • Ideally a formal PM certification such as PMI’s CAPM®, PMP®, or Axelos’s Prince 2 Practitioner, or IPMA (Levels C or D), IPMO-F
  • Attendees should have a good working knowledge of project management processes, tools, and techniques
  • Educated to degree level or similar


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

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