APM vs Prince2: Which Project Management Course is Best?


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Are you looking to move into project management, or to improve your project knowledge and skills?

Achieving a professional, globally recognised qualification in project management will help you stand out in the job market.  and will give you the knowledge you need to successfully deliver a wide range of projects.  

For example, did you know that 86% of people who complete a project management qualification say they achieve greater project success as a result?
 
Both APM and Prince2 are project management courses designed to support you through every stage of your project management career. In this blog,we discuss the pros and cons of eachcourse , to help you decide which is best suited to your career. 

What is APM? 

APM, also known as the Association for Project Management, is the only chartered body for the project management profession and currently has over 35,000+ individual members.  

Pros and Cons of APM 

Pros: 

  • Industry recognised project management qualification which can help significantly increase your earnings 
  • Achieving an APM qualification means you’ll have the opportunity to achieve the Chartered Project Professional (ChPP) standard. This standard demonstrates a high level of technical knowledge, professional practice and ethical behaviour. 
  • APM qualifications are internationally recognised by employers and project managers.  Achieving this qualification will enhance your career opportunities, confidence and credibility as a project manager. 
  • APM tests your ability to project manage efficiently and successfully. 
  • The APM curriculum covers a wide range of topics, including project management "people" skills.
  • APM also teaches monitoring and planning techniques such as Earned Value and Critical Path. Prince2 doesn’t cover these techniques. 
  • APM explores the detail and takes into account project specific topics. 

Cons:

  • APM is more suited to those who do well under exam conditions. It is a knowledge-based qualification allowing candidates to demonstrate knowledge of all elements of project management  a closed-book, essay-style examination.

What is Prince2? 

PRINCE2  is a project management certification programme that provides you with the fundamental skills to become a successful project manager. Prince2 stands for Projects In Controlled Environments, and is used and recognised internationally. 

Pros and Cons of Prince2 

Pros: 

Templates are provided for key project information and documentation
PRINCE2 can be ideal for some organisations because it is not prescriptive in any project techniques. Many organisations have their own tools and methods for this.
PRINCE2 is best suited for those who may struggle with exams and essay writing. It involves an objective, multiple choice test requiring candidates to understand the contents of the guidance and terminology.  The exam is open book to reflect a real life work environment. 
PRINCE2 is completely scalable, and the most recent update to the framework means it can be more easily tailored to each project you undertake. 

Cons: 

The PRINCE2 methodology is less specific in teaching project management processes and techniques.
To become fully qualified, you must complete both the PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner courses.  This includes demonstrating how to apply the method to real world projects.
Project managers must renew their PRINCE2 certification every 3 years.

The key difference between APM and Prince2

APM covers a broad range of concepts related to project, programme, portfolio and risk management giving you the knowledge you need to choose the best project methodology for your business needs. PRINCE2 is a singular methodology, a definitive guide with defined content covering only project management. 
 
As an APM Accredited Training Provider, MOL offer an APM Project Management Course providing structure for your career development. An APM qualification from MOL will allow you to achieve the Chartered Project Professional (ChPP) or APM Registered Project Professional (RPP) standards, which are considered industry gold standard;  both clear indications to employers and recruiters that you’re a skilled project professional. 
 
Whether you’re a seasoned project manager, or looking to move into the project management profession, our APM project management qualification (PMQ) helps you stand out in the job market.  Achieving the APM course gives you the knowledge and confidence you need to effectively deliver a wide range of projects.