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To be successful, organisations must evolve and this means improving how they run their business on a daily basis (business as usual), and adapting to emerging demands and expectations. Portfolio Management helps organisations make decisions about implementing the right changes to business as usual; those changes are delivered via projects and programmes.

This Management of Portfolios (MoP®) course approaches the management of change projects and programmes from a strategic viewpoint. It provides an overview of all change activities including what is in the portfolio, what it is costing, what risks are faced, what progress is being made, and what the impact is on business as usual and the organisation’s strategic objectives. It also prepares candidates for the MoP Foundation certification.

The benefits of MoP for organisations include:

  • Improved strategic contribution – more of the ‘right’ projects are undertaken
  • Removal of redundant, duplicate and low value adding projects and programmes
  • More effective implementation of projects and programmes via management of constraints, risks and dependencies
  • More efficient utilisation of scarce resources including skilled project/programme managers
  • Improved accountability and corporate governance

About this Course

Foundation Course Objectives

The Foundation course provides an understanding of:

  • The Portfolio Management cycles, practices and techniques and the organisational context within which they operate
  • Effective approaches to investment identification, categorisation, prioritisation and selection
  • How project and programme success can be enhanced by adopting a Portfolio perspective to delivery
  • The opportunity to demonstrate sufficient knowledge and understanding to work as an informed member of a Portfolio Office or in a range of Portfolio Management roles
  • Review and consolidation of concepts as explored and practice exam questions for the Foundation level certification

Practitioner Course Objectives

The Practitioner course prepares participants to undertake and pass the MoP Practitioner Examination.  The Practitioner level qualification aims to measure whether the candidate has sufficient knowledge and understanding of the MoP to apply and tailor the MoP guidance and to analyse portfolio data, documentation and roles in relation to a scenario situation.

Please note that the Practitioner course is an examination preparation course and focuses on the application of the Management of Portfolios to prepare candidates for the Practitioner examination.

How this Course is Delivered

Course Summary

At Foundation level, the course helps participants to:

  • Understand the purpose and context of MoP
  • Implement, sustain and measure portfolio management
  • Explain the strategic and organisational context
  • Identify the principles of portfolio management
  • Describe the Portfolio Definition and Delivery Cycles
  • Recognise the vital role and responsibilities
  • Identify essential documentation
  • Review of all examination syllabus areas
  • Practice MoP Foundation Exam Questions

At Practitioner level, the course helps participants to review of all examination syllabus areas including:

  • Overview
  • Implement, Sustain and Measure
  • Strategic and Organisational Context
  • Portfolio Management Principles
  • Portfolio Definition Cycle
  • Portfolio Delivery Cycle
  • Roles and Documentation
  • Practice MoP Practitioner Exam Questions

Outcomes & Certification Eligibility

Foundation Certification

By completing the MoP Foundation Course participants will have sufficient knowledge to sit the MoP Foundation Examination, which consists of:

  • 50 multiple choice questions
  • 50% pass mark (25/50)
  • 40 minutes duration
  • Multiple-choice format
  • Closed book

Practitioner Certification

By completing the MoP Practitioner course, participants will have sufficient knowledge to sit the MoP Practitioner Examination. Please note: a pass in the Foundation examination is a prerequisite to sitting the Practitioner examination. The examination consists of:

  • 3 hours duration
  • Based on a scenario
  • A total of 4 questions containing 20 question lines, each of which attracts 1 mark, giving a total of 80 marks
  • The pass mark is 40 (50%)

The MoP qualification is valid for 5 years. Practitioners should re-register within 3-5 years of their original certification to demonstrate their commitment to professional development.

PeopleCert administers the MoP examination scheme.

Foundation and Practitioner exams

The MoP exams are undertaken during the course as follows:

  • Foundation Examination: is undertaken on the afternoon of day 3 of the Foundation course
  • Practitioner Examination: is undertaken taken on the afternoon of day 2 of the Practitioner course

Course Prerequisites


To gain the greatest benefit from participation in this course, attendees should have an interest and/or role in delivering programmes and projects, and organisational strategy from inception to delivery.

There is no pre-course work required for the Foundation course.

To be eligible to sit the MoP Practitioner exam, participants must have obtained a pass in the MoP Foundation exam.

Course Dates


There are currently no dates scheduled. Please contact us today for future availability.



Management of Portfolios (MoP<sup>®</sup>) Foundation and Practitioner Certificate Course
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