PRINCE2 Practitioner Exam

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The PRINCE2 Practitioner exam is based on the 2009 edition of Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2, the official PRINCE2 manual.

The exam was designed to determine the extent to which candidates can apply PRINCE2 to run and manage a non-complex project within a PRINCE2 supporting environment.

The exam has been designed to measure whether you could apply PRINCE2 to the running and managing of a non-complex project within an environment supporting PRINCE2. To this end you need to exhibit the competence required for the Foundation qualification, and show that you can apply and tailor PRINCE2 to address the needs and problems of a given project scenario.

Exam Format

  • Multiple choice and multiple answer questions based on a scenario
  • 80 questions
  • 55% passing score
  • 150 minutes duration
  • Open book (only the Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2)
  • PRINCE2 Foundation, PMP, CAPM, IPMA-A, IPMA-B, IPMA-C, or IPMA-D certificate is the prerequisite
  • Online, computer-based, or paper-based

note: 30 minutes extra time is available when the candidate is not taking the exam in their mother tongue, or the language they use in their business daily.

Exam Delivery Format

There are three formats available:

  • Online
  • Computer-based, with an invigilators in the same location
  • Paper-based, with an invigilator in the same location

The common format for classroom courses is the paper-based. Those who self-study, or use eLearning courses, usually take online exams. The online exams are also invigilated, and the candidates should stay in a quite room alone, with the webcam and microphone recording them.


Candidates receive their electronic certificates as soon as their results are finalized (usually takes a few hours to a few days). Hard copy certifications are also available for an extra fee.

Certificates are issued from the Examination Institutes, and therefore, they are different in formatting and presentation. However, all of them are approved by AXELOS.

Candidates can allow the Examination Institutes to publish their information. In that case, their name will be added to AXELOS' successful candidates register. The Examination Institutes also have their own directories of certified candidates.

Certificate holders have to renew it in 5 years, with another exam called Re-Registration Examination.

Main Resource

The main resource for this exam is the official manual, Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2.

Since the exam is open-book and the official manual is the only resource one can use during the exam, it's important for candidates to purchase it as soon as possible in their studies and get used to the structure of the information provided there.

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Preparation for the Exam

There are three normal choices:

  • Taking classroom courses: the standard course is 3 days, with the exam at the end of the last day.
  • Taking eLearning courses
  • Self-study

The amount of time needed for self-study or completing eLearning courses depends on the experience and prior knowledge of the candidate; usually ranging between 20 and 40 hours.

It's preferred to take the classroom courses and eLearning courses from an Accredited Training Organization, because their material had been reviewed and approved by the Examination Institutes. ATOs usually mention this in the websites, and one can check it in the ATOs directories of the Examination Institutes.

Many candidates take the so-called combi-courses, which are 5 days long and cover both the PRINCE2 Foundation and PRINCE2 Practitioner.

Paying for and Taking the Exam

In case of classroom training, the exam is usually included and the trainer will take the exam at the end of the course.

Some eLearning courses are also bundled with the exam, and the ATO provides a voucher to the candidate, using which they can take the exam in one of the Examination Institutes website. Others can buy the exam from the ATOs or Examination Institutes separately and have the same process.

Options are also available to take the exam in certain test centers such as Prometric; but it's not as common as other options.


The Examination Institutes have to pay a certain fee to AXELOS. They can set their own prices for Accredited Training Organizations. Different ATOs have different agreements and prices, and consider different margins. So, at the end, prices really vary for the end users. There are sometimes hidden costs too. Some ATOs may provide low prices on exams, but do not sell them without eLearning courses; usually highly priced ones.

The end user price from EXIN -as an example of Examination Institutes- is €233[1], excluding VAT. ATOs usually offer the exam between €350 and €450 (including VAT). Candidates can expect a higher level of support when they buy the exam from an ATO instead of one of the Examination Institutes.


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External Resources

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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