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Purpose of the P3O Foundation Certification

The purpose of the Foundation certification is to confirm that you have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the P3O guidance to interact effectively with, or act as an informed member of, an office within a P3O model. The Foundation certification is a pre-requisite for the Practitioner certification.

Target Audience

Members of offices within a P3O model or anyone who needs to understand the terminology and concepts underpinning P3O and those wishing to pursue higher level certifications.

Examination Format

For the 2013 edition

  • Multiple choice examination questions
  • 75 questions - 70 live questions and five trials
  • 60 minutes’ duration
  • 35 marks required to pass (out of 70 available) – 50%
  • Closed book.

For the 2008 edition

  • Multiple choice examination questions
  • 50 questions per paper with one mark available per question
  • 40 minutes’ duration
  • 30 marks required to pass (out of 50 available) – 60%
  • Closed book.

Certification Renewal

Starting 2023, all PeopleCert Global Best Practice certifications will need to be renewed after 3 years. Looking to renew your certification? Find out more.

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