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Explaining PRINCE2, PRINCE2 Agile, and Foundation and Practitioner differences

If you’re new to PRINCE2 it can be easy to get confused by all the different names so here’s a simple explanation to the PRINCE2 qualifications delivered:

PRINCE2

This is the main project management method, training course and qualification, and the name is often used generically to cover all the terms covered here. Delegates on Impellus PRINCE2 courses come from across all sectors. Most are in, or going into, project management roles although increasingly senior managers and operational line managers are training as their roles require the delivery of more projects.

PRINCE2 Foundation

The PRINCE2 Foundation is a three-day training course followed by an examination. Its purpose is to show that successful delegates understand the PRINCE2 method well enough to be able to work as part of a project team.

PRINCE2 Practitioner

To undertake this level a delegate must first have completed the PRINCE2 Foundation and often a delegate will enrol on a combined course which will accredit them at a Foundation level and go straight on to accredit them at Practitioner level.
The PRINCE2 Practitioner is one additional day of training and a further examination. Successful delegates are capable of applying the PRINCE2 methods to any project of any scale in a range of project environments.
About two-thirds of all PRINCE2 delegates book and complete the PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner levels together.

PRINCE2 Agile

PRINCE2 was originally created to help control projects in an IT environment and was adapted to suit all project environments. That left a gap for PRINCE2 Agile which was launched in 2015 as a more IT-focused version of the PRINCE2 method.

Many projects include some IT and PRINCE2 works well for most delegates. PRINCE2 Agile is usually the better choice of course if the delegate is in an IT role or is being charged with delivering a project in the IT arena.

PRINCE2 Agile Foundation

Exactly as above, PRINCE2 Agile Foundation is the shorter version of the qualification and works in exactly the same manner as the PRINCE2 Foundation.

PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner

In a similar way, PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner is the full version of the qualification and works in exactly the same manner as the PRINCE2 Practitioner.