Essentials for PMO Directors

The APMG Accreditation

The House of PMO Essentials course range is accredited by APMG International.


Learn How to Excel in a PMO Director Role


The House of PMO sets the standard and the syllabus for the Essentials for PMO Director qualification.

If you are currently working in a PMO management or leadership, or hoping to become one soon,  this course will help give you knowledge and the understanding to undertake the role.

Find out more about the course and the certification.

What You’ll Learn

You will learn about the role of the PMO Director and the context within which the PMO Director works. Specifically, the qualification covers:

  • The roles and responsibilites of the PMO Director including the key knowledge, skills and behaviours required
  • The core competences required in P3M Enabling. It includes designing an integrated PMO model; setting the vision and creating the ecosystem for multiple PMOs to thrive and deliver real value to the organisation

Who is the Essentials for PMO Managers Course for?


The Essentials for PMO Directors course is aimed at PMO Directors, Enterprise PMO Managers, Portfolio Managers, PMO Managers (typically ‘the’ PMO Manager in an organisation), Heads of Delivery (where they have delivery and PMO accountability)

The following pre-requisites are applicable for this scheme:

  • Essentials for PMO Managers OR;
  • A Practitioner certificate in either P3O®, PRINCE2®, PRAXIS Framework™, AgilePM®, MSP®, PRINCE2 Agile, APM PFQ, PMQ, PM4SD™, PMP®, PgMP®, or CAPM or equivalent OR;
  • 3 years’ experience of working within a PMO, project, programme or portfolio environment

Download the Syllabus


The syllabus for the qualification contains all the details of the course including why the certification was created; who it is aimed at; how learning is assessed and the individual breakdown of all the modules.

>> You can download the current version (v1.0)


How Do I Take the Course?


You can take the course through any training provider who is an accredited training organisation of APMG International.

APMG International are responsible for ensuring each training provider meets the standards required to deliver the courses and exams. You can find out which companies are currently providing the Essentials for PMO Directors.

Visit the APMG International website


Where can I take the course?
Training providers are accredited by APMG International to offer the course, to see the list of providers, visit the APMG International website.
How long is the course?

The course is two days long, the examination can be taken after the course in your own time online.

How much does the training cost?

Each training provider sets the price of the course they run. Prices may vary and ensure you check that the examinations are included in their prices.

To find out which training providers offer the course – check the APMG International website.

Can I self-study for this course?

No, the course is only available through the training providers accredited by APMG International to deliver the courses.

What type of exam is it?

The Essentials for PMO Directors examination is 60 minutes duration, with 50 questions.

The pass mark is 50% or more of the marks, i.e. 25 or more marks out of 50.

The exam is multiple choice and is closed-book.

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