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PRINCE2 Professional Qualification

The PRINCE2 Professional qualification is the next step for current PRINCE2 practitioners looking to further demonstrate their expertise in this globally recognized project management methodology.

Following the PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner examinations, which assess a candidate’s knowledge and understanding of the methods, many candidates ask the question: “What’s next?”

The PRINCE2 Professional qualification tests,  a candidate’s ability to manage a non-complex PRINCE2 project across all aspects of the project lifecycle, through a 2.5 day residential Assessment Centre.

In order to test this, the PRINCE2 Professional qualification moves outside the boundaries of the PRINCE2 method and syllabus, and includes globally recognized project management competencies.

Through observation of group activities and exercises, evaluators assess a candidate against pre-defined performance criteria to determine competence in managing a PRINCE2 project, as well as broader competencies of a project manager. It must be stressed that this event is NOT a training course and no training will be given at the event itself.

Who should attend?

The PRINCE2 Professional qualification is for individuals who want to show that they have more than just knowledge about PRINCE2 and can effectively manage a non complex PRINCE2 project across its whole lifecycle. The PRINCE2 Professional qualification is therefore appropriate for individuals who are currently acting as Project Managers, Project Co-ordinators or as a Project Team Leader (in larger projects).

Suitable candidates will have several years experience of managing non-complex . Candidates wishing to take the PRINCE2 Professional assessment must also have passed the PRINCE2 Practitioner qualification.


  • Independent Recognition – by APMG, an internationally accredited professional body, of an individual’s ability to manage a non-complex project.
  • Development – feedback of personal capability as evidenced across 19 assessment criteria.
  • Professional – the PRINCE2 Professional Qualification provides employers with tangible career development evidence.

Assessment Criteria:

All candidates will be assessed by experienced evaluators and an independent moderator from the APMG against the following 19 criteria:
• Prepare the Project Product Description
• Prepare the outline Business Case
• Design the project management team structure
• Tailor corporate strategies
• Perform product-based planning
• Apply the risk management procedure
• Apply the communication management procedure
• Plan the project
• Refine the Business Case
• Prepare the Benefits Review Plan
• Prepare an End Stage Report
• Capture lessons learned
• Prepare a Work Package
• Apply the issue and change control procedure
• Plan and conduct the Closing a Project process
• Prepare End Project Report (Incl Lessons Report)
• Interpersonal Skills
• Manage team performance
• Manage own performance

Event content:

Candidates will be assessed against 19 pre-declared assessment criteria through a combination of:
• Individual work – candidates will provide a written answer in examination conditions to questions based upon the given case study
• Group work (observed) – candidates will carry out group exercises in order to discuss and solve problems relating to the case study
• Interviews – all candidates will be interviewed on an individual basis
Candidates must have passed the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam, have a solid PRINCE2 knowledge and several years of PRINCE2 practice. A self assessment form and a CV must be submitted as part of the application process.

Watch the video of the first PRINCE2 Professional Assessment,organized by CUPE in partnership with Provek, where assessors and candidates talk about what the assessment entails on The PM Channel.

Susan de Sousa interviewed by The PM Channel

Susan de Sousa has over 13 years experience in project management, and has managed some of the most complex, high profile cutting edge deliveries within the mobile, broadcasting, gaming, new media and retail sectors. During this time she has managed numerous large infrastructure and software development projects and programmes successfully to budget and to deadlines. She has also consulted in the UK, Europe, US and Dubai.

Today she runs a project management consultancy whilst also finding the time to advise global clients on social media strategies and speaking at conferences and academic institutions. Susan is also the site editor of, the industry leading project management website.
Susan is a contributing Author to the People in Project Management Handbook and has recently had two project management books commissioned by Gower (Ashgate Publishing Group). Susan is a sought after international speaker and frequent contributor to both media & TV.

Recently interviewed by The PM Channel, Susan has produced some short videos on a number of different subjects.

Discover soon on The PM Channel Susan’s advice regarding the six documentation tasks that all project manager should be doing and the reasons why.

Susan who has been a programme manager many times, will give you five characteristics of a failed Programme Plan. For her, many Programme Manager’s still think like Project Managers and further have no clear idea of how to plan the big picture, rather than a discrete set of tasks. She will give you some tips and hints to help Programme Managers on this task.

Susan will also give you the characteristics of an impossible Project and gives you way to mitigate to allow impossible projects to be successfully delivered.
Discover her vision about legal project management and see if legal project management is the future delivery model for law firms?

Discover these exclusive videos and interviews soon on The PM Channel.

What is the APM Practitioner Qualification?

The APM Practitioner Qualification (IPMA Level C) is  based on a residential assessment and is recognised nationally and internationally through the APM and the IPMA (International Project Management Association).

Who is the Practitioner Qualification for?

The Practitioner Qualification is for relatively experienced professionals (project management practitioners) who can demonstrate an ability to manage a non-complex project. You should typically have at least 3 years experience and hold either the APMP qualification or demonstrate a good understanding of the APM Body of Knowledge with relevant Continuing Professional Development.

What is assessed?

Candidates will be assessed against 30 criteria and need to demonstrate that they can:

  • Understand project context and the overall business case;
  • Effectively apply project management planning;
  • Apply a risk management process competently to the project;
  • Optimise project plans to respond to a major change;
  • Monitor project progress and take suitable controlling action;
  • Plan and conduct a suitable post project evaluation review;
  • Work effectively as a team member.

How is it assessed?

Qualification is achieved through a residential assessment focussing on:

  • Individual work: Candidates will be expected to answer written questions based on a case study and answer a question regarding current issues in project management.
  • Group work: Working in groups you will be observed discussing and solving problems related to the case study.
  • Interview: Candidates will be interviewed by their assessors.

Get ready for your  APM PQ assessment with The PM Channel:

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Before the PQ Event, find on The PM Channel:

Our online PMA5 assessment to indicate candidates PQ readiness and suitability. Undertaken by 8000 project staff, PMA5 gives to candidates clear information regarding their project management experience, knowledge, decision ability and personality indications.

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Our self study development pack with real to life scenario similar to APM PQ’s, useful information to read before the event, 3 exercises to give you an indication of pace, quantity required.

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