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PRINCE 2™ Conversion

PRINCE 2 is...

  • The leading method for providing the framework for project management.

  • The most popular project management qualification - Over 4,000 people take PRINCE 2 training courses are taken each month 

  • The PRINCE 2 Practitioner Conversion course is ...
  • Used by holders of the Prince2 Foundation Certificate who want to upgrade to Practitioner qualification
  • A 2 or 3-day course which includes tutoring, revision and the PRINCE 2 Practitioner examination
  • Held over 2 or 3 days
  • Available as a Scheduled Course in 50 UK locations

Typical Prince 2 Conversion Course Outline 

Business Case for Prince 2

PRINCE2™ Factsheet

An Introduction to Prince 2

Prince 2 is the world’s leading project management method - using logical and organised stages, defined steps and clearly identified roles, responsibilities and relationships to deliver tangible benefits.
More than 4,000 people experience Prince 2 courses and Prince2  training every month, confident in the knowledge that the methodology encourages a best practice approach to running projects in a consistent framework.

In fact, since its introduction in 1989, Prince 2 has become the de facto standard for project management in both the public and private sectors.
Prince 2 training courses are widely available in the UK with two qualifications – Prince 2 Foundation and Prince 2 Practitioner - and the only pre-requisite candidates require to undertake Prince 2 training is a general background knowledge and experience of project management.

Thousands of UK professionals have successfully used Prince 2 courses to create a standard and structured approach to their project management, running projects which are well-organised, well-planned and results-driven.

And, because Prince 2 is an easily-tailored solution which can be used in any environment and divides projects into manageable stages, it ensures the efficient control and use of resources and regular process monitoring.

When used effectively, Prince 2 training ensures that successful projects have:

• A planned, organised and controlled start, middle and end
• Regular reviews of progress against the plan and the business case
• Flexible decision points
• Automatic management control of deviations from the plan
• Stakeholder and management involvement at the right time and place
• Excellent communication channels between the project, project management and the rest of the organisation

Practitioner Level Qualification

The Prince 2 Practitioner examination is the second of the Prince 2 exams and is designed to measure a candidate’s ability to apply Prince 2 to the running and management of a project that supports Prince 2 methods.
On completion of the course, successful candidates will be able to:
• Produce detailed explanations of Prince 2 processes, components and techniques;
• Show that they understand the relationships between processes, components, techniques and Prince 2 products – and apply them in a project scenario;
• Demonstrate an understanding of the reasons and principles that underpin the elements of Prince 2 project management methods;
• Tune Prince 2 to different project circumstances;

The Prince 2 Practitioner qualification is a three-hour exam using a project scenario background format and three questions – worth 50 marks each. It is an ‘open-book’ exam enabling candidates to take along notes and reference material. An overall score of 75 out of the possible 150 is required to pass.

Top Prince2 Answers

1 - What is PRINCE 2 ?

PRINCE2 is a flexible and adaptable method for managing projects, using a best practice approach to running Projects in a consistent framework

2 - Who is the Prince2 Practitioner course suitable for ?

This combined PRINCE 2 Foundation & Practitioner Certificate is the best course for project managers who will using the PRINCE2™ method to manage their projects

3 - What is the Pass Rate for the Exams ?

The typical Pass Rate for the Foundation exam is 97 - 100% and for the Practitioner exam is 75-85%

4 - Are there any pre-requisites to take PRINCE 2 ?
The only prerequisite you will need is a general background knowledge and experience of project management. In that way you will be able to relate the specific terms and stages of the PRINCE2™ methodology with your own personal experience

5 - Can I take the PRINCE 2 Practitioner qualification over several weeks ?
Taking the PRINCE2™ over 5 days is the most common format. It is an intensive course which includes the PRINCE2™ Foundation exam taken on Day 3 and the PRINCE2™ Practitioner exam on Day 5
There are alternative routes :-

Take the 3-day Foundation course first and then a  2 or 3-day Practitioner upgrade (PRINCE 2 Conversion) after 4 or 6 weeks
Take a modular course - 1 to 2 days over 3 weeks 

6 - Why use PRINCE 2 ?

PRINCE2 takes all the simple and obvious lessons learned by thousands of professionals in the past 20-odd years and presents them in a checklist for present clients, managers and their teams.

7 - Who has implemented PRINCE 2 ?
As PRINCE2 is a very successful project management qualification, a large number of people and organisations have used and implemented PRINCE2. A number of case studies have been commissioned as examples of how successful PRINCE2 has become within their organisations. The full list for information and downloads can be found at:

8 - What is the structure of the PRINCE2 Examinations?

The Foundation examination is a1 hour long, 75 question, multiple choice paper. Once this examination has been taken and passed you may then take the Practitioner examination to become a Registered Practitioner. This is a 3 hour long examination with 3 case scenario based questions. There are a total of 150 marks on offer and you must score 75 to pass. This examination is open-book which means you are allowed to bring into the examination room any notes or reference material you wish.

9 - Can I take the PRINCE 2 exams without taking a Training Course ?
 Yes, you can study for the PRINCE 2 manual or through a distance learning courses and public exams are run in Milton Keynes, York and Winsford on a monthly basis. If you wish to book, you can do so online at Click on the venue you want and choose a date, you can proceed with the booking.

10 - Are there any recommended PRINCE 2 study books?

The only book that is essential is the PRINCE2 Manual (Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2) which is supplied with your training course (usually as part of the pre-course study pack)  

11 - Where can I buy PRINCE 2 books?
Visit our Links & Resources page, to view the available books and buy online   

12 - Where can I get sample PRINCE 2 course exam papers?
Sample papers are not available for general use, but if you book onto an Open Centre Examination you will be sent the latest set of sample papers on receipt of payment. If you are taking the exam(s) through a training provider, they will be able to provide you with sample papers directly.

13 - How long will it take to get the result of my PRINCE 2 Exam ?
Result turn-around time for the Practitioner exam is roughly 12 weeks and confirmation of your Foundation exam result within 2 weeks.

14 - Where are scheduled PRINCE 2 Courses held ?

Regular PRINCE2™ Practitioner courses are held in Aberdeen, Bath,Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Chester, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Oxford, Southampton, Worcester, York and over 25 more locations in the UK

15 - What does the PRINCE 2 Course Price include ?

The price of the 5-day Combined Foundation & Practitioner course includes
  • PRINCE 2 Foundation & Practitioner Exams
  • OGC PRINCE2™ Manual
  • PRINCE 2 Course Material
  • Pre-course reading
  • Lunch & refreshments
16 - Are PRINCE 2 Company Courses available for Groups ?

Yes, company training courses for all PRINCE 2 qualifications can be held at your location for groups of 6 or more, and this is generally a cheaper option

PRINCE2™ is a Trade Mark of the Office of Government Commerce   



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