What PRINCE2® is all about
PRINCE2, Projects in Controlled Environments, is a widely used project management method, which navigates you through all the essentials for running a successful project. Since its introduction in 1989 as a government standard for IT project management, PRINCE2 has been taken on by both the public and private sectors and is now recognised as a de facto standard for project management.
PRINCE2 is a flexible method and although originally designed for the management of IT projects it is now aimed at all other types of project. PRINCE2 takes all the simple and obvious lessons learned by thousands of professionals in the past 20-odd years and presents them in a checklist for present clients, managers and their teams. OGC (Office of Government Commerce) own the methodology.
Will the PRINCE2 2005 Foundation/Practitioner qualification still be valid now that PRINCE2 2009 has been released
Any examination taken with the 2005 version of the manual will remain valid. Therefore if you have taken the PRINCE2 2005 Foundation exam, you can still take the PRINCE2 2009 Practitioner exam (although you will need to study from the 2009 manual for the Practitioner exam).
What the difference between PRINCE2 2005 and PRINCE2 2009 is
There are no major differences between the 2005 and 2009 versions of PRINCE2 - the methodology has been refreshed and not re-written. Please follow the link below to view an article by the lead author on the refresh of the manual:
When the certificate will be received
A Foundation Certificate will be dispatched to you approximately 2 weeks after taking the Foundation exam.
A Practitioner Certificate will be dispatched 2 weeks after the Practitioner results have been released.
Pass marks for the PRINCE2: 2009 examinations
Foundation Examination: You will need to score 35 /70 to pass the Foundation exam.
Practitioner Examination: You will need to score 59 / 108 to pass the Practitioner exam.
* Official PRINCE2 information