What’s the difference between PMP® and PRINCE2 Certifications? Which one should I choose? What’s best for my career?
Firstly to really understand PMPvs PRINCE2 you need to know PMBOK® Guide is Project Management Book of Knowledge. The PMP® examination is based off material in PMBOK® Guide.
Also you should understand that PMP® and PRINCE2 are not direct competitors and there is no reason you can’t do both!
The big difference between PMP vs PRINCE2 is that PMBOK® guide is a prescriptive knowledge while PRINCE2 is a descriptive methodology. In simple terms PMP® answer HOW questions and PRINCE2 answers WHAT, WHEN and WHO questions.
PMP® is a Standard NOT a methodology. It consists of process and techniques of project management. It is a professional certificate from the PMI® (Project Management Institute) setup as a non-profit organization focused on project management.
PRINCE2 is a Methodology NOT a standard. It gives step by step guidance on how plan and execute a project.
Developed and published a number of standards which include….
And also a number of practice standards and frameworks:
Created “best practices” family of project management which include…
When referring to PRINCE2 people are generally referring to foundation and practitioner. When referring to PMP people are generally referring to the Project Management Professional certification.
To qualify for PMP® you require….
At least 3 years of experience in the project management field (5 years if you don’t have a four-year degree)
At least 4,500 hours experience in leading and directing projects (7,500 hours if you don’t have a four-year degree)
At least 35 hours of formal project management education
To qualify for PRINCE2 Foundation there are no requirements.
For PRINCE2 Practitioner you require….
If you have already decided you want to proceed with the PMP® designation you should check out the next section where we discuss how you can apply for the PMP.
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