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What is a PRINCE2 course?

By Simon Buehring on 24 Mar 2020

What is a PRINCE2 course?

PRINCE2 is a project management methodology. It’s also one of the most widely recognized project management certifications in the world. It’s considered a key qualification for project managers wanting to progress their careers.

A PRINCE2 course will teach you everything you need to know about PRINCE2 project management. You don’t need any prior experience to enroll in a beginner course. Courses generally last 1 week (including a final exam).

A PRINCE2 course won’t force you to learn a strict set of rules or checklists, rather it focuses on helping you understand what decisions need to be taken on a project, when and by who. It also provides a commonsense approach to project management.

What can PRINCE2 do for me?

If you’re currently working as a project manager, chances are you already have a PRINCE2 qualification.

If you’re new to the industry or are looking to move into project management, you should strongly consider obtaining your PRINCE2 qualification. Many employers see this as a basic requirement, and you might lose out on lucrative job opportunities without it.

Becoming certified is an easy process and the entry-level PRINCE2 Foundation course has no prerequisites.

Importantly, the PRINCE2 method isn’t tailored to suit a single industry. That means the skills and knowledge you acquire can be applied to any business or organization that requires the skills of a project manager.

Once you’ve acquired your first PRINCE2 qualification, you’ll be entered into the Official PRINCE2 Successful Candidate Register. This register is accessible to all employers making it easy to show the world you have what it takes to successfully manage projects of any size.

What can PRINCE2 do for my business?

PRINCE2 is more a set of principles than a step-by-step instruction manual on how to manage projects. That means PRINCE2 is incredibly flexible and can be tailored to suit your businesses’ unique requirements and environment.

PRINCE2 is used by a wide variety of organizations including universities, logistics companies and government institutions. This has helped create a general ‘best practice’ methodology which is flexible, practical and can suit a variety of business needs.

Because PRINCE2 has been so widely used, it provides a common framework and vocabulary for those involved in a project to work around. This makes internal communication and working with third parties much easier.

PRINCE2 serves as a general guide to project management rather than a strict set of rules, it’s also compatible with other approaches, including Agile. Think of it as a compliment to the soft skills and experience your team might have. If you use an alternate project management methodology, there’s no harm in integrating some PRINCE2 principles to help improve productivity and workflow.

What PRINCE2 courses are available?

The PRINCE2 scheme has several qualifications suitable for experienced project managers and those who work alongside project management teams.

The PRINCE2 Foundation course is designed as an introduction to project management and can help familiarize you with basic principles and technical terms. If you want to become a project manager, or if you think you might benefit from an understanding of project management, you should start here.

The PRINCE2 Practitioner course teaches practical skills that can be applied to help manage a project. This course is a bit more technical and requires that you first complete a PRINCE2 Foundation course to ensure you understand the language used by project managers.

The PRINCE2 Professional course is made for project management experts. Candidates aren’t taught anything new and are rather reviewed by an external board to gauge their competency in project management. This qualification however has been downgraded by AXELOS (the PRINCE2 accreditation body) and is currently unavailable.

Conclusion

PRINCE2 has a wide range of applications for both individuals and organizations. If you want to improve your organizations’ ability to successfully complete complex projects, consider enrolling yourself or your team in a PRINCE2 course at Knowledge Train today.

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