PRINCE2® 6th edition- Combined Foundation and Practitioner

Everything you need to know about PRINCE2® the process-driven project management methodology

PRINCE2 is the best practice framework for Project Management from AXELOS. This intensive 5 day course will take you through the entire methodology including both the foundation & practitioner examinations, giving you the chance to gain an internationally recognised qualification. A copy of the text book ‘Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2’ 6th edition will be issued to you on day one of the course.

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Purpose of this course

The course thoroughly explains the PRINCE2 project management method and language. It will teach you how to tailor this methodology to suit your working environment and control your projects, regardless of size as PRINCE2 is fully scalable, bringing them in on time, within budget and quality requirements.

Who is this course for

The course will benefit project managers, team managers/leaders, project and quality assurance or support staff who wish to gain the Practitioner qualification in PRINCE2. It is also suitable for those wishing to gain a formal qualification after a couple of years of project management experience.

You will learn how to
  • Apply the PRINCE2 project management method
  • Understand the language of PRINCE2 and how the method should be suitably applied to differently-sized projects
  • Appreciate the roles involved in making project management a collaborative effort
  • Apply the PRINCE2 method to a given scenario in a way that demonstrates understanding and application of the method
  • Use PRINCE2 processes and themes appropriately in a particular circumstance
  • Critique PRINCE2 documents to demonstrate how they should be written in a project
Benefits for your organisation

Attendees should gain a good appreciation of the advantages to using a structured method such as PRINCE2. They will learn the distinct roles involved in a project management team and their individual responsibilities. They will learn how to proactively manage risk, change, progress, business case, plans and quality considerations, as well as understanding the minimum requirements of a PRINCE2 project in order to tailor it appropriately to suit their needs.

Benefits for you as an individual

The course prepares you for the PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner exams; these qualifications are widely recognised in all industry sectors. Attendees will understand the process advocated by the PRINCE2 method and the use of the included document templates.

Introducing PRINCE2
  • Definition and characteristics of a project
  • Integrated elements of PRINCE2 – themes, processes, principles and the project environment
  • What makes a project a PRINCE2 project
  • Features and benefits of PRINCE2
  • PRINCE2 manual and terminology
  • Need for project environment organisation structure
  • Roles and responsibilities
Starting Up and Initiating a Project
  • Pre-project elements
  • Baseline documentation
  • Defining quality
  • Quality planning
  • Quality control
  • Quality responsibilities
  • Managing by stages
  • Advocated progress controls
  • Use of tolerances
Change Control
  • Endemic nature of change
  • Types of issue
  • PRINCE2 approach to change
  • PRINCE2 approach to risk management
  • Risk identification, assessment, planning and implementation
  • Risk responses
  • Risk monitoring
  • The PRINCE2 planning process
  • Scoping a project: the product-based planning technique
Product delivery
  • How work packages are agreed, undertaken and delivered
  • Handling serious plan deviations
  • Managing stages
  • Handling issues
Closing a project
  • Final acceptance testing
  • Important closure activities
  • Minimum requirements of themes and processes
  • Tailoring PRINCE2 to suit your learning environment

You should ideally have some experience of working with or as part of a project team, as well as a basic understanding of project management tools and techniques, such as those covered within our PFQ and PMQ courses.

Pre-course work required

15 hours of pre-course preparation is required. Pre-course material will be sent to you 4-6 weeks before the start of the course. This is an intensive course which will guide you through the entire methodology. Please note that you will be expected to complete approximately 2 hours of homework each evening during the course.
Pre-course reading and post-course support is on Quanta Learn, our e-learning portal.

More about the exam
The Foundation exam is a 1 hour, closed book, multiple choice exam at the end of day 3 of the course. 33 marks out of 60 are required to pass (55%).

The Practitioner exam is at the end of the final day of the course, and is a 2.5 hour open book (PRINCE2 manual only) multiple choice exam. It has a scenario background and appendices.

Quanta will issue your exam results to you via email, find out more about results timescales here.

Practitioner status will last for 3 years. Practitioner status can be upheld in the following ways:
1. An active subscription to the AXELOS PRINCE2 membership scheme each year - starting from 10 July 2017, one year's PRINCE2 Membership will be offered by AXELOS to candidates who successfully complete PRINCE2 2017 Practitioner exams. Membership duration is for one year, and the offer is currently valid until 31 December 2017.
2. Completing the required 45 AXELOS CPD points within 3 years
3. Retaking the full PRINCE2 Practitioner exam after the 3 year period has elapsed
This course is eligible for the PeopleCert Take2 scheme, please discuss at point of booking if this is of interest to you.
If taken as online proctored exam there is an additional £25 fee payable per exam