PM² Project Management Methodology for European Funded Projects

Synchronous Online Course & Workshop

18-19 MAR. 2024
Registrations Closed
8-9 APR. 2024
13-14 MAY 2024
17-18 JUNE 2024
11-12 JULY 2024

! 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 3000 already) and recently certifying professionals from across and beyond Europe.

The Course is also available in IN CLASS format


Distant 2-day Synchronous Seminar and Preparatory Asynchronous Module

To deliver the expected learning objectives and training experience, a well-orchestrated mixture of synchronous and asynchronous learning methods will be used including lecture-type presentations, structured discussions, simulations and group work.

Finally, the extensive use of case studies will make the training as practical as possible. The workshops will be conducted both online and off-line, using carefully chosen open source collaborative tools.

In total, the training seminar is comprised of:

  • Two Synchronous modules of eight hours each (16 hours in total)
  • Preparatory Asynchronous Module
  • 1 hour Mentoring Session for PM² Basic Certification preparation 

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 (regular cost € 150) for the PM² Basic Certification. 

Strictly limited seats per course ensure a focused learning experience and a customised programme.

Skills Mapping Survey
Preparatory Asynchronous Module
D1 Synchronous course
D2 Synchronous course
Post Course Evaluation Survey
Mentoring Session

The course will address the needs of organisations and people involved in international collaborative funded projects. It 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 training 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 course, 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, at the end of the course 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 in a position to more successfully coordinate collaborative projects and increase their success rates by implementing PM² in their proposals. 

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. 

View the Agenda

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/artefacts
  • Step-by-step guidance for the management of your projects
  • How to achieve proper project governance and coordination
  • The project management roles and their responsibilities
  • Critical Success Factors (CSFs) of project management
  • How to properly organise kick-off meetings
  • Techniques to manage stakeholders
  • How to perform proper cost management
  • Techniques to manage risks in projects
  • Simple techniques for quality management in projects
  • How to implement a results-oriented approach
  • How to monitor project performance and set the proper KPIs
  • 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.

    🇪🇺 #MEPcast discussion with the PM² Methodology’s Authors

    Anna Michelle Asimakopoulou, Member of the European Parliament – EU MEP

    , 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, Governance and Mindsets. 

    For candidates to achieve the certification they must be familiar with theses 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 whole training:  €1390 exl. VAT 

    In order to support the continuous development and progression of the acquired knowledge and skills, it is essential to provide physical and tangible resources to which participants can quickly refer and recall information. Therefore, each participant prior to the beginning of the Seminar will receive a Training Pack containing the following:

    1. E-learning resources

    a. Pre-training skills-mapping survey, designed to give the necessary information in order to tailor the course to best suit your requirements.

    b. Preparatory e-learning modules on key initial elements on the subject

    c. The PM² Guide v.3

    d. All the PM² PM Artefacts (templates) in editable format (word, excel, ppt)

    e. Other electronic resources.

    f. Post course support on potential questions relevant to the contents of the course delivered

    2. Physical resources (to find them at your doorstep just before the start of the course)

    a) Hard copies of training material

    b) Various Templates and Resources

    c) Course’s Handbook

    d) Certification of training completion

    e) Notepad & Pen

    f) Seminar Bag

    3. PM² Basic Certification Voucher
    The completion of the course entitles participants to pursue the PM² Basic Certification. At the end of the the training participants receive the proof of training and a complimentary voucher (regular cost € 150) for the PM² Basic Certification.

    Upcoming Courses

    18-19 MAR. 2024
    Registrations Closed
    8-9 APR. 2024
    13-14 MAY 2024
    17-18 JUNE 2024
    11-12 JULY 2024

    Training Schedule

    8-9 MAR. 2021


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