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Maintaining your PRINCE2 Practitioner status

The PRINCE2 Practitioner certification is the final part of the PRINCE2 qualification, and it’s where you learn to apply the theory from the Foundation certification.

Maintaining your Registered Practitioner status demonstrates that you’re on top of the latest best-practice developments, indicates a desire for continual improvement and will help you in the job market.

Under the previous iteration of PRINCE2 (the 2009 version), there was a re-registration exam available to project managers who wanted to maintain their Practitioner status, but that is no longer the case with 2017 version. So how do you remain certified? This blog covers all the information you need!

When does my PRINCE2 qualification expire?

PRINCE2 Foundation never expires, but your PRINCE2 Practitioner certificate will expire after three years.

How do I maintain my Practitioner status?

To maintain your PRINCE2 Practitioner status, you must either:

  • Retake the PRINCE2 2017 Practitioner exam before the expiry date
  • or

  • Take out a MY PRINCE2 subscription with AXELOS (the body that owns the certification) and collect 20 CPD points annually

What’s the benefit of having a MY PRINCE2 subscription?

You will gain access to the latest project management publications and reports, to resources that will prepare you for exams, to toolkits that will help you to apply what you’ve learnt at work and a digital badge that validates your certification.

Is there a re-registration exam I can take instead?

There used to be a dedicated course and exam for maintaining Practitioner status, but it was discontinued in the PRINCE2 2017 update. The re-registration exam was 90 minutes shorter than the Practitioner one, but now, if you collect CPD points instead, you won’t need to take any exam to stay registered. You can, however, retake the full Practitioner exam if you don’t want to go down the CPD route.

How do I check the expiration date?

The expiration date is on the Practitioner certificate. Because AXELOS owns PRINCE2, candidates also appear on their successful candidates register. If you haven’t opted out of appearing on the register, you (and potential employers) can confirm your registered status and expiration date.

What happens after the expiration date?

If you wait longer than three years and your status lapses, you can still re-take the Practitioner exam and regain the status. In the interim, you’re not allowed to advertise yourself as a Registered Practitioner. Taking the Practitioner exam before it expires will save you having to rewrite your CV and reprint business cards.

Alternatively, the PRINCE2 membership offers candidates a chance to maintain the Practitioner status if they carry out the following conditions within the three years before their status expires:

  • Become a member within three months of passing the initial Practitioner exam
  • Remain a member for three years by renewing the subscription yearly
  • Maintain the PRINCE2 digital badge, which is given to the candidate after completing three years of membership
  • Record 20 CPD points annually to extend the badge upon renewal

Is the format of the Practitioner exam the same?

When re-taking the Practitioner exam, the format is exactly the same:

  • Objective testing
  • 68 questions
  • 33 out of 68 marks required to pass – 55%
  • 2.5 hours (150 minutes) duration
  • Open book (official PRINCE2 manual only)

To find out more about the PRINCE2 Practitioner course, click here. If you have any further questions, please contact contactus@ilxgroup.com