FOUNDATIONAL CERTIFICATION COURSES

Compare the three different types of foundational certifications offered by our educational partner AIPMO

TECHNIQUES & TOOLS

The Techniques and Tools foundational course is mainly focused on techniques which are subdivided into basic techniques, categories of techniques, and chains of techniques. This course is based on two years of research into the link between understanding and successfully applying techniques and project success. Why the term “techniques and tools” and not what is known today as “tools and techniques”? For project management and PMO management, it is all about techniques which are supported by tools. Hence, the focus is on techniques.

SERVICES & CAPABILITIES

This certification course focuses on a pragmatic and practical approach to deliver a series of service principles, concepts, and AIPMO’s service lifecycle framework, which is used to develop your organization’s or client’s service topology, and service capabilities. This will give unique and new insights into a service-oriented view of one or more enterprise-wide PMOs.




Who is it for?
  • 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 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
Prerequisites
  • 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
Exam Information
  • The exam is moderated by the instructor at the end of the course
  • Open book exam – 50 multiple choice questions
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • The exam will be marked in class. If there are any borderline attendees, the instructors will review their case study exercise work to determine if they understand how to meet exercise and case-building requirements. If the instructor judges that borderline attendees understand sufficiently, then they will receive their certification(s).
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
Who is it for?
  • PMO managers, PMO team members, and project managers wishing to understand how to create PMO Services following AIPMO’s PMO Service Lifecycle framework TM
  • PMO directors needing to understand how to create the PMO Enterprise-wide service offer which is a part of the AIPMO Strategic framework (also contains the Enterprise PMO Topology)
  • Any senior project stakeholder wishing or needing to be part of a project team and understand/take the lead on supporting the development of PMO Services
  • Consultants and other professionals who need to deepen their knowledge
  • PMO sponsors, who would like to learn more about how to increase the value of their PMOs and directly benefit their role and their peers’ in the organization
Prerequisites
  • 1 year plus experience in project and/or program management
  • Ideally a formal PM/PMO certification such as IPMO-F, IPMO-P, PMI’s CAPM®, PMP®, APM PMQ, or Prince 2 Practitioner
  • Attendees should have a good working knowledge of project management processes, tools, and techniques
  • Educated to degree level or similar
Exam Information
  • The exam is moderated by the instructor at the end of the course
  • Open book exam – 50 multiple choice questions
  • Duration: 1 hour
Key Takeaways
  1. Understand how to develop your own PMO Service strategy
  2. Know how to apply the AIPMO PMO Services Lifecycle Framework
  3. Understand how to design an Enterprise-wide PMO Services topology
  4. Understand the link between services-oriented PMOs and PMO Success
  5. Spot the traits and determine root causes of poorly structured PMOs
  6. Understand the impact a PMO Services and Capabilities expert can have on PMO Success
  7. Know the key PMO Services documentation as part of the PMO Services Lifecycle Framework
Who is it for?
  • 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
Prerequisites

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

Exam Information
  • The exam is moderated by the instructor at the end of the course
  • Open book exam – 50 multiple choice questions
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • The course work will be assessed and it will represent 50% of the total passing mark
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 quickly start consulting assignments
  • Know how to build consulting packs for your team, section, or organization