PRINCE2 (Projects IN Controlled Environments)

PRINCE2 (Projects IN Controlled Environments) is a process-based approach for project management providing an easily tailored and scalable method for the management of all types of projects. The method is the de-facto standard for project management in the UK and is practiced worldwide.

Why Prince2?

Using PRINCE2 provides you with greater control of resources, and the ability to manage business and project risk more effectively. This will benefit Individuals and Organisations.


PRINCE2 derives from an earlier method called PROMPTII and from the PRINCE project-management method,which was initially developed in 1989 by the Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency (CCTA) as a UK Government standard for information systems (IT) project management. PRINCE is an acronym for Projects In Controlled Environments.

It soon became regularly applied outside the purely IT environment.[1] PRINCE2 was released in 1996 as a generic project management method.[2] PRINCE2 has become increasingly popular and is now a de facto standard for project management in many UK government departments and across the United Nations system.

Individuals (seeking leading project management skills and greater employment prospects)

  • Learn how to manage projects or to work in a project environment using the most internationally recognized project management method.
  • Ensure that team members focus on the viability of the project in relation to its business case objectives – rather than simply seeing the completion of the project as an end in itself.
  • Promote consistency of project work and the ability to reuse project assets while facilitating staff mobility and reducing the impact of personnel changes/handovers.
  • Design plans and reports to meet the needs of each level in the project team and Project Board, improving communication and control.
  • Mitigate perceived problems and issues and focus on the viability of the project throughout.
  • Evaluate the project portfolio to bring clarity and allow improvements in reviewing projects


PRINCE2’s formal recognition of responsibilities within a project, together with its focus on what a project is to deliver (the why, when and for whom) provides your organisation’s projects with:

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

Prince 2 Foundation

A great place to start, the PRINCE2 Foundation qualification covers the basic methodology and terminology of PRINCE2. The foundation level is also a pre-requisite for the practitioner certification.

What we cover:

Prince2 Foundation

S.NoMain TopicSub TopicDay
1Introduction1.1: The Purpose of This Manual
1.2: The Importance of Projects
1.3: What Makes Projects Different?
1.4: Why Have a Project Management Method?
1.5: Introducing PRINCE2
1.6: Related OGC Guidance
1.7: Benefits of PRINCE2
2.1: Continued Business Justification
2.2: Learn from Experience
2.3: Defined Roles and Responsibilities
2.4: Manage by Stages
2.5: Manage by Exception
2.6: Focus on Products
2.7: Tailor to Suit the Project Environment
3Introduction to PRINCE2 Themes3.1: What are the Themes?
3.2: Applying the Themes
3.3: Format of the Themes
4Business Case4.1: Purpose
4.2: Business Case Defined
4.3: The PRINCE2 Approach to the Business Case
4.4: Responsibilities
5Organization5.1: Purpose
5.2: Organization Defined
5.3: The PRINCE2 Approach to Organization
5.4: Responsibilities
6Quality6.1: Purpose
6.2: Quality Defined
6.3: The PRINCE2 Approach to Quality
6.4: Responsibilities
7Plans7.1: Purpose
7.2: Plans Defined
7.3: The PRINCE2 Approach to Plans
7.4: Responsibilities
8Risk8.1: Purpose
8.2: Risk Defined
8.3: The PRINCE2 Approach to Risk
8.4: Responsibilities
9Change9.1: Purpose
9.2: Change Defined
9.3: The PRINCE2 Approach to Change
9.4: Responsibilities
10Progress10.1: Purpose
10.2: Progress Defined
10.3: The PRINCE2 Approach to Progress
10.4: Responsibilities
11Introduction to Processes11.1: The PRINCE2 Processes
11.2: The PRINCE2 Journey
11.3: The PRINCE2 Process Model
11.4: Structure of The Process Chapters
12Starting Up a Project12.1: Purpose
12.2: Objective
12.3: Context
12.4: Activities
13Directing a Project13.1: Purpose
13.2: Objective
13.3: Context
13.4: Activities
14Initiating a Project14.1: Purpose
14.2: Objective
14.3: Context
14.4: Activities
15Controlling a Stage15.1: Purpose
15.2: Objective
15.3: Context
15.4: Activities
16Managing Product Delivery16.1: Purpose
16.2: Objective
16.3: Context
16.4: Activities
17Managing a Stage Boundary17.1: Purpose
17.2: Objective
17.3: Context
17.4: Activities
18Closing a Projec18.1: Purpose
18.2: Objective
18.3: Context
18.4: Activities
19Tailoring PRINCE2 to the Project Environment19.1: What is Tailoring?
19.2: General Approach to Tailoring
19.3: Examples of Tailoring Prince2
19.4: Projects in a Programme Environment
19.5: Project Scale
19.6: Commercial Customer/Supplier Environment
19.7: Multi-Organization Projects
19.8: Project Type
19.9: Sector Differences
19.10: Project Management Bodies of Knowledge
20ReCap & Exam20.1: ReCap
20.2: Model Exam

Below is the exam format

  • Multiple choice
  • 75 questions per paper
  • 5 questions to be trial and not counted in scores
  • 35 marks required to pass (out of 70 available) – 50%
  • 60 minutes duration
  • Close Book

Who can attend the Prince 2 foundation

Project managers
Directors/executives (senior responsible owners) of projects, and