Here is a summary illustrating some dissimilarities between Project Management Professional (PMP) and PRINCE2 (Projects IN a Controlled Environment).



Country of origin - US

Country of origin - UK

Governed by PMI

Governed by APMG

Globally recognized

Globally recognized

Project management methodology, which is based on knowledge

Project management approach, which is based on process

Explains fundamental best practices and numerous techniques, which can be used to manage projects

A chain of management processes, which describe what is to be accomplished, how, when, and who will do


Authoritarian, but can be tailored

Primary focus on the role of project manager

Describes the role of all persons who are involved in a project

Organizations, which conduct PMP training, should conform to the syllabus prescribed by PMI


Competency of the trainer regarding delivery of training is not evaluated

PRINCE2 training institutes are required to be recognized, and must possess a UK Government license to conduct training in PRINCE2


Compliance of UKAS Quality Management standard for training and certification is required.


Trainers must qualify a competence appraisal, and are subject to annual assessments

Certification result displayed immediately on termination of exam, and PMP certificate dispatched by PMI within six weeks of exam

Certification verified within 1 week

Exam fee is normally not included in the fee for training, since PMP exams are held at exam centers specified by PMI

Course fee includes exam fee