PRINCE2 Frequently Asked Questions
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A PRINCE2 Foundation Certificate indicates an understanding of the fundamental concepts of PRINCE2. It is awarded after passing an examination of 1 hour consisting of 75 multiple choice questions.
The Practitioner Certification shows that not only are the concepts understood but that the person is able to apply them in different situations, to projects of different sizes and taking into account the special nature of the project. PRINCE2 Practitoners are expected to be able to scale PRINCE2 and tailor it to meet particular needs. The Practitioner Exam is a 2.5 hour Objective Test. It is misleading to call it a multiple choice paper, although answers are selected in a separate answer booklet. The questions are based on a scenario and require a solid knowledge of PRINCE2 as well as the ability to apply it to a particular situation.
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With project management experience, it is possible to give yourself a basic understanding of PRINCE2 by reading the manual. This level of study may be sufficient to pass the PRINCE2 Foundation Examination. In the UK, public examinations are conducted. In Australia, candidates may arrange examinations through offices of the British Council.
Accredited Training Organisations (ATO) conduct courses which have been approved by the APMG (the PRINCE2 governing body) and which ensure a thorough understanding of the basic concepts. Approval of PRINCE2 instructors is a lengthy and rigorous process. There is also some administrative work in ordering and paying for examinations, marking them, liaising with the APMG on results and forwarding certificates. Most ATOs would be reluctant to have their delegates subsidising the overheads of ‘walk-ins’.
Sitting for the PRINCE2 Examination at the Practitioner level without a training course is not recommended for any candidate. The desire to do so usually indicates a lack of appreciation of the level of training provided in applying PRINCE2 to real world projects. The PRINCE2 Practitioner Examination is not an easy examination and more than one-third of candidates fail.
Adaptive Frameworks will only offer examinations to delegates who have completed one of our accredited courses online or in the classroom.
Both PRINCE2 and the Project Management Institute’s Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge are based on best practice in project management. There are no contradictions in the two approaches but there are different emphases. Experienced project managers can effectively integrate both approaches. Some fundamental differences are listed below. More information can be obtained from the articles provided on the download section of this page.
This is one of the most irritating misconceptions about PRINCE2. It is based on a shallow analysis of the methodology and is more often an excuse for avoiding a structured approach.
PRINCE2 has been developed for use with any size of project. It is obviously not necessary to throw the book at small to medium sized projects. Indeed each of the PRINCE2 processes includes a section on scalability and the architects of the methodology stress that each process needs to be approached with the question, “How extensively should this process be applied on this project?”
The APMG works closely with the UK Cabinet Office to administer the full suite of Best Practice methodologies on their behalf. Please click here to view the list of products available in Australia on the official APMG website.
Templates can be found on the official PRINCE2 website.
We have also found other excellent sites for obtaining templates for project documents. Our favourite is the Tasmanian Government website.