What does PRINCE2® Practitioner mean?

by Frank Turley, 2021-10-20

A PRINCE2 Practitioner is someone who has followed the PRINCE2 Practitioner training and taken the exam to obtain the PRINCE2 Practitioner certification.

There are two levels of certification for PRINCE2:

PRINCE2 Foundation certification confirms that the learner has sufficient knowledge and understanding of the PRINCE2 method and would be able to work as a member of a project management team that uses PRINCE2.

PRINCE2 Practitioner confirms the learner has achieved sufficient understanding of how to apply PRINCE2 in a scenario situation and is able to apply PRINCE2 to a real project.

Expectations from PRINCE2 Practitioners

The best way to learn project management is to practice project management, and no certification can give you the experience you need to be a good or great project manager. However, certification is important as it complements your experience, and indeed many companies look for the PRINCE2 Certifications when recruiting project managers.

Here are some of the misguided expectations of people after having achieved the PRINCE2 Practitioner certification: They expect to know how to

This is not the case, and the confusion is mainly due to how PRINCE2 Practitioner is taught. Many training companies are allowed to offer a so called “combi training” of PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner in 5 days, which has the effect of minimizing the value of the PRINCE2 certifications and ensuring the people are only focused on learning how to pass the exam rather than on learning PRINCE2 project management and being able to use it in the future. This is the main reason less than 5% of the people who have a PRINCE2 certification ever use it to run a PRINCE2 project.

The value of PRINCE2 Practitioner certification

The value of the PRINCE2 certification is the following:

It is important to remember that the PRINCE2 Practitioner certification may get you to the door, but it will be your experience that gets you the job.

Preparing for the PRINCE2 Practitioner certification

The best way to prepare for the PRINCE2 Practitioner certification is to start with gaining an understanding of the exam. The PRINCE2 Practitioner exam is scenario-based, and therefore you’ll get questions like the following one. It is also a good idea to have a good knowledge of PRINCE2 before taking the exam as the cost of repeating the exam is high.

(Sample question)

Plans Theme - Here is a statement that is considered when planning the Football Pitch project: “The project manager creates a work breakdown structure for a single product.”

Which step in PRINCE2’s recommended approach to planning do they apply to?

  • Identifying activities and dependencies
  • Designing a plan
  • Defining and analyzing the products
  • Preparing a schedule
  • Documenting a plan
  • Preparing estimates

Here are some tips on preparing for the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam:

Getting support

There are several user groups for PRINCE2 on LinkedIn but they are not active and mainly contain adverts. People do not wish to post what they consider basic questions in public for lots of people to see. There are also some PRINCE2 users groups on Facebook but they are bombarded with adverts as these groups are not monitored. The Facebook group PRINCE2 Study Support Group seems to be the most active community for PRINCE2 (moderated by this author). It supports people who are studying and using PRINCE2. This is a private group but you can request to join it.

Other skills that PRINCE2 Practitioners should learn

The PRINCE2 certification is focused on the PRINCE2 method and it cannot cover all the skills that are required to make a good project manager. These are other skills that each PRINCE2 project manager should learn to complement their PRINCE2 certification:

Format of the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam

The format of the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam is as follows:


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