17 Sep 2017

PRINCE2 Exams in Canada

Posted by Paul Atkin

PRINCE2 Exams in Canada (6th edition – v.2017)

To gain PRINCE2 certification you have to pass the PRINCE2 exams.  There are 2 options of how to do this in Canada:

  1. PRINCE2 Training Courses
  2. Online learning and self study

PRINCE2 Training Courses

Training courses are run by Accredited Training Organizations.  The Foundation and Practitioner is usually a 5 day class.  Unlike PMP prep classes, PRINCE2 training courses include the Foundation exam being held on Day 3 and the Practitioner exam on Day 5 as the most common arrangement.

The benefit of the training class is that you get 5 days with a PRINCE2 Approved Trainer.  PRINCE2 Trainers are independently assessed every 12 months, so you know you are going to get someone who knows the material to a very high standard.  You need to do some pre-course preparation but, other than that, you just need to turn up and work hard for 5 days.  Doing it this way, most people pass their PRINCE2 exams in a week.  Training courses with PRINCE2 exams are available in several provinces or in virtual mode.

The training course is the best quality option and certainly the fastest way to the certification but, if you don’t want to lose 5 days earning time or prefer a flexible solution, you should consider self-study.

Online learning and self study

Self study may be pure “time with the book” or  be combined with an accredited PRINCE2 online learning package.  In both cases, the ‘good book’ is the PRINCE2 official manual:  “Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2.”  If you are sourcing a copy yourself make sure you get the most recent edition (6th) which is the latest version of the methodology.

Exams can be taken online from home 24/7 whenever you are ready (webcam required).

The downside of self-study is that it can be too flexible.  Many books and e-learning packages sit on the shelf uncompleted, so you have to be disciplined.  The best way is to set your exam date and then work towards this deadline.



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