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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
classroom self-paced Format: Live or virtual classroom courses, and self-paced online courses
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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
classroom self-paced Format: Live or virtual classroom courses, and self-paced online courses

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PRINCE2 Foundation certification

You can obtain your PRINCE2 Foundation certification by studying either a classroom or virtual PRINCE2 Foundation course, or by taking self-paced online PRINCE2 Foundation training. Both include the PRINCE2 Foundation exam.

All our PRINCE2 certification courses are accredited by PeopleCert on behalf of AXELOS.

Target audience

Foundation-level PRINCE2 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.

Foundation-level PRINCE2 certification tests your understanding of the PRINCE2 methodology, terminology, principles, themes, and process. 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 qualifications 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 certification exam.

PRINCE2 Foundation certification is a prerequisite for obtaining the PRINCE2 Practitioner certification.


A PRINCE2 Foundation certification course covers these topics:

  • PRINCE2 terminology
  • PRINCE2 Principles
  • PRINCE2 themes
  • PRINCE2 processes
  • Preparation to sit the PRINCE2 Foundation certification exam.


  • None.

PRINCE2 Practitioner certification

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

You can also gain your PRINCE2 Practitioner certification by taking the combined PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner course.

All courses come with the relevant PRINCE2 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 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 certification.

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 Practitioner exam, or have held a valid AXELOS membership for 3 years.

Course topics

A PRINCE2 Practitioner training course 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
  • Preparation to sit the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam.


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.


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 almost all other project management certifications worldwide.


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 courses on this web site are based upon the 2017 version.


In 2015 AXELOS launched the PRINCE2 Agile guidance and 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.

Benefits of PRINCE2 certification

Benefits of PRINCE2 certification for individuals

By attending a PRINCE 2 course you can get these important benefits:

  1. Career boost – PRINCE 2 certification you can boost your job prospects.
  2. Salary boost – PRINCE 2 certification you can boost your earnings. In 2020, UK jobs requiring PRINCE2 certification ranged between £30-75k (according to
  3. Skills boost – Learning a world-class project management methodology on a PRINCE2 certification course gives you some core project management skills to enable you to take part in or manage projects.
  4. Confidence boost – The knowledge you gain from gaining your PRINCE 2 certification can boost your confidence to apply PRINCE2 at work.

Benefits of a PRINCE2 certification for organisations

If your staff attend in-house PRINCE 2 certification training where they learn to apply PRINCE2 your organisation can gain numerous benefits.

  1. Best practices – your staff learn project management best practices and a proven 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 vocabulary.
  4. Accountability – by understanding PRINCE2’s expected 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 your staff learn how to provide regular progress reports instead of having regular meetings.
  8. Business-focused – your staff will learn to focus on realising benefits and so avoid a project becoming an end-in-itself.
  9. Involves stakeholders – your staff will learn to involve stakeholders in decision-making, so ensuring their needs are met.
  10. Continuous improvement – your staff will learn how to continuously improve their project management practices by learning lessons on projects.
  11. Consistency – your staff will learn a common 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 to getting an in-house PRINCE2 certification course at work.

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Infographic showing some FAQs about PRINCE 2 certification.

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.
A PRINCE2 Foundation course teaches students the PRINCE2 method and terminology. A PRINCE2 Practitioner course teaches students how to apply PRINCE2.

To get PRINCE2 certified you can undertake PRINCE2 training (either classroom or elearning) or self-study.

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.
A PRINCE2 course usually refers to a live classroom or virtual classroom training event. An accredited course means it complies with the syllabus from AXELOS. The course is designed to prepare students to pass the PRINCE2 certification exam(s).

Your PRINCE2 qualification exam results never expire. For PRINCE2 Foundation there is no status that you need to maintain.

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.