PRINCE2® Self Study

PRINCE2® Foundation & Practitioner Self Study

What is it about?

Structured project management means managing the project in a logical, organised way, following defined steps. A structured project management method is the written description of this logical, organised approach, and PRINCE2 (PRojects IN a Controlled Environment) is a structured project management method.
Candidates need to show they understand the principles and terminology of the method and exhibit the competence required for the Foundation and Practitioner certifications, and show that they can apply and tune PRINCE2 to address the needs and problems of a specific project scenario.

The PRINCE2 Computer Based Training (CBT) self study course provides students and organisations alike with the opportunity to complete the Foundation and Practitioner Courses in their own environment, at their own pace and at a substantially reduced cost.

The CBT blend of content-rich, interactive visuals and audio explanation delivers information in an easy yet thorough method. It has been proven that self study reduces learning time substantially, whilst improving retention.

A case study, based on a hypothetical is followed through in parallel with the learning material to demonstrate how the PRINCE2 method may be applied and tailored in real life.

What can I expect?

This distance learning course has been accredited by the APM Group in the United Kingdom and follows the syllabus set down, including:

  • Introduction and tailoring of the method
  • The PRINCE2 Themes:
  • Business Case; Organization; Plans; Quality; Risk; Change and Progress
  • The PRINCE2 Principles:
  • Continued Business Justification; Learn From Experience; Defined Roles and Responsibilities; Manage By Stages; Manage By Exception; Focus on Products and Tailored To Suit The project Environment.
  • The PRINCE2 Techniques:
  • Product Based Planning
  • Quality Review Meeting
  • Getting the Work Done, including:
  • Directing a Project
  • Controlling a Stage
  • Managing Product Delivery
  • Managing Stage Boundaries
  • Project Closure, including
  • Closing a Project
  • Case Studies and sample answers
  • Passing the examination
  • Pool of 600 Foundation questions
  • Study mode – 6 sets of 75 Questions
  • Examination mode – 6 sets of 75 Questions
  • Processes, Components or Techniques mode
  • Pool of 108 Practitioner questions
  • Study mode – 2 sets of 9 Questions
  • Exam mode – 2 sets of 9 Questions

Who should use?

This self study / distance learning course will benefit all those involved in PRINCE2 projects, including:

  • Project Managers
  • General Managers
  • Programme Managers
  • Team Managers & Support Staff
  • Staff who have a defined role
  • Project Management Consultants

Course duration & delivery

Delegates receive the Compact Disc containing the course and we recommend the purchase of the Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 manual.

Access to the course CD material is provided through an automated access key request to PM Academy and is valid for 6 months from date of activation.

Students are typically required to invest 30 – 40 hours on Foundation and 25 – 35 hours to complete the course tutorials.

The training sections are regularly interspersed with the following to ensure that all the material is properly covered and understood:

  • Short quizzes on the material just covered
  • Additional reading tasks in the PRINCE2 manual
  • Exercises with model answers
  • Summary of main points covered

The following course features are available on demand:

  • Easy Navigation – pause, fast forward and select a specific page
  • PRINCE2 templates – Sample templates are provided for the 26 PRINCE2 Management Products
  • Document course notes as you study
  • Complete PRINCE2 Glossary of terms
  • Electronic Issue Register to log issues and questions directly with PM Academy via email
  • Email support

A substantial multiple choice question pool in either study or examination mode will round off your preparation for the Foundation and Practitioner exam.

Study Mode practice tests refer students to the correct answer in the manual after each incorrect selection. Examination mode tests do not provide any hints, and a timer is provided. These tests allow the student to test himself under similar conditions to the actual PRINCE2 Foundation examination.

Once the self study course has been completed, students are welcome to register for the Foundation and Practitioner exams invigilated by PM Academy. The multiple Foundation choice, closed book exam is one hour in duration and delegates must obtain 38 out of 75 questions. Practitioner students must obtain 44 out of 80 questions.

The distance learning course has been designed to operate on all versions of MS Windows, upto and including Windows 8 and 10.

Do I qualify?

Course delegates should have some experience in a project environment. Delegates who successfully complete the Foundation exam are encouraged to pursue PRINCE2 Practitioner accreditation.

What’s in it for me?

  • Conducting the course in your own environment
  • Setting your own pace and schedule
  • Revisit topics requiring additional study
  • Substantially reduced cost compared to classroom training
  • On completion of the course, delegates will be well prepared to write the PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner examinations
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