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The flexible method that guides you through the essentials for running a successful project regardless of project type or scale.

PRINCE2® is a process-based approach for project management providing an easily tailored and scalable method for the management of all types of projects.

Certify your ability to:

  • Manage projects or to work in a project environment using the most internationally recognized project management method.
  • Ensure that team members focus on the viability of the project in relation to its business case objectives - rather than simply seeing the completion of the project as an end in itself.
  • Promote consistency of project work and the ability to reuse project assets while facilitating staff mobility and reducing the impact of personnel changes/handovers.
  • Design plans and reports to meet the needs of each level in the project team and Project Board, improving communication and control.
  • Mitigate perceived problems and issues and focus on the viability of the project throughout.
  • Evaluate the project portfolio to bring clarity and allow improvements in reviewing projects.

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HAVE A QUESTION?

FAQs

What is PRINCE2®?

"PRINCE2 (PRojects IN Controlled Environments) is a structured project management method based on experience drawn from thousands of projects - and from the contributions of countless project sponsors, Project Managers, project teams, academics, trainers and consultants.

PRINCE2 is a non-proprietary method and has emerged worldwide as one of the most widely accepted methods for managing projects. This is largely due to the fact that PRINCE2 is truly generic - it can be applied to any project regardless of project scale, type, organization, geography or culture.

PRINCE2 achieves this by isolating the management aspects of project work from the specialist contributions, such as design, construction etc. The specialist aspects of any type of project are easily integrated with the PRINCE2 method and, used alongside PRINCE2, provide a secure overall framework for the project work.

Because PRINCE2 is generic and based on proven principles, organizations adopting the method as a standard can substantially improve their organizational capability and maturity across multiple areas of business activity - business change, construction, IT, mergers and acquisitions, research, product development and so on.

How can I train for the PRINCE2 examinations?

"Training for PRINCE2 is available from the network of Accredited Training Organizations (ATOs) who are assessed and certified by APMG-International. The full list of PRINCE2 ATOs can be found at: https://apmg-international.com/all-atos

Only these organizations and registered partners/affiliates are authorized to deliver PRINCE2 training."

Do I have to receive training to sit the exam?

No, however this is recommended. In addition to receiving accredited training, individuals also have the option of self-study to prepare for the examinations. APMG-International administer public exam sessions around the world to accommodate those who self-study.

How do I sit the exams?

The vast majority of PRINCE2 accredited training organizations include the examinations as part of the associated training course. Alternatively, and for individuals that have self-studied, APMG-International administer public exam sessions around the world. Sessions are run at certain APMG-International offices. There are four dedicated centres in the UK for public examinations, and in the United States we utilize the public library network to facilitate sessions.

How much does it cost to sit the PRINCE2 examinations?

If you are sitting the examinations through an accredited training organization, the costs of the exams are generally included in the course fee. APMG-International use a global pricing structure, so for those sitting exams at a public exam centre, the cost is dependent on where the exams are being sat. To find out the cost in your region, please contact the APMG-International Service Desk on +44 (0)1494 452450 or at: servicedesk@apmg-international.com.

Are there any pre-requisites for the PRINCE2 examinations?

"There are no pre-requisites for the foundation examination.

 

In order to sit the PRINCE2 Practitioner examination you must provide proof of having passed one of the following:

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)

Candidates will also need to agree to the Terms and Conditions prior to sitting their examination. Please click here to see a copy of these:"

What are the main publications for PRINCE2 and where can I purchase them?

"PRINCE2 has one main manual supporting the qualification scheme, published by The Stationery Office, called 'Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 - 2009 Edition'. This can be purchased from APMG Business Books at: www.apmg-businessbooks.com.

For self-study candidates, we recommend the 'Core PRINCE2 Exam Book Bundle' which is also available from our bookshop. Most PRINCE2 accredited training organizations include the PRINCE2 manual as part of the course fee.

Also available from APMG Business Books is 'Directing Successful Projects with PRINCE2' - an official PRINCE2 publication designed to be a role-specific handbook for senior managers and project board members."

How long will it take to learn the PRINCE2 material?

"As experience, ability and learning styles differ between individuals it is very difficult to provide a timescale. We suggest you buy the manual and have a look through for yourself before deciding how long you need to spend studying.

For those studying with an accredited training organization, Foundation courses are generally delivered over 3 days, while combined Foundation and Practitioner courses are generally delivered over 5 days. We recommend investigating with individual providers as many will offer tailored, distance (computer-based) and blended learning solutions."

How long are the PRINCE2 qualifications valid for?

"The foundation examination is not valid for a defined period and will not expire.

Candidates who pass the practitioner exam are recognized as a 'PRINCE2 Registered Practitioner'. Individuals will remain registered for a period of 5 years. To maintain the registered status, practitioners must complete and pass a PRINCE2 re-registration examination 3-5 years following their initial/previous practitioner certification."

How do I sit the re-registration exam?

The examination can either be taken privately or through an accredited training organization. If you decide to take the exam through an ATO then they will offer you a refresher course on PRINCE2 and provide you with the examination at the end of this. Details of all PRINCE2 ATOs can be found here.

What is required to be eligible to become a PRINCE2 trainer?

To be eligible to apply to become an approved PRINCE2 trainer, individuals must hold PRINCE2 practitioner certification.

How do I become a PRINCE2 approved trainer?

"All PRINCE2 trainers must be 'sponsored' by a PRINCE2 accredited training organization (ATO). Details of all PRINCE2 ATOs can be found at:https://apmg-international.com/all-atos

A trainer application must be submitted by the sponsoring ATO to their relevant APMG-International office."

How does my organization become a PRINCE2 Accredited Training Organization (ATO)?

An organization wishing to become a PRINCE2 ATO must first submit an application form to either the APMG-International Service Desk at servicedesk@apmg-international.com  or the relevant APMG-International office. Where appropriate, an invoice will be raised and the organization will then be subject to APMG-International's ATO assessment process.

How can I advertise myself as PRINCE2 qualified on my business card?

Candidates who have passed the PRINCE2 Practitioner examination can add “PRINCE2 Practitioner” on their business cards.

Can I use the PRINCE2 logo?

Only organizations licensed to do so are allowed to use the PRINCE2 logo. Such organizations include PRINCE2 ATOs (Accredited Training Organizations) accredited by APMG-International. The PRINCE2 logo is a registered trademark of AXELOS Ltd and must not be used without their permission or appropriate licence. For more information please see: https://www.axelos.com/licensing.

Which languages are PRINCE2 examinations available in?

For a list of PRINCE2 examination languages please go to https://www.axelos.com/qualifications/prince2-qualifications and click on 'Examination languages'.

Which languages are the PRINCE2 manual available in?

"The 'Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 - 2009 Edition' manual is currently available in the following languages:

http://shop.axelos.com/Online-Shop/Project-Management-PRINCE2/"

What is the structure of the PRINCE2 examinations?

Summaries of the structure of the PRINCE2 foundation, practitioner and Re-Registration examinations are available at:

When will I receive my certificate?

"A foundation certificate will be dispatched to you approximately 2 weeks after we have received your exam paper back into our offices, if you only took the foundation exam.

If you sat a practitioner or both exams, a practitioner certificate will be dispatched 2 weeks after the practitioner results have been released.

Please note that if you have taken your examinations via an ATO, certificates will be dispatched based on the preferences that the ATO selected when booking the exam. The ATO can select either an e-certificate or hard copy and whether this type is sent to the ATO or directly to the candidate.

 

If you have not received your certificate shortly after the above time frames please contact our Customer Interaction Team – servicedesk@apmg-international.com"

When can I expect the results of my PRINCE2 Examinations?

"PRINCE2 Foundation examinations can be marked on location after the exam, but this is down to the discretion of the invigilator at the time. Official confirmation will follow from your ATO (or directly from APMG if you self-studied).

Your result will be sent to your ATO approximately 7-10 days after your exam date. Your ATO should notify you of your results so please contact them for further details.

If you did not take your exam through an ATO, your results will be sent directly to you via APMG approximately 7-10 days after the date of your exam."

What are the pass marks for the PRINCE2 examinations?

"Pass marks for the PRINCE2 examinations are as follows:

Foundation: You will need to score 35/70 (50%) to pass the foundation exam.

Practitioner: You will need to score 44/80 (55%) to pass the practitioner exam.

Re-registration: You will need to score 17/30 (55%) to pass the re-registration exam."