Project Management Office (PMO) Fundamentals Certificate

Course Outline

The seven week certificate program will explore the various processes, capabilities, and good practices in the building and running of a Project Management Office or Organization (PMOs).

This is a great opportunity to gain continuing education credits (CEUs) for those already holding a PMP Certification.

Throughout the training, we will discuss multiple cases, review many of the good practices for both traditional PMOs and the recently evolving Agile PMOs.

Participants are encouraged to discuss and share their experiences. The course will also provide selective tools and templates.

A digital badge will be awarded upon completion. Badges can be digitally displayed anywhere to recognize attaining a new level of knowledge. 

The Pennsylvania State University is a Project Management Institute (PMI)® Authorized Training Partner (A.T.P.), who are committed to enhancing the ongoing professional development of both current and future PMI Members, PMI-Certified Project Management Professionals (PMP)®, and other project management stakeholders. 


Delivered remotely via Zoom

PJMGT 5021: 7 sessions, 21 hours (2.1 CEUs, 21 PDUs)
Dates:​​​​​ April 24–June5, 2024
Time: Wednesdays, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Cost: $795 ($100 discount if registered by April 17)

Course Overview

The key objectives of this course are:

  • Understand the key strategic drivers that underpins the required support for PMOs
  • Evaluate the strategic alignment to ensure continual linkages between the PMO and the organization strategy

The following exercises will be conducted to provide hands-on applications including:

  • Create or validate vision for the PMO
  • Evaluate PMO stakeholders
  • Facilitate solutioning
  • Identify and prioritize key processes and capabilities (aligned with the strategy)
  • Develop (high level) steps to implement or enhance PMO capabilities
  • Provide a detailed introduction of PMOs, including the types of PMOs and their challenges, steps to build and operate PMOs, and words of wisdom for PMO professionals
  • Explain PMO and its key capabilities (about 20+) and its maturity scale
  • Highlight the key roles and associated skills required for the successful operations of the PMO
  • Demonstrate the use of a simple tool to evaluate your PMO and develop a high-level roadmap to enhance the capability of your PMO

Who Should Attend?

Project professionals working with PMOs:

  • Project Managers (IT or non-IT)
  • PMO managers and team members
  • Project team members for all projects
  • Business Analysts, Customers, and Project Leaders who want to learn more about a PMO
  • Those PMP Credential holders seeking Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)

Continuing Education Units

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded based on a standard of one unit per ten (10) hours of classroom contact.

Note: The University reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.