PRINCE2 Certification

Anyone who wants to take up project management as a career or wants to refine their existing skills if they are already in it cannot overlook PRINCE2®, a very popular project management methodology. This blog will offer you some insights into how to aim for PRINCE2® Foundation course and become a full-fledged PRINCE2® Practitioner.

PRINCE2®: what is it?

A globally recognized project management certification, PRINCE2® equips the learner with the foundational knowledge and skills needed for becoming a project manager. Prince here stands for Projects IN Controlled Environments. The outstanding feature of PRINCE2® is that it offers the ease of scalability so that customizing it to each project’s nature is relatively less complex and time-consuming.

PRINCE2® principles

PRINCE2® is built on the following seven prime principles:

  • Judgment of when to commence, run and close the project
  • Learning and applying from previous PRINCE2® projects
  • Defining the team member’s roles and responsibilities
  • Understanding how to plan, monitor, and control the project at every stage
  • Delegating the responsibilities to the team members
  • Keeping track of the nature of the product, as well as the quality, along with the delivery expectations and requirements
  • Cultivating the art of tailoring, the PRINCE2® concepts and principles, and processes to suit the particular project’s environment

PRINCE2® levels

PRINCE2® certification is offered at two qualification levels:

  • Foundation  
  • Practitioner

PRINCE2® Foundation vs. PRINCE2® Practitioner

At their most basic, one can understand the differences between PRINCE2® Foundation and PRINCE2® Practitioner in the following ways:

The foundation level introduces the learner to the general aspects of PRINCE2® project management. With this level, the learner will be able to get a grasp of the principles, concepts, and processes of PRINCE2®. She will be generally able to understand how to deliver projects on time within the allocated budget, and without issues.

The PRINCE2® Practitioner level helps the practitioner take this understanding to a slightly higher level and be able to apply the PRINCE2® principles specific to a project.

Cost of taking up PRINCE2® Foundation and PRINCE2® Practitioner certification

PRINCE2® Foundation and PRINCE2® Practitioner 6th edition exams are priced thus:

  • PRINCE2® Foundation: 363 USD
  • PRINCE2® Practitioner: 488 USD

PRINCE2® Foundation vs. PRINCE2® Practitioner: exams

PRINCE2® Foundation and PRINCE2® Practitioner differ from each other also in terms of their exam pattern. Here is a brief description of each of these:

PRINCE2® Foundation           

  • Paper duration: 60 minutes
  • Number of questions: 60
  • Exam method: Closed book
  • Pass criterion: 55%
  • Credit awards: 18 PDUs if done online; 21 if done through the classroom

PRINCE2® Practitioner

  • Paper duration: 150 minutes
  • Number of questions: 68 questions
  • Exam method: Open book; questions asked only from the Official PRINCE2® manual
  • Pass criterion: 55%
  • Credit awards: 20 PDUs if done online; 21 if done through the classroom

PRINCE2® Foundation and PRINCE2® Practitioner exam prerequisites

For taking up the PRINCE2® Foundation, you don’t need any experience or knowledge of project management. However, to take up the PRINCE2® Practitioner level, you must have passed any one of these exams, and should produce proof of its certification before taking up the PRINCE2® Practitioner exam:

  • PRINCE2® Foundation
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)®
  • IPMA Level A to D, along with their corresponding professional titles or positions
  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)

Benefits of doing PRINCE2® Foundation and PRINCE2® Practitioner certification

PRINCE2® professionals earn between $85,000 and 98,000. This, of course, is a broad number and could vary by quite a margin based on the location, number of years of experience, and the position held.


In closing, a PRINCE2® Foundation or a PRINCE2® Practitioner certification is worth the effort and the money for anyone who is serious about a career in project management. The exams are reasonably priced and are not considered among the toughest. The career prospects are pretty bright for project management professionals that carry a PRINCE2® Foundation or a PRINCE2® Practitioner certification.

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