Everything You Need to Know About PRINCE2® Qualifications

Take your career to the next level with an online PRINCE2® qualification. 

What are PRINCE2 qualifications and what do they cover?

Designed by 150 leading companies and bodies around the world, both public and private sector, PRINCE2 involves a process-based method for successful project management of PRojects In Controlled Environments.

PRINCE2 qualifications provide those in project management-related jobs with the key knowledge and essential skills to confidently undertake and effectively apply PRINCE2 to real-life projects, mitigating perceived problems and managing possible risks.

PRINCE2® Qualifications 

PRINCE2 offers qualifications at two levels: Foundation and Practitioner.

PRINCE2 Foundation 

Through the Foundation level, you will be introduced to principles, themes and processes of the PRINCE2 methodology, enabling you to tackle and deliver projects within budget in a timely manner, managing any potential risks or problems that may arise. 

With the skills and knowledge gained from the Foundation level qualification, you will acquire a comprehensive understanding of PRINCE2 terminology, themes, processes and principles, to ultimately work within PRINCE2 projects with ease. You’ll then be able to advance to the Practitioner course and start on your way to becoming a fully certified PRINCE2 Practitioner. 

PRINCE2 Practitioner 

The Practitioner level, on the other hand, concentrates on teaching you how to adapt and apply the PRINCE2 project management methodology effectively to a variety of projects and scenarios.

While the Foundation course teaches you the fundamentals, the Practitioner course teaches you the practical elements necessary to be successful in project management. 

Upon completion of this certification, you’ll also be eligible to claim a free 3-month trial of MyAxelos membership, pushing the advancement of your project management career even further. 

PRINCE2 Foundation & Practitioner Combined 

The combined PRINCE2 certification is designed to get you accustomed to the PRINCE2 methodology and processes, while quickly and naturally advancing you to the Practitioner level immediately upon completion of the Foundation level. 

Whether you are an experienced project manager or you are just starting out in a project management related role, this two-in-one qualification can develop and advance your career, ultimately helping you become a skilled project manager faster and more affordably.

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How much do PRINCE2 qualifications cost?

As you are already well aware, professional qualifications cost money. Although many students opt for an upfront payment on their tuition, we also offer payments in installments to help you manage the cost of your qualification by spreading payments out over a period.

The typical cost for PRINCE2 qualifications are: 

PRINCE2 Foundation

Generally, the PRINCE2 Foundation level can cost anywhere between £490 to £1,000, if your initial exam fee is included. 

PRINCE2 Practitioner 

Similarly to the Foundation level, the PRINCE2 Practitioner level can range from £530 to £1,000, if your initial exam fee is included.

PRINCE2 Foundation & Practitioner Combined

Planning on completing both levels for the PRINCE2 certification? Why not choose the Combined course and save some money? Courses typically start at around £875, if exam fees are included, to upwards of £1,600. 

How long will it take to gain a PRINCE2 certification? 

When you enrol on a PRINCE2 course with us, you'll benefit from having the opportunity to complete the courses as quickly or as slowly as you wish, within the 3 month support period, we offer per course. 

Keep in mind that in order to become a fully certified PRINCE2 Practitioner, both the Foundation and Practitioner levels must be completed. Also, the Certified Practitioner status only lasts for 3 years and must be renewed if you want to retain the status.

PRINCE2 Foundation

On average, it takes students a total of 12 learning hours to complete the PRINCE2 Foundation course. The Foundation level also has a 3-month support period. 

PRINCE2 Practitioner 

The PRINCE2 Practitioner course takes slightly longer to complete, with a total of 32 learning hours. The Practitioner level also has a 3-month support period. 

If you choose to take the Combined course, it will take approximately 44 learning hours to complete your certification, and you'll benefit from a 6-month support period.  

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How will you be assessed?

Both courses are assessed through online proctored examinations which can be taken from the comfort of your home. You will need a computer or laptop and a webcam with a microphone. 

PRINCE2 Foundation

This qualification involves a 60-minute exam, consisting of 60 questions with a pass mark of 55% (33/60).

PRINCE2 Practitioner

This qualification involves a 150-minute exam, but unlike the Foundation level, it is an open-book examination where learners can refer to the official PRINCE2 manual throughout. It consists of 68 questions and also has a pass mark of 55% (38/68).

If you choose to take the Combined course, you'll sit both exams (and don't worry, the second exam is open book). 

What jobs can I get with a PRINCE2 certification?

PRINCE2 is the most respected and used project management method in the world, with many employees looking to hire PRINCE2-certified individuals.

From gaining a greater understanding of the PRINCE2 functions and processes to expanding your skillset and acquiring the higher position you have been in pursuit of, there is no denying that the PRINCE2 certification can open up many doors for project management professionals at any level of their career.

Examples of roles that a PRINCE2 certification can help you secure include: 

Project Coordination - Average salary: £30,100 pa

Project Manager - Average salary: £47,900 pa

Senior Project Manager - Average salary: £62,700 pa

*Salaries based on the Salary and Market Trends Survey 2021

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