PRINCE2® Foundation

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PRINCE2® (PRojects IN Controlled Environments) is a process-based approach for project management providing an easily tailored and scalable method for the management of all types of projects.

The method is the de-facto standard for project management and is practiced worldwide. PRINCE2 is a flexible method that guides you through the essentials for running a successful project regardless of project type or scale.

PRINCE2 can be tailored to meet your organization or industry specific requirement.

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DESCRIPTION

The purpose of the PRINCE2 Foundation certification is to confirm you know and understand the PRINCE2 method sufficiently well to be able to work effectively with, or as a member of, a project management team working within an environment supporting PRINCE2. The Foundation certification is also a prerequisite for the Practitioner certification. Upon successful completion of the training and examination, students will receive the PRINCE2 Foundation certification.

Why take this PRINCE2 Foundation training?

The PRINCE2 Foundation course will provide students with a detailed knowledge of the PRINCE2 methodology including the seven processes, seven themes and seven principles central to running a project using the PRINCE2 method. The successful completion of the Foundation exam will give the delegate a recognized Foundation qualification. The Foundation level measures whether a student would be able to act as an informed member of a project management team using the PRINCE2 method within a project environment supporting PRINCE2. The foundation level is also a pre-requisite for the practitioner certification.

Who should attend? 

This qualification is aimed at Project Managers and aspiring Project Managers. It is also relevant to other key staff involved in the design, development and delivery of projects, including: Project Board members (e.g. Senior Responsible Owners), Team Managers (e.g. Product Delivery Managers), Project Assurance (e.g. Business Change Analysts), Project Support (e.g. Project and Programme Office personnel) and operational line managers/staff.​

Session 1: Overview of PRINCE2®/Project Start-Up

Session 2: Describe the project product description

Session 3: Understand the role and value of the business case for a project

Session 4: Project Initiation Part I

Session 5: Project Initiation Part II

Session 6: Describe the activities that constitute the PRINCE2® approach to planning.

Session 7: Specialist Products Creation.

Session 8:  PRINCE2 Foundation examination which takes place on the final day.

  • Learn how to manage projects or to work in a project environment using the most internationally recognized project management method.
  • Ensure that team members focus on the viability of the project in relation to its business case objectives – rather than simply seeing the completion of the project as an end in itself.
  • Promote consistency of project work and the ability to reuse project assets while facilitating staff mobility and reducing the impact of personnel changes/handovers.
  • Design plans and reports to meet the needs of each level in the project team and Project Board, improving communication and control.
  • Mitigate perceived problems and issues and focus on the viability of the project throughout.
  • Evaluate the project portfolio to bring clarity and allow improvements in reviewing projects.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How big does a project have to be before PRINCE2 can be used?

PRINCE2 can be applied to all sorts of projects, from the very small to the very large. Even projects lasting only a few days will benefit from selective application of PRINCE2 guidelines. The key to success with PRINCE2 is to remember it is highly configurable, and so can be adapted for all project types regardless of industry and marketplace.

What are the PRINCE2 qualifications and what will they teach me? 

The PRINCE2 Foundation qualification will teach you the PRINCE2 principles, terminology and when qualified you will be able to act as an informed member of a project management team using the PRINCE2 methodology within a project environment supporting PRINCE2.The PRINCE2 Practitioner qualification will teach you to apply PRINCE2 to the running and managing of a project within an environment supporting PRINCE2. Once qualified you will be able to apply and tune PRINCE2 to address the needs and problems of a specific project scenario. You will have a comprehensive knowledge of the relationships between the PRINCE2 principles, themes and processes and PRINCE2 products and will understand these elements.The PRINCE2 Re-registration qualification is designed for those who have passed PRINCE2 to Practitioner level and wish to maintain their Registered Practitioner status. The PRINCE2 Examination Board has determined that all PRINCE2 Practitioners should be re-registered within 3-5 calendar years of their original certification (failure to pass the Re-registration Examination after 5 calendar years as a Registered Practitioner will result in withdrawal of your registered status).

What is the format of the PRINCE2 Foundation exam? 

The Foundation is the first of the two PRINCE2 Examinations you are required to pass to become a PRINCE2 Practitioner. This level is aiming to measure whether a candidate would be able to act as an informed member of a project management team using the PRINCE2 method within a project environment supporting PRINCE2.

Resources to help you study for your PRINCE2 Foundation Exam 

Practicing with past PRINCE2 Foundation exam questions and past exams is the best way to prepare for your PRINCE2 Foundation exam.ILX offer an exam simulator as part of their course and you can download a trial version from our download centre to give you a flavour of what will be expected in the actual PRINCE2 Foundation exam.

PRINCE2 Foundation Examination Format 

Multiple choice75 questions per paper5 questions to be trial and not counted in scores35 marks required to pass (out of 70 available) - 50%60 minutes durationClosed book

PRINCE2 Foundation Exam Syllabus 

The Foundation is the first of the two PRINCE2 Examinations you are required to pass to become a PRINCE2 Practitioner. This level is aiming to measure whether a candidate would be able to act as an informed member of a project management team using the PRINCE2 method within a project environment supporting PRINCE2. To this end they need to show they understand the principles and terminology of the method, specifically, candidates must be able to:Describe the purpose and major content of all roles, the seven principles, the seven themes and the seven processes.State which management products are input to, and output from the seven processes.State the main purpose, and key contents, of the major management products.State the relationships between processes, deliverables, roles and the management dimensions of a project.