What is PRINCE2?

Discover how PRINCE2 can help you achieve your goals and manage projects effectively. Use the quick links to scroll to a relevant section.

PRINCE2 Definition

PRINCE2 (an acronym for PRojects IN Controlled Environments) is a de facto process-based method for effective project management. Used extensively by the UK Government, PRINCE2 is also widely recognised and used in the private sector, both in the UK and internationally. The PRINCE2 method is in the public domain, and offers non-proprietorial best practice guidance on project management.

Key features of PRINCE2:

  • Focus on business justification
  • Defined organisation structure for the project management team
  • Product-based planning approach
  • Emphasis on dividing the project into manageable and controllable stages
  • Flexibility that can be applied at a level appropriate to the project.

PRINCE2 History

PRINCE was established in 1989 by CCTA (the Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency), since renamed the OGC (the Office of Government Commerce). In June 2010, the Office of Government Commerce Best Practice Management functions moved into the Cabinet Office.

PRINCE was originally based on PROMPT, a project management method created by Simpact Systems Ltd in 1975, and adopted by CCTA in 1979 as the standard to be used for all Government information system projects. 

When PRINCE was launched in 1989, it effectively superseded PROMPT within Government projects. PRINCE remains in the public domain and copyright is retained by the Crown. PRINCE2 was published in 1996, having been contributed to by a consortium of some 150 European organisations.

How PRINCE2 Can Benefit You or Your Organisation?

Using PRINCE2 provides you with greater control of resources, and the ability to manage business and project risk more effectively. This will benefit:

  • Individuals seeking leading project management skills and greater employment prospects
  • Project managers
  • Directors/executives (senior responsible owners) of projects, and
  • Organisations.

For individuals, PRINCE2 certification is an invaluable asset to your career as it increases employment prospects and helps you to do your job more effectively.

For organisations, PRINCE2's formal recognition of responsibilities within a project, together with its focus on what a project is to deliver (the why, when and for whom) provides your organisation's projects with:

  • A common, consistent approach
  • A controlled and organised start, middle and end
  • Regular reviews of progress against plan
  • Assurance that the project continues to have a business justification
  • For further benefits, visit "Why PRINCE2?".

PRINCE2 Qualifications and Training

We offer the following PRINCE2 training : PRINCE2 Foundation,  PRINCE2 Practitioner and PRINCE2 Re-Registration.

PRINCE2 Foundation

A great place to start, the PRINCE2 Foundation qualification covers the basic methodology and terminology of PRINCE2, and can be achieved with either:

PRINCE2 Practitioner

The PRINCE2 Practitioner is suitable for those managing projects within a PRINCE2 environment, and can be achieved with the:

You may only take the PRINCE2 Practitioner examination once you have passed the PRINCE2 Foundation examination.

PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner

Should you wish to undertake both the PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner you can choose from the following paths:

PRINCE2 Re-Registration

The PRINCE2® Examination Board has determined that all Registered PRINCE2 Practitioners should be re-registered within 3-5 calendar years of their original certification (failure to pass the Re-Registration examination after five calendar years as a Registered Practitioner will result in withdrawal of your registered status). In order to achieve this you can undertake:

What Should I Do Next?

If you're keen to explore the benefits of PRINCE2 for yourself and your organisation, visit "Why PRINCE2?".

If you're planning to start your PRINCE2 training, either find out about our PRINCE2 training courses, discover your training options wherever you are in the world with our PRINCE2 training course finder, or simply request a quote.

Corporate and group training discounts

At ILX, we offer attractive discounts and packages for group and corporate PRINCE2 training.

If you require PRINCE2 training for more than one person, call us now to speak to an ILX training advisor about your requirements or 

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