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PMO Essentials

This dynamic and practical training provides a logical model for setting up a Project Management Office (PMO) and using the PMO to deploy project management methodologies in any business industry. 

Learn principles and techniques to select projects and programmes to add value and meet the organisation's strategic objectives. 

Build and run a Project Management Office (PMO) with strategic capability.
Certificate of Completion, 7 PDUs
7 Hours
€ 395
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What does a Project Management Office do?

A PMO is a group inside an organisation that sets, maintains, and upholds project management best practices. The PMO is often a centralised management hub for all projects in the organisation to increase project efficiencies and strategic alignment.

The PMO is gaining popularity across various industries worldwide as stakeholders and decision-makers realise its importance. Research indicates that the median salary for Project Management Officers in Ireland is €130,065 [1].

This course will give you a fundamental knowledge of the requirements to set up a PMO and a comprehensive understanding of the types, roles, governance, and operational processes within it. Get the tools and resources you need to achieve a higher level of project, programme and portfolio management maturity to deliver lasting results.

What will I learn?

This course uses practical exercises and case studies to help you learn how to improve organisational strategic alignment and deliver on your objectives by focusing on “doing the right projects and doing them the right way".

Learn more about the course by downloading the brochure below.
Learning Objectives

By the end of the PMO Essentials course students will understand:

  • Identify the different levels of PMOs
  • Perform resource deployment within PMO
  • Understand reporting relationships
  • Recognise the functions provided by the PMO
  • Deploy methodology to run a PMO
  • Select appropriate information systems to use in your PMO
  • Detect when the PMO becomes strategic
  • Implement governance and portfolio management
Course Modules
Introduction to PMO
  • PMO Definitions and Key Concepts
  • The Strategic PMO
  • Aligning Projects and Strategy
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 the project and functional managers formore 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
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
PM Methodology and Governance
  • What are the elements of a methodology
  • Overview a sample methodology
  • A governance framework
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Benefits of setting up a PMO

To successfully set up and run a PMO, it is essential to understand the common pitfalls and the best practices to overcome them. Becoming a skilled PMO practitioner allows you to:

  • Improve processes to manage change and disruptions
  • Integrate project management practices
  • Foster continuous innovation
  • Enhance project selection and prioritization
  • Deliver benefits and value and ensure strategic alignment
  • Boost your career and salary prospects


If you would like to learn more about how a PMO works, read our article: Project Management Office (PMO).

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This course is perfect for...

  • Project Managers, Programme Managers and Portfolio Managers
  • PMO teams, administrative support, process-focused and knowledge management staff
  • Mid to senior-level professionals implementing change and organisational strategy execution
  • Anyone who wants to know how to build and maintain a PMO regardless of their job title
  • Anyone who wants to advance their career and upgrade their project management skill set
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about key PMO processes and programmes


Not sure if this course is for you? Schedule a call to speak with an educational adviser.

Why IPM?
Reputation & History
Project Management Experts
Advance your PMO
Unparalleled Expertise
Student Hub & Community
Reputation & History
  • Established in 1989 as the first Irish professional body dedicated to the promotion of project management as a discipline.
  • Trained 40,000 Professionals and Certified 6,000 Project Managers.
  • National Body for IPMA® in Ireland.
  • First PMP Certification exam hosted in Ireland.
  • Globally recognised certification body.
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Project Management Experts

The Institute is a specialist organisation dealing solely with the discipline of project, programme and portfolio management. Unlike other organisations, which offer a large variety of training programmes across many functional areas, our focus is purely on project management.

As a result, we attract the highest calibre of international lecturers – who offer invaluable knowledge to our students.

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Advance your PMO

Recent research findings show high-performing PMOs are delivering on multiple aspects across five key dimensions of PMO maturity: governance, integration and alignment, processes, technology and data, and people.

This course will help you learn what are the key attributes of high-performing PMOs and the steps you need to take to establish one, create a positive impact in your organisation and ultimately deliver more successful project outcomes.

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Unparalleled Expertise

Our graduates are instructed by a world-class faculty composed of a group of subject matter experts with unparalleled proficiency and knowledge in project, programme and portfolio management.

Lecturers range from Project Directors to former Heads of Project Management Certification Authorities.

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Student Hub & Community

Our dedicated Student Support team is here to help you stay relevant and connected to achieve your career goals.

Joining the Institute’s community offers you an immersive and engaging learning experience where flexibility and interaction are key. Classroom and virtual learners will gain access to the Institute’s hub where they can find additional resources and connect with other participants to brainstorm, be inspired and share ideas.

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Alumni Reviews

4.8 stars
Google (100+ reviews)

Colm O'Dea

Project Manager at Emydex Technology
Jan 15threv_img
I attended the one day PMO Essentials course. This was my 3rd training course with this institute. Very well organised. Good instructor and materials, with lots of methods to take back to the workplace and implement.

Deirdre Gaughran

Case Manager at Focus Ireland
July 4threv_img
The course was very informative and presented by great speakers throughout..

Brian Edward O'Connell

Senior Consultant at KPC International Limited
May 12threv_img
The Institute of Project Management has given me two fantastic courses in Project Management. I highly recommend them for any further education in Project Management.

Nicole Mckenna

Director of Demand Management - Immedis
June 10threv_img
I found the Institute of Project Management was a very good online experience and were on hand for technical support. I would recommend these courses and will plan to do another course with the Institute of Project Management in the future.

Helen Thornton

Courts Service
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The best lecturers I had the pleasure to listen to in a long long time…experience speaks volumes. I learned so much. Each Lecturer was so unique in their approach to PM. Game changers.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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

Need further information?
What is included in the course fee?

The course fees include the access to all course materials on the Student Hub, live expert-led virtual classes, recordings and unlimited support from our Student Support team.

What are the delivery formats available for this course?
  • Online: Classes run over 1 day online from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Your instructor is a certified project management practitioner with +25 real-industry experience setting up and managing PMOs. Do not worry about missing an online class – a recording of each online class will be available for playback in the Student Hub for a limited period of time.
  • Classroom. Choose classes on campus for in-person learning with industry-expert lecturers. Classes run at the National College of Ireland (Dublin). Please note the scheduling of classroom courses may have been affected by Covid-19.
Am I eligible for this course?

There are no prerequisites to participate in this course. However, a fundamental knowledge of project management methodologies could be helpful.

Is the course suitable for candidates without former PM knowledge?

This course is better suited to candidates with a fundamental knowledge of traditional project management frameworks and some practical experience. The course is suitable for project managers, or any professional working in a PMO or that directly contribute to projects in a regular basis.

How long is the course?

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

Is the course applicable to any industry?

Yes, the content of this professional diploma in project management programme is suitable for various industry sectors. We have students from different backgrounds – such as engineering, pharmaceuticals, design, construction, IT and many others – who completed the course successfully.

Will recordings be available if I miss a class?

A recording of each online class 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.

How will this course help with my career?

This course curriculum is designed by industry-experts to help you develop practical competences that are so valuable to hiring managers. Attending the PMO Essentials course you will give you knowledge about the best practices used in Project Management Offices.


At the end of this training, you will be able to create a list of actions you can immediately apply to set up and manage a PMO in your organisation.

Will I get a certificate on this course?

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