Officially launched in October 1996, PRINCE2® is the method used for planning and managing projects in the public and private sectors. The method is used for a wide variety and size of projects. PRINCE2® is universally accepted as best practice project management.
The key objectives of PRINCE2 Foundation course are:
This three-day course covers the PRINCE2 Foundation syllabus, including the following topics:
Structured Approach to Managing Projects - Setting the scene for a structured approach to managing all projects; project success criteria; the model of the PRINCE2 method including the integrated elements of principles, processes, themes and tailoring.
The Process-based Approach - PRINCE2 focuses on key processes needed for successful project management which must be present, but may be ‘tailored’ to reflect the complexity, scope and risks faced by the project. SPOCE’s PRINCE2 Process Model will be used to help delegates understand and appreciate what should be done to manage each project, why it should be done and when in the project lifecycle.
Business Case - What is a Business Case; Outcomes, Outputs, Benefits and Dis-benefits; Developing, Verifying and Maintaining the Business Case; Confirming the benefits and the Benefits Review Plan.
Organisation - Project Management Team Structure and the Project Board, Project Assurance, Project Manager, Team Manager, Change Authority and Project Support roles & responsibilities. Stakeholder management; Communication Management Strategy.
Plans - Levels and content of Plans; Exception Plans; Product-based approach to planning – Project Product Description, Product Breakdown Structure, Product Description, Product Flow Diagram; the PRINCE2 planning steps.
Progress - Management and Technical Stages. Tolerance and Raising Exceptions. Project Board and Project Manager Controls for Reviewing and Reporting Progress; Baselines for Control; Capturing and Reporting Lessons; Event-driven and time-driven controls.
Change - Issue and Change Control procedure; Configuration Management procedure; Configuration Management Strategy; Baseline, Handling changes; Tracking and protecting products; Change Authority; Change Budget.
Quality - Quality Defined, The Quality Audit Trial; Acceptance Criteria, Quality Criteria, Quality Management Strategy, Quality Assurance, Quality Controls and Quality Review technique.
Risk - Risk and Risk Management; Risk Management in Projects; Risk Management Strategy; Risk Management Procedure; Risk Budget.
Practical Work - A specially written scenario runs throughout the course from start to finish. A comprehensive set of tasks help provide a practical application of the method. Many tasks are designed to help delegates link the four integrated elements of PRINCE2® - Principles, Processes, Themes and Tailoring. There are also sample exam questions for delegates to practice on before sitting the Foundation exam.
Approach & Exams
The PRINCE2 Foundation course is a mixture of input and practical sessions, delivered by an APM Group approved trainer with practical experience of project management.
SPOCE's highly acclaimed online event preparation is available to everyone attending this event. Delegates should spend approximately 5-10 hours studying the pre-course material in order to be well prepared for the course.
Due to the intense nature of this course, delegates should plan to commit approximately 1 hour each evening during the course for study and review.
SPOCE's flexible approach to the management of the course means that delegates can choose to continue on the course for a further two days to complete Practitioner level, or return at a later date to complete the PRINCE2 Practitioner Exam if they so wish.
What examinations are taken on the course?
Foundation exam at the end of day 2
PRINCE2 Foundation Exam: 1 hour, closed book exam consisting of 75 multiple-choice questions.
SPOCE delivers accredited training courses across the country. The following is a list of SPOCE's training venues. Residential accommodation (A) can be arranged at our Bournemouth venue. Refreshments (R) are provided at all venues. Lunch (L) is also provided at all venues except London.
Birmingham (L,R) - Hallmark Hotel - Strathallan, 225 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B16 9RY
Bournemouth (A,L,R) - Hallmark Hotel - West Cliff, Durley Chine Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH2 5JS
Brighton (L,R) - Holiday Inn Brighton Seafront, 137 King’s Road, Brighton, B1 2JF
Bristol (L,R) - Arnos Manor Hotel, 470 Bath Road, Avon, Bristol, BS4 3HQ
Cardiff (L,R) - Jurys Inn Cardiff, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3DN
Canterbury (L,R) - Best Western Abbots Barton Hotel, 36 New Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3DU
Coventry (L,R) - The Welcome Centre, 47 Parkside, Coventry CV1 2HG
Exeter (L,R) - Gipsy Hill Hotel, Gipsy Hill Lane, Exeter EX1 3RN
Fleet (L,R) - GBS Corporate, Ancells Business Park, Oakmere, Barley Way, Fleet, Hampshire GU51 2UT
Leeds (L,R) - Jurys Inn, Brewery Place, Brewery Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS10 1NE
Leicester (L,R) - Devonshire Place, 78 London Rd, Leicester LE2 0RA
Liverpool (L,R) - Jurys Inn, 31 Keel Wharf, Liverpool, L3 4FN
London (R) - SPOCE, 2nd Floor, New London House, 6 London Street, London, EC3R 7LP
Manchester (Stockport) (L,R) - Cheadle House, Royal Crescent, Cheadle, Stockport, SK8 3FS
Milton Keynes (L,R) - Hotel Novotel Milton Keynes, Saxon St, Heelands, Milton Keynes MK13 7RA
Newcastle (L,R) - Ramada Encore Newcastle-Gateshead, Hawks Road, Gateshead Quays, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE8 3AD
Nottingham (L,R) - Eastwood Hall, Mansfield Road, Eastwood, Nottingham, NG16 3SS
Norwich (L,R) - Mercure Norwich Hotel, 121-131 Boundary Road, Norwich, NR3 2BA
Oxford (L,R) - Oxford Witney Four Pillars, Olney House, Ducklington Lane, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 4EX
Portsmouth (L,R) - Best Western Royal Beach Hotel, St Helens Parade, Portsmouth, PO4 0RN
Plymouth (L,R) - Future Inn Plymouth, 1 William Prance Road, Plymouth International Business Park, PL6 5ZD
Reading (L,R) - Best Western Reading Calcot Hotel, Bath Rd, Calcot, Reading RG31 7QN
Sheffield (L,R) - Sheffield Metropolitan Hotel, Blonk Street, Sheffield, S1 2AU
Southampton (L,R) - The Learning Centre, 14 Annealing Close, Eastleigh, Hants, SO50 9PX
Stoke-on-Trent (L,R) - Quality Hotel Stoke, 66 Trinity Street, Hanley, Stoke-On-Trent, ST1 5NB
Swansea (L,R) - Mercure Swansea, Phoenix Way, Swansea, West Glamorgan, SA7 9EG
York (L,R) - Hotel 53, 53 Piccadilly, York YO1 9PL