How is PRINCE2 Practitioner different from Foundation?

How is PRINCE2 Practitioner different?When enrolling on a PRINCE2 training course at Knowledge Train, people are often interested in the difference between the Foundation and Practitioner levels. In particular, our course advisors are often asked what makes the Practitioner the more challenging level of PRINCE2

Please read on for an explanation of how the Foundation and Practitioner differ, in order to help ensure that you complete the most appropriate level of PRINCE2 training for your project management needs.

PRINCE2 Foundation

PRINCE2 Foundation – the introductory level – explores the principles, themes, and processes at the heart of the PRINCE2 methodology. It is most suited to individuals who want to develop a detailed understanding of how the method works, in order to participate effectively in PRINCE2 project teams.

PRINCE2 Foundation exam format

The PRINCE2 Foundation exam format is standard multiple choice with 4 options to choose from for each question. The exam lasts for 1 hour and contains 75 questions. 5 of these are trial questions and do not carry a mark, therefore the highest number of marks available is 70. The pass mark is 35 or more – i.e. 50%.

PRINCE2 Foundation syllabus

The PRINCE2 Foundation exam tests whether your knowledge and understanding of PRINCE2 is sufficient to enable you to work effectively with, or as a member of, a project management team working within an environment supporting PRINCE2.

Specifically, you need to know:

  • 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
PRINCE2 Foundation exam pass rates

In the UK, the national average pass rate for all PRINCE2 Foundation students across the whole of the UK is 97%.

PRINCE2 Foundation course duration

A typical PRINCE2 Foundation training course lasts for between 2-3 days with an exam at the end. At Knowledge Train, our PRINCE2 Foundation courses last for 2.5 days.

PRINCE2 Foundation exam pre-requisites


PRINCE2 Practitioner

By contrast, PRINCE2 Practitioner is for those who want to apply the method to the management of projects, and is therefore ideal for existing and aspiring project managers.

While there are certain advanced aspects of PRINCE2 that you learn about at Practitioner level (chiefly, how the method can be tailored to suit various kinds of projects), the focus of Practitioner training is on applying what you already know to specific scenarios. It should be noted that the Foundation qualification is a pre-requisite for the Practitioner.

When studying for the Practitioner exam, you need to ensure that you not only understand the PRINCE2 principles, themes, and processes, but can also apply them to projects of various kinds. In addition, you should pay careful attention to the management products (documents created during PRINCE2 projects), with the aim of being able to create and evaluate them.

Becoming a PRINCE2 Practitioner is a normal part of many project managers’ careers; PRINCE2 is commonly thought of as the de-facto standard method of managing projects in the UK, and many project management job vacancies specify that candidates should be familiar with it.

PRINCE2 Practitioner exam format

The PRINCE2 Practitioner exam format consists of several types of multiple choice styles. The exam lasts for 2.5 hours and contains 80 questions in total. The pass mark is 44 or more – i.e. 55%. For a full description of the different Practitioner question styles, read our e-book on the subject.

PRINCE2 Practitioner syllabus

The PRINCE2 Practitioner exam tests whether your ability to apply your knowledge and understanding of PRINCE2 is sufficient to enable you to manage a non-complex project in an environment using PRINCE2.

Specifically, you need to:

  • Understand the relationships between the roles, management products, principles, themes, techniques and processes
  • Be able to apply the principles, themes and processes to a project
  • Be able to create and assess management products
PRINCE2 Practitioner exam pass rates

In the UK, the national average pass rate for all PRINCE2 Practitioner students across the whole of the UK is 73%. At Knowledge Train, we have managed to achieve a pass rate of 83% over the last 3 years.

PRINCE2 Practitioner course duration

A typical PRINCE2 Practitioner training course lasts for between 2-3 days with an exam at the end. At Knowledge Train, our PRINCE2 Practitioner courses last for 2 days.

PRINCE2 Practitioner exam pre-requisites

Any of the following are required:

  • PRINCE2 Foundation
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
  • IPMA Level A® (Certified Projects Director)
  • IPMA Level B® (Certified Senior Project Manager)
  • IPMA Level C® (Certified Project Manager)
  • IPMA Level D® (Certified Project Management Associate)
PRINCE2 qualifications validity