PRINCE2 Frequently Asked Questions
- 18th March 2016
- Posted by: Juan van Niekerk
- Category: Project Management
In the world of project management, PRINCE2 is known as the comparative standard for project management methods. But for those that are just starting their careers or are looking to gain a project management certification, there may be many questions about everything PRINCE2. We will endeavour to answer those questions below:
What is PRINCE2?
PRINCE2 (Projects IN Controlled Environments) is a project methodology using the input from thousands of projects and Project Managers and their teams.
The method can be applied to any project, regardless of it’s size, industry or project type and can be tailored to the specific needs of each project undertaken. PRINCE2 uses 7 Themes, 7 Principles and 7 Processes to ensure the project remains truly PRINCE2, ensuring best practices are implemented.
What is the history of PRINCE2?
PRINCE2 was first developed in 1989 (then called PROMPT) by the CCTA (Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency) in order to manage IT projects. Later the method was enriched and altered to a generic project management model to be used by the UK government in their projects and the method became known as PRINCE.
The 2nd version, which is the method as we know it today, was unveiled in 1996 and the name was changed to PRINCE2, flowing over into the private sector. In 2009 PRINCE2 underwent a revamp involving the input of about 150 organisations that had used the method.
The ownership rights to PRINCE2 were transferred from the HM Cabinet Office to AXELOS in 2013
Where can I undertake PRINCE2 training?
Is PRINCE2 training suited to someone that is just starting out in project management?
What if I already have a different project management certification?
Can I sit the PRINCE2 exams immediately, or do I have to undergo training first?
Why should I choose to study PRINCE2?
PRINCE2 certified Project Managers are high in demand, seeing that PRINCE2 is the most popular and most trusted project management method in the project management industry.
Companies that utilise PRINCE2 can exponentially improve upon their operational progress across the board.
Many employers list PRINCE2 as a CV prerequisite to considering applicants for a position in project management.
In which countries is PRINCE2 recognised?
What will the PRINCE2 Foundation course teach me?
What will the PRINCE2 Practitioner course teach me?
Will I need to re-register my certification?
Is there a licensing fee applicable to use PRINCE2?
Which companies use PRINCE2?
Some of the companies that have gained PRINCE2 certifications through ITonlinelearning are:
- The University of Manchester
- The University of Chichester
- The University of Plymouth
- The University of Bradford
- Estée Lauder
- Genesis Housing Group
- Genix Healthcare
- The Guardian
- Central Bedfordshire Council
What if I have a question about my course?
How can I contact an advisor?
How long will I have access to the courses for?
How can I further prepare for the exams?
Where can I acquire the PRINCE2 manual?
How do I know whether I am ready to sit the exam?
Is the cost of the exams included in the course price?
What if I can’t afford to pay for the course immediately?
If I opt to pay for my courses via spread payments, how much interest will I have to pay?
How can I get an idea of the training that you deliver?
Where can I sit the PRINCE2 exams?
There are two options to take the PRINCE2 exams:
Using a computer or laptop with a working webcam, microphone and stable, reliable internet connection, you can take the PRINCE2 exams from anywhere and at any time. Make sure to book your exam at least 3-5 working days prior to the date that you would like to sit the exam.
At an exam centre
Your PRINCE2 exam can also be taken at an APMG exam centre. These are located in London, Milton Keynes, York, Birmingham and Chester in the UK.
Exam sessions are held on Fridays only at 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00. Make sure to book your exam at least 3 weeks prior to the date that you would like to sit the exam.
When will I receive my PRINCE2 certificate?
What are the costs of the PRINCE2 exams?
Can my exam be postponed?
Yes, you can. You may postpone your exam once without incurring any additional charges as long as the postponement is at least 10 days before the date of the exam.
If you need to postpone outside of this notice period, or need to postpone a second time, an administrative fee will be payable.
What are the structures that the PRINCE2 exams are set in?
The PRINCE2 exams are set in the following structures:
PRINCE2 Foundation exam:
75 questions set in a multiple choice format. The exam will last for 1 hour (60 minutes) and you will need to score a minimum of 35 marks (50%) to pass the exam.
PRINCE2 Practitioner exam:
8 – 10 questions in an objective testing format. The exam will last for 2.5 hours (150 minutes) and you will need to score a minimum of 44 marks (55%) to pass the exam.
Can I use the PRINCE2 manual during the exam?