Management of Portfolios (MoP®) Foundation

Duration: 3 Days
Delivery methods:   Classroom, Virtual Learning, Onsite Event
What is included: Pre-coursework and exam
Price per delegate: $1,545.00
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Trained over 60000 delegates
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Course Description

Management of Portfolios (MoP) provides advice and examples of how to apply principles, practices, and techniques that together enable the most effective balance of organizational change and business as usual.

Delivered by fully accredited trainers and industry-leading experts with extensive experience in portfolio management, the course engages with the students to ensure that theory is embedded and delegates feel confident in the practical application of MoP.

Exam Certification

The exam certification is accredited by Peoplecert on behalf of Axelos. Training and exam certification is included in the cost of this course.

Course Materials

All delegates enrolled on virtual course bookings receive a hard copy of course materials sent to a preferred postal address.

Target Student

The MoP Foundation qualification is aimed at those involved in a range of formal and informal portfolio management roles encompassing investment decision-making, project and program delivery, and benefits realization.

It is relevant to all those involved in the selection and delivery of business change initiatives including: Senior Responsible Owners (SROs), Members of management boards and Directors of Change, Portfolio, Programme, Project, Business Change, and Benefits Managers and Business Case writers and project appraisers.


Additional work will be required during evenings consisting of consolidation reading and a mock examination. This evening work is an integral part of the course and delegates should expect to spend 2 hours each evening on these activities.

You must bring a signed photo ID with you on any exam (passport, driving license, student card) as you will be asked to produce it by the invigilator prior to the exam.

Performance Based Objectives

The objective of the course is to enable a delegate to understand the MoP principles, cycles, practices, techniques, roles, and documentation. This will enable them to work as an informed member of a Portfolio Office or in a range of Portfolio Management roles.

Specifically they will know and understand the following:

  • Scope and objectives of portfolio management and how it differs from programme and project management.
  • Benefits from applying portfolio management.
  • Context within which it operates.
  • Principles upon which successful portfolio management is based.
  • Approaches to implementation, the factors to consider in maintaining progress, and how to assess the success of portfolio management.
  • Purposes of the portfolio management definition and delivery cycles and their component practices, and relevant techniques applicable to each practice.
  • Purpose and key content of the major portfolio documents.
  • Scope of key portfolio management roles.

Course Content

Module 1 Overview

  • The definitions of portfolio and portfolio management.
  • The portfolio management model and the relationship between the principles, cycles, practices and relevant techniques.
  • The differences between portfolios and portfolio management on the one hand, and projects/project management and programmes/programme management on the other.
  • The local circumstances that will affect how the MoP principles and practices will be adapted and how cost effective approaches can be adopted.
  • The objectives and benefits of portfolio management.

Module 2 Implement, sustain and measure

  • The three broad approaches to implementing portfolio management; when each approach to implementation is most relevant, the advantages of planned approaches to implementation.
  • The benefits of assessing the impact of portfolio management.
  • Seven steps (and their benefits) in a staged implementation of portfolio management.
  • The factors to consider in sustaining progress.
  • Approaches to assessing portfolio management maturity.

Module 3 Strategic and organizational context

The 6 key functions/activities that portfolio management needs to coordinate with to achieve strategic objectives. Identify how portfolio management can:

  • Coordinate with Business As Usual, strategic planning, resource allocation and budgeting, project and programme management, performance management to deliver strategic objectives.
  • Support effective corporate governance

Module 4 Portfolio management principles

  • The 5 principles upon which effective portfolio management is based.
  • Senior management commitment
  • Governance alignment
  • Strategy alignment
  • Portfolio office
  • Energised change culture

Module 5 Portfolio definition cycle

The portfolio definition practices:

  • Understand
  • Categorise
  • Prioritise
  • Balance
  • Plan

Understand the terms and concepts relating to the portfolio definition cycle. The techniques of:

  • Three point estimating and reference class forecasting.
  • Driver-based strategic contribution analysis.
  • Multi-criteria analysis
  • Decision conferencing
  • Clear line of sight
  • What is involved and the keys to success.

Module 6 Portfolio delivery cycle

The portfolio delivery practices:

  • Management control
  • Benefits management
  • Financial management
  • Risk management
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Organizational governance
  • Resource management

The techniques of:

  • Management by exception
  • One version of the truth
  • Staged release of funding
  • Clear line of sight reporting
  • Champion-challenger model

What is involved, the main elements, and keys to success.

Module 7 Roles and documentation

  • The purposes and responsibilities of the main portfolio management roles identified in MoP.
  • The purposes of the main portfolio management documentation.


All delegates will be given the opportunity to sit the MoP Foundation examination at 2pm on the third day of the course. The MoP Foundation exam consists of:

  • 50 multiple choice questions
  • 40 minutes
  • Closed-book
  • Candidates require a minimum of 25 correct answers (50%) to pass.

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