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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 PPM and PMO world.

They must be able to support the PPM 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 PPM world are likely in the best position to offer a PMO consulting service because of in-depth knowledge of the PPM environment.




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  • Course outline
  • 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

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.

Teaching Approach

The training approach includes




Team exercises


Group discussions


Case study


Personal coaching



Your instructor: Robert Joslin


Dr. Robert Joslin is a management consultant/instructor and the founder of AIPMO. He is a professor at Alma Mater Europaea – ECM, responsible for the MSc and DBA programs in “Strategy, Project Leadership, and PMO Management.” Robert has more than 25 years of experience in designing, initiating, and international program management delivery of large-scale organizational transformation, reengineering, infrastructure, and strategy development. Robert has designed and implemented hundreds of PMOs and during this
time evolved the PMO-specific methodology that formed the basis of AIPMO’s PMO strategic lifecycle framework. Robert has published books, book chapters, and research papers. He is a peer reviewer for three project management journals and is in the process of co-authoring AIPMO’s Body of Knowledge (BoK), which comprises several books.

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

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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

    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


    Exam score will be based on the framework built by the participant.

    Key Evaluation Parameters:

    1. Understanding the Problem (Weight: 15%)
    2. Research and Analysis (Weight: 5%)
    3. Approach to Create the Framework (Weight: 15%)
    4. Framework Structure and Components (Weight: 15%)
    5. Testing and Validation (Weight: 5%)
    6. Practical Application (Weight: 5%)
    7. Presentation and Communication (Weight: 20%)
    8. Critical Thinking and Innovation (Weight: 5%)
    9. Feedback and Improvement (Weight: 5%)
    10. Team work (Weight: 10%)

    Pass score: 60% or higher


    The AIPMO books are part of the course reference material (included only in the in-class  package.) If you’re attending virtually, please order them on Amazon

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