PRINCE2 Professional – New Project Management Certification

The PRINCE2 accreditation body, APM Group, has talked for several years about introducing a higher level PRINCE2 qualification which builds on the current Foundation and Practitioner certificates which are largely knowledge based.

“PRINCE2 Professional” was finally launched on 30 January 2012. 

Nikki Kelly, APMG Product Development Manager, says “We’ve responded to industry feedback which says that organisations want to hire PRINCE2 qualified project managers who are competent – not just knowledgeable. PRINCE2 Professional will be suitable for those who can show their practical experience of applying the method. We hope it will become the new standard to which all professional project managers will aspire.”

It also addresses the issue faced by many PRINCE2 Practitioners who find that since the certification is so ubiquitous in the UK that it no longer differentiates one’s capabilities. A recent survey investigated the salary impact of different project management certifications.

There is no training or exam to pass for the PRINCE2 Professional level.  Instead, candidates are evaluated during a 2 ½ day residential Assessment Centre event.  Realistic project environments are created to enable candidates to demonstrate their knowledge and experience.  Throughout the workshop, evaluators collect evidence of the candidates’ ability through surveillance of group activities and exercises.  Candidates will be observed discussing and solving problems relating to case studies; they will then be interviewed by one or more evaluators.  There will also be solo tasks and essays which the candidates must submit during their assessment.

The PRINCE2 Professional certificate will undoubtedly be a popular option for those working in structured project environments.  However, it is worth considering the APM Practitioner Qualification as an alternative. This fits within the qualification structure of the Association for Project Management.  It is awarded following a similar workshop assessment.  It is a well recognised indicator of professional competence and aligns internationally with IPMA Level C.

The first PRINCE2 Professional Assessment is available from Focus on 8th March in Bournemouth.

You can also find details of the APM training and qualifications.