Title / definition

PRINCE2® (PRojects IN Controlled Environments)

PRINCE2 is a process-based project management approach suitable for any type of project; it is a de facto standard used extensively by the UK public sector and is widely recognized and used in the private sector, both in the UK and internationally.




PRINCE2 is owned by the UK government department: UK Cabinet Office previously Office of Government Commerce (OGC).

Brief history and description

PRINCE was developed for IT projects by the UK Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency (CCTA) and first released in 1989. It was renamed PRINCE2 when revised in 1996 to make it applicable to all types of projects. PRINCE2 is now owned by the Cabinet Office, part of HM Government. The latest version was published in 2009 in two volumes:

  1. Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 (for people who work on projects on a daily basis)
  2. Directing Successful Projects with PRINCE2 (for people who lead or sponsor a project).

The key features of PRINCE2 are:

  • Its focus on business justification
  • A defined organization structure for the project management team
  • Its product-based planning approach
  • Its emphasis on dividing the project into manageable and controllable stages
  • Its flexibility to be applied at a level appropriate to the project.

PRINCE2 process model (Source: the Cabinet Office)

Target Audience

Project managers, project team members, senior management involved in the decision-making activities of the project.

User communities and groups

According to the official PRINCE2 site “PRINCE2 has become an international standard, with organizations around the world using it as their preferred approach to managing projects.” An independent group is P2UG: “The International User Forum & Group for Project Management & Prince2”. Many other groups can be found on LinkedIn.

Official publisher

Official PRINCE2 titles are published by TSO, the Official Publisher, and are derived from the Cabinet Office core guidance for PRINCE2.

Accreditations and qualifications

The official accreditor for PRINCE2 is APM Group (APMG). We recommend that you use officially accredited trainers for your PRINCE2 learning needs. An overview of PRINCE2 qualifications, accredited exam institutes and accredited training organizations (ATO) can be found on the official PRINCE2 site. At the present date PRINCE2 exams are available in 18 different languages (for some only the Foundation exam). Exams in these languages are available both through the global network of Accredited Training Organizations, and via the British Council.


Some PRINCE2 tools can be found in the Third Party Complementary Products section of the official PRINCE2 site. “The Cabinet Office and its partners have introduced this scheme to encourage the development of innovative, high quality products by third parties. This provides customers and users of Best Practice with a wide choice of easily identified, quality products.” (Source: The Cabinet Office).


Official Sites PRINCE2 official site
  The Cabinet Office
  Best Management Practice
User groups and communities PRINCE2 user group
Publications Official site publications page
Accreditations and Qualifications Official site qualifications page
  Official site accreditation page
Tooling n/a
Other useful links Third Party Complementary Products
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