Specialist Courses

Specialist Courses Across PPP & PMOs

AIPMO’s Specialist courses are for professionals working in PMOs, projects, programs, and portfolios. The specialist courses have been developed in conjunction with AIPMO’s “PMO and Services Capabilities” initiative which has identified over 300 PMO services. The specialist courses are not just for PMO professionals (to help them build a PMO service capability), but also for professionals working in or associated with projects, programs, and portfolios.

Referring to the figure above, AIPMO’s specialist courses are developed from the domains of project, program, portfolio, and PMO management where the competencies required to achieve successful outcomes are designed within these courses.

  • For PMO professionals, the specialist courses build the competencies to offer specific PMO services, so they are modeled around a typical PMO Services catalog, therefore making it easier to develop services.
  • For project professionals, these specialist courses provide them the competencies to address specific knowledge gaps. Project, program, and portfolio capabilities can be provided within the respective teams and/or by service providers such as a PMO.

Referring to the figure above, PMOs in general can offer any number of PMO services where the potential number of services can be in the hundreds. However, it is unlikely any single PMO will offer more than hundred services and is more likely to be in the range of 20 to 70 services.

A PMO service will address one or more project capability gaps within an organization. However, some project teams may decide to address the gap themselves and therefore attend the relevant specialist courses.

AIPMO offers the PMO/PM specialist accreditation with five specialist levels – IPMO- S1 to IPMO-S5, where S5 is the highest level. It was developed this way because the needs of organizations and professionals vary so much that there is no one approach to selecting a standard set of courses. Instead AIPMO is looking at supporting professionals develop their own life journey in terms of competency needs and accreditation courses, and hence apply the points system to AIPMO approved specialist courses.

Each specialist course has a number of contact hours and is accredited to the delegate on passing each course exam. Contact hours are accumulated and once the delegate’s specialist certification threshold is met, the delegate will automatically receive the next level of AIPMO specialist certification.

To achieve IPMO-S1 (Specialist level 1), 50 contact hours must be achieved. Then for each level, an additional 50 contact hours are needed and so on.

How the Specialist Certification Level works

Specialist Level 1

Attend any of our specialist courses to collectively add up 50 Contact Hours to attain the S1 certification level

Specialist Level 2

Attend any of our specialist courses to collectively add up 100 Contact Hours to attain the S2 certification level

Specialist Level 3

Attend any of our specialist courses to collectively add up 150 Contact Hours to attain the S3 certification level

Specialist Level 4

Attend any of our specialist courses to collectively add up 200 Contact Hours to attain the S4 certification level

Specialist Level 5

Attend any of our specialist courses to collectively add up 250 Contact Hours to attain the S5 certification level

The AIPMO Specialist Courses available are:

Purpose

To help PMOs and senior management involved in organizational change to create value by supporting projects, programs, and portfolios using agile methods.

Who should attend?

  • Project and program management professionals
  • PMO managers and team members who are involved in using agile methods
  • Consultants involved in supporting PPPs and PMOs using both traditional and agile methods
  • Subject matter experts and those responsible for leading organizational change

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the nature, importance and challenges of creating and maintaining PMO Dashboards
  • Know why organizational agility is important and how it impacts organizational performance
  • Understand the importance of PMOs supporting PPPs using agile methods, the challenges, and how PMOs can add value
  • Understand what exactly is an agile environment, the principles, and how to align them with your PMO principles to lead and support
  • Learn how a PMO can add value using a framework approach to building and designing PMO services for an organization using agile methods across PPPs
  • Identify and assess the various roles a PMO can have in an organization using agile methods and how it can use those roles to support and advise efficiently and effectively
  • Analyze PMO principles and assess how to define them for an agile environment
  • Learn and apply Agile techniques
  • Understand how the AIPMO’s Lifecycle framework incorporates both Agile and Agility concepts
  • Develop your own Agile Maturity model using a foundation of existing models
    Understand the impact of new technologies such as AI on agile project management
Modules
  • Module 1: Agility
  • Module 2: Value Management – Driver for the Agile Mindset
  • Module 3: Defining PMO in Agile
  • Module 4: Basic Scrum Sprint and Ceremonies
  • Module 5: Agile Technics and Approaches
  • Module 6: The Agile PMO and PMO for Agile Teams
  • Module 7: Agile Maturity Models
  • Module 8: Futures: AI, Robotics, Automation, and Their Impact on Agile Projects
  • Module 9: Discussion Module for Open Forum
  • Module 10: Retrospectives

Exam: Online exam | Open book with 50 multiple questions | 60min

Duration: 2 days | 14 contact hours

Purpose

To help individuals and organizations to identify, select, and grow leadership traits in the particular context of projects
and project teams.

Who should attend?

  • Project, program, and portfolio management professionals
  • Consultants (involved in projects and/or executive coaching)
  • PMO/IT managers and team members, portfolio managers, and senior management
  • HR and skills management professionals
  • Those responsible for leading and managing people in the context of projects

Learning outcomes

  • Recognize the typical leadership traits and how they differ from management skills
  • Assess leadership styles and competencies in individuals and how adequate they are in project situation
  • Understand the impact of leadership and project leadership in an organization
  • Know how leaders can make a difference in projects
  • Understand the needs of a team to bring it to the performing stage
  • Adapt and apply leadership skills in multicultural, virtual, and/or volatile contexts
  • Understand why the PMO needs a leader and what are the benefits to the organization
  • Learn to make better decisions by recognizing the knowledge needs
  • Learn to become accountable for the decisions taken
  • Learn the cues and forms of conflicts

Modules

  • Module 1: Leadership in Organizations
  • Module 2: Project Leadership
  • Module 3: Team Leadership
  • Module 4: PMO Leadership
  • Module 5: Decision Making
  • Module 6: Conflict Management
  • Module 7: Leading Virtual and Hybrid Teams
  • Module 8: Case Study

Exam: Online exam | Open book with 50 multiple questions | 60min

Duration: 2 days | 14 contact hours

Purpose

To help you understand the theory and practice of conflict management to improve personal, team, and organization success.

Who should attend?

  • PMO, project, program, and portfolio management professionals
  • Consultants (involved in projects and/or organizational change)
  • Leaders and managers seeking to develop solid facilitation skills who are interested to learn how to use action learning to accelerate problem solving and develop the individuals and teams they lead
  • Those responsible for leading and/or implementing change and transformative initiatives at any level of the organization
  • Anyone from the organizations in operational environments

Learning outcomes

  • Understand how to categorize conflict types and know possible causes for each type
  • Proactively recognize situations, roles, structures, and personalities that create and foster conflicts
  • Know the relationship between time, politics, and conflict
  • Understand the types of communication, communication challenges, and how to address them
  • Learn how to manage expectations of stakeholders and reduce the risk of conflicts
  • Know how and where to spot conflicts in the project environment and how to determine their root causes
  • Understand how to master politics and power to reduce the risk of negative conflicts
  • Know how to develop conflict management strategies
  • Know the roles PMOs can take in reducing conflicts and managing expectations

Modules

  • Module 1: Categorization Approaches of Conflict Types
  • Module 2: Understanding Environments and Sources of Conflicts
  • Module 3: Where There Are People, There Are Politics
  • Module 4: Expectations (Mismatch and Sources of Conflicts)
  • Module 5: Stakeholders’ Roles and Profiles (Variances as Sources of Conflict)
  • Module 6: Conflict Management
  • Module 7: Conflicts Within and Across the Project and Operational Environments
  • Module 8: Mastering Politics and Power
  • Module 9: Conflict management strategies
  • Module 10: PMO’s Role in Conflict Management

Exam: Online exam | Open book with 50 multiple questions | 60min

Duration: 2 days | 14 contact hours

Purpose

Who should attend?

  • Project and program management professionals
  • Consultants (involved in projects and/or organizational change)
  • PMO/IT managers and team members, portfolio managers, and senior management
  • Operations staff involved in change projects
  • Those responsible for leading and managing people through change at work

Learning outcomes

  • Empathizing: Understanding the stakeholders needs involved
  • Recognize the drivers of change and challenges relating to change management in complex virtual
    and hybrid environments
  • Assess the change readiness of the organization and analyze how to reduce the resistance to change
  • Know what roles PMOs at different levels can play to lead and manage change across projects, programs, and portfolios
  • Know the main change models and tailor one to your own environment
  • Learn to build an AIPMO PMO change management service including the capabilities to run this service across projects and programs
  • Critique an organization’s change readiness by understanding change success factors and applying proven techniques and approaches
  • Discuss the importance of communication, trust, and culture in the change management process
  • Develop skills that help employees cope throughout periods of change

Modules 

  • Module 1: The drivers of change
  • Module 2: Success or Failure?
  • Module 3: Types of Change
  • Module 4: Change Factors
  • Module 5: Change Management Models
  • Module 6: Change Strategies
  • Module 7: People Change
  • Module 8: Team Change
  • Module 9: Organizational Change
  • Module 10: Culture as a Change Factor
  • Module 11: PMOs and Change Management
  • Module 12: Overview of Additional Topics to Support Mastering Change

Exam: Online exam | Open book with 50 multiple questions | 60min

Duration: 2 days | 14 contact hours