PRINCE2 has been updated

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The PRINCE2 framework/guidance is owned by AXELOS. In May 2017, AXELOS released an update to PRINCE2. The update follows extensive consolation and feedback from Practitioners and candidates involved in the day to day use of PRINCE2. The main changes to the guidance are a greater emphasis on the following areas:

  • tailoring PRINCE2 to the needs of organisations and project environments;
    the principles that underpin PRINCE2;
  • clarifying the link between the themes and principles;
  • the restructuring of the ‘Themes’ guidance to accommodate specific examples of tailoring;
  • the practical application of the method and guidance, with numerous examples, hints and tips;
  • maintaining your certification through PRINCE2 Membership. The benefits of this are outlined below.
  • The new PRINCE2 Practitioner certificates have an expiry date of three years compared to the current five years (under the 2009 edition).

What are the main changes to PRINCE2?

AXELOS has released a new edition of the PRINCE2 manual, plus updated training materials as well as updated Foundation and Practitioner examinations.

The PRINCE2 update does not change any of the fundamentals of the guidance. The overall structure of seven principles, themes and processes remains unchanged.

From September 2017 XIPNOS will be offering the PRINCE2 – 2017 edition training. Those wishing to re-certify under the 2009 version have until Dec 2017 to complete their certification.

Specific details of the updates to PRINCE can be found on the AXELOS website.


What does the update mean for me?

Practitioners holding a current certificate will not be required to re-certify to the 2017 version but should ensure they decertify before the end of 2017. From the 1st January 2018 it will not be possible to take an English version of the pre-update (current/2009) Foundation, Practitioner or Practitioner re-registration exams. This will only be applicable for English language versions.

AXELOS Membership

If you have PRINCE2, MSP or ITIL certification, AXELOS Membership enables you to receive the maximum benefits. You get access to online resources, best practice guidance, digital badges, toolkits and templates – membership provides the means to excel in your exams, advance your career and thrive in the workplace.

Completing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities enables you to earn digital badges linked with your certifications – giving you global recognition of your proficiency in those fields. And you never have to take a re-registration exam.

Interested? Register through APMG here and get your AXELOS membership and register your PDUs.

Digital Badges

If you currently hold an ITIL®, PRINCE2® or MSP® qualification and are listed on the AXELOS Successful Candidate Register  you can gain access to your digital badge. You can earn 20 points every 12 months to gain and retain your digital badge.