The PRINCE2 ® method can be applied to any project. It aims to provide a properly implemented structured project management approach necessary to organise, plan and control all business change undertakings. This event provides those involved in projects with a structure which will assist them, without being prescriptive. PRINCE2 provides senior managers’ with the opportunity to ‘manage by exception’. This aims to ensure that they retain control without requiring the day-to-day involvement. PRINCE2 handles this by providing the structure for a suitable decision support environment.
The events are intensive and evening work is expected as well as pre-course preparation prior to the event.
- Foundation events are 3 days in duration.
- On the 3rd day, the Foundation exam is taken. Immediately after the exam, the papers are marked by the approved trainer and the results available on the day for delegates. (Successful delegates will receive a certificate reflecting their pass).
- Consists of 75 questions – 70 exams questions and 5 trial questions – each covering a different syllabus topic. Each question is worth 1 mark, but the trial questions do not carry a mark. The trail questions are there to be able to assess new questions without affecting the candidates’ marks. There is no indication of which questions are exams questions and which are trial. The pass mark is 35.
- After completing the Foundation exam, the Practitioner event then moves onto a revision of the method. Delegates are provided with a structured day to cover principal topics (which are tuned by the Event Manager). Test techniques and time management are provided in the form of Tips and Tricks. Delegates are provided with the opportunity to complete some sample questions, with feedback available from the Event Manager, and fellow delegates.
- The Practitioner Objective Test (controlled and marked by the APM Group) is available on the final day of the event (Friday) for delegates wishing to be registered as a PRINCE2 Practitioner.
The Practioner exam consists of three booklets:
- The Scenario Booklet
- Question Booklet and
- Answer Booklet
The Scenario booklet contains a single scenario which provides a description of the organisation, the business rationale for the project and the project objectives. The Scenario Booklet may also contain additional information for one of more of the nine questions. Where additional information is to be used for a question this is clearly stated in bold within the question. Additional information is only to be used of the question to which it relates.
If a question makes no reference to the Scenario or any additional information in the Scenario booklet, delegates are only required to answer the question based on the information in the question.
The Question Booklet contains nine questions, each covering a different syllabus area which is clearly identified at the beginning of the question. Each of the nine questions is worth 12 marks is total. Questions can be divided into sub parts however the total number of marks available for any one question overall will be 12 marks. Candidates are expected to answer all questions and sub-parts of a question. The pass mark is 59 (55%)
The Answer Booklet contains the answer sheets on which candidates mark their answers. Only the answer booklet sheets are marked. There will only ever be one answer for each question unless it is clearly stated within the question that a multiple response is required. Where candidates mark an answer with more than the required number of answers, the response line will be void.
The Practitioner exam papers are sent to the APMG for marking and the results available shortly after to the training organisation.