! 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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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
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
Participation fee for the whole training: €1100 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.
“The course allowed us to clearly understand how to map the PM² project management methodology to the H2020 project cycle”
Synchronous online training
Registration to the platform 08:30-09:00
Welcome and Introduction 09:00-09:30
Projects and Project Management 09:30-11:00
Coffee break 11:00-11:30
Introduction to the PM² Methodology 11:30-13:00
Lunch break 13:00-14:00
Initiating & Planning a Project 14:00-15:30
Coffee break 15:30-16:00
Initiating & Planning a project (cont.) 16:00-17:00
Questions and Answers 17:00-17:30
End of Day 1
Skills mapping evaluation survey
The survey results will be used in order to:
Total estimated effort: 10-15 minutes