The most common standards in project management are the Project Management Institute's Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) and the British Government's Projects in Controlled Environments (PRINCE2).

A comparison of the 2 standards shows that the PMBOK and PRINCE2 complement each other well.  They're not competitors:  think of them as two useful tools available to help you manage your projects.  In today's complex world, you need as many of those as you can lay your hands on and it would be foolish to completely ignore one of them.  Both have strenghts and specialisms in different areas but the easy way to think of it is this:

  • PRINCE2 is a series of Principles, Processes and Themes suitable for any size or subject of project.  It describes what a project manager should do.
  • The PMBOK is a collection of knowledge areas and process groups.  It describes what a Project Manager should know.

Both systems are global and have hundreds of thousands of certified members.  It is generally accepted that PRINCE2 and PMBOK are complementary and that a complete Project Manager should have knowledge of both.

Advantage Learning is a PMI Registered Education Provider and  an Accredited Training Organization for PRINCE2 - so you will gain PDUs by attending our PRINCE2 Training courses.  Many PMPs have benefited from our classes.

PRINCE2 works with other standards such as ITIL or Agile.  

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