First some background: PRINCE2 training is the most widely used standard project management framework in the UK. PRINCE2 is an acronym for PRojects IN a Controlled Environment and describes a comprehensive methodology for project management best practice which is transferable across a wide range of industries. The methodology itself is published by the Cabinet Office and individuals are certified by APM Group, which is licensed by the Cabinet Office. Despite its public sector origins PRINCE2 is used across all industry sectors and so PRINCE2 training is the default choice for projects managers everywhere.
What is the difference between PRINCE2 Foundation and PRINCE2 Practitioner and who should do both?
PRINCE2 Foundation is an introduction to Prince2 training and covers details of the PRINCE2 methodology and terminology plus the documents, roles and stages in PRINCE2. This is a 3 day course and you can take PRINCE2 Foundation exam at the end to gain the PRINCE2 Foundation qualification. For many people involved in projects, but not managing them, this is training well worth doing. So product managers, engineering leads and business analysts are key groups that should get PRINCE2 Foundation training and certification – but the additional benefits of PRINCE2 Practitioner are not always needed.
The PRINCE2 Practitioner is the next stage and requires PRINCE2 Foundation certification as a pre-requisite. PRINCE2 Practitioner, as the name implies, is ideal for project managers and other project professionals. The course covers the practical application of PRINCE2 to real projects, including how to deal with the inevitable times when projects don’t smoothly go to plan. There is no additional methodology content in PRINCE2 Practitioner, hence its target use is for project managers. For product managers and business analysts who also fulfil a project manager role then PRINCE2 Practitioner is also recommended.
The PRINCE2 Practitioner is a 2 day course with an exam at the end and can either be a stand-alone PRINCE2 Practitioner training course or combined with the Foundation course into a 5 day PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner training course.
Benefits of PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner
Achieving the Practitioner level certification is a must have for any project manager. Not only does it help promote efficiency, best practice and effective management of projects through the PRINCE2 framework but it will also help your career goals as a project manager. The PRINCE2 project management framework is easily transferable across a wide range of industries and your PRINCE2 accreditation gives your employer peace of mind that you are able to conduct project management in accordance to established industry best practice.