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 – 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 60 questions. The pass mark is 33 or more – i.e. 55%.
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
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.
Questions about all aspects of the PRINCE2 method will be asked, so 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. You will also need to understand how to tailor the method.
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 two different multiple choice styles. One style is straightforward multiple choice (choose the correct answer out of four). The other style is matching. The exam lasts for 2.5 hours and contains 68 questions in total. The pass mark is 38 or more – i.e. 55%. For full details about the Practitioner exam, 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.
You will be asked questions on all aspects of the PRINCE2 method, so you need to understand:
- The relationships between the roles, principles, management products, themes, techniques and processes
- How to apply the principles, themes and processes to a project
- How to tailor PRINCE2 to a project
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)