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Course Description

The Change Management specialist certification course will help you develop the skills necessary to play an active and effective role within and across organizations that are going through varying degrees of change. Managing organizational change is critical to implementing every type of initiative, which in turn helps the organization meet its strategic objectives. Sounds easy? It’s not. Organizational change initiatives fail at an alarming rate because of the underestimation of the stakeholders (actual and perceived) impact of change.

This course gives you a 360-degree view of change management from the “drivers of change,” the theory behind change management, investigation of change success factors, and change models including techniques and tools. A case study concept is integrated into the course, where we take course attendees’ change challenges and solve them in teams. This makes for a hands-on workshop to help participants understand the challenges working in virtual, physical, and mixed environments to develop the skills necessary to define and execute an active and effective role within and across organizations that are going through change.




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  • What are the drivers of change?
  • Mapping drivers of change onto lifecycle frameworks
  • Examples of drivers and their causality
  • Pain or gain as drivers
  • Technology
  • Globalization and internationalization
  • Legal requirements inducing change

  • What is Success (project management success and project success)
  • Why most change projects fail!
  •  The definitive guide to wreck your change project!
  • Success factors of change
  • Continuous improvement
  • Second order change
  • Development phases of organizations
  • Organizational (Business Unit, Corporate)
  • Team
  • Individual change of people
  • Kotter's 8-step model
  • Kubler-Ross Change Curve
  • Lewin's Three-Stage Change model
  • The Burke-Litwin Change model
  • McKinsey 7s model
  • The Trigon System Model
  • Tailoring a model to your environment
  • Participatory approach
  • Top-down approach
  • Development versus technocratric change
  • Conflict management as a change approach
  • Aligning workforce and change requirements of the organization
  • Aligning people and job requirements
  • Training and skills analysis
  • Personnel development
  • Phases of Team Development – Tuckman Model
  • Team composition
  • Work group versus high performance team
  • Conflict management in teams
  • Change Management on various corporate levels
  • Mergers and Acquisitions – Managed transformations and integrations
  • Change strategy development
  • Corporate culture
  • Regional culture
  • Intercultural theory
  • Values and customs
  • Language
  • PMO's role in change management
  • Critical (change) points in a project and PMO lifecycle
  • Change management service description – see AIPMO’s PMO Services and Capabilities book
  • Importance of mastering techniques, tools, and processes
  • Mapping the seven basic processes of change
  • Steering organization for the change management
  • Skill-Management
  • Forcefield analysis
  • Culture mapping
  • Metrics and data collection

Teaching Approach

The training approach includes




Team exercises


Group discussions


Case study


Personal coaching



I am not in the PMO field, but have been very interested. So the IPMO-P course gave me an opportunity to know a lot about it. Special thanks to the instructor!

Alaa Mahrus
Design Lead, Engineering & Technical Lead, The Royal Commission for AlUla

The IPMO-P course was very useful and full of information. I am looking forward to implement this in my organization, and definitely I will highly recommend this to my colleagues and people that are working in this field! 

Walid Taweli
Executive Manager, Qoot

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

Who should attend

  • Project and program management professionals
  • Consultants (involved in projects and/or organizational change)
  • PMO/IT managers and team members, portfolio managers and senior management 
  • PMO/IT managers and team members, portfolio managers and senior management 
  • Those responsible to lead and manage people through change at work

Key takeaways

Understand how PMOs fit into the world of projects, programs, and portfolios

Understand the benefits of viewing PMOs in terms of services Know what are PMO capabilities, and how they are constructed in terms of competencies, tools, and techniques

Understand the AIPMO framework and the phases and processes carried out by a PMO team member

Learn about the key PMO tools and techniques, including templates you can take back to your organization before they are published in AIPMO’s upcoming book on tools and techniques

Understand what are the key documents uses to establish, run, monitor, and control PMO and PMO Services

Be confident knowing what to do in common organizational PMO configurations


  • Educated to a 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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