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PRINCE2® Foundation and Practitioner Evening Class

This course provides you with a thorough understanding of the PRINCE2 project management methodology. During the course we introduce the principles, themes and processes that form the structure of PRINCE2. We also explain the various PRINCE2 management products that will help you deliver projects in a coordinated, consistent and transparent manner.

This course will be delivered in ten modules, of two hours long each, over five weeks (two modules per week)

Throughout the course, our PRINCE2 experts help you understand the benefits of adopting the PRINCE2 methodology. We don't just want you to pass the PRINCE2 exams, we want to make you a great project manager. That's why our PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner course is different.

  • Prepare more efficiently with highly engaging video-based pre-course learning

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the PRINCE2 methodology with our unique interactive learning

  • Tutor support via email outside for 3 months afterwards

Target Audience

PRINCE2 is aimed at project managers and aspiring project managers. It is also relevant to other key staff involved in the design, development and delivery of projects, including: Project Board members (e.g. Senior Responsible Owners), Team Managers (e.g. Product Delivery Managers), Project Assurance (e.g. Business Change Analysts), Project Support (e.g. Project and Programme Office personnel) and operational line managers/staff.

Learning Objectives

  • Define the characteristics and context of a project and the benefits of adopting PRINCE2

  • Explain the terminology that is used within PRINCE2

  • List the key roles and responsibilities that are involved in a PRINCE2 project

  • Define the purpose of the seven principles that characterise a PRINCE2 project

  • Understand the seven PRINCE2 themes that must be continually addressed

  • Explain the purpose, objectives and context of the seven PRINCE2 processes that help structure the activities required to deliver the project successfully

  • Define the purpose of a PRINCE2 management product and list its content

  • Work more effectively within a PRINCE2 environment, either as a team member or in the management of the project

  • Apply and tailor PRINCE2 in a scenario situation

  • Apply the method to a real project

  • Apply and understand how to tailor PRINCE2 effectively to a project within an organization environment supporting PRINCE2

  • Be able to create and assess management products.

Pre-Requisites

No prerequisites are necessary for attendance, although delegates would benefit from some experience of working in projects prior to attending the PRINCE2 Foundation course.

Minimum Technical System Requirements for electronic pre-reading:

PC

Mac

Hardware Specification

Screen resolution: 1020 x 768 (or above)

Internet connection: 4Mb (megabits) or above

Screen resolution: 1020 x 768 (or above)

Internet connection: 4Mb (megabits) or above

Operating System

Windows XP or higher

Mac OS X 10 or higher

Browser Support

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or higher

Firefox 3 or higher

Safari 4 or higher

Product is not compatible with Google Chrome

Firefox 3 or higher

Safari 4 or higher

Adobe Flash Player

Adobe Flash 9 or higher

Adobe Flash 9 or higher

Course Content

PRINCE2 Foundation

Your PRINCE2 Foundation course uses  unique multimedia case-studies and accelerated-learning techniques to ensure that theory is embedded and delegates feel confident in the practical application of PRINCE2. Additional evening work will be required in the form of consolidation reading and mock examination questions. The evening work is an integral part of the course and you should expect to spend approximately two hours on these activities.

Your course includes the PRINCE2 Foundation exam. The purpose of the Foundation qualification is to confirm that you have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the PRINCE2 method to be able to work effectively with, or as a member of, a project management team working within an environment supporting PRINCE2. The Foundation qualification is also a pre-requisite for the Practitioner qualification.

You will also be provided with the official PRINCE2 manual: 'Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2' at the start of module 1.

PRINCE2 Overview

Delegates are introduced to the world of projects and project management and to the overall structure of the PRINCE2 method. The benefits of adopting a formal project management method will also be outlined.

PRINCE2 Principles

PRINCE2 operates with a universal set of principles that can be applied to every project. These seven principles provide the framework of good practice upon which PRINCE2 is based.

  • Continued business justification

  • Learn from experience

  • Defined roles and responsibilities

  • Manage by stages

  • Manage by exception

  • Focus on products

  • Tailor to suit the project environment.

PRINCE2 Themes

The seven PRINCE2 themes are aspects of the project that must be continually addressed and linked together in order for the project to be delivered effectively.

  • Business Case

  • Organization

  • Quality

  • Plans

  • Risk

  • Change

  • Progress.

PRINCE2 Processes

The seven PRINCE2 processes define the activities that are required to direct, manage and deliver the project successfully. The following processes run from pre-project, through initiation and delivery, up to and including project closure.

  • Starting up a Project

  • Directing a Project

  • Initiating a Project

  • Controlling a Stage

  • Managing Product Delivery

  • Managing a Stage Boundary

  • Closing a Project.

PRINCE2 Foundation Examination

Your PRINCE2 Foundation examination takes place in Module 5. You must bring photographic identification on exam days (passport, driving license or work card).

Key exam information, One hour long, Closed book, 75 multiple-choice questions (5 questions are not marked) with a 50% pass mark (35).

PRINCE2 Practitioner

The purpose of your Practitioner qualification is to confirm whether you have achieved sufficient understanding of how to apply and tailor PRINCE2 in a scenario situation. A successful Practitioner candidate should, with suitable direction, be able to start applying the method to a real project but may not be sufficiently skilled to do this appropriately for all situations. Their individual project management expertise, complexity of the project and the support provided for the use of PRINCE2 in their work environment will all be factors that impact what the Practitioner can achieve.

By passing the Practitioner exam, you should be able to apply and understand how to tailor PRINCE2 effectively to a project within an organization environment supporting PRINCE2. Specifically candidates should:

  • Understand the relationships between the roles, management products, principles, themes, techniques and processes

  • Be able to apply the principles, themes and processes to a project

  • Be able to create and assess management products.

PRINCE2 Practitioner Examination

Your PRINCE2 Practitioner examination takes place in Module 10. You must bring photographic identification on exam days (passport, driving license or student card). 8 questions, each worth 10 marks each. Total of 80 marks. 'Objective Test Examination' format - a style of complex multiple-choice examination, Two-and-a-half-hours. You may use your official PRINCE2 manual: 'Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2' only and candidates require a minimum of 44 marks (55%) to pass.

Timetable - All modules run 18:30 - 20:30- 2 sessions a week over 5 weeks

PRINCE2 Foundation

  • Module 1 (Week 1): Introductions, Principles, Overview, Business Case Theme

  • Module 2 (Week 1): Organization Theme, Quality Theme, Plans Theme

  • Module 3 (Week 2): Risk Theme, Change Theme, Progress Theme,

  • Module 4 (Week 2): Starting up a Project, Initiating a Project, Controlling a Stage, Managing Product Delivery, Managing a Stage Boundary, Directing a Project, Closing a Project

  • Module 5 (Week 3): Review, PRINCE2 Foundation Exam

PRINCE2 Practitioner

  • Module 6 (Week 3): PRINCE2 Practitioner syllabus content, Practitioner exam advice

  • Module 7 (Week 4): Sample PRINCE2 Practitioner questions and review

  • Module 8 (Week 4): Sample PRINCE2 Practitioner questions and review

  • Module 9 (Week 5): Sample PRINCE2 Practitioner questions and review

  • Module 10 (Week 5): PRINCE2 Practitioner Exam

Exams & Certification

PRINCE2 Foundation Examination

Your PRINCE2 Foundation examination takes place in Module 5. You must bring photographic identification on exam days (passport, driving license or work card).

Key exam information, One hour long, Closed book, 75 multiple-choice questions (5 questions are not marked) with a 50% pass mark (35).

PRINCE2 Practitioner Examination

Your PRINCE2 Practitioner examination takes place in Module 10. You must bring photographic identification on exam days (passport, driving license or student card). 8 questions, each worth 10 marks each. Total of 80 marks. 'Objective Test Examination' format - a style of complex multiple-choice examination, Two-and-a-half-hours. You may use your official PRINCE2 manual: 'Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2' only and candidates require a minimum of 44 marks (55%) to pass.

Pre-Reading

You will be provided with pre-course reading prior to attending the course. This pre-reading is interactive eLearning and is expected to take approximately two hours to complete - this is only a guide and you may wish to spend longer on this activity to help you prepare effectively. Your learning starts with this pre-reading, so please ensure you can complete the pre-course activities in full prior to attending.

You will also be provided with a PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner course Video on Demand. This is a recording of an actual PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner course and is completely unique to QA, enabling you to review an entire classroom session and use play, rewind, and pause controls to find particular areas of interest quickly. This complements the standard pre-course reading.

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