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Frogstomp
15th September 2008, 08:32
My girlfriend is looking at retraining as a project support officer - can anyone recommend any PSO / PRINCE2 foundation courses from personal experience?

Most of the courses are described as Foundation and/or Practitioner.. are these standardised qualifications?

Torran
15th September 2008, 08:39
My girlfriend is looking at retraining as a project support officer - can anyone recommend any PSO / PRINCE2 foundation courses from personal experience?

Most of the courses are described as Foundation and/or Practitioner.. are these standardised qualifications?

for a PSO the foundation course will be fine. Yes they are standardised.

scooby
15th September 2008, 09:26
My girlfriend is looking at retraining as a project support officer - can anyone recommend any PSO / PRINCE2 foundation courses from personal experience?

Most of the courses are described as Foundation and/or Practitioner.. are these standardised qualifications?

is there a PSO course?? there is Prince2 foundation which is aim at giving an overview to those who work in the framework (managers, support etc...). practitioner is PM and people leading the projects under the frame work.

i'm not sure there is anything tailored for project support, it changes according to companies and there support set up.

Torran
15th September 2008, 09:28
is there a PSO course?? there is Prince2 foundation which is aim at giving an overview to those who work in the framework (managers, support etc...). practitioner is PM and people leading the projects under the frame work.

i'm not sure there is anything tailored for project support, it changes according to companies and there support set up.

Foundation course will give a PSO newbie a more informed view of what they are supporting though.

Never seen anything worthwhile for PSO resource with regard to specific courses.

TykeMerc
15th September 2008, 09:34
is there a PSO course?? there is Prince2 foundation which is aim at giving an overview to those who work in the framework (managers, support etc...). practitioner is PM and people leading the projects under the frame work.

i'm not sure there is anything tailored for project support, it changes according to companies and there support set up.

:spel where??

I'm not aware of any specific PSO training courses, I doubt they would have value really as each project is different by definition.

Prince2 Foundation will allow the PSO to understand the language and imperatives and give good into how to assist the project team in general terms.
Don't expect a tremendous amount of job specific training from a 3 day course which is intended to hothouse exam passes.

Sorry I failed to answer one of your questions, I did my Prince2 qualifications via WPA, very mixed bunch of abilities on the course, all passed Foundation and all but one passed Practitioner. Admittedly the trainer we had was really good.

cojak
15th September 2008, 09:42
You can get ISEB qualifications (http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=nav.7155)* to start you off - and if 99% of PMO Managers even knew about this they be damned better at it themselves, in my opinion.

And I've always rated gbdirect (http://training.gbdirect.co.uk/courses/project_management/pd_013_ppso_foundation.html) and QA-I (http://www.qa-iq.com/courses/IltCourseoutline.aspx?type=IltCourse&courseCode=PPSO)Q as course providers (there are others tho')

*ISEB Certificate in Programme and Project Support Office Essentials (Otherwise known as PPSO)

cojak
15th September 2008, 09:45
..and with Prince2 Foundation you'd get a job in any PMO gig.

cojak
15th September 2008, 09:48
..and don't whinge about how much it costs - get a loan. If you're half way competent you'll be earning much more soon than you're earning now. The course would pay you back withing 18mts - 2 yrs, if not sooner.

(and bone up on ROI while you're at it...)

Torran
15th September 2008, 10:24
You can get ISEB qualifications (http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=nav.7155)* to start you off - and if 99% of PMO Managers even knew about this they be damned better at it themselves, in my opinion.

And I've always rated gbdirect (http://training.gbdirect.co.uk/courses/project_management/pd_013_ppso_foundation.html) and QA-I (http://www.qa-iq.com/courses/IltCourseoutline.aspx?type=IltCourse&courseCode=PPSO)Q as course providers (there are others tho')

*ISEB Certificate in Programme and Project Support Office Essentials (Otherwise known as PPSO)

Looks a decent course that cheers

Frogstomp
15th September 2008, 10:30
Thanks for the recommendations.. we'll look into it..

downsouth
15th September 2008, 12:34
wot about the P2 Foundation course online £469+vat

http://www.prince2.com/prince2-foundation-training.asp?totrain=individual

Is the extra £1000 justified to go with a training centre, thoughts???

scooby
15th September 2008, 13:36
wot about the P2 Foundation course online £469+vat

http://www.prince2.com/prince2-foundation-training.asp?totrain=individual

Is the extra £1000 justified to go with a training centre, thoughts???

for foundation you can do this at home easy enough. for Practitioner do a course.

However, £1400 for foundation is a lot, my practitioner cost about £750 3 yrs ago...

TykeMerc
15th September 2008, 13:39
I paid about £1400 for a residential at a decent hotel including Foundation and Practitioner exams.

cojak
15th September 2008, 14:04
I paid about £1400 for a residential at a decent hotel including Foundation and Practitioner exams.

Do WHS...