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About PRINCE2®


PRINCE2 stands for Projects In Controlled Environment. It is a structured project management method based on experience drawn from thousands of projects and from contributions of countless projects sponsors, project managers, project teams, academicians, trainers and consultants.

PRINCE2 is a de facto standard developed and used extensively by the UK government and is widely recognised and used in the private sector, both in the UK and internationally. It embodies established and proven best practice in project management.

Since 2000 the Office of Government Commerce (OGC), former owner of PRINCE2® had been the custodian of the portfolio on behalf of UKG. In June 2010 as a result of UKG reorganisation the Minister for the Cabinet Office announced that the PRINCE2 functions have moved into Cabinet Office. In 2013, ownership was transferred to AXELOS Ltd from the HM Cabinet. In 2017, AXELOS unveiled the new PRINCE2® 2017 Update. The key changes, as a result of the 2017 update, are related to the arrangement of the PRINCE2® exams and teaching methods.

Why PRINCE2?

PRINCE2, the worlds most practiced and recognised project management method, provides the essentials for managing any project of any size or complexity. Few of the benefits include:
  • Effective communication - the method is widely recognised and understood, providing a common vocabulary for all those involved in a project
  • Explicit recognition of project responsibilities - participants understand each other's roles and needs and there is a defined structure for accountability, delegation, authority and communication
  • Compatibility with other qualifications PRINCE2 provides the technical structure of the framework for the project, which will complement the softer skills learnt on other qualifications
  • Adaptable to business and project needs PRINCE2 is applicable to all types of projects of any size/type/sector and can be tailored to meet organisation or industry-specific requirements.
  • It is a best practice, so you select a proven solution
Exam Formats

Foundation Exam

The PRINCE2® Foundation Certification is suitable for individuals who want to demonstrate they have sufficient understanding of the PRINCE2 methodology and can work effectively as part of a team or with a project management team within a PRINCE2 supporting environment.

The PRINCE2 Foundation Certificate is also a pre-requisite for individuals wishing to achieve the PRINCE2 Practitioner or the PRINCE2 Agile® certification.

Multiple choice

55% Pass Mark

60 minutes duration

Closed book

Practitioner Exam

The PRINCE2® Practitioner Certification is suitable for individuals who want to demonstrate they have achieved sufficient understanding of how to apply and tailor the PRINCE2® methodology in a scenario situation.

Objective testing

8 sections with 10 questions each

44 marks required to pass (out of 80 available) - 55%

150 minutes

Open-book examination (only official printed hard copy of the Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2® 2017 Edition is allowed.)

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