PRINCE2 certification requires the passing of standard examinations and assessments. There are two key levels of certification: Foundation and Practitioner. Passing the Foundation certification is a pre-requisite for engaging in Practitioner.
Foundation represents the starting point in PRINCE2 certification. Passing the one-hour exam certifies the candidate to act as a qualified member of a Project Management team, versant in the PRINCE2 principles, terminology and method.
Some of the key learning outcomes a successful Foundation candidate can expect to benefit from include:
The ability to describe the function and content of all project roles
Understand the purpose and composition of the seven principles, the seven themes and the seven processes
The ability to specify the main principles and composition of the major management products, and describe which of them are input to, and output from, the seven processes
The ability to map, within the project, the relationships between management, roles, processes and deliverables
The Foundation exam is 60 minutes in duration, and comprises 75 multiple-choice questions. A minimum of 35 correct answers are required to pass the assessment successfully. It is a ‘closed book’ exam.
Practitioner represents the higher level of PRINCE2 certification. It is required that the candidate successfully passes the Foundation exam before engaging in Practitioner. Passing the more complex two-and-a-half hour test formally certifies the candidate as a registered PRINCE2 Practitioner for five years.
The Practitioner exam assesses the candidate’s ability to apply the PRINCE2 method to the running and managing of a straightforward project. To be successful, the candidate must demonstrate their ability to apply and tailor PRINCE2 to the scenarios given.
Some of the key learning outcomes a successful Practitioner candidate can expect to benefit from include:
The ability to tailor PRINCE2 to varying project circumstances
Understand and be able to explain, in detail, all principles, themes and processes of all PRINCE2 products
The ability to map, within the project, the relationships between management, roles, processes and deliverables, and how to utilize this map in ensuring a successful project outcome
Understand the purpose and composition of the seven principles, the seven themes and the seven processes, and the principles that underpin them
A certified PRINCE2 Practitioner must re-register within three to five calendar years of successfully passing their Practitioner examination. Consisting of a one-hour exam, the re-registration exercise is set at the same standard as the Practitioner assessment.
The re-registration exam consists of three questions, each one comprising ten possible points. 17 out of a possible 30 points are required to successfully pass the exam (55%). The candidate is allowed to refer to the official PRINCE2 manual at points in the assessment.