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What is the PRINCE2® methodology?

What is PRINCE2®?

PRINCE2® (Projects IN Controlled Environments) is a process-based methodology for effective project management, used and recognised all over the world. It will give you the fundamental skills you need to become a successful project manager, and can be scaled and tailored to each project you undertake. 

Got some questions about PRINCE2? Read our PRINCE2 FAQs.

Previous PRINCE2 qualifications

First developed in 1996, PRINCE2 has undergone multiple updates over the years.

The most recent update from PRINCE2 6th Edition to PRINCE2 7 was released in September 2023. This new edition was designed to help support individuals and organisations to meet the challenges that they face today and that may come up in the future.

Learn more about the history of PRINCE2.

Managing projects with PRINCE2

Achieving a certification in PRINCE2 will help develop a multitude of skills to ensure individuals are well equipped to successfully manage projects. These skills include communication, leadership, planning, risk management and more.

Find out how leadership skills can be the key to strong project management.

PRINCE2 benefits

How can PRINCE2 help you manage projects?

There are over 1 million certified PRINCE2 professionals around the world, and it is firmly established as the world's most practised method for project management.

The skills you learn through PRINCE2 will help you to manage a project more successfully and more effectively. It will also help with your career progression - for many organisations, having PRINCE2 is necessary to get a job as a project manager. In fact, 88% of project professionals said that PRINCE2 helped them in their career.

Discover why you should study PRINCE2.

How can PRINCE2 benefit your organisation?

As an organisation that follows the PRINCE2 methodology, your projects will benefit from:

  • A common and consistent approach
  • A controlled and organised start, middle and end
  • Regular reviews of progress against the project plan
  • Assurance that the project continues to have a business justification

Additionally, the PMI's Pulse of the Profession report from 2018 found that organisations that invest in proven project management practices experience greater success than those who don't. And the 2019 Power of Professional Certification report from AXELOS found that 97% of decision-makers say certification has a positive impact, bringing higher efficiency and greater employee satisfaction.

PRINCE2 qualifications

The PRINCE2 certification is split into two different qualifications levels - Foundation and Practitioner.

Learn more about the PRINCE2 qualifications.

PRINCE2 Foundation

The Foundation level is an introduction to the PRINCE2 principles, themes, and processes. It teaches you how to consistently deliver projects on time and within budget, manage risk and mitigate perceived problems.

View our PRINCE2 Foundation courses.

PRINCE2 Practitioner

The Practitioner level builds on the knowledge build in the Foundation qualification, and teaches you how to apply and tailor PRINCE2 appropriately to address the needs and problems of a specific project scenario.

View our PRINCE2 Practitioner courses.

PRINCE2 training

Our PRINCE2 training is available through various delivery methods, so you can pick the one that best suits your learning style.

Online e-learning

Thanks to the combined efforts of our learning development specialists, subject matter experts and multi-media developers, ILX has some of the best accredited online training in the world. Our interactive e-learning focuses not just on exam readiness, but on developing high-performance behaviours.
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Blended learning

Understand the key concepts with our online Foundation material, and then learn how to apply the theory with a Practitioner classroom or virtual workshop.
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Virtual courses

Our virtual workshops incorporate both the personal teaching experience of a classroom, with the ease and flexibility of a virtual environment, so that delegates can be in various locations.
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PRINCE2 Consulting

Effective use of PRINCE2 across an organisation requires more than just the training of individuals. To realise the full potential of the framework, a company needs to adapt it in a way that best suits the business.

Find out more about our PRINCE2 consulting services.

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