2 Days Training Course & Certification


15-16 JULY 2024 ATHENS

Effective Project Management based on the PM² Methodology of the European Commission

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This unique course has been designed to address the needs of organisations and people involved in international collaborative EU funded projects. Is the only course developed around the PM² Methodology of the European Commission with a strong focus on its application to Horizon 2020 projects.

The course includes all the essentials for the understanding of the EU projects environment such as the rights and obligations of EU funds beneficiaries and provides step-by-step guidance for the management of projects. 

The course will equip participants with all the necessary knowledge, skills and reference sources to help them understand, tailor and effectively use the PM² Methodology for the coordination of multi-party project work, but also for the effective reporting and smooth communication with the Project Officers of the European Commission.

During this two-day training, the Critical Success Factors (CSFs) of project management will be discussed and participants will understand how PM² addresses them. With the help of workshops and exercises, participants will be in a position to start implementing some of the PM² best practices which will increase the quality of their project management. After the training, participants will be able to more successfully coordinate collaborative projects and increase their success rates by implementing PM² in their proposals. Strictly limited seats per course ensure a focused learning experience and a customised programme.

The completion of the course entitles participants to pursue the PM² Basic Certification (see more information below). At the end of the the training, participants receive the proof of training and a complimentary voucher (normal cost € 150) for the PM² Basic Certification. 

Participants of the two days training will learn: 

  • About the environment of EU funded projects 

  • How to apply project management best practices to EU funded projects 

  • How to implement the PM² Methodology 

  • How to use the PM² templates 

  • Step-by-step guidance for the management of your projects 

  • How to achieve proper project governance 

  • The project management roles and their responsibilities 

  • What are the Critical Success Factors (CSFs) of project management 

  • How to properly organise kick-off meetings 

  • Simple techniques to manage stakeholder 

  • Simple techniques to manage risks in projects 

  • How to implement a results-oriented approach 

  • How to monitor project performance 

  • How to facilitate effective communication with project partners 

  • How to properly close your project

This seminar is ideal for those who work on EU funded projects and companies who are collaborating with the EC. Having in your CV the acknowledgement of attending a PM² workshop showcases your familiarity with the PM² methodology and your commitment to project management excellence. 

Course’s Benefits & Outcomes: 

  • Get exclusive information and resources on the PM² Methodology 
  • Improve the success rate of your project proposals 
  • Improve the quality of your project planning and reporting 
  • Increase your organisation’s competitiveness 
  • Receive tangible and actionable advice on your projects
  • Network and exchange experience with peers and possible partners from across EU

PM² is a Project Management Methodology custom developed by the European Commission to fit the specific needs, culture and constraints of EU Institutions. Its purpose is to facilitate the effective management of a project’s complete lifecycle, and increase the quality of the project management process and project results. It incorporates elements from a wide range of globally accepted project management best practices as well as European Commission’s operational experience from many projects. PM² is a light and easy to implement methodology suitable for any type of project.

The European Commission has published PM² with an open and free license for anyone to use for the management of their projects, with a focus on projects run within the EU Institutions or funded by EU programmes. As such, working knowledge of the PM² Methodology becomes essential for anyone participating in such projects.

The PM² Basic Certification is designed to confirm candidates’ basic understanding of general concepts of the PM² Methodology. The certification exam tests the level of the candidates’ understanding mainly on the what and when of the PM² Methodology, and secondarily on the who and how . 

The exam questions are based on the four pillars of PM² and the PM² Mindsets, focusing more on Lifecycle and Artefacts and less on Processes and Governance. 

For candidates to achieve the certification, they must be familiar with these PM² concepts at an adequate level so that they will be able to follow the motions of a PM² project and communicate effectively with PM² team members and Project Managers.

Prerequisites: Proof of training completion by one of the PM²Alliance Affiliated Training Providers (this course).

Exam difficulty level: Easy

Success rate: the statistical success rate of this exam is 82%.

Study material: The exam questions are based 100% on European Commission’s PM² Guide v3, 2018

Exam Format

  • Online proctored exam
  • Multiple choice questions
  • 45 questions per exam
  • 45 minutes duration
  • At least 35 questions need to be answered correctly to pass the exam
  • One mark awarded for every correct answer
  • No negative marking for wrong answers 
  • National Contact Points for H2020
  • Project Managers
  • Projects Administrators
  • Account Managers
  • Co-ordinators and Controllers
  • Managers
  • Development Managers
  • Directors of Research
  • Directors
  • Risk Managers
  • Heads of Units
  • Auditors
  • Grants Financial Accountants
  • Directors of Financial Services
  • Chief Financial Officers & Chief Internal Auditors
  • Internal Auditors
  • External Auditors working for the Public Administration
  • Researchers & Professors
  • Consultants advising Beneficiaries
  • Consultants and Accountants working for the public sector
  • Policy Advisors
  • From:
  • International and European Institutions & Organisations
  • European Agencies
  • European and National Associations
  • Public Authorities and Inspectorates
  • Public Health Services and Hospitals
  • Certifying Authorities
  • Executive Agencies
  • Public and Private Beneficiaries of EU Funds
  • Managing Authorities
  • Coordinating Bodies
  • National and Regional Public Authorities
  • City Councils, Regional and Local Governments
  • Regional Development Agencies
  • National and Regional Ministries
  • National and Regional Subordinate Bodies
  • National and Regional Courts of Auditors
  • Research & Technology Centres
  • Public and Private Research Institutes
  • Higher Education Institutions & Universities
  • Private Companies of all Sectors
  • Clusters and Innovation Centres
  • Private Companies
  • Associations, Foundations, Non for Profit and NGOs
  • Consulting Companies
  • Business Development Agencies

Participation fee for the 2 days training:  €1490 exl. VAT 

Training package includes:

  • Admission to the course

  • Hard copies of: the course’s Handbook, the PM² Guide, the PM² Artefacts

  • European Academy’s delegate’s bag with supporting training material & memorabilia 

  • Certification of “Management and Coordination of E.C. Funded Projects; the PM² Methodology” training completion

  • Certificate of attendance

  • PM² Basic Certification Exam voucher

  • Complimentary coffee & snack breaks

  • Complimentary networking lunch breaks

This is a unique course developed in collaboration with the PM² Alliance. It has been designed exclusively to serve the needs of the beneficiaries of European Funding and is the result of the combined work of PM² Practitioners, PM² Authors and experienced Project Coordinators.

The courses are delivered by PM² Trainers qualified and certified by the PM² Alliance with proven experience in the management and coordination of European projects.

This training will be delivered by Mr. Nicos Kourounakis.

Nicos Kourounakis is a Project Management Consultant specializing in Project Management Methodologies and Organizational Project Management Maturity. He is the Co-Author of the PM² (2012) and Agile PM² (2014) Project Management Methodologies of the European Commission.
Mr. Kourounakis has been involved in many international projects in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, Austria and Greece, working both with large organizations and with smaller ventures and start-ups.

Mr. Kourounakis also has several years of experience in training and public speaking. As an Adjunct Professor at the Professional MBA program of the Hellenic American University in Athens, Greece, he has taught courses and delivered seminars in Project Management, Portfolio Management, Operations & Supply Chain Management and Management of Information Systems.

He has also been involved with PMI both as a speaker at the 2011 PMI Global Project Management Congress in Dublin, as a Keynote speaker at the PMI BeLux Congress (2013), and as an elected Vice President of the Board of Directors of the PMI Chapter in Athens, Greece (2008- 2010).

Mr. Kourounakis holds an MBA from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, a MASc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Victoria, Canada, and a BSc in Physics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Nicos is also one of the first 100 professionals to be certified in PMI’s Organizational Project Management Maturity (OPM3), a PMI certified Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification, PRINCE2, IPMA-D, and PM² Practitioner.

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Training Package Includes


Admission to the Course


Access to E-Learning Content


Hardcopy Course Material

Networking Lunch

Complementary Breakfast & Lunch

Certificates EA

Course Completion Certification

Training Venue

Wyndham Grand Athens ****


2, Megalou Alexandrou street GR 10437, Athens Greece

CONTAct number

+30 216 8009900

Participants will receive further venue information upon registration. 

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