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IPMO Practitioner
Live Virtual Course

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DURATION

5 DAYS - 6 Hours per day

COURSE TYPE

LIVE VIRTUAL COURSE

CERTIFICATE

Issued by AIPMO

Course description

The International Project Management Officer (IPMO)® certification is the most important industry
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 delivered 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 supports the organizational needs of today, and tomorrow. AIPMO and its partners’ experience* confirms that 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 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.

Module 1 Overview of AIPMO’s Lifecycle Framework

Module 2

Using AIPMO’s Framework to put PMO Design in Context
Module 3
Capturing the business needs of a PMO (Stakeholder’s views of PMO success)
Module 4 Project control factors affecting PMO requirements
Module 5 Assessing the need, building, and/or extending existing PMO
Module 6 Pilot, Roll-Out and Run the PMO’s services
Module 7 Transform/Retire PMO(s)
Module 8 PMO Performance, PMO Capability Maturity Assessment and their connection
Module 9 Course conclusions and career next steps
Module 10 Revision and certification exam
  • 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
  • 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 year plus experience in project and/or program management
  • 3 year plus as a PMO member or higher i.e., PMO manager
  • A formal PM certification such as PMP® , 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

Robert Joslin

Dr. Robert Joslin – Professor, Founder of the Association of International PMOs and the co-author of the AIPMO body of knowledge©, PfMP®, PgMP®, IEEE, CEng is a project/program/portfolio management consultant, instructor, and academic researcher. He has 20 plus years in designing, initiating project and program management delivery of large-scale business transformation, reengineering, infrastructure, strategy development initiatives including winning prizes for ideas and product innovation
Dr. Robert Joslin – Professor, Founder of the Association of International PMOs and the co-author of the AIPMO body of knowledge©, PfMP®, PgMP®, IEEE, CEng is a project/program/portfolio management consultant, instructor, and academic researcher. He has 20 plus years in designing, initiating project and program management delivery of large-scale business transformation, reengineering, infrastructure, strategy development initiatives including winning prizes for ideas and product innovation. Previously, he has been a consultant in wide-range of industries including telecom, banking, insurance, manufacturing, and direct marketing whilst working for McKinsey & Co, Logica and his own consulting company. Robert has published many books, chapters and research papers in the field of project, program and portfolio management and presents his research at conferences such as PMI® research and the European management conference (EURAM). He won the best paper award for EURAM – PMI® and IPMA conference in 2015. Robert is the founder and organizer of the annual PMI® Swiss program management conferences which is the biggest PMI® event in Switzerland where researchers and senior practitioners present their latest findings. In addition, Robert is a peer reviewer for research papers submitted to PMI’s Project Management Journal® and the International Journal of Project Management, which are the top two research journals for projects, programs, and portfolios. As a trainer/coach Robert has trained many PMO, project and program managers in Europe, USA and the Middle East including using in his own developed PMO information structuring methodology aligned and complementing the PMI® standards. Robert in the process of authoring a book on Portfolio, Program and Project management Success Factors based on ten years of academic research.

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

Frequently asked questions

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

Each of certifcation categories serve a difference purpose. The first category 'PMO Core Certifications' show 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) certifcation you will have show 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 certifcations' comprise of three certifications that are needed by everyone irrespective if your 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 the 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 as well.

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 instruction, 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 member and covers topics around working in a PMO, also working in a project team. It covers the lower part of the AIPMO Strategic Lifecycle framework-.

IPMO-P (Practitioner) is for the PMO manager, project manager senior PMO and project team member. Covers topics how to identify the need for a PMO, design, justify and build a PMO and its services.

IPMO-E (Expert) is not for everyone. It is the top 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 professionals so 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 1 course?

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