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PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner course (6th edition)

This training course contains everything you need to study for, and pass, both the PRINCE2 Foundation and PRINCE2 Practitioner exams.

A PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner training course is for students wanting to learn the basics of the PRINCE2 method and how to apply it on projects.

Accreditation Accreditation: PeopleCert (on behalf of AXELOS)
Pre-requisites Pre-requisites: None
classroom Format: Live or virtual classroom.

PRINCE2 Foundation course (6th edition)

A PRINCE2 Foundation course is a great starting point for learning about PRINCE2.

PRINCE2 Foundation training courses are for people new to PRINCE2, or for people participating in, supporting, or managing projects.

Accreditation Accreditation: PeopleCert (on behalf of AXELOS)
Pre-requisites Pre-requisites: None
classroom Format: Live or virtual classroom.
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PRINCE2 Practitioner course (6th edition)

A PRINCE2 Practitioner training course is for students wanting to learn to apply PRINCE2 on projects.

A PRINCE2 Practitioner training course is for people already certified at PRINCE2 Foundation level. PRINCE2 Foundation and PRINCE2 Practitioner training courses can also be combined into a single combined course. Click for more details.

Accreditation Accreditation: PeopleCert (on behalf of AXELOS)
Pre-requisites Pre-requisites: PRINCE2 Foundation
classroom Format: Live or virtual classroom.

PRINCE2 online courses (6th edition)

PRINCE2 online training courses are for students wanting to learn about PRINCE2, but are unable to attend a classroom course, or prefer to study in their own time.

PRINCE2 online training is available at both PRINCE2 Foundation and PRINCE2 Practitioner levels. Click for more details.

Accreditation Accreditation: PeopleCert (on behalf of AXELOS)
Pre-requisites Pre-requisites: None
self-paced Format: Self-paced online

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PRINCE2 Agile Foundation and Practitioner course

This course combines both the PRINCE2 Agile Foundation and Practitioner courses into a single course. It is for students wanting to learn the practical application of PRINCE2 in an agile context.

Accreditation Accreditation: PeopleCert (on behalf of AXELOS)
Pre-requisites Pre-requisites: None
classroom Format: Live or virtual classroom.

PRINCE2 Agile Foundation course

The PRINCE2 Agile Foundation is a great starting point for learning to use PRINCE2 in an agile context.

A PRINCE2 Agile Foundation course is for people who are new to PRINCE2 and are working in or around an agile project environment.

Accreditation Accreditation: PeopleCert (on behalf of AXELOS)
Pre-requisites Pre-requisites: None
classroom Format: Live or virtual classroom.
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PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner course

PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner is for students wanting to learn the practical application of PRINCE2 in an agile context.

A PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner course is for people who are already certified in either PRINCE2 Foundation or PRINCE2 Agile Foundation.

Accreditation Accreditation: PeopleCert (on behalf of AXELOS)
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classroom Format: Live or virtual classroom.
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Popularity of PRINCE2

PRINCE 2 (PRojects IN Controlled Environments 2) is a project management methodology. It is used widely in all sectors – public, private, and third sector – and in many different countries.

It provides step-by-step guidance for managing projects. Guidance is described in the official PRINCE2 manual (Managing Successful Projects Using PRINCE2® 2017 Edition).

Since 1996, PRINCE2 has established itself as the world’s most popular project management methodology and certification. Approximately 2 million PRINCE2 examinations have been sat worldwide. Most of these students sat their exam as part of a PRINCE 2 course.

History of PRINCE2

PRINCE

PRINCE2 started out in the 1970s as a method called PRINCE (stands for PRojects IN Controlled Environments). PRINCE was a UK government method for managing IT projects. It contained IT-specific terminology.

PRINCE 2 (PRINCE 2nd version)

In 1996 the 2nd version of PRINCE – or PRINCE 2 – was released as a generic project management method. All the IT terminology was removed so it could be used on any type of project.

AXELOS and PRINCE2

Prior to 2013, PRINCE2 was Crown Copyright. It was owned by H.M. Government in the UK. In 2013, AXELOS was formed by H.M. Government and Capita plc as a joint venture. PRINCE2 is now owned by AXELOS which contracts the accreditation of training organisations and trainers to PeopleCert - the exam board.

Modern trends in project management

The PRINCE2 guidance is updated every few years to reflect recent developments in project management. The latest changes were in 2017. All PRINCE2 training courses on this web site are based upon the 2017 version, also referred to as PRINCE2 6th edition.

PRINCE2 Agile

One example of how the method has been updated to reflect recent trends in project management includes the launch in 2015 of PRINCE2 Agile. PRINCE2 Agile describes how the governance and control provided by PRINCE2 can be integrated with popular Agile development methods such as Scrum.

Since its launch PRINCE2 Agile has become a popular approach for agile project managers to use to help them deliver a successful project in an agile context. A PRINCE2 Agile classroom or self-study course are the preferred methods to learn about the PRINCE2 Agile guidance.

Just like PRINCE2, PRINCE2 Agile is accredited by PeopleCert on behalf of AXELOS. The PRINCE2 Agile Foundation exam and PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner exam is included in our PRINCE2 Agile training courses. The English exam is provided as standard, but other languages are also available.

PRINCE2 course benefits

Benefits of a PRINCE2 course for individuals

A PRINCE 2 course you can help your career and provide you with some important benefits.

  • Career boost – by passing the PRINCE2 certification exam which comes with your PRINCE2 course you can boost your job prospects.
  • Salary boost - PRINCE2 certification can boost your earnings. In 2020, jobs in the UK requiring PRINCE2 ranged between £30-75k (according to www.indeed.co.uk).
  • Skills boost – learning a world-class project management methodology on a PRINCE2 course will give you some core project management skills to enable you to take part in or manage projects.
  • Confidence boost - the knowledge you gain from a PRINCE 2 course can boost your confidence to apply the method at work.

Benefits of a PRINCE2 course for organisations

If your team members or project managers attend in-house PRINCE2 training your organisation can gain numerous benefits including the following.

  • Best practices – your staff learn a proven approach to the management of projects based upon project management best practices.
  • Generic – your staff can use PRINCE2 on any project in any industry or sector.
  • Communication – your staff can improve their communications by learning the common vocabulary that PRINCE2 provides.
  • Accountability - by understanding the expected roles and responsibilities of PRINCE2 it can make your staff accountable for what they do on a project.
  • Outputs – your staff can help stakeholders focus their minds on how the outputs will benefit the organisation.
  • Adaptable – your staff can learn to tailor PRINCE2 to suit the needs of each project.
  • Saves senior managers’ time – your senior managers can save themselves time because your staff will learn how to write regular progress reports to replace regular progress meetings.
  • Business-focused – your staff will learn to focus on achieving benefits to avoid a project becoming an end-in-itself.
  • Involves stakeholders - your staff will learn to involve stakeholders in decision-making, thereby ensuring their needs are met.
  • Continuous improvement – your staff will learn how to learn lessons on a project so your organisation can continuously improve its project management practices.
  • Consistency – your staff will learn to use a common language which will promote consistency and re-use of assets.

All these benefits are great reasons to get your boss to fund your PRINCE 2 course.

PRINCE2 Foundation course

Course topics

A PRINCE2 Foundation course prepares you to sit and pass the PRINCE2 Foundation exam with confidence. The course covers the full range of the PRINCE2 Foundation syllabus and is based upon the following topics.

  • PRINCE2 structure and terminology
  • PRINCE2 principles
  • PRINCE2 themes
  • PRINCE2 processes.

Prerequisites

For a PRINCE 2 course in the UK, the timings are:

  • Days 1 and 2 – 09:30am to 17:00pm.

PRINCE 2 Practitioner course

Course topics

A PRINCE2 Practitioner training course provides you with a thorough understanding of how to apply PRINCE 2 to a non-complex project scenario, so that you will have the confidence to pass the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam. The training covers the full range of the PRINCE2 Practitioner syllabus and includes these topics.

  • How the PRINCE2 principles relate to the themes and processes
  • The composition and use of the recommended PRINCE2 management products
  • How to tailor the PRINCE2 themes and processes.

Prerequisites

Any of the following:

  • PRINCE2 Foundation Certification
  • PMI® Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®
  • PMI® Project Management Professional (PMP)®
  • IPMA®, IPMB®, IPMC® or IPMD®.

In the UK the Association for Project Management (APM) is the IPMA chapter. The APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) certificate is the IPMA Level D certification. Out of date certifications do not qualify.

The marks IPMA®, IPMB®, IPMC® and IPMD® are registered trademarks of IPMA in Switzerland and other countries. “PMI”, “PMP” and “CAPM” are registered marks of Project Management Institute, Inc.

A PRINCE 2 course includes

  • Official PRINCE2 manual (Managing Successful Projects using PRINCE2 (except Practitioner-only course)
  • Tuition from expert PRINCE2 instructors
  • PRINCE2 training materials in a variety of formats to suit different learning styles
  • Exams taken on paper (or online) on completion of the course
  • Exam in English unless another language is requested
  • Certificate issued by PeopleCert on behalf of AXELOS after passing the exam(s).

PRINCE2 course FAQs

  • PRINCE2 Foundation course – 2 days classroom, or 20 hours online
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner course – 2 days classroom, or 15 hours online.

A PRINCE2 course is either a classroom, online or virtual course which teaches students the PRINCE2 project management methodology - a de facto standard for project management in the UK.

A PRINCE2 Foundation course teaches students the PRINCE2 methodology and terminology. A PRINCE2 Practitioner course teaches students how to apply PRINCE2 on a project.

To get PRINCE2 certified we recommend you attend a PRINCE 2 course (either classroom or virtual) or self-study using a PRINCE2 course online .

If you hold one of these qualifications, you can sit the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam straightaway:

  • PRINCE2 Foundation
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)®
  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®
  • IPMA Levels A® to D®.

Our PRINCE2 training course London venue (weekday and weekend courses) is: 20 Old Bailey, London, EC4M 7AN, United Kingdom.

All our PRINCE2 training courses include the PRINCE2 exam.

Our Foundation PRINCE2 training includes the PRINCE2 manual. If you only take the Practitioner PRINCE2 training you need to bring the manual you were given on your PRINCE2 Foundation course.

You can find a PRINCE 2 course near you. Our students come from all over the UK including Aberdeen, Birmingham, Blackburn, Bournemouth, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Plymouth, Reading, Slough, Southampton, Sunderland, Swansea.

This table shows PRINCE2 exam pass rates by our students since 2013, and the UK national average pass rate during the same period.

ExamKnowledge Train studentsUK national average
PRINCE2 Foundation exam99%97%
PRINCE2 Practitioner exam83%73%

As the table shows, students find the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam harder than the Foundation exam.

Knowledge Train’s great PRINCE2 exam pass rates are due to:

  • Great training materials – these are designed to enable students to only learn what they need to know about PRINCE2
  • Brilliant trainers - the skill and experience of our dedicated PRINCE2 trainers means they know the best ways to prepare you for your PRINCE2 exams
  • Diversity – being in London we welcome students of all backgrounds and languages. Our training allows for students who are non-native English speakers to sit their exam with extra time.