PRINCE2 Foundation Step By Step Guide
PRINCE2 (an acronym for PRojects IN Controlled Environments), it’s a process- based method used for effective project management, widely used in the UK, Europe countries in general and recently in the middle east. Certificate is delivered by AXELOS with two levels: Foundation and Practitioner, this study plan will review the foundation level exam preparation journey in detail, it’s suitable for professionals who just started their career in the project management filed. I have passed the Practitioner exam on October,16th, 2018, and according to my personal experience i have prepared this study plan.
Step one: Do you want to be a PRINCE2 Foundation Certified?
First of all you should have the serious intent to be a PRINCE2 Foundation certified, this intent might come from the career path you have in the project management field, especially if you are working in the UK or one of Europe countries, it might come from your passion to improve your knowledge in this field. Wherever it’s coming from, the PRINCE2 Foundation certificate is a great career enhancement for professional project managers or people who would like to build a career in project management. Once you have this intent and you are willing to invest your time and money, you can be a PRINCE2 Foundation certificate holder after 3-4 weeks from this moment.
The PRINCE2 Foundation qualification will teach you the PRINCE2 principles, terminology and when qualified you will be able to act as an informed member of a project management team using the PRINCE2 methodology within a project environment supporting PRINCE2. PRINCE2 Foundation can be studied on its own or as a prerequisite for the PRINCE2 Practitioner course.
As per the AXELOS standards, there are no prerequisites for the PRINCE2 Foundation level exam.
Most of us are committed with a full time job and with our families, so you want to find the most effective way to get ready for the PRINCE2 Foundation exam, the step by step study plan I prepared based on my experience will save your time, no need to search the web for tons of useless data, 6-8 hours per week for 3-4 weeks following exactly this plan will guarantee your success from the first attempt.
Step two: Attend the exam preparation course (Live Class, Webinar or Udemy)
Nowadays getting the PRINCE2 Foundation exam preparation course is very easy, it’s your call! Do you prefer attending a live class around your place? If the answer is yes, you just need to do a simple search in the place you are living in and register for a live class training, usually it costs from 500$ to 1,000$ depending on the place you are living in (currency and instructor’s reputation). Actually, the issue of attending such classes is that you need to fit your timing to suit the instructor’s timing, also such classes are usually intensive, which means that the instructor will be teaching the whole exam material within 3 to 5 days and sometimes students will not be able to acknowledge this amount of data within such short time, but still I personally know some students who prefer having a live class/workshop. The second option is registering for an interactive online workshops, the instructor will cover the whole PRINCE2 exam content through online webinars, it saves money and it’s more flexible. The most famous program is the PRINCE2® Foundation certification training by Master of Project Academy, it will cost you around $77 per month of access to get 30 hours of instructor led training and access to two simulation test papers, it’s a good program with money back guarantee and 99.6% success rate. For more details about this program, you can refer to the recommended PRINCE2 online courses page on this blog.
In my point of view, there is no need to pay for any of the above if you have the self-learning ability, you can prepare for the PRINCE2 Foundation exam with a $11.99 online course on Udemy, this training should improve your knowledge in the project management field and prepare you to pass the exam from your first attempt, here is one of the best courses on Udemy that is accredited by Peoplecert and provided by Dion Training Solutions, you can enroll through the link here for only 11.99$. It’s a huge money saver comparing to the other options, you have more flexibility in attending the course content, and whenever you have a question you can post it on the course Q and A or directly contact the instructor.
Now it’s your decision, you can attend a live class, online interacting class or a recorded course on Udemy, the most important thing is to take the maximum benefit out of the course, understand the exam content, processes, themes, and principles. Getting a short online training was the most time and cost effective option for me, I couldn’t attend a live class around due to the busy schedule of my daily life routine, I passed the exam using the PRINCE2 Practitioner course provided by Zindiak limited on Udemy platform, it’s AXELOS accredited organization and you can get the course with $11.99 only from here, four hours 20 minutes videos will cover the exam content, seven principles, seven themes, and seven processes.
Step three: Get the PRINCE2 Study Guide 2nd edition by David Hinde.
This book will cover 100% of the PRINCE2 exam objectives and will test your knowledge at the end of each chapter, suitable for both foundation and practitioner levels, it will highlight the topics you need to focus on for the Foundation level exam, it will cover the principles, themes and processes in detail, highly recommended to start with, available on amazon market place from $29.39, check it through the link here, it was the book I used to prepare for the exam, and if you would like to know more about the best resources to use while preparing for the PRINCE2 Foundation exam, refer to my reference book section of this blog.
Step four: It’s the time to test your-self.
At this stage you are almost ready to go for the real PRINCE2 Foundation exam, one step remains before you schedule your exam date, you need to test your readiness for the exam, at this stage you are done with the exam preparation course, and done with the reference book. Sit in your room, open the laptop, have a plain A4 paper, turn off your mobile and be away from any possible interruption. You have to finish the exam questions in one hour. However, i have listed the best PRINCE2 Foundation exam simulators in the online market, you can find this list here.
Its okay if you were not able to complete the exam questions within one hour in the first attempt, what’s important is to get a score 55% and more. If you got this result, move to the following step, if not, don’t worry, just refer back to the reference book again and read it again. Go forward with this study plan once you get a result of 55% or more.
Step five: Practice, practice, practice
By performing a simple search on google, you can find out few updated test papers for the PRINCE2 Foundation exam, in addition to the ones you will find in the PRINCE2 study guide 2nd edition by David Hinde, practicing is very important before you go for the real exam. I advise you to practice as much as possible.
Step six: Go and pass.
One night before the exam, relax and have a good sleep. In the morning have a good breakfast, be at the testing center one hour before the exam, once you enter the examination room, you will have your own desktop, or you will have a paper based exam, this will be as per your choice -when you register for the exam. Read the exam tutorial which will appear automatically on the screen. Begin with your exam, you will be able to mark the question you are not sure of its answer in order to review later on, do not keep your eyes on the timer. The PRINCE2 Foundation level exam questions are easy relatively, and the majority of the students who followed my study plan passed their exam from the first attempt. Just go and do it!
Step seven: What’s next?
Once you passed the PRINCE2 Foundation exam, you have to think about getting the higher level of the PRINCE2 certificate, the Practitioner exam!
In the project management world, the Foundation level is an entry level only, and it is a prerequisite of the Practitioner level, so now you think seriously about moving forward and prepare for the Practitioner level.
This is all for the PRINCE2 Foundation exam preparation study plan, i wrote this detailed plan based on my experience passing the Practitioner level exam from the first trial, and preparing students to pass the Foundation level, and i do recommend you go through it step by step, and if you need any additional support while preparing for the exam, do not hesitate to reach me out on firstname.lastname@example.org, or post your question in the comments section below.
Wish you all the success!