Special Notices

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PRINCE2 is one of the world’s most widely used project management methods. Based on best practice, the method can be applied to any project irrespective of its size, industry sector, geographic location or culture. This course provides a definitive understanding of PRINCE2. We cover its four integrated components – the principles, themes, processes and project environment. We also look at management roles required in a PRINCE2 project and what management products must be created to ensure the project is delivered in a coordinated, consistent and transparent manner.

Using elements from QA’s Performance-Based Learning approach, we help you to not only know PRINCE2, but also apply and tailor it for your projects. The course has been designed by award-winning instructional designers to ensure that it provides an interactive and engaging introduction to PRINCE2. Our experienced PRINCE2 experts explain the method through a wide range of individual and group exercises, case-study application, learning games and practice exam questions.


No formal prerequisites exist for this course but delegates would benefit from some experience of working in projects prior to attendance.

Pre-course reading

  • Delegates will be provided with a number of short activities to complete, including access to QA's interactive video-based learning, which will help you prepare for the course. These activities are expected to take approximately six hours to complete (although you may wish to spend longer to help you prepare more effectively)
  • Click here to view the minimum technical system requirements that are required to access QA's video-based learning.
  • The benefits of pre-course reading are outlined in this short, entertaining animation – www.qa.com/precoursereading

Learning Outcomes

  • At Foundation level, demonstrate that you understand and can recall the various components of the PRINCE2 method.
  • At Practitioner level, demonstrate that you can apply and tailor the PRINCE2 method to a real project.
  • Explain and apply the PRINCE2 principles.
  • Explain the purpose of the seven PRINCE2 themes and describe how they are applied to a project.
  • Describe each step of the PRINCE2 journey, explaining the activities required to guide a project throughout its lifecycle.
  • Create the recommended PRINCE2 management products which include baselines, records and reports.

Course Outline

Virtual classes are normally run over four consecutive days. Your course will consist of 12 modules with three modules being delivered each day. Modules 1 to 6 of the course focus on the components of the method. This forms the basis of the Foundation exam. Modules 7 to 12 address how the method might be applied and tailored on a real-life project, which prepares you for the Practitioner exam.

Both Foundation and Practitioner exams will be held on Day 5 of the course. You must pass the Foundation exam before being allowed to attempt Practitioner. Delegates should note that directed self-study will also be assigned each evening, which is not expected to exceed two hours.

Specific course content will include:

PRINCE2 Overview

The structure of the method and the guide will be introduced before we discuss the context within which a PRINCE2 project operates.


The seven PRINCE2 principles provide the framework for managing the project and are built on good practice developed from successful and failed projects.

Themes and processes

Themes Processes
The seven PRINCE2 themes are aspects of the project that must be continually addressed and integrated as the project journeys through its life cycle. The seven PRINCE2 processes encompass the chronological activities that are required to direct, manage and deliver the project successfully. The activities include pre-project, initiation and delivery, and end with project closure.
1. Business Case 1. Starting up a Project
2. Organisation 2. Directing a Project
3. Quality 3. Initiating a Project
4. Plans 4. Controlling a Stage
5. Risk 5. Managing Product Delivery
6. Change 6. Managing a Stage Boundary
7. Progress 7. Closing a Project

Examination details

Foundation Practitioner
Duration 60 minutes 150 minutes
Questions (OTQ) 60 68 (scenario based)
Pass mark 55% 55%
Use of textbook No Yes

Photographic identification

Prior to sitting your examinations, you are required to show photographic identification. Acceptable forms of photographic identification are:

  • Passport
  • Photo card driving licence
  • Work badge

Failure to provide an acceptable form of photographic identification will mean you will not be able to sit your examinations. Should you have any questions regarding photographic identification, please contact examadmin@qa.com.

Booking your exams

Where classroom-based paper exams are required, you will need to book onto the following separate events: QAP2FEX and QAP2PEX. Contact your sales person for dates and locations convenient for you. Your sales manager can also provide details of how proctored exams are administered.

Reasonable adjustments

The exam provider allows additional time for candidates who have a disability or whose native language differs to that of the examination paper. Full details and how to apply can be found here www.qa.com/axelosexams. At least two weeks' notice will be required for processing this request. Delegates failing to advise QA and provide evidence when requested, may not be allowed the additional support offered via the policy. QA Exam Administration can be contacted by email exam.admin@qa.com or by phone +44(0)1793 696162.

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