Business Excellence Skillnet

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DATES:   April 28th - May 2nd   2014 (5 days)

TIMES: 9.00am -  5.00pm

LOCATION: DoubleTree Hotel Dublin

COST: €€1160 per member; € €1450 per non member

Programme Overview

PRINCE2® (Projects IN a Controlled Environment) is the de facto standard for managing projects of any size and complexity, run in any industry sector.

In support of this recognition, The APM Group offer a certification programme accredited by UKAS on behalf of OGC. This course conforms to the syllabus set down by the APM Group for delegates wishing to gain PRINCE2® Foundation certification. SureSkills is the only Irish company directly accredited for PRINCE2® with the APM Group.

The course is split into two modules; Foundation and Practitioner. The foundation is 3 days and the practitioner is 2 days with an exam at the end of each module.  On successful completion of both courses the delegate will receive a certificate and be a registered PRINCE2 practitioner with the APM Group.

Programme Objectives

The Objective of the Foundation module is to ensure that a delegate has sufficient knowledge and understanding of the PRINCE2 method to be able to work effectively with, or as a member of a project management team. The Foundation qualification is also a pre-requisite for the Practitioner qualification. By successfully completing the Foundation exam, delegates will understand the structure and key terminology, specifically:

  •  The characteristics and context of a project and the benefits of adopting PRINCE2
  • The purpose of the PRINCE2 roles, management products and themes
  • The PRINCE2 principles
  • The purpose, objectives and context of the PRINCE2 processes

The purpose of the Practitioner qualification is to ensure the delegate has achieved sufficient understanding of how to apply and tailor PRINCE2 in a scenario situation. A successful Practitioner candidate should, with suitable direction, be able to start applying the method to a real project.

By passing the Practitioner exam, candidates should be able to apply and understand how to tailor PRINCE2 effectively to a project within an organization environment supporting PRINCE2. Specifically:

  • Understand the relationships between the roles, management products, principles, themes, techniques and processes
  • Be able to apply the principles, themes and processes to a project
  • Be able to create and assess management products

Training Content

Day 1:

  • Introduction to Project Management
  • Overview of PRINCE2®
  • Starting up a project
  • The Project Management Team

Day 2:

  • Initiating a project
  • The Business Case
  • Risk and Quality Management
  • All aspects of Planning
  • Controls

Day 3:

  • Managing Stage Boundaries
  • Quality in a PE Controlling a Stage
  • Managing Product Delivery
  • Change Control
  • Configuration Management and Project Closure
  • Foundation Exam


Day 4:

  • Review of PRINCE2®
  • Case Study Exercises
  • Practitioner Exam Techniques

Day 5:

  • Exam Preparation
  • Practitioner Exam

One exam takes place at the end of each module


Foundation Exam

  • Multiple choice
  • 75 questions per paper
  • 5 questions to be trial and not counted in scores
  • 35 marks required to pass (out of 70 available) - 50%
  • 60 minutes duration
  • Closed book

Practitioner Exam

  • Objective testing
  • 8 questions - 10 question items per question, each worth one mark
  • 44 marks or more required to pass (out of 80 available) - 55%
  • Two and a half hours (150 minutes) duration, no additional reading time
  • Open book exam (official PRINCE2 manual).

Target Audience

  • Project Managers
  • General Managers
  • Programme Managers
  • Project Team Managers and support staff
  • Staff who will have a defined role
  • Project Management Consultants
  • Persons looking to work in project management
  • Persons looking to up-skill with relevant and sought after qualifications

 Training Company

SureSkills are the only Irish company directly accredited by the governing body for PRINCE2® “The APMG”. As a result our programmes and trainers are rigorously assessed and audited every year.  We are the only Irish company with APMG accreditation in both ITIL® & PRINCE2® and so we are required to deliver the courses according to standards of the accreditation body which includes approved materials and operating our business in accordance to the syllabus.  ITIL® & PRINCE2® are registered Trade Marks of the Cabinet Office in the United Kingdom & other countries - in addition the Swirl logo™ is a Trade Mark of the Office of Government Commerce and can only be used by ATO’s.  SureSkills are specialists in this area; together with ESMI (now part of SureSkills) we are mainly responsible for the uptake of PRINCE2 in Ireland.

PRINCE2 Trainer – Stephen Orr

Stephen is a highly experienced and innovative professional with strong business acumen and a passion for success. An accomplished Trainer, manager and leader who has a proven track record of successfully enlisting advocacy from senior management, peers, subordinates and team members. Displays strong inter-personal skills, and an enthusiastic meticulous approach in all aspects of work including People; Project; Change and sales management

He has delivered over 40 PRINCE2 courses in the last 2 years to circa 400 delegates.  Stephen has worked in training for over 20 years and in project management for at least 15 years so add a lot more of real life experience and context to the training.


PRINCE2 Trainer - Mary O’Giollain

Mary O’Giollain is an experienced trainer who has provided training solutions for many years.  She is experienced in a wide range of training and many delegates have attested to her ability to blend her delivery to ensure that delegates who work in an integrated environment can apply the knowledge whether it is Excel or PRINCE2®.  Her experience is exceptional.  Mary has successfully delivered in excess of 40 PRINCE2® courses to a wide range of industry sectors and is our lead trainer for both foundation and practitioner public courses.  Mary is accredited and registered exclusively with SureSkills for both PRINCE2® and ITIL.

SureSkills as an Accredited Training Organisation (ATO) with the APMG for PRINCE2 have a pool of approved, audited, accredited and assessed trainers authorised by the accreditation body (APMG) to deliver PRINCE2® with SureSkills.  




The Business Excellence Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets Ltd. funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.

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We are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of free places for jobseekers on our network programmes subject to funding being available. Please click on the following link to check if you meet Jobseekers eligibility criteria

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