PRINCE2 online training courses

Enhance your project management skills with PRINCE2 online training. Flexible learning options to suit your pace and schedule.

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PRINCE2 classroom courses

PRINCE2 classroom learning

Instructor-led (traditional or virtual classroom)

If you prefer the interaction of face-to-face training with an experienced instructor, these courses are for you.

All instructor-led PRINCE2 courses include online exam(s).

Accreditation: PeopleCert

Prerequisites: See course page for details

Format: Instructor-led traditional or virtual classroom.

PRINCE2 online certification

PRINCE2 online certification

What is the PRINCE2 project management method?

PRINCE stands for Projects IN Controlled Environments. PRINCE2 is the 2nd version of the PRINCE method.

The PRINCE2 project management methodology is a system of principles, processes, themes, and guidance which answers the following questions:

  • Who should be responsible and accountable for making decisions?
  • Which processes should be used to support decision-making?
  • When during the project life cycle, should these decisions be made?

PRINCE2 is comprised of 7 principles , themes, and processes.

What PRINCE2 qualifications are available online?

What PRINCE2 qualifications are available online?

The PRINCE2 qualification scheme is available for people to take online. There are 2 qualifications in PRINCE2 – Foundation and Practitioner. You can study for both online and sit your exams online too.

PRINCE2 Foundation

This qualification is the entry-level PRINCE2 certification. PRINCE2 Foundation is aimed at those who support project managers or have duties considered part of project management but are not responsible for the outcome a project.

PRINCE2 Foundation exam
  • Style: Multiple-choice
  • Questions: 60
  • Pass mark: 55% (33/60)
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Materials allowed: Closed-book
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Results: Same day.

PRINCE2 Practitioner

This is the highest available PRINCE2 certification and is suited to those who fulfil a formal project management function or a role that involves project management as part of day-to-day work, such as change managers, project support, product managers, or business analysts.

PRINCE2 Practitioner exam
  • Style: Objective-style
  • Questions: 68
  • Pass mark: 55% (38/68)
  • Duration: 150 minutes
  • Materials allowed: Open-book
  • Prerequisites: See below
  • Results: Same day.

Earning your PRINCE2 qualification

To earn your PRINCE2 certificate, you can enrol on a self-paced PRINCE2 online course. Self-paced learning is an ideal way for busy, working professionals who cannot commit to a fixed classroom schedule.

Earning your PRINCE2 qualification through an online self-paced course can be done in a little as 20 hours. If you do choose to study using a self-paced PRINCE2 online course, you require a computer, audio, internet, and an optional video camera.

Instructor-led courses

If you prefer face-to-face learning with an experienced tutor, then you should choose an instructor-led PRINCE2 course taught by experienced PRINCE2 trainers.

To check whether there is an instructor-led classroom PRINCE2 course in your area, or a virtual online instructor-led course hosted on the internet, please check the dates on the PRINCE2 Foundation page or PRINCE2 Practitioner page.

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Are PRINCE2 qualifications popular?

Are PRINCE2 qualifications popular?

PRINCE2 is widely used in public, private, and third sectors in many different countries. PRINCE2 is used by some of the largest brands in the world.

PRINCE2 has established itself as the world’s most popular project management methodology and qualification scheme. Almost 2 million people have earned their PRINCE2 qualifications to date.

PRINCE2 is even more popular than other qualifications, most notably Project Management Professional (PMP)® and Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® from the Project Management Institute (PMI)®.

Typical entry-level project management roles in the UK can pay around £33,500 per annum, while the average salary for a project manager is £46,500 gross per year. Senior project managers can expect to earn more than £125,000 a year.[1]

History of PRINCE2

History of PRINCE2


PRINCE2 first began as PRINCE (PRojects IN Controlled Environments). The UK government employed PRINCE to manage IT projects and, as such, contained IT-specific terminology.


In 1996, PRINCE2 was released as a generic project management method. IT-specific terminology was removed so project managers could apply it to any project.


In 2013, ownership of PRINCE2 was transferred to AXELOS who, together with PeopleCert, now oversee the accreditation of training organisations, trainers, and students.


In response to popular demand, the PRINCE2 method has been updated to reflect the popularity of agile trends in project management. PRINCE2 Agile describes how the governance and control provided by PRINCE2 can be integrated with popular agile development methods such as Scrum.

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Self-paced online learning

Self-paced online learning

Self-paced online learning has had many different names over the years, including distance learning, computer-based training (CBT), and e-Learning (or elearning). We prefer using the term ‘self-paced’ because you can stop and start your learning whenever, and wherever you want.

Read the benefits of online self-paced learning below to learn more about why self-paced learning is a great way to learn about PRINCE2 and gain your PRINCE2 qualification.

Online self-paced training benefits

Online self-paced training benefits

Saves you time
  • If you are a busy professional, you often cannot afford the time to attend fixed-schedule classroom training. So, taking a self-paced PRINCE2 online course saves you time.
Saves you money
  • If you are a freelancer or contractor, you lose money if you take time off work to attend a fixed-schedule classroom course. With a self-paced PRINCE2 online course you fit your learning time around your working hours, so this saves you money.
Learn at your own pace
  • You can study whenever and wherever you want. You can use any device (desktop, tablet, or mobile) on any platform (Windows, Mac, IOS, or Android) which has a reliable internet connection. You can choose when and how to study so you study at your own pace.
Support provided
  • As a student on our self-paced PRINCE2 online courses, you have access to an expert trainer. Our trainers aim to answer all questions from students within 1 business day, and often reply within hours.
Best practice design
  • All our online PRINCE2 training courses are designed to engage your brain, with the aim to promote longer lasting and deeper understanding of the core concepts. For more details about our best practice design see more about our self-paced online learning below.
Long validity
  • You have access to our self-paced PRINCE2 online courses for 12 months. You can take your PRINCE2 online exam any time within this period.
Online exam
  • All our self-paced PRINCE2 online courses include the PRINCE2 exam taken online. No travel to an exam centre is required, so you can gain your PRINCE2 qualification entirely from home.
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About self-paced training

About self-paced training

Learning technology

These self-paced PRINCE2 online courses have been designed with the latest web technologies, so they work on Windows, MacOS, iOS and Android. They are fully responsive, and fit any device and screen size – desktop, tablet and mobile. No browser plugins or installation files are required.

Best practice design

Our self-paced PRINCE2 online training courses are highly interactive, and exercises have been designed to aid a deeper level of understanding, leading to longer-lasting learning.

Like all our online training, these self-paced PRINCE2 online courses have been designed using the latest best practices in instructional design, including:


These are short chunks of content taking just a few minutes to complete.


Selective use of gamified elements to promote playful elements into the learning process.

Learning Management System (LMS)

A modern LMS which remembers where you are and allows you easy access to all your learning content.


Lots of quizzes to check your knowledge at the end of each topic.


Selective use of audio to enhance, which avoids ‘overloading’ the student with ‘too much information’.

Accessibility standards

Meeting many of the recommended accessibility standards from the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1.

Many companies develop online training cheaply just by filming a trainer in a classroom. We do not think that’s a good way to help students learn, nor does it engage learners.

We are confident that our interactive elearning will help you gain an understanding of project management so that you can sit your PRINCE2 exams with confidence.

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PRINCE2 Foundation online course details:

Course format

  • Self-paced online course.

Training includes

  • Accredited self-paced PRINCE2 Foundation online learning
  • PRINCE2 Foundation exam (7th edition)
  • Digital copy of the PRINCE2 manual (Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 (7th edition)) is received when booking your exam
  • Sample PRINCE2 Foundation exams
  • 1-month free AXELOS membership with every used Foundation exam voucher.

Course times

  • 1-year access to self-paced online learning course.

Learning outcomes

  • Self-paced PRINCE2 Foundation online training provides students with a basic understanding of the PRINCE2 framework and PRINCE2 terminology. Successful candidates will learn to act as informed members of a PRINCE2 project team.

Course content

The self-paced PRINCE2 Foundation online course covers the following topics:

  • PRINCE2 structure
  • PRINCE2 terminology
  • PRINCE2 principles
  • People in PRINCE2
  • PRINCE2 practices
  • PRINCE2 processes.


  • None.

The full PRINCE2 Foundation syllabus can be found here.

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PRINCE2 Practitioner online course details:

Course format

  • Self-paced online course.

Training includes

  • Accredited self-paced PRINCE2 Practitioner online learning
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner sample exams
  • PRINCE2 Project Management game
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner exam (7th edition)
  • 1-month free AXELOS membership with every used Foundation exam voucher.

Course times

  • 1-year access to self-paced online learning course.

Learning outcomes

  • Self-paced PRINCE2 Practitioner online training provides students with an in-depth knowledge and the understanding necessary to apply PRINCE2 to the management of projects within an environment supporting PRINCE2.

Course content

The self-paced PRINCE2 Practitioner online course covers the following topics:

  • How to apply the PRINCE2 principles in context
  • How to apply and tailor relevant aspects of the PRINCE2 themes in context
  • How to apply and tailor relevant aspects of the PRINCE2 processes in context.


Prior to sitting the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam you must already hold one of the following certificates:

  • PRINCE2 Foundation or PRINCE2 Practitioner (6th edition)
  • APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ)
  • APM Project Professional Qualification (PPQ)
  • PMI® Certified Associate in Project Management
  • PMI® Project Management Professional (PMP)®
  • IPMA® Levels A, B, C or D.

The full PRINCE2 Practitioner syllabus can be found here.

IPMA® is a registered trademark of IPMA in Switzerland and other countries.

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PRINCE2 online courses frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Is Knowledge Train accredited for its online PRINCE2 training?

Yes. Knowledge Train is an Accredited Training Organisation for PRINCE2. We gained our accreditation in 2006. This enables us to provide accredited training to our customers. Since then, we have helped tens of thousands of people to gain their PRINCE2.

Why choose Knowledge Train over other course providers?

Online self-paced courses

Knowledge Train works with project management professionals, e-learning experts and certified PRINCE2 trainers to deliver world-class training that promotes faster, longer-lasting learning.

Our interactive, self-paced PRINCE2 online training is designed to keep you engaged and focused. It is not cheap to create, nor does it use gimmicks.

For more details about how we deliver high quality PRINCE2 online courses, see the section above about our self-paced training.

You can try our self-paced PRINCE2 online courses here.

Should I take self-paced online or instructor-led PRINCE2 training?

We’ve designed our self-paced online PRINCE2 training and instructor-led courses to give you the best possible chance to learn about PRINCE2 and pass your PRINCE2 exams. Simply choose the course format that best suits your needs.

You should take a self-paced PRINCE2 online course if any of the following apply:

  • You cannot commit to a fixed classroom schedule
  • You cannot travel to a classroom training venue
  • You prefer to learn at your own pace.

You should take instructor-led PRINCE2 training if any of the following apply:

  • You can commit to a fixed classroom schedule
  • You’d like to earn your PRINCE2 qualification as quickly as possible
  • You prefer face-to-face learning with a trainer
  • You enjoy learning in a social environment with other students.

Should I take a self-paced PRINCE2 Foundation or Practitioner course?

Self-paced PRINCE2 Foundation online courses are best suited to:

  • Project managers within a PRINCE2 project development team
  • Anyone responsible for tasks that fall under project management but are directly accountable for the success or failure of a project.

Self-paced PRINCE2 Practitioner online courses are best suited to those wanting to learn to:

  • Apply the PRINCE2 method to the entire project lifecycle
  • Tailor the PRINCE2 method to suit different projects.

This makes self-paced PRINCE2 Practitioner online training suitable for those wanting to work as PRINCE2 project managers or those who work closely with project managers such as:

  • Operations managers
  • Product managers
  • Product Owners
  • Business analysts.

What is the latest version of PRINCE2?

PRINCE2 is updated regularly to align with the latest developments in project management best-practices.

The latest update to the core PRINCE2 publication was in 2017 – Managing Successful Projects PRINCE2 (6th edition).

This update brought with it a stronger emphasis on tailoring the methodology to the project’s needs, reflecting the shift in project management becoming a business-wide discipline.

Does my PRINCE2 certification expire?

You will need to renew your PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner certifications after 3 years. All Foundation and Practitioner certifications issued on or before 30 June 2020 will have a renew by date of 1 July 2023.

Foundation certifications that have passed their renew by date will still be accepted as pre-requisites for further certification.

To keep your PRINCE2 certification up to date, you can choose any one of 3 ways provided by PeopleCert and AXELOS.

  1. Retake the same exam before the renewal date.
  2. Take further courses and certifications by attending another course and taking an exam within the same product suite before the renewal date.
  3. From March 2023, renew your certification by collecting and logging Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. See AXELOS for more details.
    There is also free membership for one month when you use your exam voucher.

When do I receive my PRINCE2 certificate?

All exam results and certifications are administered by PeopleCert.

PRINCE2 Foundation official exam results and digital certificate are issued within 1 working day of submitting your exam.

PRINCE2 Practitioner official exam results and digital certificate are issued within 3 working days of submitting your exam.

Will I receive a manual on this online self-paced course?

If you purchase a self-paced PRINCE2 Foundation & Practitioner online course, you will receive a digital copy of the PRINCE2 manual via email.

You can still elect to receive a hard copy of the PRINCE2 manual if you choose but must pay an additional fee.

When can I take my PRINCE2 exam?

As a student learning using a self-paced PRINCE2 online course, you can choose to sit your exam(s) whenever you feel ready. The only requirement is that you sit your exam(s) within 12 months of purchase of the self-paced course.

Do I receive any support to help me pass my PRINCE2 exams?

Your self-paced PRINCE2 online course is designed to help you learn fast and retain information longer, making it an ideal preparation for sitting your exam(s).

The online self-paced training also contains official sample exams that match the style, form, and content of questions you will be asked in your PRINCE2 online exams.

Students also benefit from having access to a dedicated expert trainer who is available online to answer your questions via email. Our trainers will try to respond to any queries you may have within 1 working day.

How long do I have to complete my online PRINCE2 course?

As a student of our self-paced PRINCE2 online course, you will have access to the online materials for 12 months after purchase.

What is the PRINCE2 online game?

The PRINCE2 Project Management Game is separate from our instructor-led PRINCE2 courses. It is a game designed to help PRINCE2 students learn how to apply the PRINCE2 method on projects.

It uses a simulation of a fictional project and poses a series of dilemmas for the player (the project manager). The game can be completed in 3 hours and can be stopped and returned to later.

The game is included free of charge in the self-paced PRINCE2 Practitioner online course.

Can my company use your self-paced courses on its LMS?

Yes. For organisations wanting to train lots of staff members, our training is available for hosting on your organisation’s Learning Management System (LMS).

Our self-paced training courses use industry standard SCORM and TinCan API formats that are used by modern Learning Management Systems.

Please call our team on +44 (0)207 148 5985 for more details about hosting our PRINCE2 online courses on your own LMS.

[1] PMI. 2021. Earning Power: Project Management Salary Survey—Twelfth Edition. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 6 June 2022].

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