BCS Certificate in Project Management for PRINCE2® Practitioners — A 5-Day Course
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This course is accredited, and follows the syllabus published by BCS. It is designed to prepare existing and future IS Project Managers to take the examinations leading to the BCS Certificate in Project Management for Information Systems, an internationally recognised and well respected qualification.
This shortened course is specifically designed for delegates who already hold the PRINCE2™ Foundation and Practitioner Certificates. The course is both intensive and practical, and provides comprehensive coverage of the skills needed to be an effective Project Manager.
The course is a mix of principles and practical sessions. A case study is used throughout the course to illustrate and practice the concepts and techniques.
Please be aware, this course also provides 35 Hours of Contact Education/Professional Development Units towards PMI PMP certification/re-certification.
After completing this course the student will be able to:
- Apply the basic skills of project management
- Take responsibility for the management of small to medium-sized IS projects
- Have the knowledge and skills necessary to sit the examinations leading to the BCS Certificate in Project Management
This course is intended for Project Managers and those working in an IS project environment who have already gained the PRINCE2 Practitioner certificate and wish to expand their knowledge and skills to the standard required by the BCS syllabus.
To be eligible to attend this course leading to the BCS examination, delegates must:
- Have a minimum of four years experience in either Information Systems, or in management with a broad experience of Information Technology and Information Systems
- Hold the PRINCE2 Practitioner certificate
This course helps to prepare delegates for the BCS Certificate in Project Management for Information Systems examinations. These are taken by booking and attending a separate Revision and Examination Day. The Examination Day costs £380 + VAT and is usually attended 2-3 weeks after attending the 5-day course.
The examinations consist of a 3-hour written closed-book exam and a 45 minute oral examination. The final oral examination is taken at the BCS after passing the written paper.
Photo ID must be brought to the examination (Driving License, Passport and named work ID badges are all acceptable). This a BCS requirement and delegates will be turned away from the examination if Photo ID is not produced.
This course has been retired and is no longer available.
Outline Course Contents
Project Management Overview
- Setting the scene and defining the project life cycle
- Brief overview of PRINCE2 including its philosophy, coverage, interfaces, processes, organisation, plans and benefits
- How projects originate
- Their place as part of programmes within the Corporate Plan
- End Products
- Alternative views
- Options available for organising, running and controlling projects
Roles and Responsibilities
- Identifying roles and responsibilities
- Getting them defined, allocated and accepted
- Generic, parameter-driven and activity-driven techniques
- Work Breakdown Structures
- Cost/Benefit Analysis
Project Planning Overview
- Review of project planning, covering all the important elements from the definition of a plan, types of plan through to acceptance of the plan
- Review of network planning, Gantt charts and resource levelling
Risk Management Overview
- Types of risk
- Risk analysis
- Managing risks
Monitoring and Control
- Monitoring and control of effort, costs, quality, business case, risks and attitudes
- Earned value analysis
- Management of external suppliers
Change Control Review
- The approach to Change Control: Relationship to Configuration Management
Project Start Up and Initiation
- Review of the PRINCE2 approach to setting up a project
Managing Project Documentation
- Review of Configuration Management and the roles and responsibilities associated with other types of documentation
- The communication skills, tactics and operational techniques required by a Project Manager
Selection and Induction of Project Team Members
- Matching people to requirements
- Making new team members productive as quickly as possible
- The Project Manager's role
- Making teams effective and productive
- The limitations and opportunities within Project work for staff development
- The range of communication skills that will enable Project Managers to "sell" themselves and their Projects
Motivation, Productivity & Performance
- Getting people to do willingly what they have to do anyway
- Leadership styles and their effective application in Project work