Discover PM², 'the project management methodology' by the European Commission

The European Commission encourages professionals to use the PM² Project Management methodology to increase projects’ value and maximize their impact on society.



Learn PM², a comprehensive Project Management approach

PM² is a logical, easy-to-use Project Management methodology for professional project teams. Whether you work in or outside the European Union, in public administration, or in a private company, this methodology is for you!



Demonstrate your skills and become PM² Certified

Participate in the public certification program of the PM² GROUP and prove your asses your skills based on the certification standards set out by the Center of Excellence in PM² of the European Commission.


PM² Certification

Discover the PM² GROUP certification ecosystem

Learning materials

Find quality approved training materials for classroom training or self-study and download the PM² Guide for free.

Accreditation of Education Partners

Find trainers that are accredited based on a transparent and quality-based accreditation scheme compliant with PM² GROUP guidelines.


Test your knowledge and become certified based on certification standards set out by the European Commission.

Redeem your social badge

Showcase your proficiency in PM² Project Management and share your achievements on LinkedIn.

The PM² Foundation exam is available in multiple languages.


An initiative by
the coalition of
the willing

“The PM² GROUP is a non-profit membership organization that promotes and facilitates the usage of the PM² methodology in private and public projects within the European Union and beyond.” 


What is the PM² GROUP?

The PM² GROUP is a not-for-profit membership organization that strives to facilitate the implementation of the PM² project management methodology in public and private projects as intended by the Center of Excellence in PM² of the European Commission.

The PM² GROUP has set out three main activity areas to achieve this goal: 

  • Auditing the supported public certification and trainer accreditation program, based on the EU commission’s guidelines
  • Promoting the adoption of PM² in European public and private organizations
  • Facilitate access to PM² learning materials and certification for individuals who want to increase their employability. 

Our members are project management consultancy and training organizations, PM² user organizations, and also include the examination and certification institute that created the public PM² GROUP certification program.

Transparent & Open

Get involved with the PM² GROUP

All partners share values of transparency, excellence and equity

Training organisations

Training partners are accredited based on strict guidelines that safeguard training quality and effectiveness as the PM² GROUP sets out.

Member organizations

Member organizations support the mission of the PM² GROUP and commit to achieving the common goal, each member in its own way

Expert pannel

The council provides advice on content-related matters and is responsible for auditing the  PM² certification based on the guidelines of the European Commission.

The PM² GROUP Certification Council

The Certification Council is an independent panel of PM² and certification experts representing different industries and interests. Council members are selected from member organizations of the PM² GROUP based on their experience, network, and contributions to PM².

Lex van der Helm

PM² Lead Trainer at EU commission
& Chief examiner PM² GROUP

Lex van der Helm is the pedagogical manager for PM² at the European Commission. He has over 30 years of experience with project and programme management and is certified in numerous best practices.


Ivo van Haren

CEO and founder of Van Haren Publishing

Ivo van Haren is founder and CEO of Van Haren Publishing. Van Haren publishing is world’s leading publisher in best practices, frameworks and standards in Project Management. 

Laurent Kummer

Senior Project Management consultant at EU commission & editor in chief of PM² Guide V3

Laurent Kummer is Co-Author PM² Guide v2.5 and Editor in Chief of PM² Guide v3. He is a senior project management consultant at the European Commission and freelance PM² trainer. 


Jacobus Groot

Jacobus Groot

CEO and founder of QRP International

Jacobus is founder and CEO of QRP International. A leading player in project management training and implementation with a proven track record of over 15 years. 

Frank Turley

Contributor to first version of the PM² guide & Project Management trainer

Frank Turley contributed to the original version of the PM² guide while working as a Project Management consultant at the European Commission. He is famous for his practical project management knowledge and has trained over 2000 project manager. 


Giovanni Colucci

Giovanni Colucci

Member of the Cronos Europa Management Team Presales, Marcom and Contract Management Director

Giovanni is a business leader passioned about growth through people, technologies, and open collaboration. He has a broad international background across industries and geographies – from management consultant, to CEO, to board member, in start-ups, scale ups and Fortune 100 companies. IESE MBA.

What is PM²?

PM² is the umbrella under which we find the European Commission’s methodologies for managing (agile) projects, programmes and portfolios. The core is a strong yet lightweight methodology for managing projects suitable for medium to large projects in any domain. Initially developed for internal projects with the European Commission, PM² has since developed into a mature approach currently used by most European Agencies and Institutions within the European Union and increasingly by other national public service organisations across Europe. One of the distinguishing traits of PM² is the emphasis on not only the process side but also the necessary mindset for successful project management.

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