I am frequently asked both at work and also through the PRINCE2 and MSP LinkedIn group that I manage, should I undertake PRINCE2 Foundation only or the PRINCE2 Practitioner course and exam as well? I think that I may have touched on this question in a previous blog but I thought that it deserved a new blog on this subject, as I was asked this question by four different people in the last two weeks!
My general view on this is that the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam provides a very limited amount of return on investment and therefore it is better to undertake the Foundation course and exam only. This is because in my experience, most training providers only spend a day and a half on the Practitioner course + exam, with the first day (usually Thursday) spent on going over what was taught on the 3 days of the Foundation, but with the emphasis of passing the Practitioner exam. You then sit the exam on the morning or early afternoon of the second day and hence it is just a ‘paper’ exercise. Consequently, the PRINCE2 Practitioner course does not actually teach you to be a “Practitioner” it simply regurgitates the PRINCE2 Foundation course and sticks an exam at the end so that the consumer is driven by the desire to achieve a qualification.
The primary exception to the above may be ‘but it looks better on my CV/Resume’. Yes granted, it can add a small amount of benefit there but I am of the opinion that most companies have wised up to the fact that there are many Practitioner qualified people out there who don’t actually know how to run a project, and therefore it is experience that they really value. I would therefore suggest that you will fair better if you sit the Foundation course and exam which I found to be very good, and you then spend the two days that you have saved on assisting in a project that is running (apprenticeship/volunteer), as I think that you will find that this approach will equip you far better.
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