PRINCE2 2009 Certifications - Project Management

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

The PRINCE2 certification scheme has been developed to offer three levels of certification, Foundation, Practitioner and Professional.

AXELOS has also developed PRINCE2 Agile, a complementary agile project management qualification.

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

AXELOS has revised the PRINCE2 guidance and certification scheme. For more information on the new version of the certification see our PRINCE2 2017 page.

From 1 January 2018, all English versions of the Foundation and Practitioner exams will be based on the 2017 edition. It will still be possible to take the 2009 version of the exams in languages other than English until AXELOS states otherwise.

See our PRINCE2 2017 certifications section for details of how to find and take training in PRINCE2 2017.

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 2009 Foundation Examination

PRINCE2 2009 Practitioner Examination

PRINCE2 Agile Examination

PRINCE2 2009 Practitioner Re-Registration 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 2009 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)
  • Danish 
  • Dutch 
  • French
  • German 
  • Italian 
  • Japanese (Foundation and Practitioner examinations only)
  • Korean (Foundation examination only)
  • Norwegian 
  • Polish 
  • 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.

As of January 2018, PRINCE2 2009 examinations are no longer available in English.

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

Become a PRINCE2 member and you can access a wide range of content to help you pass your exams, to excel in your role and to advance your career.

Help me pass my exams

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?

Help me excel in my role

Access the latest best practices to help you apply PRINCE2 methodologies to your projects and help you excel. Membership gives you access to:

  • Best Practice Subscriptions including Directing Successful Projects with PRINCE2
  • Project Management Software - Project in a Box
  • Project Management Templates.

Help me advance my career

Use our online tools to help you plan and record career development activities as you progress in your career. You can access:

  • Online CPD toolset to plan and record your development
  • Assess and benchmark your skills against PPM job roles
  • Stand out with a digital badge.

Find out more about PRINCE2 membership.

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