House of PMO – Essentials for PMO Managers ™ Virtual

Why should I take the House of PMO Essentials – Managers virtual course?

In volatile times, the well-documented ability of a PMO to increase the success rates of projects, programmes and portfolios is even more important. Businesses now more than ever need to be able to react to a changing business environment.

Whether you work for an organization wanting to ensure your PMO Managers have the capability to set up and run this office effectively, or are an individual looking to advance your career, this course offers a comprehensive blueprint for best practice in this role.

Who should attend this class?

The Essentials for PMO Managers course is aimed at PMO Managers, PMO Leads, aspiring PMO Managers (PMO Analysts and converts to PMO from Project/Programme Manager roles). Pre-requisites are applicable for this scheme, see below.

What is included:

The course includes:

  • 2 days of virtual training from a House of PMO accredited instructor
  • Official material (electronic version PDF)
  • Sample exam questions
  • House of PMO online exam 24/7 (webcam required) + Certificate
  • 21 PDUs if you are a PMP

Not included with the course, but we highly recommend participants purchase:

– PMO Service Catalogue: An Insight into what PMOs do (ISBN 1527287025)
– The PMO Competency Framework (ISBN 1838395202)

What will I learn:

  • The roles and responsibilities of the PMO Manager including the key knowledge, skills and behaviours required.
  • The core competences required in Delivery Support, PMO Management and P3M Enabling. It includes setting up, running, transforming and closing PMOs.

What are the course prerequisites:

You need practitioner level knowledge of projects, programmes or portfolios – any formally recognized Project Management certification or the appropriate level of practical experience will be accepted. For example, any of the following are applicable:

– Essentials for PMO Analysts Certification.

– A Practitioner certificate in either P3O®, PRINCE2®, Praxis Framework™, AgilePM®, MSP®, PRINCE2 Agile, APM PFQ, PMQ, PM4SD™, PMP®, PgMP®, or CAPM or equivalent.

– 3 years of experience of working within a PMO, project, programme or portfolio environment.

What are the course contents:

This is the APMG-International course. It covers the Essentials for PMO Managers syllabus.

Key Learning Points:

Introduction & Overview of P3M

Key Concepts

PMO Roles and the Role of the PMO Manager

P3M Delivery Support Competence

PMO Management Competence

    The PMO in Context


PMO Management Competence (cont)

            The PMO Lifecycle

Enabling Competences

            Capacity Management Competence

            Capability Development Competence

Enabling Competences (cont)

            Governance Frameworks Competence

            Assurance Competence

            P3M Delivery Methods Competence

            P3M Tools Competence

Exam practice


Which exam is included in this course?

This course includes the Essentials for PMO Managers exam.

House of PMO exam

The exam is designed to test your knowledge and understanding.

  • 60 multiple choice questions
  • Closed book exam
  • 75 minutes duration
  • 50% needed to pass – 30 correct marks

When is the exam taken?

On day 1 of the virtual course, you will receive a link from the exam authority APMG-International. You will be able to schedule the exam in the portal anytime you want 24/7. You can change the time of the exam as you please. However, if you change the date 24hrs prior to start time, APMG will charge a fee.

A webcam is required to identify yourself to the proctor with a photographic ID and then you can do the exam online from home.

What are the technical requirements for the online exam?

A personal computer is recommended to avoid any technical issues. If you are using an office computer, make sure you have the access rights or IT support at the time of the exam. For the online proctored exam an interface needs to be installed. Administrative rights are therefore essential.

Exams can be taken on a recent MAC or PC with Windows. A webcam and working microphone (internal or external) are required. Also, you must install either the browser ‘Google Chrome’ or ‘Firefox’.

The online exam is not available on a tablet (Ipad) or Cellular phone at the moment.

How does the course prepare me for the exam?

The course follows the official Essentials for PMO Managers syllabus. During the course, you practice with the latest exam paper from APMG-International.

Do I need ID for the Essentials for PMO exam?

You must have a photographic ID with you. A driver’s license or passport is fine. A work ID, with photograph, is also acceptable.

English is not my native tongue?

For exams done in another language than your native tongue, you will be attributed 25% more time. We can also help with dyslexia or medical issues regarding exams if you submit a doctor’s note in advance.

How long does my qualification last?

The Essentials for PMO Managers qualification is permanent.

What happens if I don’t pass the exam?

If you don’t pass the exam you can do a re-sit for an additional fee.


What are the class hours?

The House of PMO – Managers course will run from 8h30 am to 4h30 pm Eastern time zone.

How does the virtual class work?

You connect to the online platform (Zoom) and the instructor will deliver the course to you wherever you are. We ask that you keep your camera open as much as possible so that the trainer can get a good sense of how learning is evolving. Some time periods will be allocated for questions, interactive exercises, lunch and breaks.

I am not sure my computer is up to date for the online exam?

You can use the contact form to send us a message in advance. We will be able to verify if your computer meets the technical requirements.

What is the process for a proctored exam?

The exam authority has a strict procedure for online exams to ensure the security of the session. Some of them are:

You will be asked to be alone in a well-lit room with no background noise. The proctor will ask you to rotate your webcam in order to verify the area. Your desk must be clean of papers, books or notes. Glass walls and/or doors are prohibited unless they are covered. You will be asked to position yourself in a way that doors are behind you and visible to the proctor through the webcam.

You can use the contact form to send us a message in advance if you wish to obtain more information on the remote proctoring process.

How many PDUs do I get for this course?

PMPs can claim 21 PDUs at the PMI for the Essentials for PMO Managers course. (7 Ways of working, 7 Power skills, 7 Business acumen).

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House of PMO – Essentials for PMO Managers ™ Virtual