PMP certification is the standard for professional project management from the project management institute in the USA and PRINCE2 defined project management method from the UK Office of Government commerce. Initially they seem to represent different standards and approach to project management courses from two very different perspectives. On close examination however the two standards have significant compatibility with could even be complementary.

PMP Certification

Based on the PMI guide to project management the PMI BoK Guide to the Body of Knowledge, the PMP is one of the most widely recognised project management qualifications. Its aim is to demonstrate overall competence to deliver challenging projects. To achieve the PMP then you need to show both that you have a knowledge of the project management but can also demonstrate significant project management experience. In terms of knowledge then you need to know the PMBoK in detail but also other areas of project management including ethics and quality management. The PM Bok itself defines at in a detailed level the stages and processes a project manager should follow. However much of the guidance is at a high level and lacks detail.

What is PRINCE2

PRINCE2 is a project management method. As with all methods it defines three key areas 1) Key roles and responsibilities of the management team including the Project Manager, Project Sponsor Senior User, Senior Supplier and the work package managers. Each role has a detailed explanation. . The detailed template required to run the project. And the management processes to be followed at each stage

So can PMP and Prince2 work hand-in-hand


PMP certification can deliver the competence required to deliver successful projects, while PRINCE2 provides the detailed processes, roles and responsibilities and template. We think that combining the two approaches would give project managers a powerful tool set to deliver project successfully.

Disadvantages of this approach

The disadvantage of this combined approach it that the project team have to reconcile the different terminology behind the two approaches. For example the slightly different approaches to the analysis of risk or the differences between a project brief and a project charter. However this seems a small barrier to overcome to real the benefits of a complete approach to project management training.