IPMO Expert
Live Virtual/Satellite

Clear

DURATION

5 DAYS - 8 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 AIPMO experts have demonstrated, through a combination of formal training, workshop, and competency assessment, that they have an in-depth understanding of PMO principles, theory, and practices including the design, implementation, and operation of complex PMO topologies and their respective PMO service topologies. IPMO-E experts are typically at the PMO director level/consultant, and this certification builds on the IPMO-F foundation and the IPMO-P practitioner certifications.

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.


Head of Professional Development Advisory

Darko Boshkovski

[email protected]

+41 445188122

+41788237538

COURSE DETAILS

The course covers topics within strategy formulation and strategy execution, especially frameworks, organizational design, PMO topologies, and PMO services topologies. During the course, any attendee can use their own organization’s PMO environment as input to the assessment of PMOs guided by the AIPMO’s framework which uses multiple techniques. This work is then further developed as part of the daylong workshop where if you chose you can develop your organization’s strategic design and optimized PMO topology/PMO services topology. Throughout the course, the content of AIPMO’s Body of Knowledge is covered, which comprises of a series of books covering PMO Principles, Portfolio, Program, and Project
Principles, PPP/PMO Techniques and Tools, PMO Services and Capabilities, and PMO standard plus references to other books.

As a PMO expert, you will be able to assess PMOs in operation within the context of your organization, the project types they support, appropriate leadership styles, and PMO functions including their ability to act as catalysts to knowledge sharing units that seed and support innovation groups while understanding the risks associated with long-term PMO performance. In doing so, you will have an opportunity to find out why some PMOs might perform below expectations, what are the drivers for change, as well as learn how to improve individual and collective PMO performance in an organization to achieve maximum business value. You will be able to design and establish an enterprise-wide PMO strategy based on a PMO topology concept – modeled to your organization environment – and from this develop your PMO services and capabilities based on the “Group PMO Services and Capabilities” catalog. You will also understand the content and purpose of key PMO document deliverables, both at the group level and at individual PMO levels. Key documents from the course will be provided, so you can use them immediately at your workplace to allow a quick start in building and running high-performing enterprise-wide PMO organization.

  • Understand the value of the AIPMO Strategic Lifecycle Framework® and how to apply it
  • Know how to create and implement an enterprise PMO strategy
  • Work through your PMO-related organizational issues, develop a high-level PMO topology and PMO services for your organization, and get expert feedback on the process and outcome
  • Describe the different roles of PMOs in a single and networked context and across different levels of the organization
  • Understand PMO maturity and get insights into AIPMO’s new principle-based PMO Maturity model for one or more PMOs
  • Ability to use new frameworks like “strategy under uncertainty” and apply them within the context of your organization
  • Understand the competencies required for the different levels of PMO responsibilities including the roles of project, program, and functional managers
  • Understand how to spot and support under-performing PMOs
  • PMO Principles book and online access to AIPMO’s new “PMO Services and Capabilities” book with over 200 PMO services
  • PMO directors
  • PMO managers and advanced PMO core team
  • Senior project/program management professionals
  • Senior consultants involved in projects and/or organizational
    change
  • Project/program/portfolio managers with expertise in PMOs

The training approach includes:
• Lecture
• Team exercises
• Group discussions on pertinent topics
• Detailed case study and one-day workshop
• Presentations and role play
• Personal coaching (if time allows)
• Exam: 2 hours, with 100 multiple choice questions

• 10 years of experience in project/program management
• 5 year plus of experience as a PMO manager and/or PMO director
• IPMO-P® certification and PMI® or PMP® (or higher, i.e., PgMP®) or Prince2® (or higher, i.e., MSP® or IPMA® (Levels C or higher, i.e., B or A)
• Minimum degree level, ideally MSc/MBA or DBA/PhD

  • Exam given at the end of the course is moderated by the instructor
  • Open book exam, with 100 multiple choice questions
  • Duration: 2 hours


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.

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

Head of Professional Development Advisory

Darko Boshkovski

[email protected]

+41 445188122

+41788237538