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PRINCE2 certification

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Unlock your project manager potential with insights about PRINCE2 certification.
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Understanding PRINCE2 certification

PRINCE2 certification is the key to unlocking the world of structured project management. Recognised globally, it provides a framework for managing projects of any size and complexity. The latest update, the PRINCE2 7th edition, incorporates contemporary insights to keep pace with evolving project demands.

Levels of PRINCE2 certification

Offering two distinct certification levels, Foundation and Practitioner, PRINCE2 caters to novices and experienced professionals. While the Foundation serves as a springboard, introducing the framework and language of PRINCE2, the Practitioner level provides a comprehensive understanding of how to apply these principles in real-world scenarios.

Global recognition and career impact

Boasting millions of certificate holders worldwide, PRINCE2’s reputation is unmatched in the project management domain. Professionals globally respect it for its clarity and effectiveness. Adding PRINCE2 to your CV can set you apart in a competitive job market and is often seen as a stepping stone to leadership roles.

PRINCE2 Foundation certification

PRINCE2 Foundation serves as the first step towards PRINCE2 certification. It lays the groundwork, requiring no prior experience, making it an inclusive certificate for those embarking on a project management career.

Who should consider Foundation certification?

Any individual working in project environments or those who wish to understand the mechanics of project management should consider this level. The certification is especially beneficial to those looking to establish a common language and methodology across their teams.

Foundation exam

The exam for Foundation certification is designed to validate your understanding of PRINCE2 concepts. With a high national pass rate, the exam reflects the accessibility and widespread teaching quality of PRINCE2. Most candidates can expect to complete their Foundation certification promptly, with options to study in various settings, including online or in a classroom.

To pass the PRINCE2 Foundation requires a thorough understanding of PRINCE2 principles, its practices, people, and processes.

Certification requirements

  • Exam duration: 60-minutes.
  • Questions: Multiple-choice.
  • Style: Closed book.
  • Pass mark: 60% (36 out of 60).

PRINCE2 Practitioner certification

The PRINCE2 Practitioner certification is a significant next step for those wishing to learn more. It is specifically tailored for individuals who are eager to apply the PRINCE2 methodology to manage projects successfully.

Is Practitioner certification right for you?

PRINCE2 Practitioner certification is ideal for project managers and team members who have already obtained the Foundation certification or possess a solid understanding of the basic principles of project management. It’s the certification of choice for those wishing to prove their expertise and ability to handle complex project scenarios.

Practitioner exam

The Practitioner exam is an engaging test of one’s ability to apply the PRINCE2 methodology to a variety of situations. It’s a rigorous exam that reflects the depth of knowledge required at this level. A considerable number of professionals find success, evidenced by the impressive pass rates.

Certification requirements

  • Exam duration: 150-minutes.
  • Questions: Objective-style.
  • Style: Open book.
  • Pass mark: 60% (42 out of 70).

With dedicated study, you can achieve this certification within two days, or longer if studying at home.

Certification prerequisites

To sit the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam you must already hold any one of the following certifications:

  • PRINCE2 Foundation certification (7th edition)
  • PRINCE2 Foundation or Practitioner certification (6th edition)
  • PMI® Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®
  • PMI® Project Management Professional (PMP)®
  • IPMA® Level A, B, C, or D (the mark IPMA® is a registered trademark of IPMA in Switzerland and other countries).

In the United Kingdom the Association for Project Management (APM) Project Management Qualification (PMQ) certificate is the IPMA Level D certification. Out of date certifications do not qualify.

Maintaining your practitioner status

To maintain the status of a registered PRINCE2 Practitioner, individuals must re-register every three years, demonstrating their ongoing commitment to professional development and currency in the field of project management.

Integrating PRINCE2 with Agile

PRINCE2 Agile certification is a modern take on PRINCE2, offering the flexibility and responsiveness of agile practices along with the governance of PRINCE2.


PRINCE2 Agile was developed as an answer to the call for more adaptive project management. It provides a solution for those needing the rigor of PRINCE2 combined with the ability to respond quickly to change, a necessity in today’s fast-moving project environments.

Choosing the right PRINCE2 Agile level

The PRINCE2 Agile certification is also available at the Foundation and Practitioner levels, allowing professionals to select the appropriate depth of knowledge for their experience and role. Those certified in PRINCE2 Agile are equipped to handle projects with a high degree of complexity and variability.

Benefits of getting PRINCE2 certified

The benefits of acquiring a PRINCE2 certification are extensive, enhancing both individual career growth and organisational success.

Individual advantages of PRINCE2

Professionals with PRINCE2 certification are often able to command higher salaries and are more competitive in the job market. They are equipped with a set of skills and knowledge that are in demand globally, allowing for flexibility and mobility in their careers. Read more about how PRINCE2 qualifications can help your career or how PRINCE2 Agile qualifications can help your career.

Organisational gains from PRINCE2

For organisations, employing PRINCE2 certified professionals means better control over project processes and outcomes. The standardised approach reduces miscommunication and increases the likelihood of project success, which can significantly impact the bottom line.

Achieving PRINCE2 certification

The pathway to PRINCE2 certification is varied, enabling candidates to choose the mode of study that best fits their lifestyle and learning preferences.

Exploring instructor-led training

For those who learn best in an interactive environment, instructor-led training is the optimal choice. This option offers direct guidance from a certified trainer, structured learning schedules, and immediate answers to questions that arise during the study.

For students seeking instructor-led training, check out our PRINCE2 training and PRINCE2 Agile training options.

Benefits of self-paced online courses

Online courses offer unparalleled flexibility. Professionals can study whenever and wherever suits them, with digital resources at their disposal. This method caters to those who need to balance learning with other responsibilities, like full-time work or family commitments.

For students seeking self-paced online training, check out our PRINCE2 online training and PRINCE2 Agile online training options.

Going the self-study route

Self-study is the most cost-effective route, though it demands a high level of self-discipline. Candidates are responsible for their learning and study timetable, which can be a perfect fit for highly motivated individuals with prior experience in self-directed learning.

PRINCE2 success stories

The real value of PRINCE2 is best illustrated by the experiences of those who have become certified. Such endorsements provide powerful narratives of professional transformation.

Real-life career boosts

Through PRINCE2 certification, countless individuals have seen their careers flourish. The skills developed and knowledge gained have prepared them for a variety of project management roles and challenges, solidifying their importance and status within their organisations.

Check out the article discussing Lisa Gobell’s career advancements thanks to PRINCE2.

Rosie Boxall, a programme manager, discusses her decision to acquire a PRINCE2 certification with Knowledge Train in this video.

This video features Myles Benham, a project management consultant, elaborating on the positive impact of his PRINCE2 certification on his self-assurance, the introduction of new ideas, and his career progression.

Madeleine Parsley, a Senior Research Portfolio Manager, speaks about her choice to pursue PRINCE2 certification from Knowledge Train in this video, including the benefits she experienced after obtaining her certificate.

Project manager Elizabeth Moon obtained her PRINCE2 certificate to deepen her understanding of PRINCE2, enhance her project management skills, and achieve professional development.

Through her PRINCE2 certification, Sasha Martin, who works in Engagement Planning and Development, was able to significantly improve services at her workplace by applying PRINCE2 methodologies to revitalize, review, and innovate.

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Master PRINCE2 with Industry Experts

We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of project management training, specializing in PRINCE2® and PRINCE2 Agile® methodologies. Our approach is deeply rooted in practicality — we don’t just teach theory, we immerse you in real-world scenarios. Our trainers are seasoned professionals who have been in the trenches and know what it takes to succeed. They’re not just instructors; they’re mentors who will understand your unique challenges and steer you toward excellence.

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For information on PRINCE2 or PRINCE2 Agile training courses within the UK or internationally, please reach out to us. Our dedicated team of experts, who specialize in the PRINCE2 methodologies, are eager to discuss your educational or professional needs.

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