PRINCE2 2009 Foundation

3 Day Course
Official Curriculum

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This three-day accredited course provides participants with a thorough grounding in PRINCE2:2009 and comprises of three main elements. The first provides coverage of the PRINCE2 principles: the need for structured project management, why pragmatic and intelligent use of methods is so important, and how PRINCE2:2009 can be employed to achieve business-related objectives.

The second element considers the method itself: the structure of PRINCE2:2009, how the major themes and processes work on their own as well as together, and how the roles associated with the PRINCE2:2009 method can be made really effective.

The third element deals with the tailoring of PRINCE2:2009 and explores the need for tailoring the method when introducing it into a different environments and using it in different sizes of project, always bearing in mind the need to keep bureaucracy to a minimum.

Presented by skilled lecturers with extensive experience in the practical application of project management, the course includes examination coaching and practice using sample exam questions.

All delegates will sit the PRINCE2:2009 Foundation examination (a multiple choice paper) in the late afternoon of the third day of the course. This course is fully compliant with the latest version of PRINCE2:2009, and carries the award of 22.5 Professional Development Units (PDUs) for PMI re-certification.

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PRINCE2 (4 topics)

  • Background & Objectives
  • Benefits
  • Scope
  • Structure

Project organisation (8 topics)

  • Organisational structure
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • The project board
  • The project manager
  • Team management
  • Project assurance
  • Project support
  • Supplier relationships

Planning (5 topics)

  • Purpose and importance
  • Components & types of plan
  • Planning techniques
  • Product based planning
  • The steps in planning

Project control (7 topics)

  • Work package authorisation
  • Stage assessments
  • Establishing project & stage tolerance
  • Checkpoints & highlight reports
  • Handling exception situations
  • Project issues
  • Project reporting

Risk management (3 topics)

  • Types of business and project risk
  • Risk analysis and management
  • The risk log

Quality (4 topics)

  • Ensuring quality
  • Quality planning
  • Product descriptions
  • Quality control and quality review

Change Control and Configuration Management (3 topics)

  • Change control steps
  • Authority levels
  • Analysing the impact Configuration management

Processes (7 topics)

  • Starting up and initiating a project
  • Directing a project
  • Managing stage boundaries
  • Controlling a stage
  • Managing product delivery
  • Closing a project
  • Planning


The PRINCE2:2009 Foundation course is suitable for anyone who needs to acquire an understanding of the PRINCE2:2009 method, principles, processes, activities and themes. Delegates should ideally have some experience of team leading and basic project management principles. The Foundation exam is a necessary precursor to taking the Practitioner qualification. Delegates will be provided with course pre-reading material approximately 10 days prior to attending the course. The materials will include a workbook and the official manual – PRINCE2:2009 Managing Successful Projects using PRINCE2. Success on the course will be enhanced by close attention to the pre-reading materials. Delegates must have completed this reading prior to attending the course. (It is recommended that candidates spend 20 hours working through the pre-reading)

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