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Introduction and Purpose

The Project, Programme and Portfolio Governance Professional (P3GP®) certification & course provides the knowledge and understanding necessary to design, implement and operate effective and efficient governance arrangements for a project or programme, or your organization’s entire change portfolio.

It is based upon the book “Project Programme and Portfolio Governance – P3G” published by the TSO. It is applicable to projects, programmes and portfolios in all sectors including hard infrastructure, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), and business change in both the private and public sectors.

The course mirrors the book in being practical, pragmatic and adaptable to all P3 scenarios. The purpose of this syllabus is to provide a basis for accreditation of those seeking to acquire the theoretical foundations and practical skills of P3G.

It documents the course content and describes the requirements a candidate is expected to fulfil to achieve the qualification.

The P3GQA® certification offered is P3GP® (Project, Programme & Portfolio Governance Professional). A successful candidate may use the post nominal P3GP®.

Purpose of the P3GP® Certification

The purpose of the P3GP® certification is to confirm that a candidate has sufficient knowledge and understanding of the P3G course work to design, implement and operate effective and efficient governance arrangements for a project or programme, or an entire change portfolio.

High Level Performance Definition of a Successful P3GP® Candidate

The candidate should understand the theory and key principles of P3G and how the theory and principles should be applied in practice. Specifically, the candidate should understand:

  • The reasons for the different treatment of Change and Business as Usual governance structures in an organisation.
  • The importance and treatment of accountability and empowerment within P3G.
  • The accountabilities and major responsibilities of key governance roles.
  • How to effectively separate project decision making and stakeholder management for a project or programme and why it should be done.
  • How governance facilitates the alignment of investments with strategic objectives.
  • The importance of the business case from a P3G perspective.
  • How portfolio governance should drive investment outcomes.
  • How to ensure the decision rights of various committees and decision makers are consistent and logical.
  • The information requirements that support evidence-based decision making.

This course will benefit the following:

  • Members of main boards and their sub-committees, company secretaries, and others who are responsible for governance across an organization
  • Executive management team members, because they are invariably called upon to participate in P3G-related governance groups and undertake key P3G roles
  • Assurance professionals and capability assessors, so that they can identify both effective and deficient governance arrangements and practices, thereby providing confidence to stakeholders
  • Project, programme and portfolio managers who rely on effective governance to be successful in their roles
  • Executives accountable for project and programme outcomes, including project sponsors and senior responsible owners (SROs) (and delegated project sponsors and SROs), because they need to understand their roles and accountabilities and what effective governance looks like to ensure that their projects and programmes are properly governed
  • Project, programme and portfolio management offices (PMOs) and their staff. They play a decision support role and so need to be aware of what constitutes effective and efficient P3G; they need to be able to identify deficiencies and/or opportunities and know how to address them. They may also be called upon to design or provide assurance of governance arrangements
  • Those wishing to train others in P3G (Project Programme and Portfolio Governance)

The P3GP® exam is comprised of 50 multiple choice questions covering some or all of the areas addressed by the course/the P3G Guide book.

  • The multiple choice questions will be worth two points each.
  • The exam duration is 90 minutes. The exam is online & proctored.
  • The passing rate is 50% for regular P3GP® candidates & a minimum of 66% for Authorised Trainers.
  • There are mock-exams available
  • For in-person events, candidates can opt out to take the exam at the end of the course

An introduction to P3G

This section of the course introduces the concept of P3G and explains its benefits. It also discusses the relationship between P3G and corporate governance. It then provides a basic understanding of projects, programmes and portfolios necessary to enable a a study of their governance and goes on to define P3G and discuss its fundamental components.

Case Studies

Multiple governance case studies will be discussed during the course.

Application of the principles: Implementation

This section of the course focuses on the implementation of the principles. It addresses scaling governance to fit the needs of projects and programmes with differing risk profiles, how to establish new or enhanced P3G arrangements, and matters to be aware of to ensure effective operation of the arrangements.

It also addresses practices and behaviours that impact board performance. It deals with the implementation of P3G within agile environments and also discusses the concept of P3G maturity.



Project, Programme and Portfolio Governance (P3G)

Authors: Ross Garland and Adrian Morey
Publisher: TSO (The Stationery Office

The purpose of this guide is to provide the knowledge and understanding necessary to design, implement and operate effective and efficient governance arrangements for an organisation’s portfolio of projects and programmes.

It is a practitioner’s guide and so takes a practical approach. The guide is principles-based thereby allowing organisations and practitioners the flexibility necessary to address their specific circumstances. The principles are grounded in logic and practice and the guide explains both how and why they are applied. They are scalable and so are applicable from the smallest to the largest initiatives. It explains the critical importance of accountability and how to ensure consistency of decision making rights between the accountable roles. In doing so it addresses the integration of governance at all levels in the organisation.

It indicates how to establish an effective governance framework for a project, programme or entire portfolio. It is applicable to all sectors including hard infrastructure, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), and business change in both the public service and the private sector. It addresses traditional delivery methods as well as approaches such as agile and hybrid.


Ross Garland, P3 Governanace Expert

Ross is the president of the Project, Programme & Portfolio Governance Qualification Authority. He is an expert in P3 governance and assurance. He is a published author on P3 governance and has written white papers for the UK Cabinet Office Best Management Practice website. He was an offcial reviewer of the OGC’s Management of Portfolios guidance. He regularly presents at conferences and has been a guest lecturer for tertiary education bodies.

As a consultant, Ross develops, implements and builds capability in P3 governance frameworks that provide senior executives the visibility, control and confidence they require to ensure value for money. He designs and implements enterprise governance frameworks for organisations, ensuring logical and integrated decision rights and accountabilities.

He has extensive experience in P3 assurance which provides senior executives with decision making confidence. Ross is an expert in the Gate Review Process, having implemented it in two jurisdictions, advised others and led, or been a member of, many Gate Review teams.

Ross works with best practice methodologies such as PRINCE2, MSP, MoP and P3O as well as the PMI’s PMBoK. He operates at both strategic and tactical levels within organisations and has over 30 years experience covering Australia, the UK, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and the USA.


P3G Principles

In-Person Event


The course fee includes lunch  &refreshments at the hotel / training venue, hard copy of the course workbook, hard copy of the P3G Guide, an e-version of the P3G guide as well as the official proctored P3GP exam!