PRINCE2 certifications can be useful for many reasons. For an organization implementing PRINCE2 as its project management framework, the PRINCE2 courses and certifications can be a way to build a shared and thoroughly understood project management language and approach. For the individual, it is a way to learn how to manage projects or to work in a project environment using the most internationally recognized project management method. There three levels of PRINCE2 certification are:
PRINCE2 Practitioner - to confirm you have achieved sufficient understanding of how to apply and tailor PRINCE2 in a scenario situation.
PRINCE2 Professional - to further demonstrate your expertise in the PRINCE2 method. This level will test your ability to manage a non-complex PRINCE2 project across all aspects of the project lifecycle
The purpose of the Foundation qualification is to confirm that you have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the PRINCE2 method to be able to work effectively with, or as a member of, a project management team working within an environment supporting PRINCE2. The Foundation qualification can also be a pre-requisite for the follow-on Practitioner qualification.
PRINCE2 Foundation introduces you to the PRINCE2 method enabling you to act as an informed member of the project team within a PRINCE2 environment. The lower level Foundation exam is a one-hour, multiple choice exam which tests candidate's knowledge of the method. Exam format:
- Closed book.
- Multiple choice
- 75 questions per paper
- 5 questions to be trial and not counted in scores
- 35 marks required to pass (out of 70 available) - 50%
- 60 minutes duration
PRINCE2 Foundation is aimed at project managers and aspiring project managers. It is also relevant to other key staff involved in the design, development and delivery of projects, including: Project Board members (e.g. Senior Responsible Owners), Team Managers (e.g. Product Delivery Managers), Project Assurance (e.g. Business Change Analysts), Project Support (e.g. Project and Programme Office personnel) and operational line managers/staff.
By passing the Foundation exam, you should understand the structure and key terminology of the method. Specifically, you should understand:
- The characteristics and context of a project and the benefits of adopting PRINCE2
- The purpose of the PRINCE2 roles, management products and themes
- The PRINCE2 principles.
- The purpose, objectives and context of the PRINCE2 processes.
The purpose of the practitioner level is to confirm you have achieved sufficient understanding of how to apply and tailor PRINCE2 in a scenario situation.
PRINCE2 Practitioner teaches you to apply PRINCE2 to the running and managing of a project within a PRINCE2 environment. The higher level Practitioner exam lasts for 2.5 hours, and is a more complex multiple choice exam which tests candidate's ability to apply the method to a simple project scenario. Passing the Foundation exam is a pre-requisite for sitting the Practitioner exam. PRINCE2 Practitioner exam format:
- Open book exam (official PRINCE2 manual only).
- Objective testing
- 8 questions - 10 question items per question, each worth one mark
- 44 marks or more required to pass (out of 80 available) - 55%
- Two-and-a-half hours (150 minutes) duration, no additional reading time
Candidates who have passed the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam may call themselves a Registered PRINCE2 Practitioner for 5 years after which they must pass a Re-registration examination every 5 years to maintain their Registered Practitioner status. The Re-registration exam is a one hour exam with 3 topics each containing 10 questions. The pass mark is 55%, which means candidates must score 17 marks or more to pass.
This course is aimed at anyone wishing to gain the qualification. This course would benefit:
- Project Managers
- Team Managers and support staff
- Staff who will have a defined role
- Project Management Consultants
- General Managers
- Programme Managers
The PRINCE2 Professional certification is the next step for PRINCE2 Practitioners looking to further demonstrate their expertise in the PRINCE2 method. This level will test your ability to manage a non-complex PRINCE2 project across all aspects of the project lifecycle.
The PRINCE2 Professional certification was introduced in 2012 by the APM Group, accreditation body at the time. The assessment criteria involve more general capabilities such as team working, which is not a specific PRINCE2 capability. Passing the Practitioner exam is a pre-requisite for sitting the Professional assessment. PRINCE2 Professional exam format:
- 2 ½ day residential Assessment Centre
- Assessment is against 19 individual performance criteria (there is no written examination).
- Group activities and exercises
- Based on a fictional project case study