! In 2016, when European Commission made the PM² Methodology available to its stakeholders, recognising the impact of that decision, European Academy developed a unique course on the implementation of the methodology in Horizon projects. The training programme 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.
Since then, more and more programmes either require or recommend the implementation of the methodology and we are continuously training (more than 1000 already) and recently certifying professionals from across and beyond Europe.
This unique course has been designed to address the needs of organisations and people involved in international collaborative EU funded projects. It is the only course developed around the PM² Methodology of the European Commission with a strong focus on its application to Horizon 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 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 their 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 stakeholders
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 for 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:
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.
#MEPcast discussion with the PM² Methodology’s Authors
Anna Michelle Asimakopoulou, Member of the European Parliament – EU MEP
Athanasios (Sakis) Maraslis, PM² co-author
Nicos Kourounakis, PM² co-author, PM² Alliance Chairman
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
Participation fee for the 2 days training:
In-Class €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. Find more information about the tutors in the page of each training below.