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PM Qualifications - PRINCE2®, IPMA, APMP, PMP?

02 July 2012

PRINCE2, IPMA, APMP and PMP are all types of formal Project Management accreditation.
With so many Project Management courses available it can be difficult navigating your way through and making sense of them all to pick the most appropriate one for you.

PRINCE2 (PRojects IN Controlled Environments) is probably the most popular and widely recognised form of PM qualification.

IPMA (International Project Management Association) is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes PM internationally. Many affiliated courses sit under this body including the UK recognised APMP certification.

PMI (Project Management Institution) is another PM industry governing body and offers the PMP (Project Management Professional) certification scheme.

How are they structured?
Structured project management means managing the project in a logical, organised way, following defined steps. Each qualification programme follows its own syllabus to equip candidates with these skills:

PRINCE2 offers Foundation and Practitioner certification levels. The Foundation level exists to teach PRINCE2 methodology to project environment. The exam measures if a candidate can perform these tasks as part of a PM team. The Practitioner level is more advanced and follows on from the theories and asks participants to apply them to different project circumstances and show understanding between their relationships and reasons.

APM Introductory Certificate teaches the basics and terminology, APMP equips candidates with all the elements required for successful PM, ideal for those with two years experience. The AMP Practitioner hones the skills of existing PM’s, Project Coordinators and Team Leaders, typically with 3-5 years experience managing non-complex projects.

IPMA offers 4 levels of certification; Level A (Certified Projects Director), Level B (Certified Senior Project Manager) or Level C (Certified Project Manager) and Level D (Certified Project Management Associate).

What are the differences between PRINCE2 and APMP or PMP and which should you choose?
The IPMA claim the demand from businesses around the world for individuals with demonstrated Project, Programme and Portfolio Management competence is ever growing and so picking the right course for you is essential.

APM gives generic knowledge and understanding in the key areas and aspects of Project Management. It provides the foundation using PM methods like PRINCE2.

PRINCE2 provides users with a structured process-driven methodology suitable to any organisation undertaking projects. Its theories can benefit all PM work due to its broad principals and emphasis on structure and deliverables. PRINCE2 theories are often thought of as best practice.

The IPMA Level D qualification and PMI's PMP are wider in terms of content than PRINCE2. It may be best to think of as PRINCE2 being a model or framework and APM the instructions. They are complementary but different.

Total Training Solutions offer APM courses and PRINCE2 courses including the popular Foundation and Practitioner levels and other more specialised areas of Project Management. To enquire about or book any of these courses call 0800 612 1299 or email info@tts-uk.com.

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