What Is the Difference Between the PMP Credential and the PRINCE2 Accreditation?

Following is a list of differences between the PMP Credential and and the PRINCE2 accreditation:

  • PMP stands for Project Management Professional, PRINCE2 stands for PRojects IN Controlled Environment 2.
  • The PMP started in 1984, PRINCE2 (as an accreditation) started in 1996.
  • Prince2 is dominant in England (where it originated), a lot of countries in Western Europe, and Australia. PMP is dominant almost everywhere else, including the United States and Canada.
  • The number of world PMP practitioners (currently around 360,000) far exceeds the number of PRINCE2 practitioners (the number of PRINCE2 practitioners with a non-expired accreditation is roughly estimated at around 120,000).
  • PMP is issued by the PMI, an non-profitable company based in Pennsylvania, the United States. Prince2 is issued by the Office of Government Commerce in the UK.
  • The PMP, through the PMBOK, focuses on developing the necessary skills for individual Project Managers in order to carry out successful projects. PRINCE2, on the other hand, focuses on developing the necessary skills for the Project Managers in order to improve Project Management practices for the whole organization (although it is still given to individual Project Managers).

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