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Foundational Certification

Course Description

The expert certification for International Consulting Frameworks for Consultants, Project, Program, PMO managers, and senior team members covers every aspect of organizations from strategy to operations, including the world of project/program, PMOs, and portfolio management. Organizations are complex systems in their own right, so understanding the building blocks of an organization, including its value chain and operating environment, requires a mix of competencies, including the ability to design and build frameworks, concepts, and models. Consulting professionals who have mastered the above will know what and how to focus on using multiple techniques to create immediate value. PMO professionals, managers, and project professionals are included in this group because they are the experts who really understand the PPP and PMO world.

They must be able to support the PPP and PMO teams to approach identifying the problem (sometimes through sense-making), structuring problems, developing concepts, frameworks, and models to ensure that the problem universe is fully understood. It is important that internal consulting (including external consultants) and “PMO consulting teams” work together on assignments that bridge strategy formation and execution. Professionals who need to resolve complex problems will likely cover the strategy formulation and operational side of the organization. However, PMO teams who cover every aspect of the PPP world are likely in the best position to offer a PMO consulting service because of in-depth knowledge of the PPP environment.




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Teaching Approach

The training approach includes



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Team exercises

Team exercises, polls, breakout rooms


Group discussions

Group discussions on pertinent topics


Case study

Detailed case study Presentations and role play


Personal coaching

if time allows



1 hour, with 50 multiple choice questions

Your instructor: Robert Joslin


Robert Joslin is a professor at SBS Swiss Business School, program director for the MSc and MBA programs in “Strategy, Project Leadership, and PMOs,” and the chair of the SBS Swiss Business School “research advisory board.” He publishes books, book chapters, and research papers in the field of PMOs, leadership, project, program, and portfolio management. 

Robert presents academic and practitioner conferences and is a peer reviewer of the three research journals in project management and PMO management. Robert is the founder of AIPMO and is in the process of co-authoring an international “leading” standard on PMOs for AIPMO as well as six books that constitute a body of knowledge in the area of PMOs. He has 20 plus years of experience in designing, initiating management delivery of business transformation, reengineering, infrastructure, and strategy development. He has won national prizes for ideas and product innovation. He develops and designs enterprise PMOs using various frameworks including AIPMO’s Strategic Framework for PMOs and Portfolios, Programs, and Projects. He previously worked as a consultant in telecom, banking, insurance, manufacturing, military defense, and direct marketing. He also worked for McKinsey & Co, Logica, and his own consulting company.

Robert Joslin


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Strategy, Program and Project Management,
    Skema Business School
  • Bachelor of Engineering
    Durham University

    Contributions to leading practice

    • Project Management Methodologies
    • Governance and Success
    • PMO Principles and PMO Service Principles, 2ed
    • PMO Services and Capabilities, PMO, Portfolio, Program, and Project Competences
      (forthcoming), Association of International Project Management books


    • Course outline
    • AIPMO
    • Introductions
    • Certification path, Different levels of exam & Sample foundation questions
    • Definition of a consultant
    • What is consulting
    • Top tier consulting companies and what made them top
    • Second Tier consulting companies
    • History
    • Trends in consulting - such as internal consulting
    • Why hire consultants?
    • Typical week
    • Consulting lifestyle
    • Networking
    • IQ, EQ, MQ, TQ consulting profiles
    • ISO 20700:2017 - Guidelines for Management Consulting
    • Organizational challenges
    • Why Frameworks are useful
    • The complexities of the PPP and PMO environments
    • History for Frameworks
    • Difference between Frameworks, Models, Concepts, Techniques and Tools
    • Examples of academic and practitioner frameworks Tools
    • Internal/External
    • How to define Consulting Services
    • PMOs and Internal Consulting Department
    • Capabilities to carry out consulting services
    • Sustainable consulting Services
    • Definitions
    • Problem solving approaches
    • Which ones to use when
    • Dangers of using well known techniques that cause type 2 errors
    • Success factors/Success Criteria
    • Using the McK approach
    • Introduction
    • Business need
    • Case study 
    • Definitions
    • Value of Frameworks
    • Understanding/Implementation view of ‘frameworks, models, concepts, techniques and tools
    • What are standard frameworks
    • How to categorize frameworks depending on area of interest
    • Process to identify and select a standard framework as part of the Strategic Problem solving model
    • Success factors and Success Criteria
    • Reviewing the consulting framework project – assessment form
    • Introduction
    • The way consulting companies build frameworks
    • The dangers of PowerPoint 'SmartArt Graphics '
    • Methodology to build your own
    • Applying the framework
    • Success factors of applying custom frameworks
    • Hints and tips
    • What are consulting packs
    • Why are they useful
    • Who uses them?
    • Examples of consulting packs
    • Organizational Frameworks
    • Operational Effectiveness
    • Strategy Development
    • PPP and PMO Effectiveness
    • Maturity Development PPP and PMO
    • What is a register
    • Examples of registers
    • Why is it important
    • Consulting Framework register

    • Getting to the facts as a basis of developing frameworks
    • Sources of resistance
    • Where to go for advice
    • What is known in the firm, both uncodified and codified knowledge.
    • Developing meaningful Knowledge Management codification systems is ensuring accurate and timely data availability
    • Taking assumptions for granted
    • Evolution of frameworks

    Frequently Asked Questions

    You Ask, We Answer

    Who should attend

    • Consultants and professionals wishing to get into consulting
    • PMO/IT directors
    • PMO managers and PMO Core team members involved in consulting
    • Senior project/program management professionals
    • Managers and team leaders
    • Engineers and others involved complex problems
    • Any professional wishing to become more effective and be able to demonstrate it

    Key takeaways

    Explain the key aspects of the consulting industry and the types of situations when consulting is required

    Know how to quickly frame complex problems and visualize them for presentation

    Undertake framework development to reflect real environments

    Apply many techniques in the context of problem solving, framework development, analysis, presentations and communications

    Use a technique and framework register to increase knowledge in your organization

    Undertake the creation of consulting packs to quick start consulting assignments

    Know how to build consulting packs for your team, section or organization


    • Problem solving and conceptual mindset
    • 2 years or more consulting experience 
    • Ideally, 5 years plus project, program, and portfolio management and PMO management
    • Degree, but ideally an MSc/MBA or higher


    The online exam is run by AIPMO and moderated by the instructor 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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    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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