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The examination scheme - Methods Project Management

The examination scheme

PRINCE2 is the most popular certification in the world with around 1.5 million of certified people across the globe at the beginning of 2016



1. Axelos is the owner of the method

2. Examination institutes are in charge of operating the examination scheme

They manage accreditation of: Training Organisations, trainers and Training Materials (Acquiros, APMG International BCS, Peoplecert, Exin…)

3. Accredited Training Organisation are delivering the PRINCE2 courses by Accredited trainers

Make sure when selecting a Training Organisation it is accredited by one of the Examination institutes above




The foundation level is the first level of PRINCE2 certification scheme

The courses are delivered in 2 or 2.5 days depending on your training organisation

You will be able to pass the foundation exam right after

APMG provide sample foundation exam online with all official explanation to pass the exam


The certification don’t expire

Who is it for?

New project managers / members of a team or company working in a PRINCE2 environment

You will understand the methodology and the terminology to be able to work in a PRINCE2 team

The exam

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




The practitioner level certification can be obtain if you already have the foundation level but also:

  • 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)

The courses are in general 1.5 day than you can pass the exam

The certification is valid for 5 years, to keep your certification valid you must pass a Re-registration examination

Who is it for?

Built upon the knowledge gained with the foundation level, you demonstrate your ability to apply PRINCE2 on simple projects. This certification is popular and becomes almost a pre-requisit for many project management roles

The exam

8 groups of questions – 10 question per group, 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)

APMG provide sample Practitioner exam online too


PRINCE2 Re-registration

Within 3-5 calendar years after your PRINCE2 Practitioner you must pass this exam to maintain your Registered Practitioner status




The latest certification in the PRINCE2 scheme is for the moment available for delegates who have passed:

  • PRINCE2 Foundation
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner
  • Project Management Professional® (PMP)
  • Certified Associate in Project Management® (CAPM)
  • IMPA Levels A,B,C and D® (Certified Projects Director).

You learn in this 2.5 days of course how to blend the Agile methodology with PRINCE2, the exam is taken the afternoon of the last day of the course

Pre-reading is recommended before attending the course to remind key elements of PRINCE2 and Agile concepts

Who is it for?

For professionals who work within a project environment including key staff involved with integrating project management with product delivery

The exam

  • 50 questions each worth one mark
  • 30 marks or more required to pass out of 50 questions – 60% pass mark
  • Two-and-a-half hours’ (150 minutes) duration, no additional reading time
  • Open book exam (official PRINCE2 Agile guide only).




It is a 2.5 days of continuous assessment by a team of evaluators

Your ability to run a project in the real world is assessed over 19 performance areas

Delegates work with others, deliver within tight deadlines and produce products


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