AIPMO IPMO-Practitioner Certification (IPMO-P)

The International Project Management Officer (IPMO)® certification is the most important industry-recognized certification series for PMOs. There are three levels of certification reflecting the level of competency: Foundation, Practitioner, and Expert.

Certified IPMO Practitioners have demonstrated, through a combination of formal training and competency assessment, that they have an in-depth understanding of PMO principles and practices including the design, implementation, and operation of a single PMO at any level or construct in one or more organizations.

Practitioner Certification in PMO – IPMO-P©

Since project management offices began to appear in organizations, academic researchers, project management practitioners and their organizations have been asking how best structure project management offices (PMOs), what roles, functions and leadership styles should they adopt to provide the maximum value. The problem is that most of the recommendations have created confusion and are piecemeal in their approach. This knowledge has only become evident in the past few months after three years of building an integrated set of frameworks covering the world of PMOs and the world of projects, programs, and portfolios.


High-performing Project Management Offices (PMOs) are more than three times as likely as their low-performing peers to reach their full potential in contributing business value to their organizations. In 2012, a survey from PMI (2013)[1] showed that PMOs completed an average of US$100 million worth of projects. Additionally, they delivered around US$71 million in value by way of revenue increases and/or cost reductions. The problem is that less than 33% of PMOs reach the full potential which indicates a limited understanding in how PMOs should be defined not only at the project, program and portfolio levels but also what they do, how they do it, and the configuration that optimally supports the organizational needs of today, and tomorrow.


This course brings together the latest in academic research and expert practices from the people who have also contributed to international standards in the domains of PMOs and projects, programs and portfolios. This certification course is guided by the recently completed AIPMO Master framework which is an integrated set of frameworks that provides attendees the building blocks of the world of PMOs and the world of Projects, Programs and Portfolios. The frameworks have been developed over a period of three years, and the focus for the PMO practitioner course at the level of a PMO irrespective if it is a single initiative PMOs or a multi-initiative PMO. The course covers topics of strategy formulation and execution, success factors, success criteria, PMOs and their services, assessment of the current PMO setups in terms of SWOT and then a roadmap to strategically design and implement an integrated approach to ensure PMO alignment with organizational needs. AIPMO’s Body of Knowledge is covered which comprises of series of books covering PMO Principles, Portfolio, Program and Project Principles, PMO Tools and Techniques, PMO Services and Capabilities, plus references to three other books.


[1] PMI, The Impact of PMOs on Strategy Implementation (2013)

PMI, PMP, Program Management Professional (PgMP), PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP), PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP), OPM3, PfMP, PMI-RMP, PgMP and Project Management Journal are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc

Who Should Attend

  • PMO Directors/PMO Managers
  • Project/Program Management Professional®
  • Consultants (involved in projects and/or organizational change)
  • Project/program/portfolio managers with expertise in PMOs
  • Experienced PMO Core team

Key Takeaways

  • Understand the value of high performing PMOs
  • Describe the different roles of PMOs in a single and networked context and across different levels of the organization
  • Understand the similarities and differences of organizational project management maturity versus PMO maturity
  • Hand-on experience on applying the PMO lifecycle using the detailed case study to walk through a real PMO enterprise example
  • Experience establishing a mandate for PMO implementations
  • Identify the steps required to implement a PMO which is relevant to your position and organization including using the upcoming AIPMO® PMO Services and Capabilities book
  • Learn new tools and techniques never used before in the PMO arena

What You Need to Know


Classroom training: 5 days


The training approach includes:

  • Lecture
  • Team exercises
  • Group discussions
  • Detailed five-day Simulation Case Study
  • Presentations and role play
  • Exam preparation
  • Exam – 1 hour 30 minutes with 75 multiple choice questions


  • 5 year plus experience in project and/or program management
  • 1 year plus as a PMO member or higher i.e., manager/director
  • Ideally a formal PM certification such as PMP® certification, or Prince II® or IPMA® (Levels C or higher i.e., B or A)

Certification Exam

  • An exam is given at the end of the course moderated by the instructor
  • Open book exam 75 multiple choice questions
  • Duration 1:30 hours

On successful completion of the course and examination, course delegates will be certified as IPMO-Practitioner™.

Course Modules

How the Course Differs from the IPMO-Expert™ Level

Both courses (IPMO-P and IPMO-E) follow a similar structure utilizing the PMO lifecycle but the depth of topics is less in the Practitioner level. The Expert course certification covers organizational strategy, senior-level assessments, business case development, competencies, hot spot evaluation, PMO clusters, topologies, PMO governance, principles, and a number of other topics required for Senior PMO Manager / Director levels who architect the PMO topology across the organization. Practitioner level certification emphasis is at a middle management level in terms of one organizational PMO or initiative specific PMOs. The case study is also different at each level of certification.

The IPMO-Expert level also requires different pre-requisites from the IPMO-Practitioner level certification course. This ensures the training course delegates are similarly matched in terms of skill and experience levels.

*PMI, PMP, Program Management Professional (PgMP), PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP), PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP), OPM3, PfMP, PMI-RMP, PgMP, PMBOK and Project Management Journal are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.