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PRINCE2: The majority of PRINCE2 books are in printed format but these books are available in PDF format. This PRINCE2 Manual PDF page will introduce the following books:

  • PRINCE2 Manual PDF Introduction Manual
  • PRINCE2 Manual PDF Foundation Training Manual
  • PRINCE2 Manual PDF Practitioner Training Manual
  • PRINCE2 Manual PDF Official Manual – Managing Successful Projects

PRINCE2 Manual PDF: PRINCE2 Introduction Manual

This is the introduction guide to PRINCE2 from MPLAZA, which is based on the PRINCE2 model. It therefore provides an easy introduction to PRINCE2 and it shows how a PRINCE2 project works, which is easy to understand. The majority PRINCE2 introduction books actually confuse the reader as they inform about all the different parts individually (Principles, Themes, and Processes) but do not discuss how they work together. For this reason, the reader ends up with a very scattered overview of PRINCE2 and cannot explain PRINCE2 to another person or himself.

In summary, this PRINCE2 Manual PDF (Introduction to PRINCE2) provides the following:

  • A high level (helicopter view) introduction to PRINCE2 using the PRINCE2 Process Model
  • Shows relationship between the PRINCE2 Principles, Processes and Themes
  • How a projects starts (from an idea) and how it moves from one process to another
  • When, where and by whom the necessary PRINCE2 management documents are created
  • Covers the roles of the Project Manager, Project Board, Senior User, Executive,.
  • How the Project Board controls the project using tolerances, highlight reports and decisions
  • And how a typical project closes normally after the necessary products have been delivered


This introduction to PRINCE2 Manual PDF is therefore a great book to help you prepare for either the PRINCE2 Foundation classroom or online course.


PRINCE2 Manual PDF: Foundation Training Manual

This PRINCE2 Manual PDF self-study resource is fully focused on the PRINCE2 Foundation Syllabus. The main objectives are: 1) To help you understand PRINCE2, 2) pass the PRINCE2 exam and 3) Get your PRINCE2 Foundation Certification. This is the only PRINCE2 manual or book that is focused on the PRINCE2 Foundation syllabus and therefore the only book you need to refer to learn PRINCE2 & pass the Foundation exam.

The official PRINCE2 Manual from Axelos (“Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2”) is a good reference manual but is rather difficult to read if you are new to project management or PRINCE2 and it should not be used to prepare for the PRINCE2 Foundation Exam as you only need about 30% of the information. This is a bit like training for a marathon if you wish to run in a 10K race.


How is this Training Manual different from the official PRINCE2 manual?

  • This is a training manual while the Axelos manual is a reference manual
  • It provides loads of examples of PRINCE2 documents
  • It is fully focused on the PRINCE2 Foundation syllabus and Foundation Exam
  • It use simple examples to·help explain new PRINCE2 terms (this is important)
  • It provides an overview of what is important to know (chapter by chapter)
  • It provides an overview of the type of questions to expect (chapter by chapter)
  • It is available in PDF format making it easy to search and find what you need.
  • And much more...


PRINCE2 Manual PDF: Practitioner Training Manual

The main objective of this book is to provide an easy to read and easy to understand full PRINCE2 manual and covers the complete PRINCE2 Practitioner Syllabus. The idea for this book came from questions received from people who were trying to learn PRINCE2 and after reading the official PRINCE2 manual “Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2″· The official PRINCE2 Manual for the Project Manager is an excellent reference manual but can be a rather difficult read if y both new to project management and PRINCE2. Therefore, this book is meant to be - and is - an easy to read PRINCE2 manual that also provides a lot of examples of project documents to help explain the many new PRINCE2 topics.


How is this training PRINCE2 manual pdf is different from the official PRINCE2 manual?

  • It is a training manual while the Axelos manual is a reference manual
  • It provides lots of examples of PRINCE2 Management Products (much easier to understand)
  • It use examples to·help explain new PRINCE2 terms (much easy to understand)
  • It is written like a training manual and therefore very easy to read
  • It provides an overview of what is important to know at the end of each chapter (syllabus)
  • It is available in PDF format making it easy to search and find what you need.


PRINCE2 Official Training Manual: Managing Successful Projects

This is the official PRINCE2 manual and you are allowed to use to this manual during the PRINCE2 Practitioner exam as it is an open book exam, although there is normally little time to use it. It is available in paper and PDF formats but the PDF version is rather limited and can only be printed once.

This manual has been designed to be a role specific handbook (reference manual to keep on your desk) for Project Managers, Team Managers and Project Support. However I think the manual is not practical for Team Managers or Project Support roles.

It explains the principles that underpin PRINCE2; describes the seven PRINCE2 processes and ‘Key Themes’ of project management, specific to PRINCE2, that are required for the processes to be effective; cross-references techniques that may be applied. The manual also explains how to tailor the method (which is not easy to do unless you have both PRINCE2 and project management experience); and, provides context of when and how to use PRINCE2 for different project environments (e.g. standalone or as part of a programme).

This PRINCE2 manual contains chapters on the PRINCE2 Processes: 1) Starting Up a Project, 2) Directing a Project, 3) Initiating a Project, 4) Controlling a Stage, 5) Managing Product Delivery, 6) Managing Stage Boundary and 7) Closing a Project. In addition, the guidance also looks at the wider role of the Project Manager, including: some soft skills of the project manager; leading and managing; stakeholder engagement and communication planning; organisational change management; PRINCE2 in different types of organisation and cultures; and, training needs for project teams.


This title includes just a few real world examples and illustrations in each chapter. However it does contain extensive appendices on the following topics:

  • Product Descriptions;
  • Governance;
  • Role Definitions – Responsibilities;
  • Product Based Planning example;
  • Health Check (good process to check a project);
  • Glossary


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PeopleCert runs the PRINCE2 Foundation exam and PRINCE2 Practitioner exam for the accredited training organisations (ATO) and these can be provided in the classroom or online.

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