Smashing the PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner Courses

Rasha's right hand holding pencil over the open Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 textbook on desk before her
After joining AXELOS as Social Media Lead, I got the opportunity to attend a PRINCE2® Foundation and Practitioner training course.

There were 18 of us, almost all from a project management background. I wasn’t too sure what to expect at first, I was worried that my lack of project management knowledge would be a hindrance. We were given the Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 course book, a notepad, highlighters, pens and exam sample papers. It felt like being at university all over again.

As the course started, I realized how much of PRINCE2 I already use in my day-to-day life. After all, we all have ‘projects’ to manage be it in our personal or professional lives. From social media campaigns to holidays, these are all projects I have undertaken.

I very much enjoyed learning about all the principles, themes and processes. The course was very easy to keep up with, the book covers everything in great detail and the training was really good at using real-life examples to explain PRINCE2. The Foundation course lasted almost two days with the exam taking place on the Tuesday and the Practitioner lasted two days and two hours with the exam taking place on Friday.

In order to do Practitioner, you first need to pass the Foundation level. All exams were done online, meaning you get your results instantly! Which I believe is a good thing as you don’t have to stress waiting for your results – but yes, it’s also a bit scary. I am very happy to report that I passed both the Foundation and Practitioner exams.

My top tips for the course and exams are:

  • Take as many notes as possible during the classes, and make these notes in your book as the Practitioner exam is an open book exam.
  • Make sure you do all the sample papers in a mock exam setting, so you get a good feel of how it will be on the day and you get a sense of timings. When grading your sample papers, ensure you read the explanations for all the questions you got wrong.
  • Do not stress. You get a break of about two hours before your Practitioner exam, use the time to rest your mind and have a good lunch. There is nothing more for you to cram.
  • During the exam if you are struggling on a certain question, just pick an answer and flag the question up. If you have time at the end, you can come back to it. Time goes by really quickly and if you dwell on a hard question for too long you risk missing out on easy questions.

It has now been a while since I completed my training and PRINCE2 is very much embedded in everything I do now. If you are thinking about taking the course, go for it! Personal development is very important, we should be continuously improving our learning.

You can book a course through one of AXELOS’ accredited training providers. You can find the full list on the AXELOS website.

Current rating: 4.5 (6 ratings)


25 Jan 2019 kevin Matson
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I agree with everything here, remember throughout the Exam the answer in some form in in front of you.....multiple choice or in the book.
4 Mar 2019 Milvio DiBartolomeo
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The best advice I’ve been given is to work out the questions in the paper and transpose your answers at the end. Also don’t second guess yourself, statistically your first choice will always be right.
27 Sep 2019 Angga Timothy T P
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yes, practice the mock exam a lot, and have to understand in helicopter view so you can know every part to do within your understanding
28 Dec 2019 Fellah Te
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Can one passes the exam without the open book, I have tried two sample exams without the book and I had decent scores.
1 Jun 2020 michal janik
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hi, can someone advice how to access more sample papers for Prince 2 practitioner, only 2017 available on this website. Thank you
10 Jul 2020 CognexTech
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Can you please give a detailed way how to gain these knowledge and makeover and get passed in exams. I am the student of cognex technology( and I wish to clear exams in an easy way.
20 Jul 2020 Lilly Sarah
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My dream has come true because I got the job I wanted for so long after getting PRINCE2-Foundation certified. The credit all goes to for providing me with the latest questions and material not only that but also the tips and tricks which came in handy during the final exam day. I highly recommend and suggest using PRINCE2-Foundation dumps. As it will take you to the position you wanted to clear the exam in the very first try. Thank you for existing and providing with the best quality content for exam preparations to candidates.
23 Jun 2021 Gerard McCann
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Learning People Online do a distance learning-online course with video presentations to accompany the book, ongoing progress tests, and sample exams. To be honest, the exam was much harder than the sample exams. But I passed. I would be interested in doing a condensed Practitioner course over a few days if someone could recommend a suitable provider.
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