People who make the biggest impact working in and around PMOs should also be recognized as candidates for the C and n-1 levels. Obtaining certifications helps to ensure their depth of understanding in PMO management and project management, but there is no substitute for a graduate degree which is typically on list criteria for C-level applications.
The majority of attendees for AIPMO’s IPMO-P and IPMO-E have a degree and around 20% to 40% have an MSc. Approx. 5% have a doctorate and are typically in a PMO director role. But non-are from PMO Management which is why AIPMO has partnered with SBS Swiss Business School to offer the first MSc and DBA in the world that directly addresses this need.