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Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) Foundation

  • Length 3 days
  • Version 5th Edition
  • Inclusions Exam voucher
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Why study this course

» This Foundation course usually runs consecutively with MSP Practitioner as a five-day Combined course at a reduced price.

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.

This course pricing includes a voucher for the Managing Successful Programmes Foundation Exam, which is an online proctored exam through PeopleCert. Practice exam papers are provided in the course, and reviewed to assist in preparation.

The 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

After passing the exam, each student’s certificate 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 exam.

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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

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

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PeopleCert at Lumify Work

Lumify Work is an Accredited Training Organisation with Gold status for PeopleCert courses and certifications including PRINCE2, ITIL, MSP, AgileSHIFT, MoP, and P3O. PeopleCert is one of the leading players in the global certification industry, partnering with multi-national organisations and government bodies for the development and management of globally recognised certification schemes.

Who is the course for?

The MSP Foundation course is designed for:

  • New Programme Managers

  • Project Managers who are moving into Programme Management

  • Change Managers

  • Programme and Project Sponsors

  • Senior Managers and Executives

Course subjects

The MSP Foundation course will span the following major areas:

  • 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 the MSP Foundation course will also introduce participants to:

  • 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: 21 hours

  • Professional Development Units (PDUs): 21 PDUs

Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM®)

  • Continual Professional Development (CPD) points: 10 points

PeopleCert Exams

All PeopleCert exams are now conducted via online proctoring, with an improved web-based platform released in February 2024. 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 Guidelines for Web-Based Exam Driver.

Lumify Work cannot sell PeopleCert courses (AgileSHIFT®, ITIL®, Lean Six Sigma, MoP™, M_o_R™, MSP®, P3O®, PRINCE2®, and PRINCE2 Agile®) without the corresponding official exam as per requirement from PeopleCert.

Terms & Conditions

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