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Strategic Project & Program Management

About the course

This course is aimed at mid-senior level practitioners managing a range of projects and programs which have been aligned with organizational strategy and focused on doing the right work.

It provides a clear, concise and comprehensive description of program management practice and its linkages to PMO and Portfolio concepts.

It is an advanced course providing concepts and techniques that individuals and the enterprise need to use as strategic framework to achieve the mission of the organization.

What This Unique Diploma Does For You

Strategic Project & Program Management Diploma

Obtain a professional diploma from an international renowned Institute of Project Management.

Achieve a Special Purpose Award at Level 9 on the NFQ

Successful completion of the Strategic Project Diploma also leads to the attainment of a Special Purpose Award Level 9, 15 ECTS on the NFQ (National Framework of Qualifications).

IPMA Level C International Professional Accreditation

The IPMA Level C is a visible sign of your acquired experience and skill and gives you a distinct advantage in employment and promotion.

Candidates have the option to also apply for IPMA Level C® certification, at a 50% reduced rate, subject to them meeting the IPMA® experience requirements which are: a minimum of 3 years' experience as a project manager with projects of moderate complexity.

Why the Strategic Project & Program Management Diploma?

Many individuals may be deployed in the "nuts and bolts" of managing individual projects without having the essentials to manage the wider context.

They need to be able to align projects, programs and operations with strategic objectives, investing resources in the right work to deliver the expected value.

Moving from knowing how to manage a single project, to managing a basket of strategically important projects demands a confidence and understanding that only comes as a result of knowledge and experience.

Who should attend

This course is suitable for a wide range of participants with a common ambition to play a leading role in developing and implementing project and programme management.

The programme is designed for participants that work both in the private and the public sectors and for all sizes of organisations.

The Institute's Advantage

The Institute is a specialist organisation dealing solely with the discipline of project, programme and portfolio management. Unlike other organisations, who offer a large variety of training programmes across many functional areas, our focus is purely on project management.

The Institute occupies a unique position as Ireland's premier certification authority. We are globally recognised as Ireland's leading provider of project management certification, training and education services. Within the IPMA®, the Institute is the national body representing Ireland in a federation of over 70 countries.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

•A Level 8 degree, or equivalent qualification from a recognised body,

•A project management certification such as IPMA-D, PMP, PRINCE 2;

Note: If the candidate has relevant professional work experience but no degree, the candidate may be invited to interview (personal or telephone as appropriate) with the Programme Director to assess the candidate's suitability.


14 evenings

Further enquiries

Contact Us
25 Mount Street Upper, Dublin 2, Ireland
01 6614677

Subjects taught

The course content reflects current global research, emerging trends, and leading practices and covers the following topics:

Project Management Mastery
Program and Portfolio Management
Building and Implementing a PMO
Governance in Projects / Project Excellence Model
Benefits Realisation Management
Financial Basics for Projects
Project Management Information Systems
Agile Project Management
Project Management Complexity

Course fee


Enrolment and start dates

National College of Ireland
14 Oct 2019 - 3 Feb 2020

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