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IPMO Practitioner
Live Virtual/Satellite

Clear

DURATION

5 DAYS - 6 Hours per day

COURSE TYPE

LIVE VIRTUAL/SATELLITE COURSE

CERTIFICATE

Issued by AIPMO

Course description

The International Project Management Officer (IPMO)® certification is the most important
The International Project Management Officer (IPMO)® certification is the most important industry-recognized certification series for project management officers and professionals working in, or associated with, PMO activities and related services. There are three core certifications reflecting the level of competency: Foundation, Practitioner, and Expert, three foundational certifications, and a specialist PMO certification series reflecting the unique demands on PMOs that bridge projects, programs, and portfolios including the operational environment.  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 within an organization. This certification builds on the IPMO-F® foundation certification.

About AIPMO

AIPMO is the Association of International Project Management Officers, a non-for-profit association representing International Project Management Officers (IPMO).

AIPMO is the Association of International Project Management Officers, a non-for-profit association representing International Project Management Officers (IPMO), including project, program, and portfolio managers involved in defining, establishing, and running high-performing Project Management Offices (PMOs) in and across industry sectors.

The AIPMO association is actively involved in identifying the building blocks and constructing them with the long-term aim of helping to create PMO management as a profession. Referring to the figure below, the building blocks and relationship between them shows the progress made in this endeavor.


Professional Development Advisor

Lilly Paunova

[email protected]

+41 445188122

+41 782411961

COURSE DETAILS

Since PMOs began to appear in organizations, academic researchers and project management practitioners have been asking how to best structure PMOs in terms of services, roles, governance, culture, and leadership styles to provide maximum sustainable benefit. This in turn drives the perceived value of PMOs across the organization.

The problem is that majority of recommendations to date have created confusion and resulted in piecemeal approaches. The problem is that less than 33% of PMOs reach the full potential (PMI®, 2013), 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 their configurations that optimally support the organizational needs of today, and tomorrow. AIPMO and its partners’ experience confirms that the vast majority of PMOs are only offering about a third of the PMO services they should be offering. High-performing 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 (PMI®, 2013). This course brings together the latest in academic research and expert practices from the international experts who have also contributed to international standards in the domains of PMOs, projects, programs, and portfolios. The IPMO-P certification will ensure that you have the competencies to bring your PMO into the high-performing PMO category.

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 a PMO using an integrated approach to ensure PMO alignment with organizational objectives. The content of AIPMO’s Body of Knowledge is covered, which will comprise of a series of books covering PMO Principles, Portfolio, Program and Project Principles, PMO Techniques and Tools, PMO Services and Capabilities, plus references to other books.

  • Understand the importance of a strategic PMO Lifecycle framework to design and run PMO services to achieve maximum sustainable benefits
  • Describe the different roles of PMOs across different levels of the organization
  • Hands-on workshop experience in applying the Strategic PMO Lifecycle framework to your PMO with an outcome of an aligned set of PMO services that address your organization’s challenges
  • Gain experience in establishing the  mandate for PMO implementations
  • Understand the drivers of PMO change and how to see the signs
  • Understand PMO success and how it is measured
  • Understand the similarities and differences between organizational project management maturity and PMO management maturity
  • Understand your own PMO improvement plan
  • Learn new techniques and tools never used before in the PMO arena
  • 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

The training approach includes:

    • Lecture
    • Team exercises, polls, breakout rooms
    • Group discussions on pertinent topics
    • Detailed case study
    • Presentations and role play
    • Personal coaching (if time allows)
    • Exam – 1 hour 30 minutes, with 75 multiple choice questions
  • 3 years plus experience in project and/or program management
  • 3 years plus experience as a PMO member or higher, i.e., PMO manager
  • A formal PM certification such as PMP®, or Prince II®, or IPMA® (Levels C or higher, i.e., B or A)
  • Ideally IPMO-F, SC-IPMO, TT-IPMO
  • Educated at degree level or similar
  • The online exam is run by AIPMO and moderated by the instructor at the end of the course
  • Open book exam, 75 multiple choice questions
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Attendees are notified by email of the results of the exam


Course instructor

Dr. Robert Joslin

Dr. Robert Joslin, Ph.D., CEng, AIPMO-E, PfMP®, PgMP®, PMP®, is a professor at SBS Swiss Business School, program director for the MSc and MBA programs in “Strategy, Project Leadership, and PMOs,” and the chair of the SBS Swiss Business School “research advisory board.” He publishes books, book chapters, and research papers in the field of PMOs, leadership, project, program, and portfolio management. Robert presents academic and practitioner conferences and is a peer reviewer of the three
Dr. Robert Joslin, Ph.D., CEng, AIPMO-E, PfMP®, PgMP®, PMP®, is a professor at SBS Swiss Business School, program director for the MSc and MBA programs in “Strategy, Project Leadership, and PMOs,” and the chair of the SBS Swiss Business School “research advisory board.” He publishes books, book chapters, and research papers in the field of PMOs, leadership, project, program, and portfolio management. Robert presents academic and practitioner conferences and is a peer reviewer of the three research journals in project management and PMO management. Robert is the founder of AIPMO and is in the process of co-authoring an international “leading” standard on PMOs for AIPMO as well as six books that constitute a body of knowledge in the area of PMOs. He has 20 plus years of experience in designing, initiating management delivery of business transformation, reengineering, infrastructure, and strategy development. He has won national prizes for ideas and product innovation. He develops and designs enterprise PMOs using various frameworks including AIPMO’s Strategic Framework for PMOs and Portfolios, Programs, and Projects. He previously worked as a consultant in telecom, banking, insurance, manufacturing, military defense, and direct marketing. He also worked for McKinsey & Co, Logica, and his own consulting company.

Laurent Kummer

Laurent Kummer, DBA(c), PM² and PMO Consultant, Coach, Author of “The Lean Project Manager”, is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in leading projects and project teams. Consultant and entrepreneur, he is also involved in academic research on Project management methodologies. He is one of the key contributors to PM², the official project management methodology of the European Institutions, which has been released to the public in 2016. As a teacher, he has been sharing
Laurent Kummer, DBA(c), PM² and PMO Consultant, Coach, Author of “The Lean Project Manager”, is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in leading projects and project teams. Consultant and entrepreneur, he is also involved in academic research on Project management methodologies. He is one of the key contributors to PM², the official project management methodology of the European Institutions, which has been released to the public in 2016. As a teacher, he has been sharing his passion for project management through countless classes, lectures, and seminars over the last ten years and keeps current by leading several projects at the highest level of the European Commission. He has developed a deep expertise in EU-funded development and research projects. Laurent used to represent the Belgian project management community at the International Standard Organization and has participated at the making of the ISO 21500 standard family on project management. Before this, he spent over a decade leading quality and IT infrastructure programs for General Electric in France, Eastern Europe, and Middle East. During his time in various sectors (banking, aviation, energy, oil & gas), Laurent earned a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification and since then has been a pioneer and active promoter of Lean project management to which, in 2017 he authored his best seller “The Lean Project Manager”. Laurent holds an engineering degree in Computer Science from the French National School of Electronics and several project management (PMP, PM²) and Agile certifications (Scrum, PM² Agile).

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between Core, Foundational, and Specialist certifications?

Each of the certification categories serve a difference 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.

What are contact hours and how can I reach Specialist level 1?

AIPMO uses the term “contact hours” for its virtual courses. Contact hours include course instructions, time allocated for homework, and team exercises. Every course has allotted contact hours and once you pass the course exam, they will be accredited to your account. Once you have reached the threshold, you will be awarded the specialist level certification.

What is the difference between IPMO-F, IPMO-P, and IPMO-E?

These three certifications are part of the PMO core certifications. IPMO-F (Foundation) is for the PMO and project team members and covers topics around working in a PMO, and also working in a project team. It covers the lower part of the AIPMO Strategic Lifecycle framework.

IPMO-P (Practitioner) is for the PMO managers, project managers, and senior PMO and project team members. It covers topics on how to identify the need for a PMO and design, and how to justify and build a PMO and its services.

IPMO-E (Expert) is not for everyone. It is the top-level certification for PMO directors and consultants who are managing, consulting, or designing enterprise PMO topologies and PMO Service topologies.

I dont know which certification is right for me, how do I choose?

For now, it is best to ask one of our professionals. You can either call or chat online. They will be able to provide you expert advice to plan and advance your career.

Are there any discounts if I take more than one course?

Short answer, Yes. There are bundles shown on the website, but you can also call to ask if you can get a special discount. If you bring others to the course, then this will also be taken into consideration.

What our client say about us

It was a real eye-opener for me that allowed me to look into the PMO world from a different perspective. I understood the project, program, portfolio management in the context of PMOs. 

- Mohamad Dreii / Eastern Growth Market

Although i have been in this fiels for many years, this outstanding experience has introduced me to a new world full of unique experiences, opportunities and a great chance for personal growth. 

- Fayez Almalki / General Authority of Zakat & Tax

I thought I had a good understanding of how to establish and manage PMOs, but the principles and ideas gained from the course proved the opposite!

- Hedar Alalli / SNC Lavalin

Professional Development Advisor

Lilly Paunova

[email protected]

+41 445188122

+41 782411961