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The PRINCE2® 2017 Update has officially landed!


In January 2017, our partners and owners of PRINCE2®, AXELOS, announced the upcoming arrival of the updated PRINCE2® Guidance, and new Foundation and Practitioner examinations. Together, these form the PRINCE2 2017 update, and represent the first major revision of PRINCE2 since 2009.

The PRINCE2 2017 exams (in English) are available to the public as of 10 July 2017, while the 2009 English version will be available only until the end of 2017.

Why has PRINCE2 been updated?

Changing business practices and the introduction of new technologies, combined with increased customer and stakeholder pressure to achieve more with less financial investment led to the thorough update to PRINCE2.   

The success of PRINCE2 lies in its compilation of proven best practice in project management that has been shared by academics, business professionals, and consultants over the years.

Since its creation, at least two million PRINCE2 exams have been taken in over 150 countries worldwide. This is a clear testament to the value of PRINCE2 to individuals all over the world.

The update has been a collaborative approach, collating feedback from a wide range of PRINCE2 Practitioners - the people best positioned to assess PRINCE2 through their continued application of the method across a range of working environments. This feedback has resulted in a thorough, evolutionary update of PRINCE2.

What are the main changes to PRINCE2?

The PRINCE2 update will see a new edition of the PRINCE2 manual, plus updated training materials and Foundation and Practitioner examinations.

These updates do not change any of the fundamentals of the method PRINCE2s overall structure of seven principles, themes and processes remain unchanged.

The main changes to the guidance place a greater emphasis on the following areas:

  • Tailoring PRINCE2 to the needs of organisations and project environments
  • The principles that underpin PRINCE2
  • A greater link between themes and principles
  • The restructuring of the Themes guidance to accommodate specific examples of tailoring
  • The practical application of the method and guidance, with numerous examples, hints and tips

PRINCE2 offers a wealth of project management knowledge and Best Practice that needs to be tailored to suit each individual and their organisation. The updated manual, training and examination will help tailor PRINCE2 effectively to ensure organisations and professionals get the most out of the certification.

PRINCE2 has always been rooted in real life experience. This update can be trusted to provide practical, authoritative, and relevant guidance to anyone managing a project in todays environment.

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