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Purpose of the Foundation Qualification

The Purpose of the foundation qualification is to confirm that a candidate has sufficient knowledge and understanding of the PRINCE2®, method to be able to work effectively with or as a member of a project management team working with an environment supporting PRINCE2.  The foundation qualification is also a pre-requisite for the Practitioner qualification.

Target Audience

This qualification is aimed at project managers and aspiring project managers.  It is also relevant to other key staff involved in the design, development and delivery of projects. Including: Project Board members (e.g Senior Responsible Owners) Team Managers (e.g. Product Delivery Managers), Project Assurance (e.g Business Change Analysts), Project Support (e.g Project and Programme Office personnel) and operational line managers/staff.


1- Understand key concepts relating to projects and PRINCE2

1.1.      Recall of

  • The definition and characteristics of a project
  • The six aspects of project performance to be managed
  • The integrated elements of PRINCE2: principles, themes, processes and the project environment
  • What makes a project a PRINCE2 project

1.2.      Description of

  • The features and benefits of PRINCE2
  • The customer/supplier context on which PRINCE 2 is based

2- Understand how the PRINCE2 principles underpin the PRINCE2 method

2.1 Explanation of the PRINCE2 principles

  • Continued business justification
  • Learn from experience
  • Defined roles and responsibilities
  • Manage by stages
  • Manage by exception
  • Focus on products
  • Tailor to suit the project

2.2. Explanation which aspects of a project can be tailored, who is responsible and how tailoring decisions are documented.

3- Understand the PRINCE2 themes and how they are applied throughout the project

  • Purpose of the business case theme Purpose of the business case, benefits management approach
  • Description of PRINCE2’s minimum requirements for applying the business case theme
  • Definition of key concepts related to business justification and the differences between them :outputs, outcomes, benefits & dis-benefits
  • Explanation of the purpose of the organization theme
  • Explanation of the communication management approach
  • Description what PRINCE2 requires, as a minimum, for applying the organization theme
  • Description of the role and responsibilities of executive, project board, senior supplier, project assurance, change authority, project manager, team manager, project support
  • Explanation of the key concepts related to organization stakeholder / the three project interests and how these are represented within the four levels of management
  • Explanation of the purpose of the quality theme, product description, project product description, quality management approach, quality register
  • Description PRINCE2’s minimum requirements for applying the plans theme.
  • The steps in the recommended approach to planning, defining and analyzing the products
  • Explaining the factors to consider when structuring the project into management stages
  • The purpose of the risk theme, including the purpose of a risk budget/risk management approach, risk register
  • PRINCE2 ‘s minimum requirements for applying the risk theme.
  • Definition key concepts related to risk, the differences between them.
  • A risk :threat or opportunity
  • Recommended risk response types
  • Risk owner and risk actionee
  • Cause, event and effect
  • Risk probability, risk impact and risk proximity
  • The recommended risk management procedure
  • The purpose of the change theme, a change budget, a change control approach, configuration item record, issue register , issue report, product status account
  • PRINCE2’s minimum requirements for applying the change theme.
  • Description of types of issue, of the recommended issue and change control procedure
  • Purpose of the progress theme, daily log, lessons log, report, work package, end stage report, end project report, checkpoint report, highlight report, exception report
  • PRINCE2’S minimum requirements for applying the progress theme.
  • Key concepts related to progress

 4. Understand the PRINCE2 process and how they are carried out throughout the project.

  • The purpose of the PRINCE2 processes /starting up a project, including the purpose of the project brief, initiating a project, controlling a stage, managing product delivery/closing a project
  • The Objective of the PRINCE2 processes
  • The context of the PRINCE2 processes

Examination Format

  • Objective testing
  • 68 questions per paper
  • 33 marks or more required to pass (out of 68 available): approximately 55%
  • Two-and-a-half hours’ (150 minutes) duration, no additional reading time
  • Open book exam (official PRINCE2 manual only). PRINCE2 Orange

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