PRINCE2 Foundation

by Mirek Burnejko

PRINCE2 FoundationPRojects IN Controlled Environment (PRINCE2) is a project management method and PRINCE2 Foundation is a first step to prove your understanding of this framework.

At this moment APMG-International developed three certifications that help you understand the PRINCE2 method. PRINCE2 Foundation, Practitioner and Professional.

Today we concentrate about the first step – PRINCE2 Foundation.

You can confirm your knowledge and understanding on the PRINCE2 method with the foundation qualification. It’s a good place to start if your project management team (and company) supports PRINCE2. The foundation certification is also a pre-requisite for PRINCE2 Practitioner.

The exam is based (in 100%) on Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 2009 Edition Manual

What Exams You Must Pass to Become a PRINCE2 Foundation Certified

You must pass only one exam PRINCE2 Foundation.

A training is recommended, but isn’t required!

Format of the Exam

It is a standard test. You must answer 70 questions (plus 5 trial questions).
The passing score is equal to 50%. You do not have access to any materials.

Where You Can Pass the PRINCE2 Foundation Exam

You have two options:

  • Register to an approved course through an ATO (Accredited Training Office)
  • Register to an exam without a training – two options:
    • Email the service desk at APMG [email protected] They will give you detailed information, about the nearest place, a cost of the exam and a registration process. They will allow you to pass the PRINCE2 Foundation exam in an ATO or at a British Council office.
    • Contact (email/phone) the nearest ATO directly and ask them about a chance to pass the exam without a training

How Much Does the PRINCE2 Foundation Exam Cost

If you take an exam without an official training your will pay about $340.
If you take an exam with an official ATO after a training, the cost of the exam will be covered by the price of the training.

How To Renew your PRINCE2 Foundation Certification

The foundation examination is not valid for a defined period and will not expire.

Scope of the PRINCE2 Foundation Exam

The exam is based on the Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 2009 Edition Manual.

Detailed list of the topics on the exam you can find in PRINCE2 Syllabus (25 Pages).

How To Prepare to the Exam

Examples of Job Opportunities



Success Story

If you interested with sharing your success story with PRINCE2 Foundation please contact me.

Questions and Answers

Q: What is the difference between PRINCE2 certifications and PMI certifications (CAPM, PMP)?
A:PRINCE2 provides only a structured framework, which can be tailored and scaled in order to run a project. It can work with the PMBOOK framework. For the PRINCE2 Foundation certification you do not need any experience (just passing the exam). For CAPM and PMP you need an experience.

Q: Is PRINCE2 compatible with other project management certifications?
A: PRINCE2 is compatible with all other project management certifications as it provides the technical structure of the framework for the project. We recommend this short document: How PRINCE2 can complement PMBoK and your PMP.

Q: What languages are supported? Should I take the PRINCE2 Foundation test and prepare in English?
A: You can pass the exam in following languages: Chinese (Mandarin), Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish (Castilian). Although, we recommend to use English materials and pass the exam also in the English version. First, exam was developed in English. Second, terminology can be used around the world. Third, updates and new materials (books) will be available firstly in English.

Q: Will I receive a real certificate?
A: Yes. You should receive your PRINCE2 Foundation certification 2-4 weeks after passing the exam.

Q: Can I check if a person have the PRINCE2 certification?
A: Yes, you can. Just use this tool.