Many people have the view that getting a PRINCE2 qualification doesn’t make you a project manager. Well, I don’t mean to be flippant but did your five days at cookery school make you a professional chef? Did your summer holiday windsurfing course get you into the PWA? I don’t think so.

Your five day PRINCE2 course (some are shorter) will just teach you the basics. But if your organization is using PRINCE2, then you’ll have a chance of understanding the roles on a project team and what is expected of them.


PRINCE2 is not the be all and end all of project management. It’s only the beginning. As time goes on we’re hearing more about successful adoption of PRINCE2 and the benefits it brings.

We’ve just published a case study by France Telecom/Orange in France which says exactly this – PRINCE2 supplies a common vocabulary to enable international co-operation.

At Rentokil-Initial they’ve used PRINCE2 as a basis to help them develop their own method.

In Saudi Arabia this October we’re hosting an event which gathers together Saudi Government representatives and Senior Engineers to talk about PRINCE2 and best practice. We recently accredited the first PRINCE2 trainer in Ghana through CUPE Projects.  PRINCE2 will also be the subject of a presentation by Landgate, Western Australia’s primary source of land information and geographic data, at the Australasian Best Practice Showcase.

We’ll be launching the PRINCE2 manual in Swedish in October and we’re also running a Best Practice Showcase event in Bangalore on 5 October.  Recently, The Tokyo Times featured this advert from Knowledge Train which is running courses in Tokyo this Autumn.

This year, we launched the Italian PRINCE2 manual and we had workshops in Polandfeaturing our ATOs there.

International examination numbers for PRINCE2 continue to rise.  There are now 744PRINCE2 Accredited Training Organizations Worldwide.  In the first quarter of 2011, we saw more than 50% growth in exam numbers in Central and South America, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and China.  As we approach the milestone of 1m PRINCE2 exams having been taken, I think it’s time to think about what benefits it has brought the organizations that use it, and to give credit to the candidates who’ve taken the exam and the trainers who’ve helped them.