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History of PRINCE2

PRINCE2 certification

Exam languages


PRINCE2 stands for Projects IN Controlled Environments.

It’s the worlds’ top project management method. It can be used in combination with other project management methods, it’s perfect to use alongside the PMBOK Guide® but equally good on its’ own.

Earn your PRINCE2 qualifications today with an online PRINCE2 course.

The History of PRINCE2

  • 1975 – PROMPT (a project management method) created by Simpact Systems Ltd (UK).
  • 1979 – UK government adopts PROMPT for its’ IT projects.
  • 1989 – UK government agency (CCTA) revises PROMPT to create PRINCE.
  • 1996 – PRINCE2 created – no longer an IT management method – but generic. PRINCE2 is Crown Copyright.
  • 2013 – AXELOS formed by a joint venture between UK Cabinet Office and Capita plc. AXELOS becomes owner of PRINCE2.
  • 2017 – Most recent updates to the PRINCE2 manual.

PRINCE2 certification


PRINCE2 provides professional project management certification at 2 levels:

  • Foundation – 1-hour exam for those wanting to work on projects.
  • Practitioner – 2.5 hour exam for people wanting to manage or direct projects.


  • Over 1.5 million PRINCE2 exams have been sat worldwide since 1996.
  • PRINCE2 exams have been sat in over 150 countries.

PRINCE2 exam languages

PRINCE2 exams are available in the following languages:

  • English
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Norwegian
  • Polish

PRINCE2 (2009) exams are available in the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Chinese
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Slovak
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

PRINCE2 exams infographic

The following infographic provides more information regarding the PRINCE2 method.

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