More about the PRINCE2 refresh

The refreshed version of PRINCE2 was developed through a collaborative approach involving over 100 Practitioners, trainers and consultants. It is the first refresh of PRINCE2 since 2009.

PRINCE2 keeps its familiar structure of seven principles, themes and processes. The new PRINCE2 manual is easier to navigate and more practical in its approach.

What’s New

The Foundation exam is leaner with a much clearer focus on the core of PRINCE2. The Practitioner exam has a renewed focus on equipping you with the practical skills to apply PRINCE2.

PRINCE2 now puts a stronger emphasis on tailoring the method to

  • the needs of organisations and project environments
  • the principles that underpin the method
  • the links between themes and principles
  • practical application of guidance, with numerous examples, hints and tips.

It includes specific guidance on identifying the minimum requirement for a PRINCE2 project making selective, optimum use of PRINCE2’s elements to suit the scale of your project.

If you currently hold a PRINCE2 Practitioner certificate, it will remain valid until the end of its five-year period. If you are already a PRINCE2 Practitioner, it is well worth familiarizing yourself with all the updates. The PRINCE2 Practitioner Reregistration exam will be discontinued in December 2017. After this date you will need to sit the 2017 version of the practitioner exam to maintain your Practitioner accreditation

Changes to the PRINCE2 Foundation exam

  • Elements of the exam that are not part of the core have been removed (such as configuration management, which is now not described within the method).
  • Assessment criteria around tailoring has been added to show what must be applied from each theme to follow the PRINCE2 methodology.
  • The emphasis on different parts of the syllabus has been readjusted. The principles feature more prominently, and there is a more equal weighting across the seven themes.
  • Improvements to the exam design have been made removing negative questions and reducing the number of missing word and list questions.

The number of questions in the exam has been reduced from 75 to 60 and the trial questions have been removed. The pass mark has been increased to 55% (from 50% in the old version). This means that you will need to get 33 correct out of 60 to pass. The time allowed for the exam is still 60 minutes.

Changes to the PRINCE2 2017 Practitioner exam

The exam will test your ability to apply the core of each theme and process and also on your practical ability to assess, in a particular context, whether a particular approach to project management is effective and fit for purpose.

  • The Practitioner exam now tests your knowledge on all parts of the PRINCE2 method.
  • The emphasis on different parts of the syllabus has been readjusted. There are questions specifically around the principles, and the number of questions about management products has been reduced.
  • Improvements to the exam design have been made, such as reducing the amount of additional information needed to answer the questions and removing complex question styles (e.g. ‘assertion-reason’).
  • The number of questions has been reduced to 68 and you need to get 38 correct to pass. You need to get almost 56% correct to pass.

The time allowed for the exam is unchanged at 2 hours and 30 minutes.