2 Days Training Course & Certification

PM² Project Management Methodology for European Funded Projects

8-9 April 2024 Online

From Fundamentals to Advanced PM² Practices & Artefacts

This intensive 2-day training course is designed to equip participants with a profound understanding and practical skills in applying the PM² Project Management Methodology, tailored custom developed by the European Commission to fit the specific needs, culture and constraints of EU Institutions. Through a blend of theoretical insights and hands-on workshops facilitated by the Miro collaborative tool, attendees will delve into the essentials of PM², from project initiation to closure, including governance, lifecycle phases, risk and stakeholder management, and much more.

Learning methodology:
The course employs an interactive learning approach, combining expert-led sessions with practical workshops. Each module is designed to introduce concepts and tools followed by their application in real-world scenarios, enabling participants to engage in creating and reviewing PM² artefacts. This dynamic structure is aimed at reinforcing learning through doing, encouraging active participation, and facilitating peer learning and feedback.

What will participants learn?
Attendees will gain comprehensive insights into various project management methodologies with a focus on PM², understanding their application in EC-funded projects. The training covers the fundamentals of project management, PM² governance, lifecycle phases, and practical application through workshops. Importantly, the course will address how PM² can be utilized in proposal design, offering strategies for crafting compelling project proposals within the EC framework. Participants will learn to navigate the challenges of EC projects, applying PM² for improved project outcomes.
The course aims to enhance competencies in project management, strategic planning, critical thinking, and collaborative problem-solving, preparing participants to design robust project proposals and manage projects with agility and precision.

Certification and benefits:
The completion of the course entitles participants to pursue the PM² Basic Certification. At the end of the training, participants will receive proof of training and a complimentary voucher (regular cost € 150) for the PM² Basic Certification, marking a significant step towards mastering project management within the EC context and beyond.


The course aims to equip participants with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to efficiently manage EU-funded projects utilizing the PM² methodology. The learning objectives are designed to ensure that by the end of the course, participants will be able to:
1.Understand the PM² Methodology Fundamentals:
– Grasp the core principles, processes, and practices defined by the PM² methodology.
– Differentiate between PM² and other project management methodologies like PMI, PRINCE2, and IPMA.
2. Apply PM² in EU-funded projects:
– Tailor PM² methodology to suit the specific requirements and challenges of EU-funded projects.
– Navigate the complexities of EU project proposals, ensuring alignment with PM² standards.
– Master PM² Governance and Lifecycle:
– Understand the PM² governance model, including roles, responsibilities, and the RASCI matrix.
– Comprehend the PM² project lifecycle phases from initiation to closure, and the key activities and artefacts associated with each phase.
3. Implement effective project initiation and planning:
– Initiate projects with a clear understanding of critical success criteria, project scope, risks, stakeholders and objectives.
– Develop comprehensive project plans, incorporating risk management, stakeholder analysis, and scheduling within the PM² framework.
4. Execute and monitor projects with PM²:
– Efficiently manage project execution, maintaining control over scope, schedule, and budget.
– Apply PM² practices for project monitoring, change management, and quality assurance.
5. Facilitate successful project closure:
– Conduct thorough project-end reviews, capturing lessons learned for future improvement.
– Ensure formal acceptance of project deliverables and perform administrative closure following PM² guidelines.
6. Leverage PM² artefacts and tools:
– Utilize PM² artefacts to support project management activities.
– Gain hands-on experience with PM² artefacts through practical workshops, enhancing your ability to apply them in real-world scenarios.
7. Navigate the PM² certification process:
– Understand the requirements and benefits of PM² certification.
– Prepare for the PM² Basic Certification exam with the foundational knowledge and confidence to succeed.

The course offers a range of significant benefits for individuals, their organizations, and their projects, including:
1. Individuals gain a deep understanding of PM², enhancing their project management skills and enabling them to manage projects more effectively and efficiently.
2. By applying PM² methodologies, participants can significantly increase the success rates of their projects through improved planning, execution, monitoring, and closure practices.
3 The course equips participants with the knowledge to craft compelling project proposals, increasing their organization’s competitiveness for securing EU funding.
4. Organizations can standardize their project management processes according to PM² guidelines, leading to more consistent and predictable project outcomes.
5. Implementing PM² can foster a culture of transparency, accountability, and continuous improvement within organizations, contributing to overall organizational health and agility.
6. Participants receive a complimentary voucher for the PM² Basic Certification, providing an opportunity for professional development and recognition in the field of project management.
7. Learning to use collaborative tools and effective communication practices improves teamwork across projects, enhancing collaboration within and across teams.
8. Hands-on workshops offer the chance to apply PM² concepts in real-world scenarios, ensuring that knowledge is not only theoretical but also practically applicable.
9. Attending the course provides valuable opportunities to network with other project management professionals, facilitating knowledge exchange and professional connections.
10. The course ensures that project management practices are aligned with the expectations and requirements of the European Commission, aiding in compliance and funding success.

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 to 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 running within the EU Institutions or funded by EU programmes. As such, working knowledge of the PM² Methodology becomes essential for anyone participating in relevant 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 PM² Alliance 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 

This comprehensive and advanced training course is tailored for a broad spectrum of professionals and organizations involved in EU-funded projects. It is particularly beneficial for those seeking to master the PM² Project Management Methodology to enhance their project management skills, ensure compliance with EC requirements, and improve their success in securing and managing EC funds. The course is designed for:
Roles and job titles:
– National Contact Points for Horizon Europe and other EC-funded programmes
– Project Managers and Project Administrators managing or involved in EC-funded projects
– Account Managers, Coordinators, and Controllers overseeing project finances and operations
– Managers and Development Managers driving project and organizational development initiatives
– Directors of Research and Directors overseeing strategic project planning and execution
– Heads of Units responsible for managing departmental or unit-specific projects
– Auditors, including Grants Financial Accountants, Directors of Financial Services, – Chief Financial Officers, Chief Internal Auditors, Internal Auditors, and External Auditors working within the Public Administration, ensuring financial accuracy and compliance
– Researchers & Professors from academic institutions engaged in EU-funded research
– Consultants advising Beneficiaries on EC funding opportunities and project management best practices
– Policy Advisors shaping policies or strategies related to EU funds and projects

Types of organizations:
– International and European Institutions & Organisations directly involved with or interested in EU funding mechanisms
– European Agencies and European and National Associations providing support and guidance on EU funding
– Public Authorities and Inspectorates, Public Health Services and Hospitals involved in public sector projects funded by the EU
– Certifying Authorities and Executive Agencies responsible for the certification and execution of EU projects
– Public and Private Beneficiaries of EU Funds aiming to maximize the impact and effectiveness of received funds
– Managing Authorities, Coordinating Bodies, National and Regional Public Authorities, City Councils, Regional and Local Governments responsible for administering and overseeing EU-funded projects within their jurisdictions
– Regional Development Agencies, National and Regional Ministries, National and Regional Subordinate Bodies focused on regional development and funding
National and Regional Courts of Auditors involved in the auditing of EU-funded projects
– Research & Technology Centres, Public and Private Research Institutes, Higher Education Institutions & Universities conducting research with EU funding
– Private Companies of all Sectors, Clusters, and Innovation Centres, Associations, Foundations, Non-for-Profits, and NGOs seeking to innovate and grow through EU funding
– Consulting Companies and Business Development Agencies providing advisory services related to EU funding and project management

Participation fee for the 2 days training:

In-Class €1490 excl. VAT
Online €1100 excl. 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 Dr Danijela Ćirić Lalić

Dr Danijela Ciric Lalic is an accomplished lecturer, trainer, and project management expert with more than a decade of experience in managing large-scale projects, supporting project teams, and cultivating high-performing individuals. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Novi Sad and a Visiting Professor at FEFA, Metropolitan University, where she teaches project management courses at various levels. Dr Ciric Lalic has an impressive background in EU-funded projects, particularly in capacity building, innovation, internationalisation, entrepreneurship, eLearning, curriculum development, and digital skills development. She has coordinated and participated in over 40 national and international projects, including more than 20 Erasmus/Tempus projects. Dr Ciric Lalic has also provided consultancy for various international agencies and consultancy companies and worked at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a Portfolio Manager. Currently, Dr Ciric Lalic is involved in four Erasmus+ projects, one Horizon Europe project, and coordinates Jean Monnet’s Module “Enhancing PM2 Skills and Competencies for EU Funded Projects”. She holds Project Management Professional (PMP) and Scrum Master certificates. Dr Ciric Lalic’s extensive experience in project management and EU-funded projects make her an ideal speaker for training courses in these areas.

Training Package Includes

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Admission to the Course

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Access to E-Learning Content

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Hardcopy Course Material

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Course Completion Certification

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