Recognition of Prior Learning for PRINCE2® Practitioner

Recognition of Prior Learning for PRINCE2® Practitioner

Insights | 04 August 2014

From 1 July 2014, Project Managers with certain recognised certifications will no longer be required to sit the PRINCE2® Foundation examination PRIOR to taking the Practitioner examination.

Currently recognised qualifications include:

  • Project Management Institute (PMI)® – based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)
  • International Project Management Association (IPMA)
      • 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)

So as a PMP® or CAPM® credential holder for example, this appears great news.

Or does it?

4 Pros of RPL & NO PRINCE2® Foundation Exam

  • Saves time (and therefore money) on having to study for a Foundation accreditation
  • Enlightened approach recognising prior learning/experience in project management
  • Proves that organisations like AXELOS do listen to Project Manager’s frustrations – AXELOS are responding to the needs and concerns of the global project management community
  • Makes career development easier for professional Project Managers by recognising knowledge, expertise and prior certification.

But like everything in life – there really is no such thing as a ‘free lunch’. As a professional in project management I can hear you asking – what’s the catch? Such a wary lot, aren’t we – always on the alert for those unwanted threats which could cause our project to come crashing down…!

4 Cons of RPL & NO PRINCE2® Foundation Exam

  • PRINCE2® Practitioner examination is a 2.5 hour Objective Testing Examination (OTE). The exam is based on the 327 page PRINCE2® textbook – Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2®. Candidates seeking to sit the Practitioner level qualification must understand and be able to apply PRINCE2®.
  • The language of PRINCE2® versus the PMBOK® guide. Warning: Do not walk into a PRINCE2® Practitioner workshop (or book an exam for that matter) after having successfully passed the CAPM® or PMP® and automatically expect to pass the exam. For example, can you explain the following terms:
      • Executive
      • Stage
      • PID
      • Highlight Report
      • Checkpoint Report
      • Difference between an Exception Report and Exception Plan
      • Why “Closing a Project” is a process but never a Stage
      • Project Board
      • Work Package (in terms of PRINCE2® not the PMBOK® guide)
      • Quality Management Strategy
      • Project Approach
      • Customer’s Quality Expectations
      • Daily Log
      • (I could go on all day…)
  • The Proactive Project Manager. Did you walk into your PMP® or CAPM® exam and pass it first time without serious self-study or attending a preparation workshop?
  • Success Statistics. Did you know that the global average pass rate (2011-2013) for PRINCE2® Practitioner exams was only 76%? In other words, a quarter of people who take the examination fail the Practitioner accreditation…

Many would argue that project management is project management in anyone’s language – but is it?

As a PMBOK® guide certified project manager I understand the 10 knowledge areas, 5 process groups and 47 processes of the Guide. But does this necessary prepare me to complete an accreditation based on the 7 processes, 7 themes and 7 principles (and terminology) of PRINCE2®? Alternatively consider you (or your children) have just learnt to drive on an automatic car. Would you/they realistically pass the practical driving test on a manual car without any further learnings or experience in a manual vehicle?

As a PMP® and PRINCE2® practitioner I am all for the recognition of past studies – but ensure that you set yourself up for success if you are pursuing further project management accreditation. As a successful Project Manager you owe yourself that.

For more information on our PRINCE2® Foundation workshop, please click here or contact our Professional Development Consultants today on +65 6818 5771.

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