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Essential Guide to Clearing PRINCE2 Examination

PRINCE2® (PRojects IN a Controlled Environment) (2017 or 6th edition is the latest version) is widely considered to be one of the leading project management methodologies to run successful projects. It is a simple, light weight, scalable, flexible, highly tailorable, principle driven and agile enabled framework to run your projects effectively and efficiently. PRINCE2 revolves around the core concepts of principles, themes and processes which can easily fit into any project environment (meaning any enterprises or government, industry, domain etc.).  PRINCE2 Certification Levels:Anyone with or without any project management experience can opt to learn PRINCE2 and get certified.  That is the reason why it has two levels of certification. The first one is PRINCE2 Foundation and the next level is PRINCE2 Practitioner. On successful completion of the PRINCE2 Foundation examination, candidates will be awarded with “PRINCE2 Foundation Certificate in Project Management”.  Foundation certificate is a pre-requisite to sit for PRINCE2 Practitioner examination. On successful completion of the PRINCE2 Practitioner examination, candidates will be awarded with “PRINCE2 Practitioner Certificate in Project Management”. Certifications achieved from other governing bodies like Association of Project Management (APM), Project Management Institute (PMI), International Project Management Association (IPMA) on or after 1st of July 2014, will also be considered as a valid pre-requisite to sit for PRINCE2 Practitioner exam directly. Which means that such candidates need NOT sit for Foundation examination. The list of accepted certifications is as follows:PRINCE2 Foundation (or higher) - this only applies to certificates obtained after 1 January 2009 Project Management Qualification (PMQ) * Project Professional Qualification (PPQ)* Project Management Professional (PMP)® ** Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®** IPMA Level A® (Certified Projects Director)*** IPMA Level B® (Certified Senior Project Manager)*** IPMA Level C® (Certified Project Manager)*** IPMA Level D® (Certified Project Management Associate).*** or more information on which certifications are now recognized as approved prior learning for the PRINCE2 Practitioner certification, please refer to the guide (PDF, 265KB).Candidates who wish to give their PRINCE2 Practitioner exam directly should furnish their proof of achievement of the above-mentioned equivalents to Peoplecert   which is the Examination Institute (EI) authorized by Axelos --the governing body for PRINCE2. This proof is subject to verification by EI.PRINCE2 Foundation Course & Examination: In the PRINCE2 Foundation course, learners will understand the following: Structure and key terminologies of PRINCE2 method Characteristics and context of a project Benefits of adopting PRINCE2  PRINCE2 principles and themes Purpose, objectives and context of PRINCE2 processes Purpose of PRINCE2 roles and management products Tailoring PRINCE2 to organizational and project needs Preparing for the PRINCE2 Foundation exam Learning Outcomes of PRINCE2 Foundation course: Purpose and responsibilities of project roles The seven principles, seven themes and seven processes The importance of tailoring in PRINCE2 Deliverable-based planning and quality review techniques embedded in PRINCE2 Inputs and outputs required for successful projects Purpose of all project management artifacts Relationship between principles, themes, processes, products and roles within a projectExamination Format: Multiple choice 60 questions 1 hour to complete the paper Achieve 33 or more out of possible 60 marks (55%) to pass the exam Closed book examFoundation examination tests the candidates’ ability at Knowledge and Comprehension level, which means that candidates will have to recall the terminologies/definitions and also interpret the given questions correctly. This exam is pretty simple if you are well prepared.PRINCE2 Practitioner Course & ExaminationIn the PRINCE2 practitioner course, learners will understand the following: Understand the relationship between: Roles Management products Principles Themes Techniques Processes Apply principles, themes and processes to a project Create and assess management products Prepare for the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam Examination Format: Multiple choice 68 questions based on a project scenario 2 hours 30 minutes to complete the paper Achieve 38 or more out of possible 68 marks (55%) to pass the exam Open book exam. You can use “Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2” manual. You can order your copy of this manual from the Axelos website.The Practitioner exam tests the candidates’ ability at Comprehension, application and analysis levels.  Comprehension: Understand the principles, processes, themes and project’s environment and roles and explain how these are applied to/are involved with a project.Application: For a given project scenario, be able to: use the themes appropriately, create the management products, tailor the processes and themes appropriately.Analysis: For a given project scenario, be able to identify, analyse and distinguish between the appropriate and inappropriate use of methods through an appraisal of completed products and planned or completed project events.Exam Language: The PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner examination is currently available in English, German, Danish, Dutch, Polish, French and Norwegian. Note: If you are giving the exam in English but English is NOT your native language, you will be awarded an additional 15 minutes and 35 minutes to complete Foundation and Practitioner exams respectively. To avail this benefit, select your correct native language while creating your profile in Peoplecert’s portal while registering for the exam.PRINCE2 Agile:Similarly, PRINCE2 also comes with a guidance to use Agile along with its ways of working. PRINCE2 Agile® has two levels of certification (Foundation and Practitioner).PRINCE2 Agile guidance is all about how to tailor PRINCE2 to use Agile methods into it. PRINCE2 is a neutral project management framework which can support both traditional waterfall projects as well as agile or adaptive or iterative projects.To provide guidance on how to integrate high velocity models or practices into the existing projects for both IT and non-IT industries, PRINCE2 Agile considers Scrum, Kanban, Lean approaches. The intention is not to explain the agile frameworks in detail but to show practitioners on how to amalgamate PRINCE2 with other agile practices. PRINCE2 considers agile as a family of behaviours, concepts, frameworks and techniques.Agile Foundation Exam: Multiple choice, Objective testing 50 questions 1 hour to complete the paper Achieve 28 or more out of possible 50 marks (55%) to pass the exam Closed book examAgile Practitioner Exam: Multiple choice, Objective testing 50 questions based on project scenario 2 hours 30 minutes to complete the paper Achieve 30 or more out of possible 50 marks (60%) to pass the exam Open book exam. You can use the “PRINCE2 Agile® Guidance” handbook.How to take PRINCE2 examination?A candidate can take the exam after undergoing a formal training from an Accredited Training Organization (ATO) authorized by Peoplecert or can self-learn and appear for the exam. Please visit this website to find out your nearest ATO.PRINCE2 examinations can be taken in 3 different modes. They are Paper Based Test, Computer Based Test and Peoplecert Online Proctored.Paper Based Test (PBT):PBT exams are scheduled and conducted by the ATOs. This is also called classroom exam. The ATO will book the exam on behalf of the candidate, print the question papers and OMR answer sheets and invigilate the exam. Prior to the exam, the candidates will receive an email confirmation from Peoplecert. Candidates should register for the exam. This exam can be conducted at the ATO’s facility or at the training venue. This provides a stress-free exam experience. The ATO’s invigilation team will collect the answer sheets and question papers once the exam is over and will upload the answer scripts to the Peoplecert’s exam portal. Results will be announced in two stages by Peoplecert. First you will get the Preliminary results which will just state “Pass/Fail”. The final results with score card/statement of result (SoR) and certificate will be announced within two business days from the date of preliminary results. Result notifications will be sent to the candidate’s registered email id.Computer Based Test (CBT):CBT exams are scheduled and conducted by the ATOs. This is also called a classroom exam. The ATO will book the exam on behalf of the candidate and invigilate the exam. Prior to the exam, the candidates will receive an email confirmation from Peoplecert. Candidates should register for the exam. This exam can be conducted at ATO’s facility or at the training venue. Candidates need to bring their own computers/laptops if not provided by the ATO for this exam. This exam is similar to PBT but it is conducted in CBT mode. The ATO’s invigilation team will provide the candidate’s exam credentials and guide them to take the exam.   Preliminary results with scores are announced immediately at the end of the exam. Final results with SoR and certificate will be announced within two business days from the date of preliminary results.Peoplecert Online Proctored (OLP):OLP exams are CBT proctored by Peoplecert’s invigilation team directly.  This can also be called an anywhere, anytime exam. This type of exam is very commonly taken by participants and accepted since the onset of COVID-19.  To appear for an OLP exam, candidates can purchase an exam voucher from an ATO or Peoplecert directly. To buy exam from Peoplecert, please visit: https://www.peoplecert.org/browse-certifications/project-programme-and-portfolio-management/PRINCE2-2 Purchased exam vouchers are normally valid for a year. But it is highly recommended to give your exam as soon as you complete your course or preparation. Preliminary results with scores are announced immediately at the end of the exam. Final results with SoR and certificate will be announced within two business days from the date of preliminary results. Further information and guidance on OLP exam:Copy and paste the voucher code or exam code in your Peoplecert login page and click on confirm -> Details of your exam will be displayed -> Check the details and once again confirm -> Now you will be allowed to choose the date/time of your exam from the calendar -> After selection, click on confirm -> Now you will receive a notification and email about the exam confirmation. To take the OLP exam, you need to install “Exam Shield”. After booking your exam, you will get notified to install this software. You can check if you are able to install it in your computer. If you are using an official/company laptop or desktop, there are chances that your firewall will block the installation. Please contact your Information Security team in such cases. Else you can opt to use your personal laptop or desktop. Exam Shield will verify if your microphone, webcam, system configuration, power backup and network connectivity support the exam. Please fix the issues (if any) before the exam.  On the day of the exam, you will be able to login 15 minutes before the scheduled start time of the exam -> Keep 1 or 2 government/national photo ID proofs handy -> Run the exam shield -> Wait for system check to complete -> Show your ID proof in front of the camera and snap shot it -> System will connect you to the proctor -> Proctor validates the credentials -> Proctor will request the candidate to swivel and show 360-degree view of the room -> Proctor will allow the candidate to Start the exam. Ensure you are very well prepared for the exam. No one else other than you should be in the exam room. No paper/pen can be used for Foundation exam. You can use PRINCE2 Manual for Practitioner exam. You cannot minimize the exam window till the exam is over. The Exam gets completed only when you hit on the Submit button.  For Practitioner exam, a scenario booklet will be available within the exam tool.  In case of internet issues, don’t panic, you will be able to restore and continue from where you left the exam. Please contact Peoplecert in such scenarios.  Peoplecert Proctor has all the rights to revoke your exam in case of malpractices identified.How to take maintain my PRINCE2 certification?PRINCE2 Foundation certification doesn’t require renewal, which means that holders are certified for life. Whereas Practitioner certification has 3 years validity and has to be renewed at the end of 3 years. Axelos maintains a “Successful Candidates Register” (SCR). Peoplecert updates the SCR from time on time. Within 30 to 60 days after receiving Practitioner certificate, a candidate will be notified through an email to avail one year of free subscription from Axelos.  Once free subscription is activated, you will be eligible to clock 20 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units. This is very similar to PMI’s Professional Development Units (PDUs).  CPDs can be logged broadly under four categories such as Professional Experience, Training and Qualification, Community Participation and Self-Study. This can be attained by attending any trainings, delivering trainings, by taking part in volunteering activities, by learning new contents from any portals like Coursera, LinkedIn learning, Udemy etc., taking part in project activities, attending any seminars/webinars or by accessing white papers, case studies or videos on the Axelos website. Once 20 CPDs are logged, one can claim the digital badge. The digital badge is a way to display one’s professional credentials. Digital badge is valid only for one year.  To renew the digital badge, £50 + VAT needs to be paid to Axelos. This will reset the CPD counter to Zero. This enables the practitioner to log 20 CPDs and claim the digital badge. This cycle can continue.  I suggest that successful candidates should avail the free subscription and clock 20 CPDs. For example, if your practitioner certification expires by 10th March 2023, claim your digital badge on 9th March 2023. This will enable you to retain your certification through Mar 2024. After that you can pay the subscription charges and continue to maintain your credentials. If you don’t want to get into the subscription model, you can resit for another exam after 3 years. For more details about subscription, CPD & digital badge, please visit: https://www.axelos.com/my-axelos/my-prince2 Benefits of Subscription:Subscribers can get access to a wide range of project templates, white papers, tutorials, software, webinar series, pocket books, job profiles and much more. You can share/gain knowledge with other project practitioners. Network and engage with professionals and global experts.Some additional information: Certified PRINCE2 Practitioners (in 2009 version) can re-sit for an exam based on 2017 or 6th edition and get into the subscription model.  Certified PRINCE2 Foundation professionals (in 2009 version) can directly appear for PRINCE2 Practitioner exam (6th edition). You can also buy subscriptions through Peoplecert. Cost of PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner training + exam cost in India will range between INR 40,000 to 50,000. Cost of training and exam will vary according to your geography and mode of exam. OLP exams are costlier than PBT and CBT. Conclusion: Skills always matter in any job role. PRINCE2 certifications improve your position in the job market and career progression within project and program management. PRINCE2 helps organizations to support business outcomes, show value for money, continually improve, manage risks in line with business needs, optimize customer experience and enable business change.  Some key benefits PRINCE2 brings to enterprises and individual practitioners are: improved delivery confidence, uniform best practices, supporting cross functional working, delivering what business needs, customer focus, scalability, adaptability and flexible control.  

Essential Guide to Clearing PRINCE2 Examination

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Essential Guide to Clearing PRINCE2 Examination

PRINCE2® (PRojects IN a Controlled Environment) (2017 or 6th edition is the latest version) is widely considered to be one of the leading project management methodologies to run successful projects. It is a simple, light weight, scalable, flexible, highly tailorable, principle driven and agile enabled framework to run your projects effectively and efficiently. PRINCE2 revolves around the core concepts of principles, themes and processes which can easily fit into any project environment (meaning any enterprises or government, industry, domain etc.).  

Project Environment

PRINCE2 Certification Levels:PRINCE2 Certification Levels

  • Anyone with or without any project management experience can opt to learn PRINCE2 and get certified.  
  • That is the reason why it has two levels of certification. The first one is PRINCE2 Foundation and the next level is PRINCE2 Practitioner. 
  • On successful completion of the PRINCE2 Foundation examination, candidates will be awarded with “PRINCE2 Foundation Certificate in Project Management”.  
  • Foundation certificate is a pre-requisite to sit for PRINCE2 Practitioner examination. On successful completion of the PRINCE2 Practitioner examination, candidates will be awarded with “PRINCE2 Practitioner Certificate in Project Management. 
  • Certifications achieved from other governing bodies like Association of Project Management (APM), Project Management Institute (PMI), International Project Management Association (IPMA) on or after 1st of July 2014will also be considered as a valid pre-requisite to sit for PRINCE2 Practitioner exam directly. Which means that such candidates need NOT sit for Foundation examination. The list of accepted certifications is as follows:
    • PRINCE2 Foundation (or higher) - this only applies to certificates obtained after 1 January 2009 
    • Project Management Qualification (PMQ) * 
    • Project Professional Qualification (PPQ)* 
    • Project Management Professional (PMP)® ** 
    • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®** 
    • IPMA Level A® (Certified Projects Director)*** 
    • IPMA Level B® (Certified Senior Project Manager)*** 
    • IPMA Level C® (Certified Project Manager)*** 
    • IPMA Level D® (Certified Project Management Associate).*** 

or more information on which certifications are now recognized as approved prior learning for the PRINCE2 Practitioner certification, please refer to the guide (PDF, 265KB).

  • Candidates who wish to give their PRINCE2 Practitioner exam directly should furnish their proof of achievement of the above-mentioned equivalents to Peoplecert   which is the Examination Institute (EI) authorized by Axelos --the governing body for PRINCE2. This proof is subject to verification by EI.

PRINCE2 Foundation Course & Examination: 

In the PRINCE2 Foundation course, learners will understand the following: 

  • Structure and key terminologies of PRINCE2 method 
  • Characteristics and context of a project 
  • Benefits of adopting PRINCE2  
  • PRINCE2 principles and themes 
  • Purpose, objectives and context of PRINCE2 processes 
  • Purpose of PRINCE2 roles and management products 
  • Tailoring PRINCE2 to organizational and project needs 
  • Preparing for the PRINCE2 Foundation exam 

Learning Outcomes of PRINCE2 Foundation course: 

  • Purpose and responsibilities of project roles 
  • The seven principles, seven themes and seven processes 
  • The importance of tailoring in PRINCE2 
  • Deliverable-based planning and quality review techniques embedded in PRINCE2 
  • Inputs and outputs required for successful projects 
  • Purpose of all project management artifacts 
  • Relationship between principles, themes, processes, products and roles within a project

Examination Format: 

  • Multiple choice 
  • 60 questions 
  • 1 hour to complete the paper 
  • Achieve 33 or more out of possible 60 marks (55%) to pass the exam 
  • Closed book exam

Foundation examination tests the candidates’ ability at Knowledge and Comprehension level, which means that candidates will have to recall the terminologies/definitions and also interpret the given questions correctly. This exam is pretty simple if you are well prepared.

Examination Format

PRINCE2 Practitioner Course & Examination

PRINCE2 Practitioner Course & ExaminationIn the PRINCE2 practitioner course, learners will understand the following: 

  • Understand the relationship between: 
    • Roles 
    • Management products 
    • Principles 
    • Themes 
    • Techniques 
    • Processes 
  • Apply principles, themes and processes to a project 
  • Create and assess management products 
  • Prepare for the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam 

Examination Format: 

  • Multiple choice 
  • 68 questions based on project scenario 
  • 2 hours 30 minutes to complete the paper 
  • Achieve 38 or more out of possible 68 marks (55%) to pass the exam 
  • Open book exam. You can use Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 manual. 

You can order your copy of this manual from the Axelos website.

The Practitioner exam tests the candidates’ ability at Comprehension, application and analysis levels.  

  • Comprehension: Understand the principles, processes, themes and project’s environment and roles and explain how these are applied to/are involved with a project.
  • Application: For a given project scenario, be able to: use the themes appropriately, create the management products, tailor the processes and themes appropriately.
  • Analysis: For a given project scenario, be able to identify, analyse and distinguish between the appropriate and inappropriate use of methods through an appraisal of completed products and planned or completed project events.
  • Exam Language: The PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner examination is currently available in English, German, Danish, Dutch, Polish, French and Norwegian. 

Note: If you are giving the exam in English but English is NOT your native language, you will be awarded an additional 15 minutes and 35 minutes to complete Foundation and Practitioner exams respectively. To avail this benefit, select your correct native language while creating your profile in Peoplecert’s portal while registering for the exam.

PRINCE2 Agile:

PRINCE2 Agile

Similarly, PRINCE2 also comes with a guidance to use Agile along with its ways of working. PRINCE2 Agile® has two levels of certification (Foundation and Practitioner).

PRINCE2 Agile guidance is all about how to tailor PRINCE2 to use Agile methods into it. PRINCE2 is a neutral project management framework which can support both traditional waterfall projects as well as agile or adaptive or iterative projects.

To provide guidance on how to integrate high velocity models or practices into the existing projects for both IT and non-IT industries, PRINCE2 Agile considers Scrum, Kanban, Lean approaches. The intention is not to explain the agile frameworks in detail but to show practitioners on how to amalgamate PRINCE2 with other agile practices. PRINCE2 considers agile as a family of behaviours, concepts, frameworks and techniques.

Peoplecert

Agile Foundation Exam: 

  • Multiple choice, Objective testing 
  • 50 questions 
  • 1 hour to complete the paper 
  • Achieve 28 or more out of possible 50 marks (55%) to pass the exam 
  • Closed book exam

Agile Practitioner Exam: 

  • Multiple choice, Objective testing 
  • 50 questions based on project scenario 
  • 2 hours 30 minutes to complete the paper 
  • Achieve 30 or more out of possible 50 marks (60%) to pass the exam 
  • Open book exam. You can use the “PRINCE2 Agile® Guidance” handbook.

How to take PRINCE2 examination?PRINCE2 examination

  • A candidate can take the exam after undergoing a formal training from an Accredited Training Organization (ATO) authorized by Peoplecert or can self-learn and appear for the exam. Please visit this website to find out your nearest ATO.
  • PRINCE2 examinations can be taken in 3 different modes. They are Paper Based Test, Computer Based Test and Peoplecert Online Proctored.

Paper Based Test (PBT):

  • PBT exams are scheduled and conducted by the ATOs. This is also called classroom exam. 
  • The ATO will book the exam on behalf of the candidate, print the question papers and OMR answer sheets and invigilate the exam. Prior to the exam, the candidates will receive an email confirmation from Peoplecert. Candidates should register for the exam. 
  • This exam can be conducted at the ATO’s facility or at the training venue. 
  • This provides a stress-free exam experience. 
  • The ATO’s invigilation team will collect the answer sheets and question papers once the exam is over and will upload the answer scripts to the Peoplecert’s exam portal. 
  • Results will be announced in two stages by Peoplecert. First you will get the Preliminary results which will just state “Pass/Fail”. The final results with score card/statement of result (SoR) and certificate will be announced within two business days from the date of preliminary results. Result notifications will be sent to the candidate’s registered email id.

Computer Based Test (CBT):

  • CBT exams are scheduled and conducted by the ATOs. This is also called a classroom exam. 
  • The ATO will book the exam on behalf of the candidate and invigilate the exam. Prior to the exam, the candidates will receive an email confirmation from Peoplecert. Candidates should register for the exam. 
  • This exam can be conducted at ATO’s facility or at the training venue. 
  • Candidates need to bring their own computers/laptops if not provided by the ATO for this exam. 
  • This exam is similar to PBT but it is conducted in CBT mode. 
  • The ATO’s invigilation team will provide the candidate’s exam credentials and guide them to take the exam.   
  • Preliminary results with scores are announced immediately at the end of the exam. Final results with SoR and certificate will be announced within two business days from the date of preliminary results.

Peoplecert Online Proctored (OLP):

  • OLP exams are CBT proctored by Peoplecert’s invigilation team directly.  
  • This can also be called an anywhere, anytime exam. This type of exam is very commonly taken by participants and accepted since the onset of COVID-19.  
  • To appear for an OLP exam, candidates can purchase an exam voucher from an ATO or Peoplecert directly. To buy exam from Peoplecert, please visit: https://www.peoplecert.org/browse-certifications/project-programme-and-portfolio-management/PRINCE2-2 
  • Purchased exam vouchers are normally valid for a year. But it is highly recommended to give your exam as soon as you complete your course or preparation. 
  • Preliminary results with scores are announced immediately at the end of the exam. Final results with SoR and certificate will be announced within two business days from the date of preliminary results. 

Further information and guidance on OLP exam:

Further information and guidance on OLP exam

  • Copy and paste the voucher code or exam code in your Peoplecert login page and click on confirm -> Details of your exam will be displayed -> Check the details and once again confirm -> Now you will be allowed to choose the date/time of your exam from the calendar -> After selection, click on confirm -> Now you will receive a notification and email about the exam confirmation. 
  • To take the OLP exam, you need to install “Exam Shield”. After booking your exam, you will get notified to install this software. You can check if you are able to install it in your computer. If you are using an official/company laptop or desktop, there are chances that your firewall will block the installation. Please contact your Information Security team in such cases. Else you can opt to use your personal laptop or desktop. 
  • Exam Shield will verify if your microphone, webcam, system configuration, power backup and network connectivity support the exam. Please fix the issues (if any) before the exam.  
  • On the day of the exam, you will be able to login 15 minutes before the scheduled start time of the exam -> Keep 1 or 2 government/national photo ID proofs handy -> Run the exam shield -> Wait for system check to complete -> Show your ID proof in front of the camera and snap shot it -> System will connect you to the proctor -> Proctor validates the credentials -> Proctor will request the candidate to swivel and show 360-degree view of the room -> Proctor will allow the candidate to Start the exam. 
  • Ensure you are very well prepared for the exam. No one else other than you should be in the exam room. No paper/pen can be used for Foundation exam. You can use PRINCE2 Manual for Practitioner exam. You cannot minimize the exam window till the exam is over. The Exam gets completed only when you hit on the Submit button.  
  • For Practitioner exam, scenario booklet will be available within the exam tool.  
  • In case of internet issues, don’t panic, you will be able to restore and continue from where you left the exam. Please contact Peoplecert in such scenarios.  
  • Peoplecert Proctor has all the rights to revoke your exam in case of malpractices identified.

How to take maintain my PRINCE2 certification?PRINCE2 certification

  • PRINCE2 Foundation certification doesn’t require renewal, which means that holders are certified for life. 
  • Whereas Practitioner certification has 3 years validity and has to be renewed at the end of 3 years. 
  • Axelos maintains “Successful Candidates Register” (SCR). Peoplecert updates the SCR from time on time. Within 30 to 60 days after receiving Practitioner certificate, candidate will be notified through an email to avail one year of free subscription from Axelos.  
  • Once free subscription is activated, you will be eligible to clock 20 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units. This is very similar to PMI’s Professional Development Units (PDUs).  
  • CPDs can be logged broadly under four categories such as Professional Experience, Training and Qualification, Community Participation and Self-Study. This can be attained by attending any trainingsdelivering trainingsby taking part in volunteering activitiesby learning new contents from any portals like Coursera, LinkedIn learning, Udemy etc.taking part in project activitiesattending any seminars/webinars or by accessing white papers, case studies or videos on the Axelos website. 
  • Once 20 CPDs are logged, one can claim the digital badge. The digital badge is a way to display one’s professional credentials. Digital badge is valid only for one year.  
  • To renew the digital badge, £50 + VAT needs to be paid to Axelos. This will reset the CPD counter to Zero. This enables the practitioner to log 20 CPDs and claim the digital badge. This cycle can continue.  
  • I suggest that successful candidates should avail the free subscription and clock 20 CPDs. For example, if your practitioner certification expires by 10th March 2023, claim your digital badge on 9th March 2023. This will enable you to retain your certification through Mar 2024. After that you can pay the subscription charges and continue to maintain your credentials. 
  • If you don’t want to get into the subscription model, you can resit for another exam after 3 years. 
  • For more details about subscription, CPD & digital badge, please visit: https://www.axelos.com/my-axelos/my-prince2 

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Benefits of Subscription:Benefits of Subscription

  • Subscribers can get access to wide range of project templates, white papers, tutorials, software, webinar series, pocket booksjob profiles and much more. 
  • You can share/gain knowledge with other project practitioners. 
  • Network and engage with professionals and global experts.

Some additional information: 

  • Certified PRINCE2 Practitioners (in 2009 version) can re-sit for an exam based on 2017 or 6th edition and get into the subscription model.  
  • Certified PRINCE2 Foundation professionals (in 2009 version) can directly appear for PRINCE2 Practitioner exam (6th edition). 
  • You can also buy subscriptions through Peoplecert. 
  • Cost of PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner training + exam cost in India will range between INR 40,000 to 50,000. Cost of training and exam will vary according to your geography and mode of exam. OLP exams are costlier than PBT and CBT. 

Conclusion: 

  • Skills always matter in any job role. 
  • PRINCE2 certifications improve your position in the job market and career progression within project and program management. 
  • PRINCE2 helps organizations to support business outcomes, show value for money, continually improve, manage risks in line with business needs, optimize customer experience and enable business change.  
  • Some key benefits PRINCE2 brings to enterprises and individual practitioners are: improved delivery confidence, uniform best practices, supporting cross functional working, delivering what business needs, customer focus, scalability, adaptability and flexible control.  
Manikandan

Manikandan Mohanakrishnan

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Manikandan M is a Senior Consultant with over 18+ years of industry experience. He is specialized in Service Management, Project Management, Process Consultancy, Learning & Development, IT Infrastructure Management, Business Relationship Management, Partner Management. 

Manikandan worked as a Project Manager with IBM India Private Limited where he was responsible for the delivery of complex infrastructure projects for an Australian Bank. 

Additionally, he worked as a Service Delivery Manager with TPV Technology India Private Limited to manage Service Operations and Projects across SAARC nations. 

Over the past 5 years he focused on training and consulting with various service providers. 

He delivered more than 500+ sessions on Service Management and Project Management modules. 

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 Abstract Why does the PMP certification holds such importance and what are the processes involved? There are certain tips and tricks to know about it. Read on to find out! Content The Project Management Institute offers the industry-recognized certification for all the Project Managers in the form of Project Management Professional (PMP). There is no focus on any niche, domain, or geography and the application of this certification is universal. Thus, this widely increases its importance and gives more scope to the 773,840 active PMP certified individuals in 210 different countries of the world. In order to qualify for this certification, a person needs to satisfy some prerequisites which include Secondary degree with 7,500 hours of leading projects or a four-year degree with 4,500 hours of leading projects. 35 hours of education pertaining to project management. Here is the basic process which is involved in project management: Initiating The overall direction of the project is set here and the objectives for the particular project are defined. There is only one detailed sub-process at this stage and it is: Concept Development This process involves describing what will be the product of the project along with the documentation of the objectives which are designed initially. A project manager is also assigned who can take care of the responsibility in the best possible manner. Planning One important thing to remember is that there is only one chance to get the project right so there is no room for error. This is the reason that effective planning is required at an earlier stage so that the rest of the process can be carried out smoothly. There are a lot of details involved in this section and a number of sub-processes are here too: Scope Definition A written statement regarding the scope of the project is developed and includes the basic justifications along with deliverables of the project. Project Definition The deliverables are broken down into small and achievable granules so that there is better control over each and every aspect of the project. Task Definition and Sequencing All the tasks which will be performed to achieve the objectives will be defined and their sequence will be developed after checking their dependencies on each other. Duration Estimation and Schedule Development Estimating the duration of the entire project as well as the individual tasks and assigning specific dates for completion. Cost Estimation and Budgeting The initial and detailed costs of the individual tasks and the entire project are specified. Quality Planning This is done to ensure that the project meets all the quality standards which have been set by any governing body. Defining the Roles and Responsibilities Determining the individual roles and how they will combine to ensure the deliverables of the project. Project Staffing Hiring those who are perfect to perform the jobs and can take up the responsibilities to fulfill them in the best way. Communications Planning Deciding what kind of information will be needed by different individuals and how will it reach them on time. Risk Identification and Assessment First of all, the potential risks are determined which are likely to affect the project. Afterward, the probability of the risk is evaluated and its impact is calculated. This helps in getting rid of the risks and finding the best counterplan for them. Procurement Negotiating for outside sources, products, and getting contractual services. Executing The execution step in the project management has little to do with details as they are already catered to in the planning process. It is just the execution of everything which has already been discussed and talked about previously. There are only two sub-processes here: Plan Execution All the planned tasks are performed while the technical and organizational interfaces are managed alongside. Contract Administration Managing the outsourced staff and resources is entirely different than managing everything which is already a part of your company. Special care and attention need to be given to this aspect. Controlling A lot of control and measures need to be observed if one wants to ensure that the project goes according to the plan. Even variances are adjusted into the plan and repetitions are made to ensure that the plan satisfies the changing needs of the project. 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A Certified Project Management Professional course has been one of the most debated arguments in the field of management. Getting a PMP certification is not easy- it requires strenuous hours of dedication and experience, which is one of the reasons it has been ignored by the masses. There are more benefits of PMP certification So why PMP? With competition in the market increasing rapidly, degrees and certifications have become more important than ever. A Project Management Professional certification has its own value, with it being recognized globally in the field of Project Management. A Project Management Certification recognises and stands testament to your knowledge in management, and displays your skills for all to see. It sends out a clear message that you have the requisite knowledge to conquer any project, thereby making you a reliable asset in an organisation. In the course of studying for the PMP exam, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the nuances and quirks of management. The experience and knowledge itself is enough to raise your stock and make you a better manager. The tools and techniques required for better project management are provided in the process, and will enable you to complete your projects with higher efficiency. PMP is not very industry-specific, so sometimes more specific courses are preferred over it. However this is not entirely correct, a PMP certification helps you work with any industry- you can adjust and integrate yourself into any industry, because it covers the fundamental aspects of management. The certification also makes your resume look exponentially better. You might be in risk being passed over in an interview if you do not have a “PMP” beside your name. In order to take the exam, the candidate is required to have at least four years of experience in leading and directing projects. So, the certification sends out a clear message to anybody you are more than qualified in your field, and your stock is increased invariably. It also means that you have committed yourself to project management as a profession. The number of PMP certification holders is growing exponentially. The certification lets you take part in frequent PMI meetings with other qualified members. This leads to increased levels of networking among your peers, this enables you to gain better understanding of how projects should be dealt with. You can also discover more job opportunities in these PMI meetings from people who value this certification as much as you do. The PMP examination is not cheap, it costs several thousand rupees, and is sometimes a major deterring factor for many candidates. However, it has been observed through surveys that people with PMP certifications earn almost 4-5 lakh rupees more than their non-certified colleagues on average. The money spent on the exams are recouped in just one or two months. The average salary of a Certified Project Management Professional in India is found to be around sixteen lakh per annum, and surveys indicate that it will only rise in the future. With the financial aspects of the certification holding strong, what are you waiting for? Go get certified to prove you mettle and enhance your potential.
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Once you have done everything at your end, you just need to relax and go with the flow on your PMP® exam day. Dressing comfortably is extremely important since you need to sit down for 4 hours straight, help you to easily recall information, manage time, and answer 200 questions in time.Points to keep in mind while writing your PMP® examThe PMP® certification exam consists of 200 questions which you need to answer in 4 hours. You need to consider the following points in order to answer the questions easily and on time:You need to read every question carefully and answer them. It is natural to get distracted and tired while answering all the questions in such a tight schedule. So, you need to relax by taking deep breaths and try to focus on the exam.Do not waste your time on breaks and you should plan for only 2 breaks. You must remember that the computer clock will keep ticking while you are on break. You will have to go through security checks before entering into the exam hall after every break. You should go for breaks when you absolutely need it. You should not panic when you find a few difficult questions consecutively which you are unable to answer. This is quite normal and you will find the easy and direct questions which will follow later.Do not spend more than a minute or two on any question. This would give you the time to read through all the questions. You will also come across easy and direct questions at any point of the exam. Use the elimination method for all the difficult questions or use your best quest in order to choose the best answer. You just need to ensure that you do not leave any question unanswered. In case, you are doubtful about any of the answer, you should mark it for review to come back to it later.Points to keep in mind once you complete your PMP® examDid you answer all the questions of your PMP® exam? That’s not it. 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They are:You should carry your printed your Prometric confirmation receipt.You should also carry a valid and correct form of government-issued photo identification.The name on the photo identification must match the name that you provided while applying for the exam and it must not be expired. In case, there is any change in your marital status, you should have photo identification with the same name that you registered for the exam.Role of Prometric and PMI in your PMP® examPrometric is a private company who provides secure testing facilities for certifications provided by many professional organisations. One of them is the PMP® certification exam provided by PMI. Prometric is a leader of standardized testing administration with over 10,000 testing centers in 160 countries.Project Management Institute PMI is a global organisation who sets the standards for the field of Project Management. PMI develops all the test content for the standardized Project  Management Professional (PMP)® exam which determines the certification status of a candidate. PMI has chosen Prometric to manage the electronic PMP® testing process.You need to pay the fee for your PMP® certification exam directly to PMI, whereas, Prometric manages the test scheduling, administration, and analysis process.To concludeAfter all the hard work you have put in while preparing for your PMP® exam, the exam day is a crucial day of your life. Prometric requires you to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled test time. And once you are done with the security check and watched the 15 minutes video about the exam procedure, you need to complete 200 questions in 4 hours.The tips mentioned in this blog will surely help you to avoid all the stress on this day. GO through all these tips to be organised and calmer to be in the right frame of mind to answer all the questions to pass the exam with flying colours. 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