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    PRINCE2 certification 6th edition options

    PRINCE2 Foundation certification

    PRINCE2 Foundation certification proves your knowledge of the PRINCE2 method and terminology.

    PRINCE2 Foundation certification is for people wanting to learn about PRINCE2, or for people participating in, supporting, or managing projects.

    Accreditation Accreditation: PeopleCert (on behalf of AXELOS)
    Pre-requisites Pre-requisites: None
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    PRINCE2 Practitioner certification

    PRINCE2 Practitioner certification proves your ability to apply the PRINCE2 method to a project scenario.

    PRINCE2 Practitioner certification requires you to be already certified at PRINCE2 Foundation level.

    PRINCE2 Practitioner certification is for people such as project managers wanting to learn to apply PRINCE2 on projects.

    Accreditation Accreditation: PeopleCert (on behalf of AXELOS)
    Pre-requisites Pre-requisites: PRINCE2 Foundation
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    PRINCE2 certification – more about exams, training, courses

    About PRINCE2

    Launched in 1996, PRINCE2 (PRojects IN Controlled Environments 2) is the world’s most popular project management methodology. It is used widely in the public, private, and third sectors, and in many 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, more people have obtained PRINCE2 certification (approximately 2 million) than all other project management professional certifications worldwide.

    AXELOS and PRINCE2

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

    Modern trends in project management

    Every few years the PRINCE2 guidance is updated to reflect recent developments in project management. The most recent changes came in 2017 when the PRINCE2 manual was updated. All PRINCE2 certification training on this web site are based upon the 2017 version, otherwise known as PRINCE2 6th edition.

    PRINCE2 Foundation certification and exam (6th edition)

    You can obtain your PRINCE2 Foundation certification by passing the PRINCE2 Foundation exam. Many students prepare for their exam by taking either instructor-led training (virtual or live classroom), or by taking self-paced e-learning.

    PRINCE2 accreditation is awarded by PeopleCert on behalf of AXELOS.

    Target audience

    PRINCE2 Foundation certification is ideal if you work on, or would like to begin working on projects, and if you are new to project management and/or PRINCE2.

    PRINCE2 Foundation certification shows your understanding of the PRINCE2 methodology, terminology, principles, themes, and processes. It shows you can act as an informed member of a project team which uses PRINCE2.

    PRINCE2 Foundation certification is useful for those who do not come from a project management background (such as developers with certifications such as Scrum) but want to learn about project management in ways which complements their existing agile skills.

    PRINCE2 Foundation exam

    PRINCE2 Foundation certification requires you to pass the 1-hour PRINCE2 Foundation exam. The UK national average pass rate for this exam is 97%. Knowledge Train’s students consistently achieve over 99% pass rates.

    You get your results immediately after sitting your Foundation certification exam.

    PRINCE2 Foundation certification is a prerequisite for obtaining the higher-levevl PRINCE2 Practitioner certification.

    Syllabus

    The PRINCE2 Foundation syllabus covers these topics:

    • PRINCE2 terminology
    • PRINCE2 principles
    • PRINCE2 themes
    • PRINCE2 processes.

    Prerequisites

    • None.

    PRINCE2 Practitioner certification and exam (6th edition)

    PRINCE2 Practitioner certification is for students already holding the PRINCE2 Foundation certificate, or one of the other prerequisites listed below.

    You can also gain your PRINCE2 Practitioner certification by taking instructor-led PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner training or PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner self-study.

    All instructor-led and self-study training includes the PRINCE2 certification exam(s).

    Target audience

    PRINCE2 Practitioner certification is especially sought by UK employers when hiring staff, not just project managers. PRINCE2 Practitioner certification builds upon your PRINCE2 Foundation level knowledge and shows that you can apply the PRINCE2 method on non-complex projects.

    PRINCE2 Practitioner certification looks great on your CV and is helpful if you are involved in project-based work. It is also useful if you are looking to gain new skills to use at work or are looking to move into a project manager role. In fact, PRINCE2 is so popular amongst UK employers that you will often see it is a requirement for many job roles unrelated to project management.

    Programme managers holding certifications such as MSP (Managing Successful Programmes) often gain PRINCE certification to complement their existing programme management certifications.

    PRINCE2 Practitioner exam

    The 2.5-hour PRINCE2 Practitioner exam has a UK national average pass rate of 73%. For Knowledge Train’s students, a pass rate for this exam of 86% has been achieved for almost 10 years.

    Registered PRINCE2 Practitioner status

    After gaining PRINCE2 Practitioner certification you become a registered PRINCE2 Practitioner for 5 years and you add this title onto your CV and business card.

    After 3 years, to maintain your Registered PRINCE2 Practitioner status, you must either pass another PRINCE2 Practitioner exam, or have held a valid AXELOS membership for 3 years.

    Syllabus

    The PRINCE2 Practitioner syllabus covers 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

    To sit the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam you must hold any one of the following certifications:

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

    In the United Kingdom 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.

    PRINCE2 Agile certification and exams

    In 2015 AXELOS launched the PRINCE2 Agile certification scheme. PRINCE2 Agile describes how the governance and control provided by PRINCE2 can be integrated with popular Agile development methods such as Scrum. PRINCE2 Agile certification is available at Foundation and Practitioner levels.

    PRINCE2 Agile Foundation certification

    PRINCE2 Agile Foundation certification is for students wanting to learn to use PRINCE2 in an agile context. PRINCE2 Agile Foundation is ideal for people new to PRINCE2 and are working in or around an agile project environment.

    PRINCE2 Agile Foundation exam

    PRINCE2 Agile Foundation certification requires you to pass the 1-hour multiple-choice PRINCE2 Agile Foundation exam. The pass mark is 28 out of 50 correct answers.

    You get your results immediately after sitting your PRINCE2 Agile Foundation exam.

    Either PRINCE2 Foundation or PRINCE2 Agile Foundation certification is a prerequisite for obtaining the higher-level PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner certification.

    PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner certification

    PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner certification is for students wanting to learn the practical application of PRINCE2 in an agile context. PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner requires you to hold either a PRINCE2 Foundation or PRINCE2 Agile Foundation certificate as a pre-requisite

    PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner exam

    PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner certification requires you to pass the 2.5-hour PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner exam. The pass mark is 30 out of 50 correct answers. You may use the PRINCE2 Agile manual in the exam.

    You get your results immediately after sitting your PRINCE2 Agile Foundation exam.

    PRINCE2 certification benefits

    PRINCE2 certification for individuals

    By gaining a PRINCE2 Foundation or Practitioner certificate you can get these important benefits:

    1. Career boost – PRINCE2 certification you can boost your job prospects.
    2. Salary boost - PRINCE2 certification you can boost your earnings. In 2020, UK jobs requiring one of the two PRINCE2 certifications ranged between £30-75k (according to www.indeed.co.uk).
    3. Skills boost – learning a world-class project management methodology such as PRINCE2 gives you some core project management skills to enable you to participate in, or manage projects.
    4. Confidence boost - the knowledge you gain from attending your PRINCE2 certification training course can boost your confidence to apply PRINCE2 at work.

    PRINCE2 certification for organisations

    If your staff attend an in-house PRINCE2 certification training course which focuses on applying PRINCE2, your organisation can gain numerous benefits.

    1. Best practices – your staff learn project management best practices and the proven PRINCE2 approach to managing projects.
    2. Generic – your staff can use PRINCE2 on any project in any industry or sector.
    3. Communication – your staff can improve their communication on projects by learning a common PRINCE2 vocabulary.
    4. Accountability - by understanding what PRINCE2 expects from project roles and responsibilities it can make your staff accountable for what they do on a project.
    5. Outputs – your staff can help stakeholders focus on how the outputs will improve the organisation.
    6. Adaptable – your staff can learn to tailor PRINCE2 to suit the needs of each project.
    7. Saves senior managers’ time – senior managers can save themselves time because PRINCE2 provides regular progress reports instead of having regular meetings.
    8. Business-focused – PRINCE2 encourages your staff to focus on realising benefits and so avoid a project becoming an end-in-itself.
    9. Involves stakeholders - PRINCE2 encourages stakeholder involvement in decision-making, so ensuring their needs are met.
    10. Continuous improvement – your staff learn how to continuously improve their PRINCE2 project management practices by learning lessons on projects.
    11. Consistency – your staff learn a common PRINCE2 language which promotes consistency and re-use of assets.
    12. Happier staff – by gaining their PRINCE2 certification staff can feel more rewarded and happier at work, thus being able to contribute more productively to the efforts of the organisation.

    All these benefits are great reasons for getting in-house PRINCE2 certification at work.

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    PRINCE2 certification FAQs

    To get your PRINCE2 certification you need to spend the following times (excluding exam times):

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

    PRINCE2 certification is a project management certification, commonly compared with Project Management Professional (PMP)® from the Project Management Institute.

    PRINCE2 certification is available at 2 levels:

    • Foundation – shows you can make a positive contribution on projects.
    • Practitioner – shows you can apply PRINCE2 to a non-complex project.

    PRINCE2 Foundation certification shows that a candidate has gained a basic knowledge of the PRINCE2 method and terminology. PRINCE2 Practitioner certification shows that a candidate can apply PRINCE2 to a simple projecgt scenario.

    To get PRINCE2 certified you can undertake PRINCE2 training (live or virtual classroom) or by self-studying.

    You must then pass the requisite exam:

    • Foundation – 1 hour; 60 multiple-choice questions; 55% pass mark; closed-book exam.
    • Practitioner – 2.5 hours; 68 objective-test questions; 55% pass mark; open-book exam.

    Your PRINCE2 Foundation certification never expires. However, after passing your Practitioner exam, you automatically become a Registered PRINCE2 Practitioner for 5 years and you can add this title onto your CV and business card.

    After 3 years, to maintain your Registered PRINCE2 Practitioner status, you must either pass another Practitioner exam, or have held a valid AXELOS membership for 3 years.

    Yes. Our PRINCE2 training courses take 2 or 4 days. You will see Universities and colleges offering project management courses. These might be undergraduate or even postgraduate degree programs over one or more years. These university degree programs are for people completely new to project management who seek an in depth theoretical understanding of project management techniques and methods.

    However, for most professionals, gaining PRINCE 2 certification or similar project management certification such as the PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) is sufficient for their continuing professional development (CPD).

    Anyone is eligible to get PRINCE2 Foundation certification. Requirements for sitting PRINCE2 Practitioner are different.

    To sit the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam you must hold any one of the following certifications:

    • PRINCE2 Foundation Certification
    • PMI® Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®
    • PMI® Project Management Professional (PMP)®
    • IPMA®, IPMB®, IPMC® or IPMD®.
    • Virtual classroom - This is where an instructor uses virtual classroom technology to teach a class of students who are located in other locations. Students may be at home, or at their office. Students require an internet connection and computer to join the class.
    • Online learning - This is sometimes called self-paced, or self-study. It is where the student studies in their own time using an online course. The student needs an internet connection and computer for this type of learning.
    • Distance learning - This doesn't really exist today because online learning has replaced it. It used to be where the instructor would send out assignments to students who returned their assignment for marking to the teacher.
    • Blended learning - This is a combination of virtual classroom learning and online learning. Typically students self-study for their PRINCE2 Foundation course. Then they attend a PRINCE2 Practitioner virtual classroom course to prepare for their PRINCE2 Practitioner exam.

    The main difference between these two types of learning is that in a virtual classroom course students are located in different locations. In a traditional classroom setting the students and trainer are co-located. Other than that both types of classroom training follow the same syllabus and the same timings as a traditional classroom course.

    No. You can self-study using an online PRINCE2 course. Many people prefer to study that way because there are lots of advantages to learning at your own pace.

    For the latest and best prices for PRINCE2 Foundation certification you must visit our PRINCE2 Foundation course page.

    For the latest and best prices for PRINCE2 Practitioner certification you must visit our PRINCE2 Practitioner course page.

    PRINCE2 certificates do not have an expiry date. However, if you gain the PRINCE2 Practitioner certification you may call yourself a Registered PRINCE2 Practitioner only for 3 years. After that you can either re-take your PRINCE2 Practitioner exam or join the AXELOS membership scheme to maintain your Registered PRINCE2 Practitioner status.

    As of October 2021 we cannot say when live PRINCE2 classroom courses will resume.

    Once PRINCE2 classroom courses resume, they will be held in Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Norwich, Plymouth, Southampton.

    • If you have no agile project experience, and do not expect to work on agile projects, we recommend that you aim for PRINCE2 certification.
    • If you have no agile project experience, but you do expect to work on agile projects, we recommend that you aim for PRINCE2 Agile certification.
    • If you do have agile project experience, we recommend that you aim for PRINCE2 Agile certification.