PRINCE2® method is owned by the UK Government (Cabinet Office) who have contracted the APM Group to accredit and administer the syllabus and examinations.
PRINCE2® qualifications use a two-tier structure, PRINCE2® Foundation and Practitioner level certification.
PRINCE2® FOUNDATION EXAMS
A prerequisite to become a registered PRINCE2® Practitioner is the pass the PRINCE2® Foundation Exam
The exam aims to assess (Competency – Knowledge Comprehension) whether a candidate would be able to act as an informed member of a project management team in a PRINCE2 project management environment.
Candidate would need to exhibit a solid understanding of the PRINCE2® themes, processes, principles, roles and techniques, in particular:
To identify the purpose and major content of all roles, the components, processes and themes as described in the manual.
To identify the source or derivation of the management products, from their purpose and/or key content.
To indicate the relationships between processes, products, roles and the management dimensions of a project.
The PRINCE2® Foundation examination comprises a one hour paper (60 minutes) consists of 75 questions in total which cover all 15 areas of the PRINCE2® Foundation syllabus.
The Foundation exam uses objective test questions which require a candidate to choose a response to a question from a set of choices, only one of which is correct. Marks are not subtracted for incorrect answers. No support materials are alowed as it is a ‘closed-book’ exam.
The PRINCE2® Exam (foundation) question booklet contains 75 questions – 70 exam questions and 5 trial questions, each covering a different syllabus topic.
Each of the 70 questions is worth 1 mark, but the trial questions are not scored.
The pass mark is 35 (50%). Delegates are expected to answer all questions.
There is however no indication of which questions are exam questions and which are trial.
PRINCE2® PRACTITIONER EXAMS
A prerequisite for sitting this exam is that the delegate must have sat and passed the PRINCE2® Foundation Exam.
The Exam aims to assess whether the candidate would be able to apply (Competency – Application, Analysis Evaluation) PRINCE2® to the management of a project within a MSP® environment.
On exhibition of the competence required to satisfy the Foundation qualification, the delegate has to show they have the ability to apply and tailor PRINCE2® to address the needs and problems of a specific project scenario.
This is a 2 and half hour (150 minutes) objective test format examination. It is an open-book exam, which allows the candidate to refer to the official PRINCE2® manual during the exam.
The Practitioner exam uses objective test questions which require a candidate to choose a response to a question from a set of choices, only one of which is correct.
The exam will consist of 8 main questions each of 2 to 4 parts, with 10 marks per question, totalling 80 marks. The pass mark is 44 (55%).
A full PRINCE2® Practitioner simulation is available within the eLearning package which provides samples of the scenario, question styles and formats and provides a safe and encouraging environment to test and reform your understanding of the method.
On passing the Practitioner Exam, your name will be entered onto a register of successful PRINCE2® Practitioners.
To remain on the register, you will need to show continued competence in PRINCE2® by passing a re-registration examination every 3-5 years.
PRINCE2® RE-REGISTRATION EXAMS
The Registered Practitioner qualification is valid for 5 years. Practitioners should be re-registered within 3-5 years of their original certification in order to demonstrate their commitment to professional development.
The Re-registration exam follows the same format as the Practitioner exam but the Question Booklet contains three questions, giving a total of 30 marks, to be answered within one hour. The re-reg exam pass mark is 17 (55%).
Each question will test one of the syllabus areas. All other guidance above on the MSP® Practitioner Exam is also applicable to Re-registration examinations.