PRINCE2 2009 Launched

    LONDON, June 16 /CNW/ - The APM Group, which is responsible for the
Office of Government Commerce (OGC) Best Practice Qualifications, is
celebrating the launch of PRINCE2 2009. To coincide with the launch of the new
manual, APMG's accredited training organisations are now ready to deliver
courses in the new version of the method. Examinations will be available in
seven languages from 6th July 2009.
    Nigel Smith, Chief Executive, OGC said: "PRINCE2(R) is extensively used
in over 150 countries around the world and its take up grows daily. It is
widely considered as the leading tool in project management, with over 20,000
organisations already benefiting from its pioneering and trusted approach.
Complex projects today often involve several organisations working together in
partnership or through contractual arrangements to achieve the objectives, and
PRINCE2 provides a common language between organisations and with external
    "This updated guidance will help those running projects of any size and
in any environment to effectively deliver what is required by appropriately
managing the costs, timescales, quality, scope, risks and benefits. Its
development by the Office of Government Commerce has followed widespread
consultation and draws upon real-life experiences in both public and private
sector organisations. The number of people taking PRINCE2 qualifications
increases by around 20% year on year and it remains a key contributor to the
successful delivery of projects. It is a vital tool for any organisation
wishing to secure efficient and effective operational outcomes," Smith said.
    Richard Pharro, CEO, The APM Group, said: "This is a very exciting time
for the PRINCE2 Accredited Community. The new version of PRINCE2 makes it more
accessible for all users and particularly for senior managers. Many of the
criticisms that were made of the method have been addressed. It is more
appealing than ever to adopt it as a Best Practice Standard. Organisations
operating globally will find the method is compatible with other Project
Management standards and so we expect increased demand for PRINCE2
Practitioner certificates."
    The APM Group confirmed that certificates for PRINCE2 Practitioners who
qualified prior to the introduction of the updated version are still valid.
Candidates will need to re-register against the new version when their
certificate expires - up to five years after it is issued.
    PRINCE2 was first launched in 1996. There are now 170 organisations who
are accredited to deliver training in the method and examinations have been
taken in 150 countries around the world. The method forms part of the OGC Best
Practice Portfolio. More details are available at
    For further details on examinations and accredited training organisations
visit or email

For further information:

For further information: on PRINCE2 examinations: Kate Winter, PR
Manager, APMG,; For more details on the manual,
plus information about review copies: Susan Jermany, OGC Strategic Marketing
Manager, Tel: +44-(0)1603-696716,

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