People who make the biggest impact working in and around PMOs should also be recognized as candidates for the C and n-1 levels. Obtaining certifications helps to ensure their depth of understanding in PMO management and project management, but there is no substitute for a graduate degree, which is typically short list criteria for C-level applications.
The majority of attendees for AIPMO’s IPMO-P and IPMO-E have a degree and around 20% to 40% have an MSc. Approx. 5% have a doctorate and are typically in a PMO director role. But none are from PMO Management, which is why AIPMO has partnered with SBS Swiss Business School to offer the first MSc and DBA in the world that directly addresses this need.