PRINCE2 Foundation Certification

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The PRINCE2® Foundation Certification is the basic level of qualification which can be attained for the PRINCE2 project management methodology, and confirms the overall understanding, familiarity with the PRINCE2 language, and capability to work as a member of a project management team. PRINCE2 is the world's most popular project management methodology with more that 1.2 million people having a PRINCE2 certification. It is compatible with all other project management qualifications as it provides the technical structure of the framework of any project.

The PRINCE2 qualification scheme has been developed to offer three levels of qualification, Foundation, Practitioner and Professional, however the PRINCE2 professional level is not very popular and not many people seem to be interested. The PRINCE2 Foundation Certification level is the first of the two PRINCE2 examinations that are required to pass in order to become a PRINCE2 Practitioner. The examination for the Foundation Certification is based on the 2009 edition of Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2. However, it is not recommended that this manual is used to prepare for the examination, as it contains far too much information you won't need at this level.

There are no requirements for attaining the the PRINCE2 Foundation Certification. However, it is recommended to take a PRINCE2 Foundation training program in order to ensure you're prepared for the exam.

Purpose of the Foundation Qualification

The purpose of the foundation qualification is to confirm you have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the PRINCE2 method to be able to work effectively with, or as a member of, a project management team working within an environment supporting PRINCE2.

Target Audience

This qualification is aimed at Project Managers and aspiring Project Managers. It is also relevant to other key staff involved in the design, development and delivery of projects, including: Project Board members (e.g. Senior Responsible Owners), Team Managers (e.g. Product Delivery Managers), Project Assurance (e.g. Business Change Analysts), Project Support (e.g. Project and Programme Office personnel) and operational line managers/staff.

In order to pass the PRINCE2 Foundation exam you will be expected to be able to:

  • Describe the purpose and major content of all roles, the seven principles, the seven themes and the seven processes.
  • State which management products are input to, and output from the seven processes.
  • State the main purpose, and key contents, of the major management products.
  • State the relationships between processes, deliverables, roles and the management dimensions of a project.

You can find out more information regarding the PRINCE2 Foundation Certification by reading the article on the Prince2 Foundation Exam.

Examination Format

  • Multiple choice examination questions
  • 75 questions per paper
  • Five questions to be trial and not counted in scores
  • 35 marks required (out of 70 available) to pass - 50%
  • One hour's (60 minutes) duration
  • Closed book.

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PeopleCert runs the PRINCE2 Foundation exam and PRINCE2 Practitioner exam for the accredited training organisations (ATO) and these can be provided in the classroom or online.

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