This 2½-day APMG accredited event is not a course but a continuous assessment by a team of evaluators on your ability to run projects in the real world, not just in theory. Delegates are required to work with others, deliver to tight deadlines, produce products, justify their views, persuade others and to be able to identify good solutions with plans to support them. The evaluators will assess the delegates in 19 performance areas before making recommendations to APMG on who should be awarded the PRINCE2® Professional Qualification.
You will be provided with all the assessment materials, including the case study and any stationery and tools required during the event.
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PRINCE2 Professional is not just another training course; it’s a PPM Assessment Centre. During the event you will be put into small teams, given project case studies and asked to demonstrate application of the methodology. Evaluators will observe candidates working on the case study and grade against 19 performance areas. Best get practising your business case, product based planning and capturing lessons learned! Interestingly your interpersonal skills will also be evaluated. (BTW, don’t worry too much here, all candidates get help with soft-skills insights too!).
Delegates need to have at least one year’s practical experience of managing projects and have passed the Practitioner exam.
How will I be Assessed?
In order to achieve the qualification you will need to pass an assessment that encompasses individual and group work (instead of the multiple choice exam). The assessment process for the PRINCE2 Professional qualification is a two and a half day event. It is based on a case study about a project and held at a PRINCE2 Assessment Centre. Throughout the assessment process, your ability to manage a PRINCE2 project throughout the lifecycle is tested.
During the event you will be put into small teams, given project case studies and asked to demonstrate application of the methodology. Evaluators will observe candidates working on the case study and grade against 19 performance areas. Best get practising your business case, product based planning and capturing lessons learned! Interestingly your interpersonal skills will also be evaluated. (BTW, don’t worry too much here, all candidates get help with soft-skills insights too!).
The assessment moves beyond the PRINCE2 method and syllabus, encompassing internationally recognised Project Management competencies. So you will be asked to discuss and solve problems related to the project case study with two or three other candidates. An Evaluator will collect evidence of relevant knowledge and skills by observing your performance in the group activities and exercises, in one of the 19 performance areas shown below:-
1) Prepare the Project Product Description
2) Prepare the outline Business case
3) Design the project management team structure
4) Tailor corporate strategies
5) Perform product-based planning
6) Apply the risk management procedure
7) Apply the communication management procedure
8) Plan the project or a stage.
9) Refine the business case
10) Prepare the benefits review plan
11) Prepare the end stage report
12) Capture lessons learned
13) Prepare a work package
14) Apply the issue and change control procedure
15) Plan and conduct the closing a project process
16) Prepare end project report (Including Lessons Report)
17) Interpersonal Skills
18) Manage team performance
19) Manage own performance
Exams & Certification
Based on the evidence gathered during the assessment process, the Evaluator will give you a rating for each of the Performance Criteria, according to the following rating scale.
Level 0 Failed to present any relevant evidence
Level 1 Basic evidence, with one or two directly relevant examples
Level 2 Good evidence, with three or more directly relevant examples
Level 3 Extensive evidence, with six or more directly relevant examples.
If you receive a rating of 1 or more for each of the performance criteria, as well as an average rating of 1.6 or more across all of the performance criteria, the evaluator can recommend that the accreditation body, APMG awards you the PRINCE2 Professional qualification. The Evaluators decision is made in conjunction with the moderator (who is appointed by APMG to manage the Assessment Centre). Together they judge whether or not you are capable of acting as the project manager on a non-complex PRINCE2 project.
If you pass the assessment process you will be a PRINCE2 Professional. Hooray! This is the highest level of PRINCE2 qualification, and therefore a valuable asset to your career in project management.