Business Excellence Skillnet


Business Excellence Skillnet

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DATES: 25th 26th & 27th February 2013

TIME:  9. 30 am – 4.30pm

COST:  €655.00 per member / €750.00 non member


Programme Overview

PRINCE2® (Projects IN a Controlled Environment) is a leading edge approach to managing projects. With the launch of PRINCE2® also came its recognition as the de facto standard for managing projects, not just in the IT/IS environment, but for 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.


  • 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.

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

Programme 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

The PRINCE2 Foundation exam consists of:

  • 75 multiple choice questions (5 questions will be trial questions and not marked)
  • 1 hour
  • Closed-book
  • Candidates require a minimum of 35 correct answers (50%) to pass.


The PRINCE2 Practitioner exam consists of:

  • 9 questions, each worth 12 marks each. Total of 108 marks
  • ‘Objective Test Examination’ format – a style of complex multiple-choice examination.
  • 2½ hours
  • You may use your official PRINCE2 manual: ‘Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2’ only

Candidates require a minimum of 59 marks (55%) to pass

Trainer Profile Qualification & Relevant Experience

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 30 PRINCE2® courses to a wide range of industry sectors and is our lead trainer for both foundation and practitioner courses.  Mary is accredited and registered exclusively with SureSkills for both PRINCE2® and ITIL.

Mary’s full CV can be supplied on request.

PRINCE2 Trainer - Jim Nugent

Jim Nugent is a skilled professional, specializing in project management & organizational change. He is a highly motivated with over 20 years of business experience; capable of driving or assisting a team. Highly analytical, systematic and disciplined in work approach to achieve the desired result.  Excellent communicator and trainer, backed up with a solid technical background.  Accredited in ITIL and PRINCE2 (& a practitioner) he has worked on a multiple of different (varied) applications of Service & Project management.  He has successfully delivered numerous PRINCE2 courses.

Jim’s full CV can be supplied on request.

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.  These trainers are listed as back up to Mary and Jim reflecting our specialisation and depth of resources for this programme:

- Stephen Orr (full CV can be supplied on request)

- Aidan Walsh (full CV can be supplied on request)

We deliver PRINCE2® every day and maintain a level and quality of service second to none.


Relevant experience

SureSkills are the only Irish company directly accredited by the international 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 responsible for the uptake in PRINCE2 in Ireland.  Below will illustrate the volume and experience we have in this area.  These figures are for 2011, they will be a lot higher for 2012 and available once released by APMG in 2 weeks’ time. It is important to note that we continued to work with all of the unsuccessful delegates below until they achieved the certificate allowing them to re-sit the course free of charge if required.










Pass Rate


Pass Rate

PRINCE2 Foundation






PRINCE2 Practitioner








Department of Education and Skills – Reference Contact: Colm Purcell  (Vice Principal)

SureSkills delivered the PRINCE2 programme 4 times to over 30 staff based across Dublin and Athlone which received great feedback.


FAS – Reference Contact: Gerry O’Connor

Over the last 3 years SureSkills has worked with FAS to deliver over 30 PRINCE2 programmes to over 350 delegates on behalf of FAS and are due to deliver another 10 programmes this year.


Liberty Insurance – Reference Contact: Ciaran Galligan

SureSkills delivered PRINCE2 training to their full project management team of over 20 staff and continue to deliver support in helping them develop their own brand of project management under the supervision of their Project Management Office (PMO).



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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