PRINCE2 Foundation Certification Syllabus

Study PRINCE2 Foundation Certification Syllabus To Become A Project Manager

PRINCE2 Foundation syllabus contains the concepts that are tested in the exam to assess your capability of becoming a Project Manager. The syllabus has been designed by globally accredited body Axelos, which conducts the Foundation exam for aspiring project management professionals. This post offers an overview of the key points of PRINCE2 Certification Syllabus

Key Aspects of PRINCE2 Foundation Course Syllabus

The PRINCE2 Foundation course syllabus has been designed to assess the candidate’s understanding of PRINCE2 method from the perspectives of working effectively with it as well as merge seamlessly in an environment where Project Management team uses PRINCE2. You become eligible for appearing in Practitioner Certification exam only after showcasing your proficiency in Foundation course syllabus.

Syllabus Section 1: Understand key concepts related to projects and PRINCE2

  • What the syllabus for this section includes
  • The definition and characteristics of a project
  • The six aspects of project performance to be managed
  • The integrated elements of PRINCE2: principles, themes, processes and the project environment
  • What makes a project a PRINCE2 project
  • The features and benefits of PRINCE2
  • The customer/supplier context on which PRINCE2 is based

Syllabus Section 2: Understand how the PRINCE2 principles underpin the PRINCE2 method

The PRINCE2 foundation course outline for this section includes:

  • Continued business justification
  • Learning from experience
  • Defined roles and responsibilities
  • Managing by stages
  • Managing by exception
  • Focus on products
  • Tailored to suit the project
  • Which aspects of a project can be tailored
  • Who is responsible
  • How tailoring decisions are documented

Syllabus Section 3: Understand the PRINCE2 themes and how they are applied throughout the project

The key points of this syllabus section are outlined below.

  • The business case theme
  • Business case, benefits management approach
  • Describe PRINCE2’s minimum requirements for applying the business case theme
  • Define key concepts related to business justification, and the differences between them: outputs, outcomes, benefits & dis-benefits
  • The organization theme
  • Communication management approach
  • Describe what PRINCE 2 requires, as a minimum, for applying the organization theme
  • Project board
  • Executive
  • Senior user
  • Senior supplier
  • Project assurance
  • Change authority
  • Project manager
  • Team manager
  • Project support

Describe which of the aforesaid roles can be combined

  • Stakeholder
  • The three project interests and how these are represented within the four levels of management
  • The quality theme
  • Product description, project product description, quality management approach, quality register
  • Describe PRINCE2’s minimum requirements for applying the quality theme
  • Quality planning and quality control
  • Project assurance and quality assurance
  • Customer quality expectations and acceptance criteria
  • The plan’s theme
  • Project plan, stage plan, exception plan, team plan
  • Describe PRINCE2’s minimum requirements for applying the plans theme
  • The recommended approach to planning
  • The recommended approach to defining and analysing the products
  • The factors to consider when structuring the project into management stages
  • The risk theme, including the purpose of a risk budget
  • Risk management approach and risk register
  • Describe PRINCE2’s minimum requirements for applying the risk theme
  • A risk: threat or opportunity
  • Recommended risk response types
  • Risk owner and risk actionee
  • Cause, event, and effect
  • Risk probability, risk impact, and risk proximity
  • Describe the recommended risk management procedure
  • The change theme, including the purpose of a change budget
  • Change control approach, configuration item record, issue register, issue report, product status account
  • Describe PRINCE2’s minimum requirements for applying the change theme
  • Types of issue
  • The recommended issue and change control procedure
  • The progress theme
  • The daily log, lessons log, lessons report, work package, end stage report, end project report, checkpoint report, highlight report, exception report
  • Describe PRINCE2’s minimum requirements for applying the progress theme
  • Event-driven and time-driven controls
  • Tolerances and exceptions, including how tolerances are set and exceptions are reported

Syllabus Section 4: Understand the PRINCE2 processes and how they are carried out throughout the project

The PRINCE2 course outline for this syllabus section includes following topics

  • Starting up a project, including the purpose of the project brief
  • Directing a project, including the purpose of the project initiation documentation (PID)
  • Initiating a project
  • Controlling a stage
  • Managing product delivery
  • Managing a stage boundary
  • Closing a project
  • Explain the objectives of the PRINCE2 processes (as above, excluding the PID and project brief)
  • Explain the context of the PRINCE2 processes (as above, excluding the PID and project brief)

FAQs on PRINCE2 Foundation Syllabus


Axelos as PRINCE2® is the registered trademark of AXELOS Limited.

The books’ references are present in the comprehensive manual of PRINCE2 released by Axelos which also carries listing of all relevant study materials for each syllabus section as described above. However, ‘Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2’ publication (2017 edition) serves as a comprehensive guide.

Project managers, aspiring project managers, project board members including senior responsible owners, team managers like product delivery managers), project assurance managers, business change analysts, project support staff, Project and Programme Office personnel, and operational line managers and staff can go for the foundation exam.

The manual released by Axelos in 2017 is the most recent one.

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Syllabus of PRINCE2 Foundation Certification Training

  • Why there is a need for project management and how PRINCE2 addresses it
  • PRINCE2 principles, processes, and themes
  • Collecting information to include in Project Initiation Document
  • Designing plans and reports at each level in the project team, and more

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Who should take up the PRINCE2 Foundation course?

Job roles that can benefit from PRINCE2 Foundation training include, but are not limited to:

  • Project Managers
  • Aspiring Project Managers
  • Project Board members
  • Product Delivery Managers
  • Project Support Staff
  • Operational Line Managers
  • Team Leads / Team Managers

There are no pre-requisites to take the PRINCE2 Foundation certification examination.

PRINCE2 Foundation Exam Format:

  • Type: Multiple choice examination questions
  • No Of Questions: 75 questions per paper, Five questions to be trial and not counted in scores
  • Result: 35 marks required (out of 70 available) to pass - 50%
  • Examination duration: One hour's (60 minutes) duration
  • Type: Closed book

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