PRINCE2 is a process driven methodology. There are 7 processes from Start-Up to Close and these processes encompass the 7 principles and incorporate the 7 themes.
The 7 principles which are considered universal and self-validating must exist in every project run according to PRINCE2. They are:
The PRINCE2 guidance provided in Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 lists the activities required in each of 7 processes covering consideration of a project, its commencement through to its controlled conclusion. The processes are represented in the following diagram indicating where they occur in the project lifedcycle and the level of management responsible.
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Underlying these processes are the themes presented in the methodology and these amount to best practice in a project environment. They answer questions about what, why, who, when, how, how much and provide clarity. The themes are:
The latest PRINCE2 manual has incorporated feedback from the global project management community, improvements in best practice approaches, and consistency with other methodologies owned by the Cabinet Office. The following table gives a brief summary of the changes made in the latest revision of the PRINCE2 manual.
There are three levels of accreditation for PRINCE2 which result in internationally recognised qualification:
The Foundation Certificate show familiarality with the PRINCE2 methodology. It is a qualification that may be useful to project office staff, people working in project teams or new project managers.
The Practitioner Certificate is based on a longer scenario-based exam and tests the ability to apply the PRINCE2 method to particlar situations. It is intended for experienced project managers or those with significant experience of project environments.
The PRINCE2 Professional qualification is the next step for PRINCE2 Practitioners looking to further demonstrate their expertise in the PRINCE2 method. This level will test your ability to manage a non-complex PRINCE2 project across all aspects of the project lifecycle. The rollout of the new accreditation is currently in progress.
PRINCE2 Foundation Exam Format
PRINCE2 Practitioner Exam Format
All PRINCE2 Registered Practitioners have the opportunity to re-register their accreditation within 3-5 years of the original certification date. Re-registering your accreditation demonstrates a commitment to continuous professional development and will keep you updated on any revisions of the methodology.
Please note that your qualification will not expire after 5 years, however you will no longer be a "Registered" Practitioner. To reclaim your Registered Practitioner status you can complete the re-registration exam at any time.
PRINCE2 Practitioner Re-registration Exam Format
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