Seeing as I have been a Senior Developer / Team Leader / Project Manager for the last 5-6 years, I thought I would try to get a qualification.
In June 2011, I decided that I would set myself a four week target to get my Prince2 Foundation exam completed and then set a deadline of just three weeks after my summer holiday for the Practitioner exam.
I decided that I would study Monday through Thursday evenings for 1-2 hours per night, once I was home from work. This worked well, as I could happily sit in the garden and enjoy the evening summer sun and read the Prince2 manual.
I found the reading fairly easy going, most of which was common sense with a few keywords, acronyms and then the additional procedures.
The foundation exam was fairly straight forward. I had read the book and completed several practice exams. In the end I received quite a high mark and was feeling confident that the self learning experience was working.
Last week, I took the more difficult Practitioner exam. This was very tough, compared to the Foundation exam. I have had quite a bit of practical experience using Prince2 in a couple of environments and for many projects, but the exam proved to be quite extensive and challenging. All of the 23 of us who took the exam found it tough.
I am pleased to say that I passed with a much higher grade than anticipated. There are no grades, as such, but just a simple 55% pass mark, which I passed very comfortably, achieving more than 80%.