What is PRINCE2® and who should do it?

The PRINCE2 guide is one of a suite of Best Practice guides owned by AXELOS Limited. It is the de-facto standard for project management in the UK and is practised worldwide.

PRINCE2 (PRojects IN Controlled Environments) is a process-based approach to project management, providing an easily tailored and scalable method for the management of all types of projects.

Knowledge of PRINCE2 is beneficial to all those involved in projects, whether as project managers, as part of a steering group, or as a member of a project team.

Foundation level

This is an entry-level qualification for people requiring an introduction to this best practice approach to managing a project. Foundation level must be achieved before taking the practitioner examination.

Practitioner level

This is a higher qualification aimed at project managers and aspiring project managers. Aspiring project managers who achieve practitioner level have demonstrated their potential and should be able to apply PRINCE2 to simple projects with appropriate support and guidance. Experienced project managers should be able to use PRINCE2 intelligently to manage projects of increasing complexity.

The Academia International approach

About 10 hours of pre-course work will be set, and this is important to ensure that candidates have a reasonable overview of the course. The working day for the course is 8 hours, with up to 2 hours homework per night. The course is over 4½ days.

The foundation exam is taken in the afternoon of the 3rd day. No reference material is allowed. The exam lasts 1 hour and the pass mark is 50%.

The practitioner exam is taken in the morning of the 5th day. A pass at foundation level is a pre-requisite for this exam. The PRINCE2 Guide can be used. The exam lasts 2½ hours and the pass mark is 55%.

Candidates can undertake the training, but defer the exams to a later date, allowing for study time to ensure that they are as well-prepared as possible for the exams. It is also possible to take time between the foundation and practitioner exams. As long as we are already running a course in a particular week, this would be at no extra cost to the candidate.