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Certificate Exams

Foundation Exam

The Foundation Certificate exam is normally held at the end of Day 3. The exam format is:

  • Multiple choice
  • 75 questions per paper
  • 5 questions to be trial and not counted in scores
  • 35 marks required to pass (out of 70 available) – 50%
  • 60 minutes duration
  • Closed book.

Note – Re-certification is also required 3-5 years after original certification

Practitioner Exam

The Practitioner Certificate exam is normally held in the afternoon on Day 5. The exam format is:

  • Objective testing
  • 8 questions – 10 question items per question, each worth one mark
  • 44 marks or more required to pass (out of 80 available) – 55%
  • Two-and-a-half hours (150 minutes) duration, no additional reading time
  • Open book exam (official PRINCE2 manual only).


The Foundation Certificate is a mandatory pre-requisite to undertake the Practitioners exam.

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