I attended the 5 day PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner course at the start of November with Paul Williams as the tutor, and I have to say he was excellent. He knew everything about the course and more, and was willing to stay behind and help out if there was anything you was unsure about. The course was intense and a lot of hard work but its definitely worth it when you find out you are now a PRINCE2 Practitioner!
Would recommend this course to all of my colleagues and friends! :)
I found the flicking from one page then to another and then back again, not conducive to learning and building on acquired knowledge. Had the book and pre course study material arrived prior to the Friday before commencing the course on the Monday, I feel I would have had time to take in the facts. As a qualified accountant I am used to absorbing facts when presented in a logical manner. I feel this course lacked structure and at times found the tutor difficult to hnderstand, especially when she spoke with her back to the class.
I would be interested in resitting the exam without further tutorials, and just read the book. How can I book an exam please?
Although the majority of PRINCE2 is just to provide a generic common sense framework around managing projects and programmes, it is a fantastic course to make you think about the steps required in order to increase the chances of successfully implementing a project.
The Datrix instructor was absolutely brilliant in covering all the key aspects of PRINCE2 and explaining each step using real world examples. I thoroughly recommend this course; and Datrix for their staffs ability to comprehensively teach the material effectively. The pre-requisite course material supplied by Datrix would of provided a sufficient grounding on its own, in order to understand the theory around PRINCE2.
Well run course and great venue and catering. The presenter Mark knew the material off by heart and could summarise and explain it well and went at a good pace. There was a lot of information to take in, however, the recap on the last morning really helped.
I am very happy with the level of knowledge from the tutor and his ability to answer any and all questions in an understandable and where appropriate situation specific way. He listened to comments around the business i work for and amended his examples to fit around that.
I feel that there was alot of content but the way it was managed allowed me to be confortable going into the exam.
I attended the 3 day Foundation course, it was exhausting, engaging and fast paced. The presenter was excellent and was able to call on a lot of real life examples to set the scene. Be prepared to do a lot of work in the evenings, approximately 2-3 hours i spent each night reading and doing test questions. There is so much material to cover over the 3 days it would have been good to get some more time to absorb it all prior to the exam, that said you are so immersed in it that it was a relief to get the exam over with on the Wednesday.
Although I have been a project Mgr for many years now and use and understand the general principle of PRINCE 2 on a daily basis I found the approach PRINCE 2 takes overly wordy and complicated. I work in an industry that is very direct - automotive delivery so the wording i found more akin to public sector.
However, the way the course was delivered by Paul was excellent and it has taught me to look at the way i approach projects in a new manner depending upon the circumstances.
Datrix really impressed me once again with the delivery of this course. The trainer had an expert knowledge of the whole course and could relate situations back to real life scenarios. The course administration was excellent and the whole course from start to finish was all very professional
Excellent training. Presenter was highly skilled in holding the interest of the group, presenting in an interesting and amusing manner and aiding individual understanding by relating the material to an individual's personal employment situation. Sessions were very well organised with an optimum balance of 'lecture' style presentation and individual practise of exam questions. Sessions were intensive with regards learning which was essential to ensure exam success.
I would highly recommend Datrix Training and I would certainly use them again for my own and colleagues' future training needs.
PRINCE2 is quite a dry topic, however trainer brought it to life with entertaining examples. Very knowledgeable as well. Took the chore out of the training.
David Cartwright very helpful as always.
However, vegan food requirement didn't make it to the hotel. Although this was a last minute change of venue which may account for message not getting through and the hotel was very helpful and pleasant.
Great venue, lunch included was a huge bonus abd meant shorter breaks and more time to learn. Trainer was lovely and very knowledgeable he did speak rather fast and there was too much info on the wednesday morning with the exam in the afternoon there was no time to process what we had been told. Well Worth doing course but not an easy ride!
We did the ITIL foundation course a few weeks ago. It was a great course, the trainer was very knowledgeable and clearly very experienced. My only minor point (which may not even be a reflection on Datrix) is that there was a lot of information to take in in only 2 days (given that the 3rd was all exam prep). An extra day or two to cover the content at a more relaxed pace would be the only improvement. Having said that, everyone in the group all passed the exam first time round!
I attended the Prince2 combined foundation and practitioner course in 2013. Although we received a link to pre-course materials, these were not well sign posted or indeed organised logically. They made me hugely apprehensive about the course itself. Minor things such as timing out while you were reading the online chapters didn't help! However, the actual trainer and on course support was excellent. You couldn't fault Paul who placed the theory into context of our own work environment, which made it much more understandable. Overall an excellent course, but could do with some tweaks to the pre-course (which I understand is already happening)
Its a hard slog though! Kiss goodbye to a week of your life!
The course was intense. A lot of information was covered over the week. The pre-course work meant we hit the ground running. The complex detail was made interesting by the engaging trainer who had lots of industry experience and used examples to bring the often dry subject matter to life. Thoroughly enjoyable! *****
Great trainer, venue was convenient and very central. The way, the course was hold, helps to categorize and manage the daily project work better, even if not the whole company follows Prince2 rules. Only the preparation course could be a bit more focussed, it just covers or less already the whole content of the course.
Excellent PRINCE2 training course, well-delivered by a knowledgeable and approachable trainer
I attended a refresher PRINCE2 course as I had to re-register and was not familiar with the 'new' exam format. So I wanted to get some tips on the new format and I got that. I can't comment on the entire course but the trainer did seem to know PRINCE2 inside out.
I attended a five day PRINCE2 and practitioner training course with Datrix in August 2013. From my initial enquiry to the delivery of my results, the service from Datrix was excellent. All my pre-course questions were answered promptly and the whole course ran smoothly. Our trainer, Tony, was wonderful! He made the course material interesting and stimulating, and helped understanding by continuously using real life examples based on the group's experience. All our questions were addressed and no one felt embarrassed about speaking up if they didn't understand something. The people on the course seemed to gel really well which made for a good learning experience. The homework took up quite a lot of time but it really paid off. I felt prepared for both the foundation and practitioner exams and passed both with flying colours! Thank you, Datrix
I attended a 5 day PRINCE2 Practitioner course in Manchester. It was a very mixed ability/experience group but the trainer took it in his stride. Teaching methods were great an the whole group passed the Foundation exam on the third day. I don't know about the group's Practitioner results but I personally passed with a great mark. I would recommend Datrix to anyone looking to do a PRINCE2 course.
The course was Prince 2 reaccreditation but I had not read the new book (which had changed significxplaination of the styles of antly from my initial accreditation). I found going through old papers and the explainations of the question styles really helpful. The option to defer the exam for up to 2 months was also good. I was surprised to be attending day 4 of a 5 day course but soon settled in.
I had a great experience during my week with Datrix. Paul Williams was a fantastic teacher helping us through Prince2. His knowledge of the subject and ability to translate it in a way that sunk in was superb. Paul was 100% supportive thought the course and made passing achievable.
Great course, however it only gives an overview of the various roles people perform within a project rather than focsuing on the actual project manager role. I think more operational, hands on information on the project management function would be useful. I also think the course should give an intro to Microsoft Projects or other similar packages such as Project in a Box. Overall the course needs to be more practical, offer scenario based learning and if it was spread out over more sessions, provide an opportunity to work in groups etc.
I thoroughly enjoyed the training course. its not for the faint hearted though, lots of pre work and homework! The pace of the training is good. I found the trainer was excellent. He was very knowledgeable about Prince2 (which is what you would expect) but also a seasoned PM in his own right. So could add "real life" examples to illustrate his point. The training venue was excellent - Bewley's Hotel in Leeds city centre. Food was good, training room was good size and comfortable. Small class of 6 people which was ideal. I achieved my Prince2 Practitioner so I am happy with my investment. Everyone passed the foundation exam which was a good sign. Datrix also give you the option to re-sit the foundation and defer the practitioner exam if you need to. So I would recommend them. They are also APM approved training provider which is important if you are comparing training companies.
Joining arrangements were disorganised and the venue changed (from one location in Leeds to another) after I'd made arrangements, but the course was relocated to a hotel which made it simple to stay there. I was very unimpressed with the pre-course work; the Datrix web site is poor in design and function, and the material could do with a good proof reader to correct the dreadful grammar. I found it very distracting because I was constantly trying to decide in what sense something was meant, rather than just being able to get on with the study. This left me feeling very apprehensive about the course itself and its ability to meet my objective of passing the exam. However, I was pleasantly surprised and extremely impressed with the quality of the classroom element of the course. Stanley, the trainer, was excellent - he knows the subject matter inside out and delivers it with such enthusiasm, you can't help but be caught up in it. The fast paced delivery may not be to everyone's liking but it completely suited me - it was like being on a rollercoaster, where you can still feel the motion after you get off! I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend the course on the strength of the classroom delivery alone. The only let-down was the lunches - sandwiches and chips EVERY day, absolutely identical... who eats chips every day?? I suspect that this was down to Datrix's choice/budget because otherwise the food in the hotel was really good, but it certainly needs addressing.
While the tutor was knowledgable, the subject matter was taught almost exclusively to the exam, and little attempt was made to tie it back into the practical application or implmentation nor to foster a true and genuine understanding of the subject matter. This is not a fault of the tutor, he is clearly working within parameters set and it appears that many of the attendees from a public sector background were happy with this approach, presumably because a succesful exam pass is how they are being judged rather than by a useful knowledge of the subject. The course was not completely useless - I have the reference material and can see how it can be applied in my company. However I think it should have been made clear that this course is aimed at those whose primary goal is a succesful exam pass. I think Datrix should also consider setting up a different course aimed at those such as myself who have a desire to effectively implement Prince 2. In addition to covering the core material such a course should cover various case-studies, likely challenges and practical guidance. My overall experience is that I do not feel the nature of this course was adequately spelled out via the web-site or when booking and feel that had I known I would probably have chosen to look elsewhere for a more apporpriate training course.
Project Management isn't the most exciting subject but I really enjoyed the week I spent training for my PRINCE2 Practitioner qualification. The days were long, even with breaks, and there was work to do in the evenings. However, the material was broken down in a way that made it very managable.
The trainer was extremely knowledgeable about project management, PRINCE2 and the guide book. He also had about 557 stories for every situation which helped us to apply what we were learning to real life situations. Datrix were very supportive throughout the process, sending pre-course reading material well in advance and making the booking process simple and straightforward.
I did the training in a class room, which helped me to stay focussed. I also did the Foundation and Practitioner in one go, which meant that I felt properly prepared for the final exam - I would be worried about losing some of the information if I had left a gap. I also currently work in project support using PRINCE2 as a framework, which also helped me to make sense of the material.
I took a Prince 2 Foundation and Practitioner course which i was expecting to be challenging . From the moment the instructor introduced himself i knew we were in good hands . He was knowledgeable, entertaining and made the subject matter a little more interesting than it may have been. The administration of the course went smoothly and i encountered no issues from start to finish . Happy to recommend based on my experience.
I found the training facilities for the course to be substandard and not condusive to learning.
Precourse reading was not helpful, spelling mistakes to be found across all of the Datrix reading material and not relevant or helpful as precourse preparation. I should have been sent the APMP exam papers and not Datrix's thrown together view of what Prince2 is. There was no material given to prepare for the differences in the old practitioner exam and the multiple choice exam now in its place.
The room was untidy with overstacked boxes to the side of the room.
There was no refreshments provided in the room (I would expect at least tea, coffee and water to be provided as standard).
The room was far too hot during the afternoon.
I have been on many course and have to say I was left completely underwhelmed by this offering from Datrix and would certainly not recommend it to anyone else.
Great course that i really enjoyed. The amount of information and complexity which you're expected to retain is quite staggering, and it's a hugely intense course that was made enjoyable by the very animated and expressive course tutor.
just to say that the 2 days training to get re-certified in Prince 2 was excellent. Great instructor who knew what he was going on about and made it very interesting.
Went through every subject thoroughly and did lots of one to one questions and answers which help me remember a lot.
Look forward to doing this again in 5 years
An intensive course, well structured, delivered by a superb trainer. Exam focused but with time taken to discuss the real world application of Prince II. This course ticked all the boxes and enabled me to gain the practitioner qualification at the first attempt.
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