PRINCE2 popularity grows!

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RINCE2®, the world’s number one project management qualification continues to go from strength to strength, according to statistics released by the APM Group, the PRINCE2 accreditation body.
The popularity of prince2 exams

The popularity of prince2 exams

The latest statistics show that 2012 proved to be the busiest year ever with a total of 142,464 examinations being sat. Of these, more than 90,000 were Foundation examinations and more than 50,000 were Practitioner examinations. In total, 2012 showed a 5% increase in examinations compared with 2011. This means that with the exception of 2008, the number of PRINCE2 examinations being taken has increased every year since its launch in 1996. The turmoil and uncertainty caused by the credit crunch was probably the reason that 2008 showed a fall in the number of exams being taken.
So, why does PRINCE2 prove to have such enduring attraction to budding project managers? Well, firstly it’s true to say that PRINCE2 offers a fast-track approach to gaining professional project management qualifications which are increasingly recognised by both industry and government alike. Students can gain accreditation by taking exams either as part of a 3 day course (Foundation) or 5 day course (Practitioner). There are no pre-requisites, meaning that students do not need to show they have previous project management experience before becoming accredited.

Secondly, the demand for project managers shows no sign of abating as both public and private sector organizations undertake rapid changes in challenging circumstances to adapt to increasing pressures resulting from the current financial crisis. Managing these changes within the organization requires people with good project management skills. PRINCE2 is one of the few professional qualifications out there and in Europe especially is proving to be an increasingly in-demand qualification on job applicants’ resumes.
Thirdly, PRINCE2 is now a mature project management method proven on projects such as the London 2012 Olympic Games and is based upon established project management best practices. This is also helping to drive the demand for PRINCE2 training and examinations.
So, whilst it has taken 16 years (from 1996 to 2012) for the first 1 million PRINCE2 exams to be taken, it is my opinion that the next 1 million PRINCE2 exams will take place in an even quicker time as the demand for professional project management qualifications continues.
PRINCE2® is a registered trade mark of the Cabinet Office.


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