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The Knowledge Academy PRINCE2® classroom training course lasts 5 days and will prepare you to successfully pass the PRINCE2® Foundation and Practitioner exams. The course is fully BCS-accredited and includes both exams.
PRINCE2® is a valuable qualification for anybody looking to be involved in project management. Passing PRINCE2® Foundation and Practitioner will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to be part of a successful PRINCE2® project management team.
(Please note that we include weekend dates within our weekday dates. Our weekend courses will run on Friday - Sunday then the following weekend Saturday - Sunday. If you have any questions please call: 01344 203999)
There are some exercises that it is recommended you complete before starting the course. These are:
This course is open to everyone and there are no prerequisites.
Who Should Attend?
This course is recommended for anybody interested in the field of project management.
The course covers the following topics:
PRINCE2® Foundation and Practitioner Examinations
Why choose The Knowledge Academy?
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What is PRINCE2®?
PRINCE2® (Projects IN Controlled Environments) is a process-based methodology for project management. Because it is generic, it is flexible enough to be tailored to any project or any organisation, and because it is a best practice solution, it has been proven to work.
PRINCE2® is managed by AXELOS, a leading worldwide best practice methodology provider. It is used extensively by the UK government, as well as in private businesses such as the telecommunications company Orange.
PRINCE2® has been successfully used in a project to expand the port of Rotterdam.
In the 2000s, the port of Rotterdam was one of the busiest ports in the world and was running out of space. The answer was to expand the port outwards towards the North Sea, in a project called “Maasvlakte 2”.
A project management consultancy called Ambition Group, led by Dr Richard Moret, recommended PRINCE2® as a method of managing the project, but the board were unsuitable of its suitability for a project of Maasvlakte’s size. The Project Director decided to test PRINCE2® by using it in the first stage of the project: the project initiation.
Initially, PRINCE2® was met by resistance from those staff who felt they already knew how to do project management. By meeting with them weekly and working with them closely, Dr. Moret managed to smoothly introduce PRINCE2®, and everyone quickly started to understand the benefits of PRINCE2®.
By the end of the project in 2012, everyone involved was fully supportive of PRINCE2®, and it was used to manage the entire project. The project was delivered on time and within budget thanks to the rigorous governance provided by the PRINCE2® methodology.
PRINCE2® is a registered trademark of AXELOS Limited. All rights reserved.
Included in your professional certification is a year’s free membership of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
A BCS membership provides exclusive access to the best tools for career development and progression. With the letters AMBCS after your name, you’ll be able to let employers know you’re committed to the industry and follow the BCS code of conduct. You’ll have access to all the resources you need to continue your learning, including libraries of industry reports, white-papers and books. Finally, you’ll be able to attend meetings and share knowledge with like-minded BCS professionals local to your area, or connect with them online on discussion forums.
Don’t miss out on this exclusive chance to be part of a professional community.
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Microsoft changes its certifications often, dropping the ones it deems unnecessary and creating new exams for its ever-changing product line-up. It can be hard to keep track of these changes, especially with the ever-expanding array of initialisms the company chooses to use, from MTA to MCSE. Read this guide for an up-to-date explanation of Microsoft’s system, including levels of certification, categories and what future developments you should look out for.
Microsoft offers six types of certification. These range from entry-level knowledge to advanced skills for experienced professionals. They are:
MTA – Microsoft Technology Associate
A foundation certification for those new to a career using Microsoft technology. Requiring no job experience, MTA is perfect for those just beginning or looking to begin their IT career. MTA certifications only require one exam.
MCSA – Microsoft Solutions Associate
A certification for professionals with some job experience, MCSA shows employers that you’re serious about IT and have the skills and knowledge needed to effectively work with your chosen technology. It’s also a prerequisite for MCSE certification. MCSA certifications require 2-3 exams depending on the track.
MCSE – Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert
An advanced certification for experienced professionals who have the knowledge to design and build solutions using Microsoft technology. Holders must recertify every three years to keep their certification. MCSE certifications require MCSA plus two additional exams.
This certification measures specialist knowledge in areas such as Virtualisation and the configuration of Windows. These certifications require one exam.
MCSD – Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer
Like MCSE but for developers, MCSD is for professionals who wish to show their proficiency at designing applications for areas such as SharePoint, Windows Store and Azure. MCSD certifications require the passing of 3-4 exams.
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
For those wishing to specialise in Microsoft Office, MOS certification is available at three levels: MOS, MOS Expert and MOS Master. At MOS and MOS Expert levels, candidates can choose which program to specialise in from a selection including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, SharePoint and OneNote. The MOS Master level measures proficiency across multiple Office programs, such as Word and Excel.
Microsoft splits its certifications offering broadly into five different categories: Server, Desktop, Applications, Database and Developer.
What follows is an explanation of each category:
Server consists of certifications for Windows Server and related products such as Exchange Server, Lync, SharePoint and Microsoft Azure. It also covers cloud certification. Microsoft server certification is available at three levels: MTA, MCSA and MCSE.
Look out for:
Windows Server 2016. The latest version of Microsoft’s server OS is due in the 3rd quarter of this year, meaning certifications will probably come soon after.
Available Server certifications:
MTA: IT Infrastructure
MCSA: Windows Server 2012
MCSA: Windows Server 2008
MCSA: Linux on Azure
MCSE: Server Infrastructure
MCSE: Private Cloud
Desktop certifications cover the use of Windows 7, Windows 10 and enterprise devices, as well as server virtualisation. Desktop certification is available at four levels: MTA, MCSA, MCSE and Microsoft Specialist.
Look out for:
MCSA: Windows 10 is currently only available as an upgrade to MCSA: Windows 8. Whether Microsoft is planning to offer the ability to gain MCSA: Windows 10 without having done Windows 8 is currently unknown.
Available Desktop certifications:
MTA: IT Infrastructure
MCSA: Windows 10
MCSA: Windows 8
MCSE: Enterprise Devices and Apps
Microsoft Specialist Certification in Windows 10
Microsoft Specialist Certification in Windows 7
Microsoft Specialist Certification in Virtualisation
This category covers Microsoft Office certification, including the newer Office 365 service selection. Available levels include MCSA, MOS, MOS Expert and MOS Master.
Look out for:
Office 2016 certification. Office certification currently only covers Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 and 2013, so people are still waiting on Microsoft to release exams and training for the 2016 edition.
Available Applications certifications:
MCSA: Office 365
Database is essentially Microsoft SQL certification. These certifications cover the use of the company’s relational database management system, SQL Server, to build data solutions. In this category are MTA, MCSA and MCSE certifications.
Look out for:
Updates for SQL Server 2016. When SQL Server 2014 came out, only the MCSE certifications were updated, so we should expect the same here. SQL Server 2016 is currently in beta, with the 3rd release candidate having been released on April 15th.
Available Database certifications:
MCSA: SQL Server
MCSE: Data Platform
MCSE: Business Intelligence
Microsoft Developer certification is for anybody who wishes to improve their confidence and understanding of software development for areas such as the Windows Store, SharePoint and Azure. Included in the category are MTA and MCSD certifications.
Look out for:
Updates to MCSD: SharePoint Applications. This certification currently covers SharePoint Server 2013. SharePoint Server 2016 is out, so we can expect this certification to be updated in the future.
Available Developer certifications:
MCSD: Windows Store Apps
MCSD: Web Applications
MCSD: SharePoint Applications
MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management
MCSD: Azure Solutions Architect
The Knowledge Academy offers a wide range of fully accredited classroom-based Microsoft certification courses to help you pass your exams and gain these valuable certifications. See our Microsoft page for more details.
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