The PRINCE2 Professional Qualification

The PRINCE2 Professional qualification is the next step for current PRINCE2 practitioners looking to further demonstrate their expertise in this globally recognized project management methodology.

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Following the PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner examinations, which assess a candidate’s knowledge and understanding of the method, many candidates ask the question: “What next?”. The PRINCE2 Professional certification is the next level for PRINCE2 Practitioners. This level will test your ability to manage a non-complex PRINCE2 project across all aspects of the project lifecycle.

The Concept

The PRINCE2 Professional qualification tests, through a two day residential Assessment Centre, a candidate’s ability to manage a non-complex PRINCE2 project across all aspects of the project lifecycle. In order to test this, the PRINCE2 Professional qualification moves outside the boundaries of the PRINCE2 method and syllabus, and includes globally recognized project management competencies.

Through observation of group activities and exercises, Evaluators assess a candidate against pre-defined performance criteria to determine competence in managing a PRINCE2 project, as well as broader competencies of a project manager.

What is assessed?

Each candidate is assessed against pre-defined performance criteria including:

■ Preparing and refining the business case
■ Designing the project management team structure
■ Planning the project and preparing key project documentation
■ Performing product-based planning
■ Applying risk management, communication and issue/change control procedures
■ Planning and conducting project closure
■ Managing own and team performance

Assessment centres are made up of a minimum of six and maximum of 16 candidates, with at least two approved Evaluators and an assessment centre Moderator. Candidates are observed discussing and solving problems relating to a project case study, and interviewed by their Moderator(s) on an individual basis. A rating scale is used for Evaluators to determine a candidate’s performance against each individual performance criteria.


Suitable candidates will have experience of managing non-complex projects or will have been a team member of a more complex project. Candidates must also be a PRINCE2 Practitioner

Examination Format

  • Two-and-a-half day residential Assessment Centre
  • Group activities and exercises
  • Based on a fictional project case study
  • Assessment is against 19 individual performance criteria (there is no written examination).