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What is PRINCE2

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 PRINCE2 6th Edition section for more information about taking this version of the certification.

Update to the PRINCE2 5th Edition Guidance

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

PRINCE2 5th Edition Foundation and Practitoner exams are no longer available in Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Norwegian and Polish as PRINCE2 6th Edition has now been translated into these languages.

PRINCE2 5th Edition Foundation and Practitioner examinations can still be booked in the following languages:

  • Chinese
  • Czech
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Portuguese (Brazil)

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

The PRINCE2 Foundation Level provides an introduction to the PRINCE2 methodology and terms. The purpose of the Foundation certification is to confirm you know and understand the PRINCE2 method well enough to be able to work effectively with, or as a member of, a project management team working within an environment supporting PRINCE2. The Foundation certification is also a prerequisite for the Practitioner certification.

See our PRINCE2 Foundation, 5th Edition page for more information.

See our PRINCE2 Foundation, 6th Edition page for more information about taking this version of the certification.

PRINCE2, 5th Edition Practitioner Examination

PRINCE2 Practitioner is aimed at those who are already using PRINCE2 to manage projects. The purpose of the Practitioner certification is to confirm whether you have sufficient understanding of how to apply and tailor PRINCE2 in a scenario situation.

See our PRINCE2® Practitioner, 5th Edition page for more information.

See our PRINCE2 Practitioner, 6th Edition page for more information about taking this version of the certification.

PRINCE2 5th Edition Practitioner Re-Registration Examination

All PRINCE2 Practitioners 5th Edition should be re-registered within three to five calendar years of their original certification. This re-registration comprises a one-hour examination set at the same standard as the Practitioner examination.

The PRINCE2 5th Edition re-registration exam comprises an exam paper set at the same standard as the Practitioner examination and is based on the PRINCE2 Manual 5th Edition.

See our PRINCE2® Practitioner, 5th Edition page for more information.

See our PRINCE2 Practitioner, 6th Edition page for more information about taking this version of the certification.