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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

Duration: 2 Days ( One Weekend)


S.NoMain TopicSub Topic
1.1: The Purpose of This Manual
1.2: The Structure of This Manual
1.3: How to Use This Manual
1.4:The Importance of Project Management
1.5: What Makes Projects Different?
1.6: The PRINCE2 Approach to Project Management
1.7: Benefits of PRINCE2
1.8:Related OGC Guidance
2Overview of PRINCE2
2.1: Key Definitions
2.2: Structure of PRINCE2
2.3: The Role of Senior Management in PRINCE2
2.4: What PRINCE2 Does Not Provide
3Project Board Duties and Behaviours
3.1: Be Accountable for the Project
3.2: Provide Unified Direction
3.3: Delegate Effectively
3.4: Facilitate Cross-Functional Integration
3.5: Commit Resources
3.6: Ensure Effective Decision Making
3.7: Support the Project Manager
3.8: Ensure Effective Communication
4Starting Up a Project
4.1: Context
4.2: Confirm the Understanding of the Project Mandate
4.3: Appoint the Executive and the Project Manager
4.4: Capture Previous Lessons
4.5: Design and Appoint the Project Management Team
4.6: Prepare the Outline Business Case
4.7: Prepare the Project Brief
4.8: Prepare the Initiation Stage Plan
4.9: Starting Up a Project: Summary
5Authorize Initiation
5.1: Context
5.2: Approve the Project Brief
5.3: Approve the Initiation Stage Plan
5.4: Communication
5.5: Suggested Project Board Agenda
5.6: Authorize Initiation: Summary
6Authorize the Project
6.1: Context
6.2: Communication
6.3: Review the End Stage Report for Initiation
6.4: Approve the Project Initiation Documentation
6.5: Approve the Next Stage Plan
6.6: Suggested Project Board Agenda
6.7: Authorize the Project: Summary
7Authorize a Stage or Exception Plan
7.1: Context
7.2: Review End Stage Reports
7.3: Approve Stage or Exception Plans
7.4: Assess Project Viability
7.5: Suggested Project Board Agenda
7.6: Authorize a Stage or Exception Plan: Summary
8Give ad hoc Direction
8.1: Context
8.2: Respond to Requests
8.3: Respond to Reports
8.4: Respond to External Influences
8.5: Focus of Individual Board Members
8.6: Communication
8.7: Give ad hoc Direction: Summary
9Authorize Project Closure
9.1: Context
9.2: Confirm Handover and Acceptance
9.3: Approve the End Project Report
9.4: Approve the Benefits Review Plan
9.5: Communication
9.6: Suggested Project Board Agenda
9.7: Authorize Project Closure: Summary
10Reviewing Benefits
10.1: Context
10.2: Hold Benefits Reviews
10.3: Close the Business Case
10.4: Communication
10.5: Suggested Agenda for Benefit Reviews
10.6: Reviewing Benefits: Summary
11Tailoring PRINCE2
11.1: Introduction
11.2: Environmental Factors
11.3: Project-Related Factors
11.4: What Does Tailoring Involve?
11.5: Adapting the Themes
12.1: Recap
12.2: Exam

Exam Format:

  • 8 questions – 10 question items per question, each worth one mark
  • Open Book (Official Prince 2 Manual only)
  • Two-and-a-half hours (150 minutes) duration, no additional reading time
  • Objective testing
  • 44 marks or more required to pass (out of 80 available) – 55%