PRINCE2® Qualification Scheme

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.

PDF Download the PRINCE2 Syllabus (PDF).

Foundation Examination

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.

  • Multiple choice format
  • 75 questions per paper
  • 5 questions to be trial and not counted in scores
  • 35 marks required (out of 70 available) to pass - 50%
  • Closed book.

Practitioner Examination

Pre-requisites - 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)

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.

  • Objective testing
  • 8 questions - 10 question items per question, each worth one mark
  • 44 marks or more required to pass (out of 80 available) - 55%
  • Two-and-a-half hours (150 minutes) duration, no additional reading time
  • Open book exam (official PRINCE2 manual only).

Re-Registration Examination

All PRINCE2 Practitioners should register within 3-5 calendar years of their original certification. Find out more about the PRINCE2® Re-Registration Examination.

PRINCE2 Professional

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.

  • 2 ½ day residential Assessment Centre
  • Group activities and exercises
  • Based on a fictional project case study
  • Assessment is against 19 individual performance criteria (there is no written examination).

How to take the Exam

There are two routes towards obtaining 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.

Route to Certification

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.