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AXELOS' portfolio management guidance for senior executives and decision makers.

MoP is closely aligned to the programme and project management methodologies outlined in MSP® and PRINCE2®, but focuses on the management of the change that is delivered by formalized project and programme management, rather than the individual initiatives.

The guidance addresses the key concepts of portfolio management, its benefits to an organization and how it fits in with current business processes.

Certify your ability to:

  • Ensure successful delivery in terms of time, quality, budget and benefits realization.
  • Improve engagement and communication between senior management and staff.
  • Offer more informed resource allocation, improved delivery and greater benefits realization going forward.
  • Prioritize programmes and projects in terms of their contribution to your organization’s strategic objectives and overall level of risk.
  • Provide a means for greater efficiency in the delivery of change initiatives via improved resource planning, dependency management and streamlined procedures.

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What is MoP?

To be successful, organizations must evolve and this means improving how they run their business on a daily basis (business as usual) and adapting to emerging demands and expectations. Management of Portfolios (MoP) helps organizations make decisions about implementing the right changes to business as usual; those changes are delivered via projects and programmes. It also provides a 'helicopter view' of all change activities - both those in planning and those in delivery - including providing a clear line of sight about what is in the portfolio, what it is costing, what risks are faced, what progress is being made, and with what impact on business as usual and the organization's strategic objectives.

Rather than representing a new discipline, MoP seeks to build on, and better co-ordinate, existing processes such as strategic planning, investment appraisal and project and programme management. MoP is not concerned with the detailed management of these projects and programmes; rather, it approaches the management of change projects and programmes from a strategic viewpoint, focusing on the key issues outlined above. This is reflected in the following formal definition for portfolio management, which is:

A co-ordinated collection of strategic processes and decisions that together enable the most effective balance of organizational change and business as usual.

MoP can be used effectively within specific directorates of the organization - for example, the 'IT portfolio'. However, the greatest success is realised when management boards use portfolio management to deliver the organization's corporate change portfolio as a whole.

MoP addresses the fundamental questions:

Are we doing the right things?
Are we doing these things right?
Most significantly, are we realising all the benefits in terms of more effective services and efficiency savings from the changes we are implementing?

How can I train for the MoP examinations?

Training for MoP is available from the network of Accredited Training Organizations (ATOs) who are assessed and certified by APMG-International. 

Only these organizations and registered partners/affiliates are authorized to deliver MoP training.

Do I have to receive training to sit the exam?

No, however this is recommended. In addition to receiving accredited training, individuals also have the option of self-study to prepare for the examinations. APMG-International administers public exam sessions around the world to accommodate those who self study.

How do I sit the exams?

The vast majority of MoP accredited training organizations include the examinations as part of the associated training course. Alternatively, and for individuals that have self-studied, APMG-International administers public exam sessions around the world. Sessions are run at certain APMG-International offices. There are four dedicated centers in the UK for public examinations, and in the United States we utilize the public library network to facilitate sessions.

How much does it cost to sit the MoP examinations?

If you are sitting the examinations through an accredited training organization, the costs of the exams are generally included in the course fee. APMG-International use a global pricing structure, so for those sitting exams at a public exam centre, the cost is dependent on where the exams are being sat. To find out the cost in your region, please contact the APMG-International Service Desk on +44 (0)1494 452450 or at

Are there any pre-requisites for the MoP examinations?

There are no pre-requisites for the foundation examination. Candidates must achieve a pass at foundation level before completing the practitioner examination. Candidates will also need to agree to the Terms and Conditions prior to sitting their examination. Please click here to see a copy of these.

What are the main publications for MoP and where can I purchase them?

MoP has one main manual supporting the qualification scheme, published by The Stationery Office, called Management of Portfolios. This can be purchased from APMG Business Books at:

Most MoP accredited training organizations will include the MoP manual as part of the course fee.

Also available from APMG Business Books is An Executive Guide to Portfolio Management, an official MoP publication designed specifically for senior executives, looking at the subject from a purely strategic viewpoint.

Which languages are MoP examinations available in?

MoP examinations are currently only available in English.

Which languages is the MoP manual available in?

The Management of Portfolios manual is currently only available in English.

How long will it take to learn the MoP material?

As experience, ability and learning styles differ between individuals it is very difficult to provide a timescale. We suggest you buy the manual and have a look through for yourself before deciding how long you need to spend studying.

For those studying with an accredited training organization, Foundation courses are generally delivered over 3 days, while combined Foundation and Practitioner courses are generally delivered over 5 days. We recommend investigating with individual providers as many will offer tailored, distance (computer-based) and blended learning solutions.

How long are the MoP certifications valid for?

The certifications are not currently valid for a defined period and will not expire.

When can I expect the results of my MoP Examinations?

Foundation examinations can be marked on location after the exam, but this is down to the discretion of the invigilator at the time. Official confirmation will follow from your ATO (or directly from APMG if you self-studied).

Your result will be sent to your ATO approximately 7-10 days after your exam date. Your ATO should notify you of your results so please contact them for further details.

If you did not take your exam through an ATO, your results will be sent directly to you via APMG approximately 7-10 days after the date of your exam.

When will I receive my certificate?

A foundation certificate will be dispatched to you approximately 2 weeks after we have received your exam paper back into our offices, if you only took the foundation exam.

If you sat a practitioner or both exams, a practitioner certificate will be dispatched 2 weeks after the practitioner results have been released.

Please note that if you have taken your examinations via an ATO, certificates will be dispatched based on the preferences that the ATO selected when booking the exam. The ATO can select either an e-certificate or hard copy and whether this type is sent to the ATO or directly to the candidate.

If you have not received your certificate shortly after the above time frames please contact our Customer Interaction Team –

What are the pass marks for the MoP examinations?

Pass marks for the MoP examinations are as follows:

Foundation: You will need to score 25/50 (50%) to pass the Foundation exam.
Practitioner: You will need to score 40/80 (50%) to pass the Practitioner exam.

What is required to be eligible to become a MoP trainer?

To be eligible to apply to become an MoP Approved Trainer, individuals must hold the MoP Practitioner certification.

Can I use the MoP logo?

Only organizations licensed to do so are allowed to use the MoP logo. Such organizations include MoP ATOs (Accredited Training Organizations) accredited by APMG-International. The MoP logo is a registered trademark of AXELOS Ltd and must not be used without their permission or appropriate licence. For more information please see:

How does my organization become an MoP Accredited Training Organization (ATO)?

An organization wishing to become an MoP ATO must first submit an application form to either the APMG-International Service Desk or the relevant APMG-International office. Where appropriate, an invoice will be raised and the organization will then be subject to APMG-International's ATO assessment process.

How can I advertise myself as MoP qualified on my business card?

Candidates who have passed the MoP Practitioner examination can add “MoP Practitioner” on their business cards.