APM, PRINCE2 and AgilePM qualifications do not compete against each other and it is important that delegates understand which qualification is best suited to them. APM qualifications ensure knowledge and understanding in key areas for any person involved in project management and successful projects. APM provides the foundation for using project management methodology like PRINCE2 or AgilePM.
PRINCE2 stands for Projects In Controlled Environments and it is a project management method based on best practise originally developed for the IT environment. It became a methodology for all projects in 1996 and it has since undergone a number of improvements and evolutions. PRINCE2 is based on seven underlying principles which can be applied to all projects. These principles are used in conjunction with seven themes which describe the key aspects of project management; the business case, organisation, quality, plans, risk, change and progress. There are seven processes which describe what the project manager and team must do across the project and these process is call the themes as required.
The AgilePM qualification from AXELOS is the world’s leading agile project management qualification. The course provides a thorough understanding of the DSDM Agile Project Management framework. Key benefits often attributed to agile include improved revenue and speed to market, developing the right product/ solution (through iterative development and incremental delivery) and increased collaboration and customer satisfaction.
If you take a PRINCE2 or AgilePM qualification at either foundation or practitioner level, you will learn how to apply the method and how it can be tailored to your environment. As a standalone qualification PRINCE2 or AgilePM will provide you with valuable information about the way to establish and deliver a project, including best practice. However, its strength comes when you work in an organisation which has adopted PRINCE2 and tailored it to its own needs.
PRINCE2 and AgilePM are recognised qualification across the world and are used in many countries and has been translated into many different languages.
PRINCE2 and AgilePM qualifications do not cover the tools you will need to manage a project such as leadership, communications, conflict management, contracts, detailed risk and quality methods or in-depth planning and estimating techniques.
APM qualifications will cover the tools and techniques of project management. The qualification is assessed across a range of learning outcomes covering topics including programme project and portfolio management, life cycles, scope management, scheduling, risk, quality, leadership, teamwork, communications, conflict management and negotiation.
The APM toolset can be used in any environment for any project and can be applied to any project management method.
So, to come back to the question of which course to choose, there are essentially two answers:
1 – It depends on your work environment. If you work in an organisation that has adopted PRINCE2 or AgilePM as its method for project management, then the PRINCE2 or AgilePM qualification is your best choice. However, if you wish to learn about project management in any and all environments, then APM is for you.
2- If you are able take all qualifications, we would highly recommend this. PRINCE2 or AgilePM will provide you with an understanding of what to do and when, while APM will teach you how to carry out these activities most effectively.