Managing Successful Programmes - MSP Foundation and Practitioner

5 Day Course
Official Curriculum

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This five-day course provides participants with a thorough understanding of the Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) programme management methodology, providing the skills needed to confidently use MSP to manage programmes in line with strategic aims of a business and its day to day running.

The course includes both MSP examinations: Foundation and Practitioner. Please note that it is a prerequisite pass the Foundation exam before attempting the Practitioner exam.
By undertaking this learning and passing the MSP Foundation and Practitioner exams, delegates will show their application of theory in running a programme.
By the end of this learning, delegates will have the skills to be able to:

  • Identify and document the vision of a programme, thus aligning it to the strategic aims of the business
  • Coordinate the projects of a programme to ensure the correct application of resources and risk, issue and change management
  • Interface the programme with the day to day business to ensure the smooth transition of changes delivered by a programme into business as usual activity
  • Ensure that the benefits that the programme was designed to deliver are achieved.

Delivered by fully accredited trainers and industry leading experts with extensive experience of using MSP, the course includes a relevant, modern case study to help delegates to understand how to apply the MSP® way of managing programmes in the real world.  There is also plenty of opportunity to present their exercise results and discuss them with the rest of the class, thus gaining further knowledge from many different points of view in many different industries.


This course will enable delegates to:

  • Understand the principles and structure of MSP
  • Understand the benefits of a structured method in a changing environment
  • Explain the MSP process model
  • Understand the MSP themes
  • Create a programme brief
  • Create a programme organisation structure
  • Engage with stakeholders at all levels
  • Understand the vision and the blueprint and how they can be applied to the best advantage
  • Apply progress control mechanisms
  • Appreciate the principles of programme level quality and risk management
  • Realise the importance of configuration management
  • Tune MSP for differing environments
  • Apply the theory of MSP to different programme scenarios

Target Audience

Who is this course for?

Delegates should ideally have experience of managing or working in programmes prior to attending. Knowledge of the PRINCE2® project management method is advantageous but by no means mandatory, but some exposure to a project management method will aid understanding of how the programme works with these projects.
Equally, anyone wishing to attain industry-leading programme management qualifications should attend these courses

Additional Information

Course pre-reading and preparation

Delegates will be provided with pre-course reading material by email two weeks prior to attending the course. This pre-reading provides a mixture of theory, sample questions and application of MSP to a programme situation. Success on the course will be enhanced by close attention to the pre-reading materials so it is recommended that delegates spend approximately 10 hours working through the pre-reading.
Delegates will be presented with the official MSP manual: “Managing Successful Programmes” on the first day of the course
If you have not received your pre-reading material within one week of the start of your course, please contact us.

Accreditations and exams

This course covers both the foundation and practitioner qualifications, QA also offers an Advanced Practitioner qualification course.
All delegates will sit the MSP foundation and practitioner examination during the course. The MSP Foundation exam consists of:

  • 75multiple choice questions
  • 1 hour
  • Closed-book
  • Candidates require a minimum of 35 correct answers (50%) to pass.

The MSP Practitioner examination takes place at the end of the course, usually on the morning of the last day. The MSP Practitioner exam consists of:

  • 8 questions, each worth 10 marks each. Total of 80 marks
  • “Objective Test Examination” format – a style of complex multiple-choice examination.
  • 2½ hours duration
  • Delegates may use their official MSP manual: “Managing Successful Programmes” only
  • Candidates require a minimum of 40 marks (50%) to pass

Please note that candidates must pass the foundation exam before attempting the practitioner exam.
By successfully passing the practitioner exam, delegates attain ‘Registered Practitioner’ status

Practical details

Delegates must bring photographic identification with them on exam days (passport, driving license, work pass or student card) as it is an examination requirement to produce it for the invigilator prior to the exam. Failure to produce a valid form of photographic identification may result in a candidate not being able to sit the exams.

Additional work will be required during evenings consisting of consolidation reading, mock examination questions and exercises. This evening work is an integral part of the course and delegates should expect to spend 2 hours each evening on these activities.
The fee does not include residential costs. Residential courses are normally held in Bournemouth.

Training Partners

We work with the following best of breed training partners using our bulk buying power to bring you a wider range of dates, locations and prices.


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MSP philosophy and structure (2 topics)

  • What is a programme and how it differs to both business as usual and project work
  • Relationship between the MSP principles, governance themes and the transformational flow.

The 7 MSP principles (7 topics)

  • Remaining aligned with corporate strategy
  • Leading change
  • Envisioning and communicating a better future
  • Focusing on benefits and threats to them
  • Adding value
  • Designing and delivering a coherent capability
  • Learning from experience

The 9 MSP governance themes (9 topics)

  • Organisation
  • Vision
  • Leadership and stakeholder engagement
  • Benefits management
  • Blueprint design and delivery
  • Planning and control
  • Business case
  • Risk and issue management
  • Quality and assurance management

The 6 MSP Transformational Flow Processes (6 topics)

  • Identifying a programme
  • Defining a programme
  • Managing the tranche
  • Delivering the capability
  • Realising the benefits
  • Closing a programme

In preparation for the MSP Practitioner exam, delegates will undertake: (5 topics)

  • An explanation of mechanics of the practitioner examination, including the different styles of question within the Objective test examination" format
  • Examination techniques
  • Mock practitioner questions on the application of MSP, using official sample exam papers
  • Question and answer session
  • Revision of major topics


Delegates should ideally have experience of managing or working in programmes prior to attending. Knowledge of the PRINCE2 project management method is advantageous but by no means mandatory, but some exposure to a project management method will aid understanding of how the programme works with these projects.

Scheduled Dates

Please select from the dates below to make an enquiry or booking.


Different pricing structures are available including special offers. These include early bird, late availability, multi-place, corporate volume and self-funding rates. Please arrange a discussion with a training advisor to discover your most cost effective option.

Code Location Duration Price Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
Virtual Classroom (Attend From Anywhere)
5 Days $3,650
12-16 19-23 26-30
PBPMSPFP 5 Days $3,650
PBPMSPFP 5 Days $3,650
Leeds (City Exchange)
5 Days $3,650
MSP 5 Days $3,170
PBPMSPFP 5 Days $3,650
12-16 19-23 26-30
Manchester (Oxford St)
5 Days $3,650
MSP 5 Days $3,170

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