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Project management has become an indispensable skill in the world of business, not just for short-term goals but also long-term strategy and continuous optimization. ‘Projects IN Controlled Environments 2 (PRINCE2)’ is a well-established and widely proven project management methodology. Formerly known as ‘PRINCE2 2017’, the framework provides projects with much greater control and focus, with a firm emphasis on justification and stakeholder satisfaction.

Learn everything you need to know about PRINCE2 and kickstart your training right here!

Who is this course aimed at?

  • Anyone seeking to pass the PRINCE2 Foundation exam on their first attempt
  • Organizations wishing to start managing projects with PRINCE2 best practices
  • Prospective and experienced project managers wishing to study and become certified in a highly respected project management methodology
  • Candidates who want the knowledge required to support PRINCE2 project management teams
  • Anyone wishing to reach the rank of PRINCE2 Practitioner or PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner

What will you learn by taking this course?

  • The key concepts of the PRINCE2 project management methodology
  • How the methodology is applied throughout a project’s lifecycle
  • How PRINCE2 can be adapted to suit different projects, businesses, and industries
  • The Principles, Processes, and Themes of PRINCE2
  • How to create and implement PRINCE2 project plans
  • The benefits of PRINCE2 and how to study for full certification
  • Everything needed to pass the official PRINCE2 Foundation exam

Why should you take this course?

  • PRINCE2 is one of the world’s most popular project management methodologies. Not only are its best practices well-proven, but getting certified can open up excellent career and networking opportunities.
  • Good e-Learning is an award-winning online training provider.
  • Passing the PRINCE2 Foundation exam is a prerequisite for sitting the PRINCE2 Practitioner and PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner exams.
  • The course is made up of interactive slides, instructor-led videos, knowledge checks, and other online project management training assets designed alongside highly experienced PRINCE2 specialists.
  • Worried about PRINCE2 Foundation exam costs? This course comes with a FREE PRINCE2 certification exam voucher (T&Cs apply). There is also a practice exam simulator to help students prepare for the real thing.
  • PRINCE2 is also part of the AXELOS ProPath Project Expert certification path.
  • This course is fully accredited by PeopleCert on behalf of AXELOS.

An Introduction to this PRINCE2 Course

Learning Objectives

This module is designed to welcome students to the PRINCE2 6th Edition Foundation course. It includes a navigation video, as well as a course breakdown and lesson plan to give candidates structure on how to study for PRINCE2 exams. Students will also come to understand exactly who can benefit from taking this course and utilizing the methodology.

Introduction to PRINCE2
Breakdown of the course
Lesson plan
Benefits of this course
Benefits of PRINCE2

Module 1: Introduction to PRINCE2 Foundation

Learning Objectives

The purpose of this module is to help students understand the features and benefits of PRINCE2.

By the end of the module, students should be able to recall the integrated elements of the methodology, including:

Principles
Themes
Processes
The Project Environment

Module 2: The Key Concepts of PRINCE2

Learning Objectives

This module goes into detail on the key concepts of PRINCE2. By the end of the module, students should be able to recall:

The definitions and characteristics of a ‘project’
The six aspects of project performance to be managed
What makes a project a ‘PRINCE2 project’

Students will also learn to describe the customer/supplier context on which PRINCE2 is based, including which considerations to take into account when undertaking projects in a commercial environment.

Module 3: PRINCE2 Principles

Learning Objectives

This module looks at the seven ‘Principles’ of the methodology. These include:

Continued Business Justification
Learn from Experience
Defined Roles and Responsibilities
Manage by Stages
Manage by Exception
Focus on Products
Tailor to Suit the Project

By the end of the module, students should be able to recall and explain the purpose of each Principle.

Module 4: Processes (Introduction to Processes and Journey Stages)

Learning Objectives

This module looks at the seven ‘Processes’ of PRINCE2. By the end of the module, students should be able to explain the purpose, objectives, and context of each Process, including:

Starting up a Project (including the purpose of the ‘project brief’)
Directing a Project (including the purpose of the ‘project initiation documentation (PID)’)
Initiating a Project
Controlling a Stage
Managing Product Delivery
Managing a Stage Boundary
Closing a Project

Module 5: PRINCE2 Themes

Learning Objectives

This module is all about understanding the ‘Themes’ of the methodology and how they are applied throughout a project.

Business Case – Students will be able to explain the purpose of the ‘Business Case’ Theme, including business cases and the benefits management approach. They will also be capable of describing PRINCE2’s minimum requirements for applying the Business Case Theme.

Finally, they will be able to define the key concepts related to business justification, as well as the differences between them, including:

Outputs
Outcomes
Benefits
Dis-benefits

Organization – Students will come to understand the purpose of the ‘Organization’ Theme, as well as the communication management approach. By the end of the section, students should be able to describe what PRINCE2 requires, as a minimum, for applying the Organization Theme.

They will also know the roles and responsibilities for the Theme (some of which may be combined), including:

Project board
Executive
Senior user
Senior supplier
Project assurance
Change authority
Project manager
Team manager
Project support

Finally, students will be able to explain the key concepts related to the Organization Theme, including the Stakeholder and the three ‘Project Interests’ (and how they are represented within the four levels of management).

Quality – Students will be able to explain the purpose and contents of the ‘Quality’ Theme, including:

The product description
The project product description
The quality management approach
The quality register

By the end of the section, students will be able to describe the methodology’s minimum requirements for applying the Quality Theme. They will also be capable of explaining the key concepts related to Quality, along with the differences between them:

Quality planning and quality control
Project assurance and quality assurance
Customer quality expectations and acceptance criteria

Plans – Students will be able to explain the purpose and contents of the ‘Plans’ Theme, including:

The project plan
The stage plan
The exception plan
The team plan

By the end of this section, students should be able to describe the methodology’s minimum requirements for applying the Plans Theme. Students will also be able to recall the steps described in the recommended approaches for planning, defining, and analyzing products. Finally, students should also be able to explain which factors to consider when structuring a project into management stages.

Risk – Students will be able to explain the purpose and contents of the ‘Risk’ Theme, as well as:

A risk budget
The risk management approach
A risk register

By the end of this section, students will be able to describe PRINCE2’s minimum requirements for applying the Theme, as well as the methodology’s recommended risk management procedure. They will also be able to define the key concepts related to Risk, as well as the differences between them:

Risks as ‘Threats’ or ‘Opportunities’
Recommended risk response types
Risk owners
Risk actionees
Causes, events, and effects
Risk probability
Risk impact
Risk proximity

Change – Students will learn to explain the purpose of the ‘Change’ Theme, including the purpose of:

Change budget
Change control approach
Configuration item record
Issue register
Issue report
Product status account

By the end of the section, students will be able to describe the methodology’s minimum requirements for applying the Change Theme. They will also be able to describe the types of issues associated with the Theme, as well as the recommended issue and change control procedure.

Progress – Students will be able to explain the purpose of the ‘Progress’ Theme, as well as:

The daily log
Lessons log
Lessons report
Work package
End-stage report
End project report
Checkpoint report
Highlight report
Exception report

By the end of the section, students will be able to describe the methodology’s minimum requirements for applying the Progress Theme. They will also be able to explain key concepts relating to Progress, including:

Event-driven and time-driven controls
Tolerances and exceptions (including how tolerances are set and exceptions are reported)

Module 6: Tailoring

Learning Objectives

This module looks at the PRINCE2 practice of ‘Tailoring’. Students will learn about:

Which aspects of a project can be tailored
Who is responsible
How tailoring decisions are documented

Practice Exam Simulators

Learning Objectives

Here, we offer students the chance to put into practice what they have learned so far on managing successful projects with PRINCE2. These practice exams are designed to simulate the conditions of the official Foundation examination. They also outline the rationale behind correct answers and how they relate to the key points covered in the course.

When you feel you are ready to sit the exam, simply contact Good e-Learning to request your FREE exam voucher.

This course is designed to fully prepare students to pass the PRINCE2 6th Edition Foundation examination. Successfully passing the exam will also entitle students to sit the Practitioner exam.

You can take the exam online (virtually) at any time using a service provided by PeopleCert.

This course comes with mock exams to help students prepare for the real thing, as well as a FREE exam voucher. (T&Cs apply)

Before booking your exam, it will be a good idea to make sure that your device meets the technical requirements. You can do so via this online test. This test will examine the suitability of your webcam, microphone, and internet connection. Please visit the PeopleCert website for more information and guidance.

When you are ready to use your free exam voucher, simply contact [email protected]. Exam voucher requests are typically processed within two working days, but please allow up to five. Students must request their exam voucher within the course access period, which starts from the date of purchase. For more information, please visit our Support & FAQs page.

PRINCE2 6th Edition Foundation exam:

  • This is a multiple-choice exam consisting of 60 questions
  • There is a time limit of 60 minutes to complete the exam
  • The exam is closed book, with only the provided materials being permitted for use
  • The pass mark for the exam is 55%: you must get 33 out of 60 questions correct

What is PRINCE2?

PRINCE2 is a project management methodology owned by AXELOS. It is a best practice framework offering tools and insight to help managers ensure that projects are completed on time and within budget.

How does PRINCE2 work?

PRINCE2 projects have defined lifecycles and business products, corresponding activities which can achieve them, a specified amount of resources, and an organizational structure with strictly defined responsibilities.

At the heart of every PRINCE2 project lies the ‘business case’, which must show that the benefits of the project are worth the effort and expenditure.

How valuable is a PRINCE2 certification?

According to Payscale, certified PRINCE2 users can earn between $53,000 and over $217,000 (or £26,000 and £107,000). Salaries depend on each candidate’s role, level of experience, and location.

How can PRINCE2 benefit businesses?

PRINCE2 offers proven best practices for project management. Users can enjoy greater control, clarity, and focus alongside improved stakeholder representation and risk management.

The methodology also relies on the ‘business case’ of a project throughout to ensure that the project remains viable.

What do I need to know about the PRINCE2 exams?

The PRINCE2 Foundation exam is closed-book. It features 60 multiple-choice questions and lasts 60 minutes. The pass mark is 55%.

After passing this exam, a student can then move on to the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam. This is an objective testing exam featuring 68 multiple-choice questions. The exam is open-book, lasts 150 minutes, and has a pass mark of 55%.

Who can use PRINCE2?

With project management being such an essential element of modern business, PRINCE2 can be used by virtually any organization in any industry. It is also extremely useful for both experienced and prospective project managers.

What does the PRINCE2 certification path look like?

PRINCE2 certification requirements are quite straightforward. Students start with the Foundation exam, after which they move on to PRINCE2 Practitioner.

PRINCE2 Agile qualifications can also serve as prerequisites for PRINCE2 exams and vice versa.

What is AXELOS?

AXELOS is a joint venture company that offers a number of best practice frameworks, including PRINCE2, PRINCE2 Agile, MSP, ITIL 4, and AgileSHIFT

What other frameworks can complement PRINCE2?

PRINCE2 can be used with a number of other frameworks, including MSP and ITIL 4.

How long does PRINCE2 take to study?

Candidates have access to our PRINCE2 course material for six months with both the Foundation and Practitioner courses. The combined course suite offers 12 months of access.

This is intended to give candidates enough time to structure their training around other commitments. Candidates who feel they are ready to sit an exam can do so at any time as long as they meet the prerequisites.

How long is PRINCE2 valid for?

While Foundation certifications do not expire, PRINCE2 Practitioner certifications do so after three years.

Candidates can retake the Practitioner exam before the expiry date or use CPD points and a digital badge to maintain their certification. The latter option requires candidates to purchase a subscription to MyPRINCE2, which incurs a cost of £50 + VAT per year.

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