IPMO-Expert Certification (IPMO-E®)

The International Project Management Officer (IPMO)® certification is the most important industry-recognized certification series for project management officers and professionals working in, or associated with, PMO activities and related services.

Certified IPMO Experts have demonstrated, through a combination of formal training, workshop, and competency assessment, that they have an in-depth understanding of PMO principles, theory, and practices, including the design, implementation, and operation of complex PMO topologies and their respective PMO service topologies. IPMO-E (Expert) is typically at the PMO director level/consultant, and this certification builds on the IPMO-F (Foundation) and the IPMO-P (Practitioner) certifications.


The course covers topics within strategy formulation and strategy execution, especially frameworks, organizational design, PMO topologies, and PMO services topologies. During the course, attendees can use their own organization’s PMO environment as input to the assessment of PMOs guided by AIPMO’s framework, which uses multiple techniques. This work is then further developed as part of the daylong workshop where, if you choose, you can develop your organization’s strategic design and optimize PMO topology/PMO services topology. Throughout the course, the content of AIPMO’s Body of Knowledge is covered, which will comprise a series of books covering PMO Principles, Portfolio, Program, and Project Principles, PPM/PMO Techniques and Tools, PMO Services and Capabilities, and PMO standards plus references to other books.

As a PMO expert, you will be able to assess PMOs in operation within the context of your organization, the project types they support, appropriate leadership styles, and PMO functions, including their ability to act as catalysts for knowledge-sharing units that seed and support innovation groups while understanding the risks associated with long-term PMO performance. In doing so, you will have the opportunity to find out why some PMOs might perform below expectations, what the drivers for change are, and how to improve individual and collective PMO performance in an organization to achieve maximum business value. You will be able to design and establish an enterprise-wide PMO strategy based on a PMO topology concept—modeled to your organizational environment—and from this, develop your PMO services and capabilities based on the “Group PMO services and capabilities catalog.” You will also understand the content and purpose of key PMO document deliverables both at the group level and at individual PMO levels. Key documents from the course will be provided so you can use them immediately at your workplace to allow a quick start in building and running a high-performing enterprise-wide PMO organization.


What You Need to Know


In-class: 5 Days

Virtual: 40 Contact Hours




IPMO-E Certificate

• Understand the value of the AIPMO’s Strategic Lifecycle framework and how to apply it
• Know how to create and implement an enterprise PMO strategy
• Work through your PMO-related organizational issues, develop a high-level PMO topology and PMO services for your organization, and get expert feedback on the process and outcome
• Describe the different roles of PMOs in a single and networked context and across different levels of the organization
• Understand PMO maturity and get insights into AIPMO’s new principle-based PMO Maturity model for two or more PMOs
• Develop ability to use new frameworks like “strategy under uncertainty” and apply them within the context of your organization
• Understand the competencies required for the different levels of PMO responsibilities including the roles of project, program, and functional managers
• Understand how to spot and support under-performing PMOs

• PMO directors
• PMO managers and advanced PMO Core team
• Senior project/program management professionals
• Senior consultants involved in projects and/or organizational
• Project/program/portfolio managers with expertise in PMOs

In-Class training approach includes:

·        Lecture

·        Team exercises and one-day workshop

·        Group discussions on pertinent topics

·        Detailed case study

·        Presentations and role play

·        Personal coaching (if time allows)

Virtual Course teaching approach (delivered through AIPMO’s Learning Management System) includes:

·        Lecture

·        Team exercises, polls, breakout rooms

·        Group discussions on pertinent topics

·        Detailed case study

·        Presentations and role play

·        Personal coaching (if time allows)

• 10 years of experience in project/program management
• 5 year plus experience as a PMO manager and/or PMO director
• IPMO-P® certification and PMI® or PMP® (or higher, i.e., PgMP®) or Prince2® (or higher, i.e., MSP® or IPMA®), Levels C (or higher, i.e., B or A)
• Educated minimum degree level, ideally MSc/MBA or DBA/PhD

The exam includes multiple-choice questions (MCQs) on Moodle for theoretical understanding and case studies for practical evaluation.

  • Open book exam, 100 multiple choice questions – 2 hours
  • Case study presentation