Purpose of the PRINCE2 Practitioner 5th Edition Certification
The PRINCE2 Practitioner certification is for anyone managing projects. This could be as part of a formal project management function or a role in which project management is an inherent part of day-to-day work. The Practitioner certification aims to confirm that you have sufficient knowledge and understanding in order to apply and tailor the method in a range of different project environments and scenarios.
PRINCE2 Practitioner 5th Edition training
Typically classroom training for PRINCE2 Practitioner 5th Edition lasts one and a half days and the examination takes place at the end of the training (this will vary depending on training provider). However, you can self-study for the Practitioner exam and you may also choose to take the training in another format such as distance learning. Training is delivered by AXELOS' Accredited Training Organizations who set their own rates, so prices will vary.
See our Training section to find a course.
This certification is aimed at project managers, aspiring project managers and anyone who manages projects. It is also relevant to other key staff involved in the design, development and delivery of projects, including: Project Board members (e.g. Senior Responsible Owners), Team Managers (e.g. Product Delivery Managers), Project Assurance (e.g. Business Change Analysts), Project Support (e.g. Project and Programme Office personnel) and operational line managers/staff.
In order to sit the PRINCE2 Practitioner examination you must provide proof of having passed one of the following:
- PRINCE2 5th Edition Foundation
- Project Management Qualification® (PMQ) *
- Project Management Professional (PMP)*
- Project Professional Qualification (PPQ)*
- Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)**
- IPMA Level A® (Certified Projects Director)***
- IPMA Level B® (Certified Senior Project Manager)***
- IPMA Level C® (Certified Project Manager)***
- IPMA Level D® (Certified Project Management Associate)***
For more information on which certifications are now recognized as approved prior learning for the PRINCE2 Practitioner certification, please refer to our guide:
Read the guide (PDF, 265KB) .
*‘PMQ and PPQ’ are registered marks of the Association for Project Management
**'PMP and CAPM' are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.
***‘IPMA Level A/B/C/D’ are registered trademarks of the International Project Management Association
APM, PMI and IPMA are not affiliated with AXELOS, nor do they endorse any AXELOS qualifications.
Booking an Exam where prerequisites apply
Please ensure that before you book an exam where a prerequisite is required, that you hold verified proof of completion of that prerequisite (i.e. certificate, or letter from AXELOS or former Examination Institute confirming you hold a current certification). Your examination results will be withheld until the correct prerequisite is provided to PeopleCert. If you are unable to provide the required prerequisite, then you will need to successfully complete the prerequisite before the higher-level exam result is released.
- Objective testing
- Eight questions: 10 question items per question, each worth one mark
- 44 marks or more required to pass (out of 80 available): 55%
- Two-and-a-half hours’ (150 minutes) duration, no additional reading time
- Open book. Candidate may use a printed hard copy of the Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2® 2009 Edition. The manual may be annotated and tabulated but no sticky notes and loose leaf papers containing additional notes will be allowed.
Due to the impact of the coronavirus, from 13 April 2020 to 31 December 2021 individuals are now permitted to print PDFs for exams and use PDFs or official e-books on a second e-device (portable digital devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops) during open book exams.
Certification Expiry Date
The PRINCE2 Practitioner certification will expire after 3 years. In order to maintain your qualification and ensure there are no gaps in your Practitioner status, you can either retake the PRINCE2 Practitioner Exam before the expiry date or maintain your certification through CPD points and a digital badge. If you choose to follow the CPD route you will need to purchase a subscription to MY PRINCE2 which costs £50 + VAT per year.
This examination is no longer available in English, but is still available in other languages.
See our PRINCE2 Practitioner 6th Edition page for more information about taking this version of the certification.
PRINCE2 Practitioner Re-registration
To retain their certification and demonstrate the continued currency of their knowledge, all PRINCE2 Practitioners need to undertake a re-registration examination within three to five years of their original qualification.
See our PRINCE2 Practitioner Re-registration section for more information.