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APM Accredited PMO Practitioner Frequently Asked Questions - Wellingtone PPM

PMO Leader Course FAQ

Interested in booking on to the course, but what to find out if it’s right for you? Your most frequently asked questions are answered below.

What makes the PMO Leader course different?

  • Passionate and experienced trainers, who combine the theory and the practice of PMOs
  • Covers the dark arts of PMOs, which most PMOs struggle with in their journey
  • A focus on impact, achieved through Project Based Learning as a teaching method
  • Complimentary weekly 1-hour advisory sessions with your trainers, until 90-days post-course
  • A supportive community of practice where you can exchange ideas and ask for assistance

Who is the course aimed at? The PMO Leader course is aimed at experienced and passionate PMO practitioners who want to be at the forefront of PMO theory and practice and make their PMOs critical to business. Typically, these would be individuals who have been working in a PMO management position for at least 5 years.

What is the duration? The PMO Leader course requires commitment. Although you will only need to be away from work for 3 days, the overall duration of the course includes a 90-days period of mentoring, followed by an on-site day in classroom (where appropriate), where you will present the results of your work to the class.

How much does it cost? Public courses are costed at ₤1,995 and include training materials, lunch, refreshments throughout the day, as well as 90-days mentoring. In-house courses are available too.

What are the benefits of having the course delivered in-house? While in a public course, delegates benefit from networking and sharing experiences between them, an in-house course means the training messages are tailored to the real challenges of your organisation, making the course more relevant to participants.

For in-house courses, the trainer will arrange for a pre-course call or on-site visit to gain a deep understanding of your context, challenges, and expectations, in this way ensuring that the course is effectively tailored to your needs.

Are there any pre-requisites to attend? We believe that it is important that we share the same understanding of PMOs, and therefore successful participation in the PMO Practitioner course is a pre-requisite for the PMO Leader course. However, the two courses can be booked together through our PMO Academy to accelerate your PMO learning journey.

What is Project Based Learning? Project Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching method in which delegates ‘gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge.‘ (PBLWorks.org). Therefore, it demands commitment and you will need to use critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and various forms of communication to create high-quality work that will be used by your PMO and in your organisation.

Are the mentoring sessions mandatory? No, the mentoring sessions are not mandatory but are highly recommended since they will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas, receive advisory, and ensure that you are progressing as per plan.

How will I be assessed? You will be assessed based on the impact you have delivered to your PMO and organisation as a result of the PMO Leader course. This approach addresses one of the key shortcomings of traditional training and is based in the Kirkpatrick model of evaluation:

PMO Team Leader - Wellingtone PPM - Assessment

In practical terms, this means no written, multiple-choice assessments or interviews but instead a critical review by your PMO Leader classmates on how you have implemented a certain approach/tool in responding to a specific PMO challenge.

Your PMO challenge is explained at the beginning of the PMO course, a proposed plan is drafted and presented on the last day of the course, and after 90 days you will come back to present the results of your intervention to the class.

Does the course accommodate different learning styles? We are keen to provide you with the best learning experience possible and therefore have included several approaches to suit different learning styles. The course will involve some lecturing, but we will also have individual and teamwork exercises, a case study that will accompany us throughout the course content, and fun and interactive games. There is something for everyone!

Why Wellingtone? We felt that following the success of the PMO Practitioner, and the feedback we have been collating, the course would be beneficial to the industry.

What makes Wellingtone experts in PMO? We do not believe in ‘experts’ because there is always something to be learned. Instead, we use our combined years of experience working alongside PMOs across a diverse range of industries, our knowledge gleaned from both academia and practice.

Is the PMO Leader course Accredited? As with the PMO Practitioner course, Wellingtone will submit the PMO Leader course for Accreditation by the Association for Project Management (APM), the Chartered Body for the Project Profession. A pilot course will be run to validate the approach and content, refinements will be applied, and submission to the APM will be done, where the course will go through an independent assessment.

Will I need to do anything before attending the course?

  1. We will provide you with a case study to familiarise yourself with
  2. Select a problem or opportunity that you will address following the course to deliver a sustainable change to your organisation
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