P3O® (Portfolio, Programme and Project Offices) provides universally applicable guidance that combines a set of principles, processes and techniques that facilitate effective portfolio, programme and project management through enablement, challenge and support structures.

It contributes to informed senior management decision making on strategic alignment, prioritisation, risk management and resource optimisation to successfully deliver business objectives. P3O® also helps in the identification and realisation of business outcomes and benefits via programmes.

The guidance is aligned to PRINCE2®, MSP® and M_o_R®.


Who is P3O® for?

P3O® is addressed to office members within a P3O® model and professionals who wish to have an active role in any of the offices described in the P3O® model.


P3O® benefits for the professional

· Proves your expertise and know how

· Helps you deliver projects and programmes consistently and use resources effectively

· Improves decision making and transparency


P3O® benefits for the organisation

· Helps in establishing, developing and maintaining support structures to assist in successful delivery of projects and programmes

· Ensures optimal investment

· Assists in reducing benefits loss and delivering strategy, projects and programmes more effectively


P3O® Certification levels

The P3O® qualification comprises different levels of certification:

P3O Foundation

P3O Practitioner

P3O® Frequently Asked Questions

P3O® Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take P3O® classes remotely?

Yes. Some accredited training providers offer virtual classrooms and e-learning.

Which exams are available online?

All P3O® exams are available online.

Which exams do not need to go through a training provider and allow me to self-study?

You can take any of the P3O exams either after having attended classes through an accredited training organisation or after self-study.

How long does the exam take?

Exam times vary depending on the level. Check each level separately to find out exam duration.

Are the exam questions multiple choice, essay style or both?

All questions are multiple choice.

When will I receive the mark from my exam?

For computer based exams, preliminary exams are available immediately after the exam has finished and are subject to final verification from PeopleCert. For paper based exams, results are sent within 2 days upon receipt of the exam papers.

I recently passed the P3O® Foundation exam through PeopleCert and I have received my certificate. Is there a specific logo that I have rights to use in my communications?

Any individual who would like to include information on their P3O certification on a business card needs to take note of the following:

An AXELOS Trade Mark logo (e.g. the P3O® Swirl) cannot be used on business cards as they advertise a person/company and not the associated product.

An AXELOS word mark can (e.g. P3O®) be used on a business card as long as the correct symbology is used. For example: Joe Bloggs P3O® Accredited Trainer


Where practical (if it can be included legibly) the Trade Mark acknowledgement statement should also be shown. For example: Joe Bloggs P3O® Accredited Trainer P3O® is a registered trade mark of AXELOS Limited. All rights reserved.


I am a P3O Practitioner. Do I need to re-register?

All P3O Practitioners need to be re-registered within 3-5 calendar years of their original certification.

In what languages are P3O exams available?

P3O exams languages are available in a variety of languages. Please check each module separately to find out the available exams.