The PRINCE2 Qualification Scheme has been developed by AXELOS Limited to offer a tiered examination structure with three levels of qualification, Foundation, Practitioner, and Professional.
AXELOS sets the quality expectations for the PRINCE2 qualifications. We have accredit nine Examination Institutes (EIs) who accredit a network of Accredited Training Organizations including their trainers and course material to be able to offer PRINCE2 training courses and examinations.
Download the PRINCE2 Syllabus (PDF).
The purpose of the foundation qualification is to confirm you have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the PRINCE2 method to be able to work effectively with, or as a member of, a project management team working within an environment supporting PRINCE2. The foundation qualification is also a pre-requisite for the practitioner qualification.
Pre-requisites - In order to sit the PRINCE2 Practitioner examination you must provide proof of having passed one of the following:
Please read the PRINCE2: Recognition of Prior Learning Initiative news item for further information.
The purpose of the practitioner qualification is to confirm you have achieved sufficient understanding of how to apply and tailor PRINCE2 in a scenario situation.
All PRINCE2 Practitioners should register within 3-5 calendar years of their original certification. Find out more about the PRINCE2® Re-Registration Examination.
The PRINCE2 Professional qualification is the next step for PRINCE2 Practitioners looking to further demonstrate their expertise in the PRINCE2 method. This level will test your ability to manage a non-complex PRINCE2 project across all aspects of the project lifecycle.
There are two routes towards obtain the PRINCE2 qualifications - you can sit the exams at the end of a training course, or study privately and then book the exam without a training course via one of the PRINCE2 Examination Institutes.
For details of training courses, please contact one of our Certified Partners.
Candidates must pass the Foundation Exam before the Practitioner Exam, either on the same day or separately. If a candidate has previously passed the Foundation Exam, they qualify to sit the Practitioner Exam without needing to re-sit the Foundation.
If a candidate sits the Foundation Exam only, and passes, they will receive a "Foundation Examination" certificate stating that they have passed. However, if a candidate sits both the Foundation and Practitioner Exam on the same day, and passes both, they will receive a "Practitioner Examination" certificate, but not a "Foundation Examination" one.
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