AIDN NSW PROJECT MANAGEMENT COURSES

AIDN NSW and GOAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES have put together the following Project Management Courses:

Course details for all courses including objectives and syllabus are provided below and in the attached course brochures: 

All course streams include:

  1. Up to 20 delegates per course with no minimum number of delegates.
  2. Copy of relevant Manual
  3. Student course material
  4. Access to eLearning course if applicable via Goal LMS
  5. Examinations including external certification exam (one attempt per delegate no refunds)
  6. Virtual classroom using Cisco Webex where indicated for Facilitator led training. Access to world leading Facilitators during this training.

If you know what course or courses you are interest in, please Register Your Interest now, otherwise read the course information below.

Geoff Rankins – Trainer Bio
BSc(Hons), MApplSci, MBA, AdvDipPM, FAIPM, CPPD
Geoff Rankins is a business focused professional with over 43 years of experience in public administration, financial services, insurance, mining, transportation, telecommunications and information technology. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Project Management, a Certified Practising Project Director, and a Certified Scrum Master.
Geoff has developed and delivered executive briefings and training courses to Governments, NGOs and major corporates in Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, East Asia and southern Africa.
Geoff is an Approved Trainer in PRINCE2, PRINCE2 Agile, MSP, MoP, P3O, MoR, MoV, Agile Project Management, Managing Benefits, Change Management, Praxis Framework, ABC Scrum Master and Better Business Cases.

PRINCE2 ® Project Management Courses


PRINCE2 is an acronym of PRojects IN Controlled Environments version 2. It is becoming a de-facto standard project management method in Australia and New Zealand, and is also widely used internationally.  Structured, yet highly adaptable, PRINCE2 can be tailored to meet the needs of any project in any industry.

Whether you are sponsoring, governing, managing, working in or supporting projects, our PRINCE2 training courses are designed to improve your chances of individual and organisational success.

The following diagram shows our PRINCE2 courses in relation to the goals supported by each course.

This course provides each participant with a solid Foundation in PRINCE2 concepts.  Courses are written against the new PRINCE2:2017 release.

The Foundation Course will:

  • Provide detailed explanations of PRINCE2’s integrated elements and their relationships.
  • Explain how to use the Process Model to assemble Stage Plans.
  • Provide careful and detailed preparation for the Foundation Exam.

 This course is suitable for:

  • Experienced Project Managers who need to be able to work effectively in a PRINCE2 environment.
  • First-time and ‘accidental’ Project Managers in need of a method to help manage projects of different types and sizes.
  • ‘Centre of excellence’ staff who need a solid understanding of PRINCE2 to tailor the method for their organisations.
  • Project and programme support staff wanting to learn how to effectively operate in a PRINCE2 environment.
  • Anyone wishing to round out their resume with a formal internationally recognised project management certification.

There are no prerequisites for the course.

 Course Content

The Foundation Course covers:

  • The origin of PRINCE2, where it fits, and its integrated elements;
  • The PRINCE2 Principles and how they empower the project team;
  • The PRINCE2 Themes, or approaches to critical aspects of project management, including:
    • Organisation;
    • Business Case;
    • Risk;
    • Plans;
    • Change;
    • Progress;
    • Quality
  • The PRINCE2 Process Model, its flow of control and information, the roles involved and their activities, and how to assemble the elements of the Process Model to form Stage Plans;
  • Guidance on how to tailor PRINCE2 to suit project needs, and how to embed PRINCE2 into the organisational context of projects;
  • Hands on activities, discussions, role plays, quizzes and mind maps in every session to ensure you have absorbed PRINCE2;
  • Guidance on how to prepare for the Foundation Exam, with lots of practice.

 Certification Exam

The Foundation Exam is a 1 hour closed book exam. There are 60 classical multiple choice questions. To pass the exam, a candidate must correctly answer 33 (55%) or more of the questions.

Exams are conducted on behalf of the relevant Examination Institute, subject to their terms and conditions.

This Seminar provides each participant with a Practitioner understanding of how to apply PRINCE2 in realistic project scenarios and adapt PRINCE2 to different project environments.  Courses are written against the new PRINCE2:2017 release.

The Practitioner Seminar will:

  • Expand the participant’s understanding of the principles and philosophies underpinning PRINCE2.
  • Provide participants with exposure to how PRINCE2 is applied in different project environments.
  • Explain how PRINCE2 can be effectively applied to address the needs and problems of a specific project scenario.
  • Provide careful and detailed preparation for the Practitioner Exam.

This course is suitable for:

  • Experienced Project Managers who need to be able to work effectively in a PRINCE2 environment.
  • First-time and ‘accidental’ Project Managers in need of a method to help manage projects of different types and sizes.
  • ‘Centre of excellence’ staff who need a solid understanding of PRINCE2 to tailor the method for their organisations.
  • Project and programme support staff wanting to learn how to effectively operate in a PRINCE2 environment.
  • Anyone wishing to round out their resume with a formal internationally recognised project management certification.

Prerequisites: Participants must have successfully completed our PRINCE2 Foundation course.

 Course Content

The Practitioner Seminar is a scenario based training course focusing on the application of PRINCE2 under different project environments and scenarios. Review and revision sessions of all PRINCE2 elements are included throughout the training.

We have developed a full set of Practitioner-style exam questions based on a realistic scenario, to provide even more opportunity to apply and learn PRINCE2.

Certification Exam

Note: Candidates for the Practitioner Exam must have passed the Foundation Exam. The Practitioner Exam is a 2½ hour, open manual, scenario based multiple choice exam. The candidate must provide responses to questions presented in the following styles:

  • Classical multiple choice
  • Yes/No
  • Matching
  • Sequencing

There are 68 questions. To pass the exam, a candidate must correctly answer 38 (55%) or more of the questions.

We conduct these exams on behalf of the relevant Examination Institute, subject to their terms and conditions.

PRINCE2 Re-Registration Course

This course will bring delegates up to speed against the current version of PRINCE2, then prepare them for the Re-registration exam. In line with international standards on accreditation, the registration of PRINCE2 Practitioners expires after 5 years. Practitioners may reregister from 3 to 5 years after the date they attained their registration.  This Course provides each participant with an update on changes to PRINCE2 since they became registered, then prepares them to sit the Practitioner Reregistration Exam. This Course is also useful for those who gained an awareness of PRINCE2 based on a previous version, and who wish to upgrade their knowledge to align with the current version. The Practitioner Reregistration Seminar will:

  • Provide participants with a bridging between the previous and current versions of PRINCE2;
  • Provide careful and detailed preparation for the Practitioner Reregistration Exam.

The Reregistration Seminar is in two parts:

  • A bridging briefing, during which we provide candidates with an update on recent changes to PRINCE2;
  • A Practitioner Reregistration Exam preparation seminar. The PRINCE2 Practitioner Reregistration Exam is a 1 hour, open manual, scenario based multiple choice exam.

The candidate must provide responses to 3 questions presented in the following styles: Classical multiple choice; Yes/No; Multiple response; Matching; Sequencing; Assertion/Reason. The maximum score for the exam is 36 marks. The candidate must score 55% or more marks to pass the exam. Candidates for the Practitioner Reregistration Exam must have previously passed the Practitioner Exam. We conduct the exam on behalf of Peoplecert International. Successful candidates will be required to re-register within 3-5 years of the renewed certification There will be homework each evening.

PRINCE2 ® Agile


Why Agile Project Management?

The rationale for existing ‘waterfall’ approaches to project management is clearly flawed in domains where the client can’t tell you what they want until after they see it, and where delivery of a workable solution on time and budget is more important than delivering a perfect solution. Agile project management supports the concepts of iteration and incremental development that are necessary for agility.

Agile Project Management delivers a more flexible and adaptive approach to projects. It is a new approach for business projects which strive for high speed innovation. Agile projects focus on the delivery of the products and cut to a minimum the bureaucracy traditionally associated with some project management methods. The real life experiences and comparative case studies have demonstrated that agile approaches deliver greater value at reduced cost.

Based on the proven fundamentals within AgilePM, our courses provide the ability to deliver Agile projects in organisations requiring standards, rigour and visibility around Project Management, while at the same time enabling the fast pace, change and empowerment expected in an agile environment.

Our courses will:

  • Explain how to lay the foundations for successful agile projects;
  • Explain how an agile project is managed;
  • Clarify the different management styles needed for successful agile projects (compared to “traditional” projects);
  • Provide integration with PRINCE2 ®.

The following diagram shows the interacting processes in an agile project’s lifecycle:

The strength of PRINCE2 lies in the areas of project direction and project management whereas agile has a very strong focus on product delivery. When PRINCE2 and agile are combined, project direction, project management and project delivery are all optimised to create the world’s most complete project management solution. PRINCE2 Agile is the most up-to-date and relevant view of agile project management methods, and the only framework covering a wide range of agile concepts, including SCRUM, Kanban and Lean Startup.

This 3-day course provides each participant with an understanding of the PRINCE2 Agile extension.  By the end of the PRINCE2 Agile course participants should:

  • Understand the basic concepts of common agile ways of working;
  • Understand the purpose and context for combining PRINCE2 and agile ways of working;
  • Be able to apply and evaluate the agile focus areas to a project;
  • Be able to fix and flex the six aspects of a project in an agile context;
  • Be able to tailor the PRINCE2 principles, themes, processes and management products to a project in an agile context;
  • Be fully prepared to sit the PRINCE2 Agile examination.

This certification is aimed at supporting Project Managers who are working or want to work in an agile environment.

 Prerequisites: Participants must have successfully completed a PRINCE2 Foundation course and passed the exam, or must have one of the following certificates:

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) (PMI);
  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM);
  • IPMA Levels A, B, C and D (Certified Projects Director)

The PRINCE2 Agile course covers:

  • Day 1: Projects and BAU; An overview of agile; Blending PRINCE2 and agile together; Assumptions; The Hexagon (incl. MoSCoW prioritisation); Starting Up a Project, Initiating a Project (including the Business Case, value assessment and Cynefin approach); Requirements and User Stories; Organisation;
  • Day 2: Servant Leadership; Principles and behaviours; The Agilometer and the Risk Theme; Managing Product Delivery (incl. Scrum, Plans and Progress, estimation, burn charts, Interim Releases and Work Packages); Quality (Incl. Definition of Done); Controlling a Stage and Managing a Stage Boundary (Incl. Frequent Releases and Retrospectives); Directing a Project;
  • Day 3: Closing a Project; Management Products; Communication (Incl. workshops); Kanban; Lean Start-up; General guidance (Incl. Health Check, Transitioning, Project Manager tips).

 Certification Exam

  • The PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner Exam is a 2½ hour, scenario based multiple choice objective exam.
  • The candidate is allowed access to the PRINCE2 Agile reference manual only during the exam.
  • The candidate must provide responses to 50 questions worth 1 mark each.
  • The candidate must score 25 or more marks to pass the exam.
  • We conduct these exams on behalf of the relevant Examination Institute, subject to their terms and conditions.

PRAXIS Framework ™ Courses


What is the PRAXIS Framework?

This ISO215001 based Praxis method comprises the seven processes from the international standard’s integration subject area. The most obvious difference is that the word ‘project’ has been removed as the model can be applied to programmes as well as projects. (Note: because ISO21500 is very closely based on the PMBoK®2, this method is also broadly consistent with the ANSI standard from the PMI®).

The Praxis Framework is a free, community-driven framework which can help you and your organisation realise the intended benefits of projects, programmes and portfolios (P3). The Praxis Framework integrates P3 management approaches in a single consistent vertically integrated guide, freely available at praxisframework.org.

The Praxis Framework is a combination of four types of best practice guidance: Knowledge; Method; Competency; and Capability, supported by a library of resources and an encyclopaedia that are being continually added to by practitioners.

This course provides participants with a solid Foundation in Praxis Framework concepts, applicable in both project and programme environments.

By the end of the 3 day Foundation Course delegates should understand the key elements of the Praxis Framework:

  • The project, programme and portfolio environment;
  • Project and programme management functions;
  • Roles, processes and documentation used to manage project and programme lifecycle phases;
  • Provide careful and detailed preparation for the Foundation Exam.

This course is aimed at current and aspiring project and programme managers. It is also relevant to other people involved in the design, development and delivery of projects, programmes and portfolios, including Sponsors, Project and Programme Board members, Business Change Managers, Team Managers, Project and Programme assurance, administrative support and operational line managers.

 There are no prerequisites for the course.

 Foundation Course Content

The Foundation Course covers:

  • The context of portfolio, programme and project (P3) management;
  • The core elements of Praxis – knowledge, method, competency, capability;
  • Integrative functions – planning, control, assurance, business case, information, organisation and stakeholders;
  • Delivery functions – scope, schedule, risk, finance, resources and change;
  • P3 management processes;
  • Interpersonal skills.

The course includes hands on activities, discussions, role plays and quizzes in every session to ensure you have absorbed Praxis Framework concepts. Delegates are also provided with detailed guidance on how to prepare for the certification exam, with lots of practice.

 Certification Exam

The Foundation Exam is a 1 hour closed book exam. There are 75 multiple choice questions. The candidate must correctly answer 50% or more of the questions to pass the exam.

We conduct these exams on behalf of the relevant Examination Institute, subject to their terms and conditions.

This course advances participants to an advanced understanding of how to apply the Praxis Framework in realistic scenarios, and adapt the Praxis Framework to different project and programme environments.The 2 day Practitioner Seminar refines the delegate’s understanding on how to apply and tailor the Praxis Framework’s project and programme management layers in a scenario based environment.

This course is aimed at current and aspiring project and programme managers. It is also relevant to other people involved in the design, development and delivery of projects, programmes and portfolios, including Sponsors, Project and Programme Board members, Business Change Managers, Team Managers, Project and Programme assurance, administrative support and operational line managers.

Prerequisites: Participants should have successfully completed our Praxis Framework Foundation  course.

Alternatively, participants with a PRINCE2 or MSP certification may advance straight to the Practitioner seminar. We will provide a detailed pre-course reading list.

 Course Content – Practitioner Course

The Practitioner Seminar is a scenario based training course focusing on the application of the Praxis Framework under different environments and scenarios. Revision sessions of all elements of the Praxis Framework are included throughout the training.

The course includes hands on activities in every session to ensure you have absorbed Praxis Framework concepts.

Delegates are also provided with detailed guidance on how to prepare for the certification exam, with lots of practice.

The course refers to content available at praxisframework.org. This content may also be accessed during the Practitioner exam. Delegates should register online, and should bring to the course their own devices to access this content. 

Certification Exam

The Practitioner Exam is a 2½ hour, scenario based multiple choice exam. Delegates may access the praxisframework.org website during the course using their own devices. The candidate must provide responses to questions presented in the following styles:

  • Classical multiple choice
  • Yes/No
  • Multiple response
  • Matching
  • Sequencing
  • Assertion/Reason

There are 80 question items worth 1 mark each, so the maximum score for the exam is 80 marks. The candidate must score 40 (50%) or more marks to pass the exam.

We conduct these exams on behalf of the relevant Examination Institute, subject to their terms and conditions.