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PRINCE2® 6th Edition: Foundation Certification with Official Manual and Exam

Earn a PRINCE2® certification with the UK’s leading project management training provider to advance your career.

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Improve your career prospects with a PRINCE2® project management certification

Gain a PRINCE2® Foundation Certification in just six weeks, giving you the skills and confidence to successfully manage complex projects, as well as global recognition from employers of your project management skills.

A PRINCE2® certification will provide you with the knowledge and frameworks to successfully manage complex projects, as well as global recognition from employers of your project management skills.

Boost your project management career with a PRINCE2® certification

Renowned as a world-class and international qualification, PRINCE2® Is the international standard method for project management. Based on project management best-practice, the method can be applied to any project, no matter the size, industry sector, geographical location, or culture.

This microcredential offers an in-depth exploration of the PRINCE2® method and the opportunity to sit and pass your PRINCE2® Foundation exam to gain the first level of PRINCE2® certification.

On the course, you’ll cover the four integrated components within the certification – principles, themes, processes and project environment – as well as discover the different management roles required in a PRINCE2® project.

You’ll explore the seven core principles of PRINCE2®, designed to ensure that every project can be a success. These principles are: Continued Business Justification, Learn from Experience, Define Roles and Responsibilities, Manage by Stages, Manage by Exception, Focus on Products, Tailor to the Environment.

You’ll learn the PRINCE2® framework through a range of exercises, including case-study applications and practice exam questions.

Unlock your earning potential with a PRINCE2® qualification

Designed by QA and accredited by AXELOS, this microcredential will let you develop in-depth knowledge of PRINCE2® methodology and how to tailor it to manage successful projects.

In 2017 The Association of Project Management found that professionally certified project managers can expect to earn 20% more on average than non-certified counterparts.

Prepare for your PRINCE2® foundation exam

Over 90% of those who’ve undertaken a PRINCE2® certification found it to be valuable to their career and this credential will give you the confidence and skills to pass your PRINCE2® Foundation exam.

You’ll also receive a Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2® digital manual which is included in the cost of the microcredential.

Is the PRINCE2® exam included in the course?

The cost of the microcredential includes entry to the official PRINCE2® Foundation exam. Completion of this exam will prepare you to take the next level of PRINCE2® certification – the Practitioner course.

How many hours does it take to get a PRINCE2® Foundation certification?

The microcredential runs over six weeks, and the recommended study time is 24 hours.

How do I get PRINCE2® certified?

By taking this microcredential, you will be certified at Foundation level, ready to receive the next level of certification - Practitioner.

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Your learning will begin when QA sends you the manual or the day the course starts, whichever comes first.

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What skills will you learn?

  • PRINCE2 method
  • Project planning
  • Project management
  • Time management
  • Scheduling
  • Negotiating
  • Critical thinking

What you will achieve

By the end of the microcredential, you’ll be able to...

  • Demonstrate understanding and recall of the various components of the PRINCE2 method
  • Explain the PRINCE2 principles
  • Explain the purpose of the seven PRINCE2 themes
  • Describe each step of the PRINCE2 journey, listing the activities required to guide a project throughout its lifecycle
  • Identify the recommended PRINCE2 management products which include baselines, records and reports

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

A PRINCE2® certification will showcase the project management skills of anyone looking to move into a career in project management as well as professionals looking to advance in their current project management role.

Learners may benefit from some experience of working in projects, but there are no prerequisites to taking this microcredential.

Is this microcredential right for you?

The microcredential and PRINCE2® certification is aimed at current and aspiring project management professionals who support or manage projects.

PRINCE2® will benefit the career and employability of:

  • project managers looking to gain professional recognition for their skills
  • project analyst and junior project managers looking to develop their skills
  • managers running projects as a part of their role
  • those transitioning into a career in project management.

It will also be useful for managers, developers, designers, and IT professionals looking to enhance their knowledge.


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Before learning

    Once you enrol, you’ll be supplied with the pre-reading and digital course manual, Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2®. You’ll have full and immediate access to the course and supporting digital manuals.

  • Course

    From 9 Nov 2020

    PRINCE2 - 6th Edition Foundation: A FutureLearn course by QA

    A definitive overview of PRINCE2: principles, themes, processes, environment | management roles | management products

    6 weeks

    4 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Introduction | Getting Started
      • An Introduction
      • Getting Started
      • End of Week One
    • Week 2

      Principles | Adopting PRINCE2 | Themes | Business Case | Organization
      • PRINCE2 Principles
      • Tailoring and Adopting PRINCE2
      • Introduction to PRINCE2 Themes
      • Theme: Business Case
      • Theme: Organization
      • End of Week Two
    • Week 3

      Quality | Plans | Risk |
      • Theme: Quality
      • Theme: Plans
      • Theme: Risk
      • End of Week Three
    • Week 4

      Change | Progress | Intro to Processes | Starting up a Project
      • Theme: Change
      • Theme: Progress
      • Introduction to Processes
      • Process: Starting Up a Project
      • End of Week Four
    • Week 5

      Directing | Initiating | Controlling | Delivery | Stage Bndry | Closing
      • Process: Directing a Project
      • Process: Initiating a Project
      • Process: Controlling a Stage
      • Process: Managing Product Delivery
      • Process: Managing a Stage Boundary
      • Process: Closing a Project
      • End of Week Five
    • Week 6

      Exam Guidance | Case Study and Exercises | Further Resources
      • Prepare for the Exam
      • Case Study and Exercises
      • Additional Resources
      • Conclusion and Next Steps
  • After learning

    After you have completed the microcredential, you’ll be issued an official exam voucher with instructions on how to schedule your exam via the PeopleCert online live schedule. You’ll have no more than 12 months to book and attend the exam.

What you will receive

A PRINCE2® Certificate from QA, accredited by PeopleCert

After you have completed the microcredential, you’ll be issued an official exam voucher with instructions on how to schedule your exam via the PeopleCert online live schedule. You’ll have no more than 12 months to book and attend the exam.

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What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

Learn online with expert instructors

Complete online courses led by experts over 12-16 weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.

Complete project-based assessments

Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.

Earn a professional credential

Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited credential.

Advance further in your career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

Career-focused learning by QA

QA is the UK’s leading tech & project management skills organisation. We are true specialists in technology, providing a comprehensive suite of both learning and talent services, helping individuals and companies to be winners in the digital revolution.

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This microcredential is accredited by AXELOS

AXELOS is a joint venture company, created in 2013 by the Cabinet Office on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) in the United Kingdom and Capita plc, to manage, develop and grow the Global Best Practice portfolio. AXELOS boasts an already enviable track record and an unmatched portfolio of globally-recognized best practice qualifications.

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Microcredentials are designed to fit around your life and timezone.

There may be live events as part of your studies, but these will be recorded and can be watched afterwards if you aren’t online for the live broadcast.

No, microcredentials are designed to be taken anywhere in the world. You won’t need the right to study in the country where the university offering the microcredential is based.

The PRINCE2® certificate is suitable for learners in the following roles:

  • Project Managers looking to gain professional recognition for their skills
  • Project Analyst and Junior Project Managers developing their skills and knowledge
  • Managers running projects as a part of their role
  • Those looking to move into a career in Project Management

PRINCE2® is the international standard method for project management. It is recognised as a world-class international product partly because it embodies many years of project management best practice and provides a flexible and adaptable approach for all projects.

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