Good news for experienced project managers with PMI or IPMA qualification – PRINCE2 Training for Practitioner level can now be taken without the PRINCE2 Foundation prerequisite.
Experienced project managers have been complaining for some time about having to take PRINCE2 training for Foundation level as a prerequisite for taking the PRINCE2 Practitioner level. On 19 June 2014 it was announced that AXELOS have listened to these complaints and taken a step forward by recognising previous accreditations given by other bodies. It is extending their already existing approach for ITIL.
For the first time, experienced project managers will be given a direct access to PRINCE2 Practitioner qualification if they already hold accreditations from other specific project management professional bodies. This change will come into effect from 1 July 2014, when the requirement for the PRINCE2 Foundation qualification will no longer be mandatory for those holding these other certificates mentioned below.
This means that project managers can now take the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam without having to go through the basic levels of project management material that is part of the Foundation stage. This welcome change offers “a more direct route to the higher level PRINCE2 Practitioner qualification“, as said by Frances Scarff, AXELOS Product Development Director.
The following qualifications will be recognised as sufficient prerequisites for taking the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam:
Project Management Institute (PMI)
- Project Management Professional (PMP)
- Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
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)
This is a new opportunity for experienced project managers holding PMI and IPMA certificates, who wish to update their skills set and gain the PRINCE2 Practitioner qualification.
GIE Training offers PRINCE2 training for Practitioner level and exams. Candidates who wish to take advantage of this new route will need to show evidence of their current certification.