I thought that sharing my experience with obtaining PRINCE2 Foundation & Practitioner certification through an e-learning trainer may be helpful for other PRINCE2 students.
Random points, in no particular order, and mainly applicable to Practitioner.
- PRINCE2 is very dry and I found it tough to motivate myself to study. However, after many, many hours of misty comprehension, the material came together logically and thus became less dry and more interesting.
- It is a LOT of work. Not impossible to handle, but be prepared to spend days/weeks on it.
- I have seen criticisms of e-learning as not being rigorous enough and turning out people with a sub-standard appreciation and comprehension of PRINCE2. This is not valid. It is true that the e-learning material may be poor, but at the end of the day all candidates write exams to the same standard. If the tutorial matter is poor, then the student must have compensated in order to pass.
- Study Foundation FROM the official PRINCE2 Guide (alongside what other material your trainer has provided) if you plan to progress to Practitioner.
- The Practitioner exam is open-book. You will not pass by just depending on your luck to look up the answers during the exam. You need to thoroughly understand all PRINCE2 Themes and Processes, and how they interrelate.
- I have seen advice to refrain from referring to the Guide more than a few times in the Practitioner exam. Not withstanding point 5, this is poor advice! I used the Guide extensively during the exam to check on my facts ... but this was only practical because I had prepared well (i.e. I knew PRINCE2 well) and I knew where in the guide to find the relevant material related to the question.
- Time for Practitioner is very tight, be sure to apply good time management when progressing through the Practitioner questions.
- I did not consider Foundation to be a difficult exam. Practitioner was hard, and you need to prepare accordingly.
- Make sure that you understand the format of the different types of Practitioner questions. There is a significant amount of skill needed for this alone!!!
- I found that the e-learning material was somewhat inadequate to prepare me for Practitioner. For me what worked was going repeatedly through the three mock exams I had. This acclimatised me to the question format, and helped me understand what level of competence Practitioner is aiming to test.
- If you have stayed the course with my longish essay, my last tip is my best tip: Appendix A is your best friend during the Practitioner Exam.
I hope that this may help someone out there, especially if they are doing PRINCE2 through e-learning which can be quite lonely.