- What are the PRINCE2 qualifications and what will they teach me?
There are two PRINCE2 qualification levels: PRINCE2 Foundation and PRINCE2 Practitioner.
A PRINCE2 Foundation qualification will teach you the PRINCE2 principles, terminology and when qualified you will be able to act as an informed member of a project management team using the PRINCE2 methodology within a project environment supporting PRINCE2.
A PRINCE2 Practitioner qualification is the highest level of PRINCE2 qualification and will teach you to apply PRINCE2 to the running and managing of a project within an environment supporting PRINCE2. Once qualified you will be able to apply and tune PRINCE2 to address the needs and problems of a specific project scenario. You will have a comprehensive knowledge of the relationships between the PRINCE2 principles, themes and processes and PRINCE2 products and will understand these elements. Africa Value Solutions offers both Foundation and Practioner as well as the Re-registration qualifications.
- What will a PRINCE2 qualification do for me?
The PRINCE2 project management methodology is the de-facto standard for project management in the UK and is practiced worldwide. It covers the management, control and organisation of a project.
A qualification in PRINCE2 will not only boost your skills and confidence when managing projects but will greatly improve your employment prospects. Many organisations, both private and public, mandate the use of PRINCE2 and therefore require their staff to be competent and qualified to practice the method.
- What is the origin of the name PRINCE?
PRINCE is an acronym derived from Projects IN Controlled Environments.
- What is PRINCE2?
It is a method for managing projects, there is no Hardware or Software (apart from supporting tools) just a best practice approach to running Projects in a consistent and referenceable framework.
PRINCE2 is flexible, adaptable and as much as a Project method can be, friendly.
PRINCE2 may be similar to what you currently use, but what it does best is pull together common names and descriptions into a structure that anyone familiar with PRINCE2 can understand, regardless of background and Industry.
- How do I get recognised in PRINCE2?
It depends on if you are an individual or company. To get recognised in PRINCE2 as an individual you need to achieve certification at either Foundation or Practitioner level. As a very rough guideline if you are involved in Projects in a supporting role (you may be in a marketing, administration or technical job), Foundation level may be suffice. If generally you are leading projects then Practitioner is the level you should aim at.
For companies wishing to adopt PRINCE2, the route tends to be slightly different. The biggest decision is decide if PRINCE2 is right for you, and that requires an investment of time, collecting and reviewing information from the marketplace.
You could just take the view that with over 30,000 people in the UK alone having taken the PRINCE2 exams as of 2009, it must be pretty proven and successful, otherwise it would not have the worldwide take-up it does.
Once you have decided to implement PRINCE2, then you need to plan an adoption strategy. The most common approach is to train an initial group of people, then run a PRINCE2 project to decide if PRINCE2 is right for you, or run a pilot PRINCE2 project. Remember that PRINCE2 is configurable, so from the initial Project you can start to look at what parts of PRINCE2 you may or may not use. Africa Value Solutions offers consulting on PRINCE2. Please contact us for details.
- Why do I need a PRINCE2 qualification?
The majority of people that consider PRINCE2 as a qualification do so for career and personal development reasons. Often this is driven by a change of job or career, where you notice that to get to the top of the CV pile, you need to have an extra qualification like PRINCE2 (even if you have been managing Projects successfully for many years without it). In many advertised positions PRINCE2 has become a prerequisite, particularly in Public Sector jobs.
The majority of companies that implement PRINCE2 also encourage their employees to take the exams. If your staff have accredited PRINCE2 qualifications, then you can present your company as using PRINCE2. This works particularly well where you tender for or supply to any Public Sector companies, such as Police, NHIF, county and central government.
- What do PRINCE2 qualifications consist of?
This is fairly straightforward! The two levels of qualification are Foundation and Practitioner. Foundation confirms your understanding of what PRINCE2 is, Practitioner shows your knowledge in the application of PRINCE2.
If your role is one of being on the periphery of Projects, perhaps Project Administration, sponsor or on secondment, then Foundation level may be suffice. It tells people that you can work within a PRINCE2 project effectively.
If you are a contractor or Project Manager, then chances are Practitioner level is the right certification, as it demonstrates the ability to run PRINCE2 projects.
For individuals, we would say that the majority do eventually go to Practitioner level, some in stages, others in one go.
Most companies generally train everyone involved in the project to Foundation Level, with a core of Project Managers to Practitioner Level.
- How big does a project have to be before PRINCE2 can be used?
PRINCE2 can be applied to all sorts of projects, from the very small to the very large. Even projects lasting only a few days will benefit from selective application of PRINCE2 guidelines. The key to success with PRINCE2 is to remember it is highly configurable, and so can be adapted for all project types regardless of industry and marketplace.
- Is PRINCE2 aimed at any particular type of project?
PRINCE2 is designed to be applied generally to all types of project, be they construction, engineering, IT, business, financial or whatever. In the past, it has been aimed at IT projects, and so it is still well used in this area however there has been significant growth recently in other industries, especially Telecoms and Finance.
- Do I need a computer based planning tool to implement PRINCE2?
No! PRINCE2 makes no recommendation on which tools you should use to assist you manage your projects but it does recognise that such tools are widely used. PRINCE2 will sit quite happily alongside a paper-based planning system or any other tool which you find to be effective in your environment.
- Is PRINCE2 suitable for non-IT projects?
Yes! Unlike the first version of PRINCE, PRINCE2 is designed to be generic and can be used for projects of any nature.
- Does PRINCE2 guarantee a successful outcome to projects?
No! but applied sensibly it will increase the chances of your projects being successful.
- Who owns/sells PRINCE2?
The copyright of PRINCE2 belongs to the UK Cabinet Office, the material itself is therefore Crown Copyright. The marketing of the manuals is carried out by The Stationery Office (formerly known as HMSO).
- How many exams would I need to take?
You need to take two exams to become fully qualified, PRINCE2 Foundation and PRINCE2 Practitioner.
When can I expect the results of my PRINCE2 Examinations?
PRINCE2 foundation examinations are marked on location with provisional results provided immediately after marking. Practitioner answer sheets are marked at APMG-International offices and results released soon after.
Exams are sent directly to you via the relevant APMG-International office approximately 7-10 days after the date of your exam and NOT via Africa Value Solutions.
- When will I receive my certificate?
A foundation certificate will be dispatched directly to you from APMG approximately 2 weeks, if you only took the foundation exam.
If you sat a practitioner or both exams, a practitioner certificate will be dispatched 2 weeks after the practitioner results have been released.
- What are the pass marks for the PRINCE2 examinations?
Pass marks for the PRINCE2 examinations are as follows:
- Foundation: You will need to score 35/70 to pass the Foundation exam.
- Practitioner: You will need to score 59/108 to pass the Practitioner exam.
- Re-Registration: You will need to score 20/36 to pass the Re-Registration exam.
- How can I advertise myself as PRINCE2 qualified on my business card?
Candidates who have passed the PRINCE2 Practitioner examination can put “PRINCE2® Practitioner” on their business cards. You can also include a web address on your business card (www.p2registeredpractitioner.com) which takes you to an online list of all PRINCE2 Registered Practitioners.This website is not owned by Africa Value Solutions.
- Can I use the PRINCE2 logo?
Only organizations licensed to do so are allowed to use the PRINCE2 logo. Such organizations include PRINCE2 ATOs (Accredited Training Organizations) and PRINCE2 ACOs (Accredited Consulting Organizations) accredited by APMG-International. The PRINCE2 logo is a registered trademark of the Cabinet Office and must not be used without their permission or appropriate license.
Due to data protection laws, we are unable to quote organizations that use PRINCE2 without prior consent. However we can confirm that PRINCE2 is used by a wide variety of organizations in various industries, both public and private. The method is extremely popular amongst local and central government departments and is also adopted by a number of multi-national, blue-chip organizations.
- Please contact Africa Value Solutions if you have any more questions