How to pass PRINCE2 Foundation exam


PRINCE2 Foundation course benefitsWhen aiming to obtain a PRINCE qualification, figuring out how to pass PRINCE2 Foundation exam will be your first priority.

Which means, before making an investment in PRINCE2 training it makes sense to precisely understand what you’ll be signing up to.

Consequently, here are the full details about PRINCE2 Foundation course content.

  1. Your unique advantage
  2. The seven themes
    1. Business case 
    2. Organisation
    3. Quality
    4. Plan
    5. Risk
    6. Change
    7. Progress
  3. The seven processes
    1. Starting up a project
    2. Directing a project
    3. Initiating a project
    4. Controlling a stage
    5. Managing product delivery
    6. Managing stage boundary
    7. Closing the project

Now, let’s kick off with a quick review of the benfits that the PRINCE2 certification may bring you.

PRINCE2 Foundation training culminating with the Foundation exam will be your first step towards the coveted Practitioner certification.

It builds your core project manager’s proficiency by providing a solid understanding of the essential elements of the PRINCE2 method.

The seven principles, seven themes and seven processes allow to prepare, start, control and close projects.  They offer techniques that help deliver projects on time, within budget and to the specified business case.

Better still, you can apply new knowledge immediately to do project work with greater confidence.

Point often overlooked, PRINCE2 Foundation course meets professional advancement requirements of people in different roles.

  • Project managers.
  • Team managers and leaders.
  • Project co-ordinators.
  • Project support staff.
  • Consultants and contractors (suppliers)

An important reason why PRINCE2 can be useful is because it provides a complete framework of standard operating procedures that can grow the ability of the project to succeed.

True, there is no shortage of licensed training providers offering this popular course.

But There Are SOME THINGS That REALLY Set Us Apart From The Rest.

PRINCE2 Foundation course details

We deliver training one-on-one or in small groups. Your main benefit is quality training time and a more comfortable learning curve. In fact, pulling fewer learning G’s in class helps you prepare better for the exam.

Even better still, we keep your nights free from homework. For most delegates a ten-hour-a-day programme of study is challenging enough. Adding several hours of homework on top of that each night is not our idea of efficient studying. We feel there is hardly a need for you to kill yourself over a PRINCE2 Foundation course.

And last but not least, our preparation for the PRINCE2 Foundation exam includes completing both mocks in class, in a setting and under time pressure that closely simulate the atmosphere at the real exam. Besides, we take extra time to teach delegates how to use abductive reasoning when answering exam questions.

All of the above aims to help delegates stay calm and focused at the PRINCE2 Foundation exam  – boosting both their thinking and score.

Last but not least, our (reasonable) prices cover PRINCE2 certification cost (PRINCE2 Foundation exam administered by the PRINCE2 certification authority – PeopleCert). We also include in the price the official PRINCE2 guidance and all other course materials.

You can find all the details regarding how to book our PRINCE2 Foundation course here.

How to Pass PRINCE2 Foundation Exam after Three Days.


The logic of it all.

What is PRINCE2 – Seven Principles, Seven Themes and Seven Processes. The seven principles form the method’s bedrock. Themes included techniques that aim to operationalize the principles. Processes are like rails on which your project will roll.

The purpose of it all.

The Business Case theme establishes mechanisms that will permit to judge whether the project is/remains desirable, achievable and viable.

In the first place, it helps to decide whether it makes sense to start the project at all. Later on, the Business Case helps to determine whether project continuation makes sense throughout its life cycle.

All in all, it’s mostly about controlling the use of resources. It makes sense to avoid throwing good money after the bad.

The importance of organisation.

The Organisation theme defines and establishes the project’s structure of accountability (the what) and responsibilities (the who).

The purpose of a project is in its product.

The Quality theme defines and implements the means by which the project will create agreed products. And then verify that these are fit for purpose.

There is more to a plan than simply a schedule.

The Plans theme facilitates communication and control. It plots and monitors all the steps required to deliver project products on time. And within budget. Naturally.


What is your risk appetite?

The Risk theme improves the ability of the project to succeed. It defines a way to identify, assess and control uncertainty created by both risks and opportunities.

A no-nonsense guide to product configuration management.

The Change theme sets out the procedures for classifying, monitoring and controlling approved changes to baselines.

Improving on the “Mark Twain” technique.

The Progress theme establishes mechanisms to monitor and compare actual achievements against those planned. The aim is to provide a forecast regarding whether project objectives continue remaining desirable, achievable and viable.

Why all this matters?

Because the Seven Principles, Themes and Processes are 100% Backed by Practice.

PRINCE2 course details Foundation Stretch by Flexilern

Some consider project management to be like a science. Rocket science.

Others prefer to think it is more like an art.

In our view it´s pure wizardry. Maybe even sorcery.

That is, unless you put a method to the madness. PRINCE2 transforms project management into an organised sequence of structured processes.

Now, let´s get back to the course programme to see how Themes tie into Processes.

Will Our Project Fly?

The Starting up a Project process ensures that we can positively answer this question. It aims to confirm that the mandate provides for a viable and worthwile project .Kind of makes sense, too.

We are all set and ready to request the Tower permission for the  push-back.

Now, the equivalent of Tower authority in project management is the Project Board. Its mandate is defined during the Directing a Project process. It enables the Project Board to be accountable for the project’s success by making key decisions and exercising overall control. At the same time, it delegates day-to-day management of the project to the Project Manager.

During the cruise phase, the Tower does not need to stay permanently involved.

Different thing if a risk of exceeding tolerances promises turbulence. Or if the project gets actually bumped by an Exception Report.

Then the Project Board takes over project controls. No change of direction or any other corrective measures can happen without its clearance.

That’s what’s called management by exception.

Confirm “all-greens”.

By authorising the project, the Project Board commits the organisation to a significant spend. Before taking the plunge, it had better be sure what the deal is.

The Initiating a Project process results in the approval of the Project Initiation Documentation package.  It enables the organisation to understand what kind of work will result in delivering the project’s products. It further defines baselines. And creates a set of project controls.

In the afternoon of the second day delegates sit for the first mock exam. It is followed by a detailed review of answer options to ensure that candidates begin developing the capability for PRINCE2-based reasoning.


The project is in cruise.

The Controlling a Stage process assigns/monitors work that needs doing, deals with issues, reports progress to the Project Board. It also involves taking  corrective actions to ensure that the stage remains within tolerances.

Similes like the one used above are useful for getting a quick grasp of PRINCE2 essentials. But let’s not overdo it.

The Focus of PRINCE2 is, after all, not on flying. The Focus of PRINCE2 is on PRODUCTS.

Project product needs to be fit for purpose – fulfil customer quality expectations and product acceptance criteria.  The Controlling a stage process allows the Project Manager to control the various activities involved in achieving precisely that.

PRINCE2 Method is Quick to Notice Project Failure and Plug the Resource Bleed

The PRINCE2 method helps to avoid squandering of resources by approving project delivery stage by stage. On the basis of reports produced by the Project Manager in the Managing a Stage Boundary process, the Project Board has an opportunity to review the success of the current stage.

The immediate objective is to confirm continued business justification. After that, the Peoject Board will decide on approving the next stage plan and the updated project plan. The Board can also opt for closing a failing project down prematurely before it can further hurt the organisation.

As a Matter of Fact, Project Closure Requires no Less Structured Approach than Implementation.

The Closing a Project process provides a fixed point for verifying the extent to which the project has achieved the objectives set in the Project Initiation Documentation. A key criterion is the project product acceptance, which is also part of this process.

With all the main topics covered, here comes the turn of sample Foundation exam #2. Subsequent hot wash-up focuses on topics that proved to be hard to grasp.

Go to course booking.

Hear it from the horse’s mouth – details of the exam procedure.


The PRINCE2® seminar programme is aimed to meet the professional advancement requirements of:

  • Project managers
  • Team managers and leaders
  • Project co-ordinators
  • Project support staff
  • Consultants and contractors (suppliers)
PRINCE2® (PRojects In Controlled Environments) is a structured project management method that is rapidly growing in popularity both in the private and public sectors. It is extensively used by more than 20,000 organisations around the world. Year on year, the number of people in possession of PRINCE2® accreditation grows by some 10 percent.

This growth is a true indicator that PRINCE2® delivers what it promises.


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