PRINCE2 5th Edition Certifications - Project Management

  • Certification levels
  • Taking the exams
  • Examination languages
  • PRINCE2 Membership

The PRINCE2 certification scheme currently offers two levels of certification: Foundation and Practitioner .There is also the PRINCE2 Agile® certification scheme which includes the PRINCE2 Agile Foundation and PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner qualifications.

Candidates can take PRINCE2 training courses via one of AXELOS' Accredited Training Organizations (ATOs) or self-study for all the certification levels. Prices for training courses are set by the ATOs so will vary.

See our Training section for more information.

Update to PRINCE2 Best Practice Guidance

In 2017, AXELOS revised the PRINCE2 guidance and certification scheme. For more information on the new version of the certification see our PRINCE2 6th Edition page.

From 1 January 2018, all English versions of the Foundation and Practitioner exams will be based on the 6th edition. In addition, from 31 December 2019, the 2009 version of he exams is no longer available in Danish, Dutch, French, German, Norwegian and Polish as PRINCE2 6th Edition has now been translated into these languages.

PRINCE2 5th Edition in English was retired in 2018.

See our PRINCE2 6th Edition certifications section for details of how to find and take training in PRINCE2 6th Edition.

PRINCE2 Professional certification

AXELOS retired the PRINCE2 Professional qualification at the end of 2017, so candidates can no longer attain this level within the PRINCE2 certification scheme. However, the certification remains valid and current holders can continue to describe themselves as PRINCE2 Professionals.

PRINCE2 Foundation, 5th Edition Examination

PRINCE2 Practitioner, 5th Edition Examination

PRINCE2 Agile Examination

PRINCE2 Practitioner Re-Registration 5th Edition Examination

There are two routes towards obtaining the PRINCE2 certifications - you can sit the exams at the end of a training course with an Accredited Training Organization (ATO), or study privately and then book the exam without a training course via PeopleCert, our PRINCE2 Examination Institute.

Costs of PRINCE2 Training

Each of our ATOs sets their own prices for the different courses they deliver, so this will vary depending on the organization you choose.

For details of training courses, use our search facility to locate a training provider.

Route to certification

You must pass the Foundation examination before the Practitioner examination, either on the same day or separately.

If you have previously passed the Foundation examination or one of the certifications approved as prior learning, you qualify to sit the Practitioner examination without needing to re-sit the Foundation.

Read our guide (PDF, 91KB) to which certifications are now recognized as approved prior learning for the PRINCE2 Practitioner qualification. 

If you sit the Foundation exam only, and pass, you will receive a Foundation examination certificate. However, if you sit both the Foundation and Practitioner exam on the same day, and pass both, you will receive a Practitioner examination certificate only.


From 1 January 2018, individuals who hold PRINCE2 Foundation (or higher), Project Management Professional® (PMP)*, Certified Associate in Project Management® (CAPM)*, and IMPA Levels A,B,C and D® (Certified Projects Director) certifications are able to take PRINCE2 Agile examination.

Sample Papers

Practice for your PRINCE2 exams by testing yourself with these Sample Papers.

*'PMP' and 'CAPM' are registered marks of Project Management Institute, Inc. PMI is not affiliated with AXELOS. PMI does not endorse any AXELOS Qualifications.

The PRINCE2 6th Edition Foundation and Practitioner examinations are no longer available in English, German, Dutch, Polish, French, Norwegian and Danish.

For other translated languages below, the 5th Edition version of the exams will continue to be available until AXELOS states otherwise.

The PRINCE2 5th Edition Foundation, Practitioner and Practitioner Re-registration examinations are available in the following languages:

  • Arabic (Foundation examination only)
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Czech (Foundation and Practitioner examinations only)
  • Italian 
  • Japanese (Foundation and Practitioner examinations only)
  • Korean (Foundation examination only)
  • Romanian (Foundation and Practitioner examinations only)
  • Russian (Foundationand Practitioner examinations only)
  • Slovak (Foundation examination only)
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

Examinations in these languages are available through our global network of Accredited Training Organizations.

PRINCE2 Agile Examinations are currently available in English, Dutch, German and Polish.

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Prepare for your exams with our examiner guidance videos and practice tests. Here’s a sample of the content your could access:

Passing your PRINCE2® Foundation Exam: Who is the Foundation Exam For?

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  • Online Subscriptions to range of AXELOS' PPM best practice publications
  • Project Management Software - Project in a Box
  • Project Management Templates.

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  • Online CPD toolset to plan and record your development
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