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Programme and Project Sponsorship Certification

The professional Programme and Project Sponsorship (PPS) certification has been developed specifically for Senior Responsible Owners (SROs) and Sponsors or Executives of programmes and projects.

It is based on Best Management Practice guidance such as PRINCE2® and MSP® and combines leadership ability with PPM skills.

The PPS syllabus has been split into four separate units to offer flexible half-day training modules:

  • The role of the sponsor
  • The sponsor working with people
  • Identifying and establishing a programme/project
  • The delivery journey.

The syllabus is methodology independent and uses generic terms as far as possible. However, it is assumed that candidates are familiar with Best Management Practice guidance. Candidates should also be, or aspire to become, Programme and Project Sponsors, also known as SROs/Project Executives. These are typically at management or senior level in their organizations who often have responsibility for several programmes or projects.

Benefits for Individuals

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the tools and leadership skills required to successfully lead projects and programmes to completion.
  • Obtain certified evidence of commitment to continual professional development and the role of PPM sponsor.
  • Focus on key processes and documentation to ensure a sound basis for the business requirement.
  • Plan appropriate communications and provide clear direction to teams involved.
  • Influence senior stakeholders who are needed to support the objectives and ensure effective engagement through projects and programmes.

Benefits for Organizations

  • Establish a vision and strategy and make sure plans are in place to implement these.
  • Identify and secure the necessary expertise needed to deliver projects and programmes.
  • Provide visionary leadership to champion projects and programmes and build a learning culture in order to improve the skills of your staff.
  • Anticipate reactions to change and offer an appropriate response, while effectively embedding project and programme outputs into business-as-usual.
  • Demonstrate to clients an on-going commitment to excellence in the delivery of projects and programmes.


Programme and Project Sponsorship certifies that a senior manager is equipped with the knowledge and understanding of the skills required to lead successful delivery of a policy or strategy; or to lead an initiative or deliver to a target.

The certification has been specifically designed for senior managers that sponsor programmes and projects; this includes Senior Responsible Owners (SRO's) that have been made accountable as individuals for a specific programme or project.

Exam Format

  • Objective testing
  • 65 questions per paper
  • 65 marks required to pass (out of 100 available) - 65%
  • 90 minutes duration
  • Closed book.