Introducing the PRINCE2 2017 Update

In January 2017 AXELOS announced the upcoming arrival of updated PRINCE2® guidance and new Foundation and Practitioner examinations, which will be launched in the middle of the year. Together, these form the PRINCE2 2017 update  and represent the first major revision of PRINCE2 since 2009.

This important update reinforces PRINCE2’s unrivalled reputation for best practice in project management. As ever, the focus is on what makes a successful project.

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Why is AXELOS updating PRINCE2?

Evolutions in business practice over the past decade have prompted this thorough, but not radical update of PRINCE2. It reflects a wealth of expert feedback from PRINCE2 practitioners - the people who successfully apply the method in today’s dynamic working environment - where new technologies constantly change the game, where customers and stakeholders continually raise their expectations, and where there is ever-growing pressure to achieve more with less financial outlay.

AXELOS has therefore taken the decision to refresh PRINCE2 to further enable anyone managing a project to get the best out of PRINCE2 and to achieve success for their organization.

Key Resources

PRINCE2 2017 Update Brochure - pdf

PRINCE2 2017 Update - Changes to the manual - pdf

PRINCE2 2017 Update FAQs - pdf

PRINCE2 2017 Update Membership FAQs - pdf


What are the main changes?

AXELOS is publishing a new edition of the PRINCE2 guidance, in addition to updating both the Foundation and Practitioner examinations. These will be launched in mid-2017. This new version of PRINCE2 affirms the method’s established approach to project management, with its overall structure of seven principles, themes and processes.

The main changes to the guidance are characterized by an emphasis on:

  • tailoring PRINCE2 to the needs of organizations and project environments;
  • the principles that underpin PRINCE2;
  • clarifying the link between the themes and principles;
  • the restructuring of the ‘Themes’ guidance to accommodate specific examples of tailoring;
  • the practical application of the method and guidance, with numerous examples, hints and tips.

PRINCE2 has always been grounded in real life-experience. The PRINCE2 2017 update, which once again consolidates a wealth of knowledge gained in the workplace, can be trusted to provide practical, authoritative and relevant guidance to anyone managing a project in today’s environment.

What does the update mean for me?

AXELOS has compiled an extensive FAQ document to cover any major questions that you may have in relation to the PRINCE2 2017 update. Given the evolutionary nature of the update, AXELOS will not require existing candidates to recertify to the new version, although we would highly recommend any PRINCE2 practitioners to familiarize themselves with the new material. This can be best achieved through purchasing the new publication, or signing up to AXELOS membership.

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