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Online course

PMO Essentials

Build and run a Project Management Office with strategic capability.
Certificate of Completion, 7.0 PDUs
1 Day
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  • About
  • Outcomes
  • Syllabus
  • Requirements
  • Why Us
  • Fee & Schedules
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About the Course

This course demonstrates what it takes to improve organisational alignment and deliver on your strategic objectives by focusing on “doing the right projects and doing them the right way” to deliver lasting results.

How often do you experience:

  • Many projects competing for limited resources
  • Lack of cross-organisational integration
  • Failure to deliver benefits and value
  • No strategic alignment

The PMO Essentials course equips participants to establish, improve and work with a strategic PMO by design, not by default.

What will I learn?

Learn with real-life examples and practical case-study exercises and be at the forefront of advancing your organisation’s strategic goals.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course students will understand:


  • The different levels of PMOs
  • Resource deployment within PMO
  • Reporting relationships
  • Functions provided by the PMO
  • Methodology to be deployed
  • Which information systems to use
  • When the PMO becomes strategic
  • Governance and portfolio management
The Strategic PMO
  • Overview and defining the PMO
  • Aligning projects and strategy
  • Minimise the corrosive impact of organisational politics
PMO Organisation, Structures and Functions
  • Organisational structure for projects
  • Types of PMO
    Functions of the PMO
  • Processes, standards and methodologies
Delivering business results via the PMO
  • Make trade-offs between many desirable opportunities
  • Effectively estimate resource capacity against resource demand
  • Better understand project interdependence
  • Effectively handle the requests of project and functional managers for
    more time, money and resources
Project Portfolio and the Strategic PMO
  • The evolution from project to portfolio
  • PM in the strategic PMO: where strategic planning meets project execution
  • Assessing organisational readiness
The PMO’s role in competency and maturity development
  • The evolution from project to portfolio
  • The PMO and maturity models
  • Role of the PMO in the maturity assessment process
Human capital and the PMO
  • The resource crunch
  • Staffing the strategic PMO
  • Rolling out the strategic PMO
  • PMO research findings
Establishing a project management methodology & a PMO governance
  • What are the elements of a methodology
  • Overview a sample methodology
  • A governance framework
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Why do this course?

The Institute applies rigorous criteria when selecting instructors to lead our programmes.

The course is delivered by instuctors with over 15 years’ industry experience in project, programme and portfolio management enabling them to share real-life situations, practices and lessons.

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This course is perfect for...

  • Senior project management practitioners
  • PMO staff
  • Managers of PMOs
  • Anyone who wants to know what a good PMO is and how to build and maintain one
Why Study With Us?
Unparalleled Expertise
Globally Recognised
Student Hub & Community
Student Success
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Unparalleled Expertise

We work closely with a faculty of leading academics and industry practitioners with unparalleled expertise and knowledge to ensure your project work yields the desired business results.

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Globally Recognised

The Institute is globally recognised as Ireland’s premier project management certification authority. We are the national certification body for IPMA® certification, representing Ireland in IPMA’s federation of 70+ countries across 6 continents.

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Student Hub & Community

Our Student Hub is where you can access your study materials, additional resources, playback recordings of your classes, and connect with a global student community. Be inspired, network, and share ideas with other industry professionals.

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Student Success

Our friendly Student Success team is here to respond to any queries you have, help you with any technical issues, and facilitate an engaging and rewarding learning experience. Your success is very important to us, which is why our dedicated team will help you stay on track, keep you accountable, and support your studies at every step of the way.

Fee & Schedules

This course can be provided to your staff at your own premises with a convenient and cost-effective solution. Learn more

Student Reviews

Colm completed PMO certification from IPM
Student Reviews
Student Reviews
Lots of methods to take back to the workplace
I attended the one day PMO Essentials course. This was my 3rd course with this institute. Very well organised. Good trainer and materials, with lots of methods to take back to the workplace and implement.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Find your questions answered and everything you need to know about the course.

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How long is the course?

The course runs for 1 day, from 9:00am to 5:00pm

How much is the course fee?

The course fee is €475, which includes access to all course materials on the Student Hub, live expert-led virtual classes, recordings and unlimited support from our Student Success team.

Is the course running in the classroom?

It is our intention to run the course in the classroom again. However, as of this moment, the course is running fully online to follow health and safety guidelines.


A recording of each online lecture will be available for playback in the Student Hub for a limited period of time, so you do not need to worry about missing a class.

Will I get a certificate with this course?

Successful completion of this programme results in a Certificate of Completion and 7 Professional Development Units (PDUs).

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