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PRINCE2® blended eLearning and virtual course

This blended eLearning course and virtual workshop covers the latest 2017 version of the PRINCE2® Project Management method and prepares delegates for both the Foundation and Practitioner examinations, which are taken as part of this programme.

Foundation modules will be undertaken via eLearning prior to course attendance. You will complete the eLearning course in your own time.

The two-day virtual workshop is designed to help you consolidate the eLearning you’ve done in your own time, and to prepare you to take your Foundation and Practitioner exams (included in the course fee).

You will take the Foundation and Practitioner exams at a time to suit you following the virtual workshop.

About PRINCE2®

PRINCE2® (PRojects IN Controlled Environments) is a structured method for effective Project Management.

The PRINCE2® method is internationally accepted as the leading ‘best practice’ project management approach and is widely used in the private and public sectors, both in the UK and internationally. PRINCE2® provides a flexible and adaptable framework covering the wide variety of disciplines and activities required within project management, making it extremely popular with businesses and organisations.

To hold PRINCE2® accreditation indicates that a project manager or business is professional, competent and able to respond to challenging and changing circumstances.

About the course

eLearning

All foundation-level eLearning is to be undertaken in your own time in the month prior to the virtual two-day workshop. All course materials will be sent to you in good time.

This approach provides you with a deeper knowledge so that you will come to the virtual workshop with more knowledge of how to apply concepts in your work.

Note: You can choose to study the Practitioner-level eLearning topics prior to attending the virtual workshop, however this is not mandatory.

Note: You will need to purchase a manual for this course.  The cost for this is not included in the course fee.

Virtual workshop

The two-day workshop event allows you to immerse yourself in the subject with an expert trainer, and is an opportunity to understand how to apply the PRINCE2® method in practice.

The workshop brings together the Foundation-level topics that you have already covered in your eLearning, interwoven with Practitioner elements. Extensive use is made of case study material which is designed to help you consolidate the elements of the PRINCE2® Foundation part of the course, produce the key PRINCE2® management products, discuss PRINCE2® scalability issues and apply the elements of PRINCE2® to a practical scenario as you will be expected to do in the Practitioner examination.

Preparation is the key to success, so we provide a full pre-course eLearning programme, to make sure you arrive on the first day fully prepared. The virtual workshop allows you to immerse yourself with an expert trainer for two days, using Zoom to consolidate your knowledge and learn how to apply the concepts.

The virtual workshop is intense but fun. The volume of information to be processed in order to reach Practitioner level is high, so it’s really important that you complete all the eLearning materials in full before attending the virtual workshop.

Examinations

These will be taken online, sat at a time to suit you (ideally within 14 days of completing the workshop). The exam vouchers are valid for 12 months.

Note: You will be expected to complete a Practitioner mock exam during the evening of day one of the virtual workshop.

Your trainer will be Aspire Europe (a partner of Cardiff University).

Register your interest

There are currently no upcoming dates available for this course, but you can register your interest by getting in touch.

Who it’s for

  • Busy professionals who are happy to combine private eLearning study with some face to face sessions to consolidate their learning and prepare for the exams
  • Project managers who wish to develop their skills and learn about managing projects using the PRINCE2® method
  • Professionals who wish to learn about project management and the PRINCE2® method in particular
  • Anybody who needs to know how to run projects more effectively.

Topics covered

Foundation modules will be undertaken via eLearning prior to course attendance. You will complete the eLearning course in your own time.

eLearning course outline

ModuleTopics

Introducing PRINCE2®

  • Causes of success and failure of projects
  • Overview of PRINCE2® methodology benefits
Key concepts
  • Project life cycles
  • PRINCE2® manual and terminology
  • Processes and management products
Organisation
  • Need for project environment
  • Organisation structure
  • Roles and responsibilities
Starting up a project
  • Pre-project elements
Initiating a project
  • Baseline documentation
Quality
  • Relevance of quality
  • Quality plans
  • Quality log
  • Quality review
  • Responsibility levels
Plans and planning
  • Product descriptions
  • Product breakdown structures
  • Product flow diagram
Controlled progress
  • Benefits of stage
  • Controls in the project
  • Tolerance
Configuration management
  • Need for configuration management
  • Components of configuration management
Change control
  • Endemic nature of change
  • Types of change
  • PRINCE2® approach to change
Management of risk
  • Requirement for management of risk
  • Risk assessment
  • Responses to risks
  • Risk monitoring
Product delivery
  • How work packages are agreed, undertaken and delivered
  • Handling serious plan deviations
  • Managing stages
  • Handling issues
Closing a project
  • Controls
  • Steps to be taken

The two-day virtual examination workshop will consolidate your learning, and help you prepare for the examinations, which will be taken at a time to suit you (preferably within 14 days of completing the workshop). Exam fees are included in the price of the course.

Please note that no teaching topics will take place during the workshop, as this is covered in the eLearning part of the course.

Benefits

  • Access to the eLearning materials portal for Foundation and Practitioner for 12 months
  • You will be fully prepared to sit the Foundation and Practitioner examinations (included in course fee)
  • You can work through the eLearning part of the course in your own time, allowing you to come to the virtual workshop prepared and ready to consolidate your learning
  • Small virtual class sizes (maximum of 10 attendees) enable you to benefit from a comprehensive revision process – we also use Zoom break-out rooms, allowing you to work collaboratively in smaller groups
  • Understand and explain the roles, documents, principles themes and processes of PRINCE2® and the relationships between them
  • Tailor and use the key concepts of PRINCE2® on any project
  • Structure, plan and control projects using the appropriate elements of PRINCE2®.

Entry requirements

Note: You will need to purchase a manual for this course.  The cost for this is not included in the course fee.

Downloadable manuals are approved for use in examinations up until 30 September 2020. We have not received confirmation that this will continue to be the case after this date – therefore we would recommend the purchasing of a hard copy manual which you will be able to annotate and add tabs to for easy use during your exam.

You will not need any further equipment except for a computer with good internet connection and a camera function, and the ability to sign into Zoom.

You should have a minimum of 6 months’ project management experience.

This course is intensive and delegates will be required to undertake and complete the full PRINCE2® Foundation eLearning course prior to attending the virtual workshop. The eLearning element requires around 12 hours of private study. Some evening work at the end of day one of the workshop is essential as this event is intensive.

Please note that delegates must pass the PRINCE2® Foundation examination at 50% or more if they wish to progress on to the Practitioner qualification/accreditation.

Reasons to study with us

  • Free membership of the Project Management Alumni
  • We care about our customers and the service they receive from us
  • We hold the Customer Service Excellence® Standard, which is backed by the Cabinet Office
  • We run the virtual workshop with no more than 10 people, enabling everyone to fully participate in the learning experience
  • Our team provides a friendly, welcoming and supportive environment in which to learn, and will support you in accessing eLearning materials, and the Zoom workshop.

Teaching and useful information

We will confirm timings and other information (such as login details) in the four weeks leading up to your course. The virtual workshop element is expected to run from 09:00 each day.

Note: You will need to buy a manual for this course. This cost is not included in the course fee.

Downloadable manuals are approved for use in examinations up until 30 September 2020. We have not received confirmation that this will continue to be the case after this date – therefore we would recommend the purchasing of a hard copy manual which you will be able to annotate and add tabs to for easy use during your exam.

Project Management Alumni Network

All our project and programme management courses include free membership of Cardiff University’s Project Management Alumni, established to help those working in the field of project and programme management to network, share best practice and keep up-to-date. Benefits include priority access to free project management events and workshops, exclusive promotions and discounts, and invitations to other events at the University.

Cancellations, substitutions and transfers

This course is an 'exceptional' course in terms of our cancellation, substitution and transfer policy. The following is a summary of the exceptional terms that apply to this course. Please see our Terms and conditions for full details.

Please note that once you have accessed/downloaded the eLearning element, you will not be able to cancel or transfer your place on the course.

Cancellations

Number of working days' notice % of course fees payable
Over 20 £50 administrative fee
20-1 In the event that we cannot fill your booking: 70%, plus any costs incurred for any pre-course materials already sent to the delegate or Client, unless the materials are returned to us within 10 Working Days and in brand new condition.
0 100%

Substitutions

Number of working days' notice Fee payable
Over 15 N/A
15-1 This will be classed as a cancellation and the cancellation fee will apply.

Transfers

Number of working days' notice Fee payable
Over 20 £50 plus any differences in fees between the two courses
20-1This will be classed as a cancellation and the cancellation fee will apply.

Accredited PRINCE2® 6th edition training is provided by our partners Aspire Europe, accredited by PeopleCert. PRINCE2® 6th edition is a registered trademark of AXELOS Limited. All rights reserved.

This tutor-led online version of our original course gives you a comprehensive introduction to managing projects.