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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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Teaching Approach

The training approach includes




Team exercises


Group discussions


Case study


Personal coaching



Your instructor: Matt Swan


Matt Swan, MPM, BEng, IPMO-E, is Head of Projects at the Children’s Cancer Institute (CCI), developing Australia’s national precision medicine capability and first comprehensive cancer centre, focused on children’s cancer. He is an associate lecturer in undergraduate and graduate programs in project management at the University of Sydney.

He is co-authoring AIPMO’s book on PMO competencies, and has contributed to competency frameworks for the Global Alliance for the Project Professions (GAPPS) and the International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM).

Matt has advised the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) as an industry advisory group and observational board member, co-founded Future Project Leaders, and judged the project management achievement awards.

He has 17 years of experience in designing and delivering, major and megaprojects, in research infrastructure, business transformation, construction, and mineral processing. He has worked as a consultant and trainer, developing the capability of organisations and thousands of project management professionals across banking, construction, defence, for-purpose, government, infrastructure, and logistics sectors.

Matt Swan


  • Master of Space Operations,
    University of New South Wales (in-progress)
  • Master of Education
    (Educational Psychology) University of Sydney (in-progress)
  • Master of Project Management
    (Global Projects) University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Engineering
    (Mechanical) Central Queensland University

Contributions to leading practice

  • PMO, Portfolio, Program, and Project Competences,
    AIPMO book, currently co-authoring with Robert Joslin PhD
  • Guiding Framework for Leading in Complexity
    Global Alliance for the Project Professions (GAPPS)
  • Complex Project Leader Competency Standard
    International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM)


  • 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

Frequently Asked Questions

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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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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

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

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