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PRINCE2™ For Dummies® by Nick Graham

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Appendix A

Looking into PRINCE2 Qualifications

The PRINCE2 qualifications are at two levels: Foundation Certificate and Practitioner Certificate. The Foundation Certificate concerns basic knowledge of the method and how it fits together, and Practitioner Certificate indicates that the holder is able to apply PRINCE2 to a project. Of the two, the Practitioner Certificate has more value and is increasingly recognised worldwide. The Foundation Certificate is of very limited value, because it doesn’t show any proficiency in using PRINCE2 and in fact the Foundation syllabus doesn’t cover all of the method. You need to pass the Foundation Exam before going on to take the Practitioner but if you do them on a training course you can do them both during the same training event.

Choosing PRINCE2 Training

Although the Practitioner Certificate is an indication of practical knowledge of PRINCE2, it is only that. Unfortunately, many qualified practitioners know little about using the method effectively, often because their training was focused on how to pass the exam rather than use the method well on projects. Many practitioners learn about PRINCE2 structure and documentation and return to their organisations to set up a very bureaucratic, form-filling application of PRINCE2 and have no real idea about adapting the method to suit different project needs.

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