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PRINCE2 qualifications

21 Apr 2024 By

PRINCE2 is the most widely recognised project management qualification. It’s considered an industry standard by both employers and professionals. So, whether you’re an experienced professional seeking accreditation or if you’re trying to get your first project management role, you should consider getting a PRINCE2 qualification.

What are the PRINCE2 levels of qualification?

There are two levels of PRINCE2 qualification – Foundation and Practitioner.

PRINCE2 Foundation

The PRINCE2 Foundation qualification is the lowest level. PRINCE2 Foundation level is for people working on projects, or affected by projects, who want to learn the language and terminology of PRINCE2.Over 1.3 million people have gained the PRINCE2 Foundation qualification since it started in 1996. Of those qualifications, about half gained by people in the UK.The PRINCE2 Foundation qualification is a great place to start for beginners. You’ll learn the basic PRINCE2 principles and some of the terms used by project managers. If you’re new to project management, or if you want to work your way up to a higher PRINCE2 qualification, this is a great place to start.This course will show you how work alongside project managers and understand what they’re trying to achieve. Topics include the 7 PRINCE2 principles, the 7 PRINCE2 themes, the 7 PRINCE2 processes and much more.To complete gain the PRINCE2 Foundation qualification, you’ll need to sit a final exam. To pass, you’ll have to show that you’ve gained a solid understanding of the relationships, processes, tasks and roles involved in project management.If you study a PRINCE2 Foundation course with Knowledge Train, you can choose to attend one of our classroom courses or study online. Our courses are some of the best around and we pride ourselves in delivering courses that are engaging and informative. If you’re considering obtaining your first PRINCE2 qualification, why not look at some of the courses we have on offer.

PRINCE2 Practitioner

The PRINCE2 Practitioner qualification is the higher of the two PRINCE2 qualifications. The PRINCE2 Practitioner is for people managing or directing projects who want to learn how to apply PRINCE2 on projects.Over 700,000 people have got a PRINCE2 Practitioner qualification making a total of over 2 million PRINCE2 qualifications in total.If you’re currently supporting a project or working alongside a project management team, the PRINCE2 Practitioner course will teach you how to apply PRINCE2 to the running of a project.This course requires you first complete a PRINCE2 Foundation course and understand the basics of PRINCE2. When you complete your Practitioner qualification, you’ll have a great understanding of the relationships between PRINCE2 processes and be able to apply these to specific problem scenarios.When you complete this course, you’ll become a certified PRINCE2 project manager. This is an internationally recognized qualification and brings with it a world of new job opportunities. According to the average salary of a project manager with PRINCE2 certification is £55k [1].Successful completion of both the Foundation and Practitioner courses is required to become a registered PRINCE2 practitioner. If you study with Knowledge Train, you can complete both in just a 1-week course. If you’d like to know more, take a look at our combined Foundation and Practitioner course.Previously there used to be a 3rd level of qualification known as PRINCE2 Professional, but this was discontinued some years ago by AXELOS due to insufficient demand.


PRINCE2 Agile also has both Foundation and Practitioner level qualifications designed to teach PRINCE2 project managers how to adapt their practices to fit within an agile business framework.If you don’t already have a PRINCE2 qualification, we recommend you start there first. PRINCE2 Agile courses are designed to adapt your existing knowledge of PRINCE2 methods to agile business practices.

Becoming PRINCE2 qualified

You can become PRINCE2 qualified by sitting and passing an exam. Passing the 1-hour PRINCE2 Foundation exam will get you your PRINCE2 Foundation qualification.Passing the 2.5-hour PRINCE2 Practitioner exam will get you your PRINCE2 Practitioner qualification. Before sitting the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam, candidates must prove they hold one of the following project management qualifications:
  • PRINCE2 Foundation (5th or 6th edition).
  • APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ).
  • APM Project Professional Qualification (PPQ).
  • PMI® Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®.
  • PMI® Project Management Professional (PMP)®.
  • IPMA® Levels A, B, C, or D.
Note: IPMA® is a registered trademark of IPMA in Switzerland and other countries.

Preparing for your exam

Before sitting your PRINCE2 exams you must study to get yourself ready. There are 3 main study options which you can consider.

Classroom training

Attending either a live or virtual classroom PRINCE2 course is the fastest way to study. These last anywhere between 2 to 4 days and include everything you need to learn and prepare to sit your exam. They also include your exam(s).

Online elearning

Taking a PRINCE2 online course is a good option if you aren’t able to take time off to attend classroom training. Elearning courses enable you to study at your own pace anywhere with an internet connection.


Self-study is the cheapest option and involves you purchasing the PRINCE2 manual and exams, and then devising your own study plan to get yourself ready for the exams.This is the hardest option and runs the risk that you might misunderstand key aspects of the method. With online training and classroom courses you always can ask an expert trainer if there is anything you do not understand. You cannot do that if you learn through self-study.When considering which PRINCE2 course you should do you must consider whether you have time on your hands (choose self-paced online elearning), or whether you want to learn in the fastest way (choose classroom training).

Is PRINCE2 worth it?

To decide whether a PRINCE2 qualification is worth it you need to weigh up several factors. On the one hand, what are the costs, time involved, and risks. For example, if you choose a self-study option, what will you do if you cannot understand the materials?On the other hand, what are the benefits of getting a PRINCE2 qualification? Most people consider the main benefits are either improving your CV (a PRINCE qualification looks good) and therefore getting a better job, and/or improving your performance at work.So, let us say the cost of getting your PRINCE 2 qualification is £1,000 and it takes you one week off work to get qualified. Then, let us assume that by having a PRINCE2 qualification on your CV it enables you to get a better job paying an extra £5,000 a year. In this scenario you will get a very impressive return on investment in your training.Now, that would be a nice position to be in!References[1] “What Is the Average Salary for Prince 2 Jobs?” Accessed March 22, 2023.