House of PMO – Essentials for PMO Administrators ™ Virtual

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

In a world where businesses are expected to be adaptable, projects are key. The exponential growth of the project management profession and increased demand for PMO support roles has led to creation of this certification. In this three-day training course, you will learn the fundamental knowledge and competencies needed to be the best in these support roles.

Essentials for PMO Administrators Training and Certification is designed for beginners, to introduce Project, Programme and Portfolio Management (P3M), within the context of a Project Management Office. This course delves in the four key roles within a PMO and reveals what it takes to be successful in a support role. It is the perfect introductory training for a professional who want to begin his journey in a Project Control Officer (PCO) Role or for junior PCO who want to develop his competencies.

Who should attend this class?

Essentials for PMO Administrators is suitable for complete beginners and those currently in support roles within a PMO (for example Project Administrators, Project Coordinator and Project Support Officers). It is also suitable for aspiring Project Managers with minimal project management knowledge.

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
  • 19 PDUs if you are a PMP

What will I learn:

  • Learn essential Project, Programme and Portfolio Management principles and terminology
  • Discover the four key roles in a Project Management Office; Administrator, Analyst, Manager and Director
  • Explore the responsibilities, knowledge, skills and behavior needed to be a successful PMO Administrator. Including understanding the core and essential delivery support requirements in change control; financial management, information management, issue management, reporting (insights analysis) and risk management

What are the course prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites for the Essentials for PMO Administrators course. Project management knowledge is beneficial.

What are the course contents:

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

Key Learning Points:

Introduction & Overview of P3M

PMO in Context
Life Cycle Management
Organisation Structure
Project and programme processes
Delivery Functions
Service Catalogues

PMO Roles

Purpose of the four roles
The Role of the PMO Administrator

P3M Administration Competence

P3M Delivery Support Competence

Risk Management
Issue Management
Information Management
Change Control
Financial Management
Reporting, Insights and Analysis



Which exam is included in this course?

This course includes the Essentials for PMO Administrators exam. House of PMO exam The exam is designed to test your knowledge and understanding.

  • 60 multiple choice questions
  • Closed book exam
  • 45 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 Administrators syllabus. During the course, you practice with the latest exam paper from APMG-International. 

Do I need ID for the Essentials for PMO Administrators 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 make arrangements to 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 Administrators 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 – Administrators 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 19 PDUs at the PMI for the Essentials for PMO Administrators course. (15 Ways of working, 2 Power skills, 2 business acumen).

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House of PMO – Essentials for PMO Administrators ™ Virtual