PRINCE2, which stands for Projects in Controlled Environments, is a project management method covering the organization, management, and control of projects. PRINCE2 was first developed by the Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency (CCTA, now part of the Office of Government Commerce) in 1989 as a UK Government standard for IT project management. Since its introduction, PRINCE2 is widely used in both the public and private sectors and is now UK’s de facto standard for generic project management, not just IT projects. PRINCE2 is now licensed and managed by AXELOS and the certification program is commonly termed as PRINCE2 Certification, PRINCE2 Foundation Certification, PRINCE2 Practitioner Certification, PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner Certification. PRINCE2 is also practiced and recommended by industry peers and companies around the globe.
The method describes how a project is divided into manageable stages enabling efficient control of resources and regular progress monitoring throughout the project. The various roles and responsibilities for managing a project are fully described and are adaptable to suit the size and complexity of the project and the skills of the organization. Project planning using PRINCE2 is product-based which means the project plans are focused on delivering results and are not simply about planning when the various activities on the project will be done.
The course is highly interactive with numerous exercises with strong emphasis on relating the method to an organization’s projects. It uses a syndicate-based Case Study as a continuous theme to re-enforce the learning environment and build upon both skills and knowledge.
There are no prerequisites for this course. A general understanding of project and project management will be sufficient
There are two levels to the qualification:
Prince2 Foundation Level is the first qualification that is required to become a PRINCE2® Practitioner. This level is aiming to measure whether a candidate could act as an informed member of a project management team on a Project using the PRINCE2® method, within an environment supporting PRINCE2®. To this end they need to show they understand the principles and terminology of the method.
Prince2 Practitioner Level Candidates must pass the Foundation exam before proceeding to the Practitioner level. The Practitioner Level aims to measure whether the candidate is able to apply PRINCE2® methods to the running and managing of a Project. They need to show that they are able to fine-tune PRINCE2® to different project circumstances and understand the relationship between processes, components, and techniques.
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