PRINCE2 can be applied to any type of project within any industry sector.
The method is widely recognized and understood and so provides a common vocabulary for all those involved in a project, which helps effective communication. The method also provides for the explicit recognition of project responsibilities so that participants understand each other's roles and needs. There is a defined structure for accountability, delegation, authority and communication.
The development of PRINCE2 was driven by the feedback from end-users, project management specialists and a review panel of 150 public and private sector organizations. This has resulted in a generic best practice method which is flexible enough to be tailored to the specific needs of different organizations for all projects, including Agile delivery.
PRINCE2 is compatible with all other project management qualifications as it provides the technical structure of the framework for the project, which will complement the softer skills learnt on other qualifications.
PRINCE2 certification scheme
There are three levels of PRINCE2 certification: Foundation, Practitioner and Professional, which are aimed at project managers and those who are involved throughout planning and delivering projects. These three qualifications examine the PRINCE2 methodology in increasing depth and offer individuals and organizations the ability to implement PRINCE2 to suit their specific needs.
See our certifications section for more information.
PRINCE2 and other project management methodologies
Other project management qualifications and associations that are acknowledged worldwide include:
- Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from PMI (Project Management Institute).
- APM (UK Association of Project Management)
- IPMA (International Project Management Association) also have detailed bodies of knowledge that explain the wider skills needed for a project manager.
AXELOS formally recognizes Project Managers with relevant previous experience and specified certification from either PMI or IPMA and permits them to study for PRINCE2 Practitioner level without the need to take the PRINCE2 Foundation exam first.
Read our guide to which qualifications are now recognized as approved prior learning for the PRINCE2 Practitioner certification (PDF, 380KB).
PRINCE2 is also compatible with other AXELOS methodologies, such as Managing Successful Programmes and can be easily implemented alongside specialist, industry-specific models ('engineering models' or 'development lifecycles').
Read our interactive guide to the Key Benefits of PRINCE2 to find out more about the advantages of using PRINCE2 as your project management system (PDF, 905KB).