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PRINCE2® 4 Practitioner

About the
course

PRINCE2
Practitioner
150 minutes to complete the exam
68 questions per paper
38 marks or more required to pass (out of 68 available): approximately 55%
Open book. Candidates are permitted to use the official printed hard copy of the Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2® 2017 Edition. The official manual may be annotated and tabulated but no sticky notes and loose leaf papers containing additional notes will be allowed.

PRINCE2 Practitioner certification is suitable for anyone managing projects. This could be as part of a formal project management function or a role which involves project management as part of day-to-day work. The Practitioner certification aims to confirm that you have sufficient knowledge and understanding to apply and tailor the method in a range of different project environments and scenarios.

Attaining your Practitioner qualification is only one part of becoming a successful and effective project manager. It is important to ensure that you supplement this with real-life experience working on projects, in addition to investing in personal professional development and wider training.

Typically, classroom training for PRINCE2 Practitioner lasts one and a half days and the examination takes place at the end of the training (this will vary depending on training provider). However, you can self-study for the Practitioner exam and you may also choose to take the training in another format such as distance learning. Training is delivered by Axelos' Accredited Training organisations (ATOs) who set their own rates, so prices will vary.

Who should do this?

This certification is aimed at project managers, aspiring project managers and anyone who manages projects. 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.

Pre-Requisites

To take the PRINCE2 Practitioner examination you must provide proof of having passed one of the following:

  • PRINCE2 5th Edition (Foundation or Practitioner)
  • PRINCE2 6th Edition (Foundation)
  • Project Management Qualification (PMQ)*
  • Project Professional Qualification (PPQ)*
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)**
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)®**
  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)**
  • IPMA Level A® (Certified Projects Director)***
  • IPMA Level B® (Certified Senior Project Manager)***
  • IPMA Level C® (Certified Project Manager)***
  • IPMA Level D® (Certified Project Management Associate).***

For more information on which certifications are now recognized as approved prior learning for the PRINCE2 Practitioner certification, please refer to our guide:

Download (PDF, 265KB).

*‘PMQ and PPQ’ are registered marks of the Association for Project Management

*‘PMQ’ is a registered mark of the Association for Project Management.

**'PMP and CAPM' are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

***‘IPMA Level A/B/C/D’ are registered trademarks of the International Project Management Association.

APM, PMI and IPMA are not affiliated with Axelos, nor do they endorse any Axelos qualifications.
Certification Expiry Date

The PRINCE2 Practitioner certification will expire after 3 years. In order to maintain your qualification and ensure there are no gaps in your Practitioner status, you can either retake the PRINCE2 Practitioner Exam before the expiry date or maintain your certification through CPD points and a digital badge. If you choose to follow the CPD route you will need to purchase a subscription to My PRINCE2 which costs £50 + VAT per year.

Reasons why to take the PRINCE2 4 Foundation

Why use PRINCE2?

  • Widely Recognised
  • Common Vocabulary
  • Flexible
  • Built for Uncertainty
  • Perfect Starter Qualification
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Average salary for PRINCE2 Professionals

£47,333.00+

The average prince2 salary in the United Kingdom is £47,333 per year or £24.27 per hour. Entry level positions start at £35,000 per year while most experienced workers make up to £62,500 per year.

Job Roles

  • Project Manager
  • Technical Account Manager
  • Technical Relationship Manager
  • Technical IT Project Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Agile Business Analyst
  • Administration
  • PMO Analyst
  • Junior IT Project Manager
  • Technical Business Analyst
Frequently asked questions

You’ve got questions & we’ve got answers

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.
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
Only APMG International-authorised training providers such as Robust IT may deliver PRINCE2 training.
It is. The PRINCE2 courses are suited to anyone interested in project management, whether they have experience or are just starting out.
PRINCE2 is adaptable and can be used in conjunction with any other project management method.
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