Project and Programme Management Courses

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) Foundation and Practitioner Combined

  • Length 5 days
  • Version 5th Edition
  • Inclusions Exam vouchers
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Why study this course

This Combined course is also available as two separate courses: MSP Foundation and MSP Practitioner.

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) represents proven best practice and a body of knowledge drawn together from many years of real life experiences. It provides a set of principles, governance themes and a transformational flow process that supports those who direct, manage, support and deliver programmes.

MSP offers organisations from all industry sectors a standard, consistent approach to programme management. It provides a framework for executives, senior management and those leading major programmes of work, to better direct the change process whilst ensuring that the focus is maintained upon business objectives and resulting benefits.

Through effective project prioritisation and integration, MSP encourages more efficient use of organisational resources in the various change initiatives. MSP provides for better identification and management of business, programme and ultimately organisational change risk.

Timelines, budgets and quality standards are all managed and controlled more efficiently and effectively using the MSP framework. Roles and responsibilities are also clearly defined, thus eliminating duplication of effort across the organisation, whilst still ensuring that all stakeholders are fully engaged and understand what is to be expected of them in the programme.

MSP does well to enable more effective delivery of change and a much smoother transition from the existing business as usual (BAU) to a future business model. Examples of such programmes are:

  • Mergers

  • New Business Development

  • Business Integrations

  • Multi-Disciplinary IT Integrations

  • Business Remodelling

  • Restructuring

  • Re-Engineering

  • Outsourcing

  • Revitalisation of Corporate Assets

MSP was originally released in 1999 and underwent major revisions in 2003 and 2007. The framework was revised again in late 2020 to its current version, known as 5th Edition.

Introducing Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) Foundation and Practitioner

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This course pricing includes vouchers for the MSP Foundation Exam and MSP Practitioner Exam, which are online proctored exams through PeopleCert. Practice exam papers are provided in the course, and reviewed to assist in preparation.

The Foundation exam is:

  • 60 minutes duration

  • 75 multiple choice questions, of which 70 count towards your marks; the other 5 are trial questions only and are not scored

  • Pass mark is 35 out of 70 (i.e. 50%)

  • Closed book

The Practitioner exam is:

  • 2 hours and 30 minutes duration

  • Objective testing with 8 scenario-based questions worth 10 marks each, for a total of 80 marks

  • Pass mark is 40 out of 80 (i.e. 50%)

  • Open book (official Managing Successful Programmes publication only)

After passing the exams, each student’s certificates will be made available to them via PeopleCert.

It is highly recommended that you spend some time each evening of this course reviewing and consolidating what you’ve learned, to be well prepared for the exams.

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What you’ll learn

Learning Outcomes:

  • How to recognise the key differences between a project and a programme

  • How to appreciate the managing of organisational benefits via successful programme planning and control

  • How to manage a strategic programme against defined and measurable outcomes

  • How to apply the MSP guidance in the delivery of a programme, in particular in the governance or programme delivery role

Successful completion of this course will enable participants to:

  • Be introduced the Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Framework

  • Understand how to use Programme Management for successful planning and delivery of such programmes

  • Identify when use the Programme Management framework and approach

  • Appreciate the strategic nature and context of change and what drives such change

  • Recognise the Programme Management environment

  • Work within the principles of Programme Management

  • Apply MSP to real life programmes

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Who is the course for?

The MSP Combined course is designed for:

  • Programme Directors wanting to use MSP

  • Programme Managers

  • Project Managers who are moving into Programme Management

  • Change Managers

  • Programme and Project Sponsors

  • Senior Managers and Executives

We can also deliver and customise this training course for larger groups – saving your organisation time, money and resources. For more information, please contact us via email on [email protected]

Course subjects

The MSP Combined course will span the following major areas, with theory and practical application:

  • The Programme Organisation

  • Vision

  • Leadership and Stakeholder Engagement

  • Benefits Management

  • Blueprint Design and Delivery

  • Planning and Control

  • Business Case

  • Risk and Issue Management

  • Quality and Assurance

In addition, participants will be introduced to the application of the transformational flow process, in particular:

  • Identifying a Programme

  • Defining a Programme

  • Managing the Tranches

  • Delivering the Capability

  • Realising the Benefits

  • Closing the Programme


This course has no prerequisites, however the following would be an advantage:

  • Previous or current experience of working within project or programme environment

  • Received some type of project and or programme management training and development

  • Currently practising as a project or programme manager

  • Currently in a senior enough position to influence or be responsible for business change through projects or programmes

Industry Association Recognition

Project Management Institute (PMI®)

  • Contact hours: 35 hours

  • Professional Development Units (PDUs): 35 PDUs

Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM®)

  • Continual Professional Development (CPD) points: 20 points

PeopleCert Exams

All PeopleCert exams are now conducted via online proctoring.

Candidates can schedule their exam for any time within the voucher validity period of 12 months, to be taken anywhere, on any Windows or Mac computer. Live proctors will guide and invigilate the exam process.

For full details please see PeopleCert's Guide for Online Proctored Exams.

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