Managing Successful Programmes: 5th Edition Foundation and Practitioner MSP®

Duration: 5 Days
Delivery methods:   Classroom, Virtual Learning, Onsite Event
What is included: Pre-coursework and exam
Price per delegate: $1,950.00
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Trained over 60000 delegates
Delivered by world class instructors
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Post course support

Course Description

All organizations and companies undergo continuous change and improvement as a natural process. Programs represent a major change. They are typically complex, difficult, and carry substantial risk. Programme Management provides a framework for managing such change. It provides a sound basis for managing collections of related projects that deliver change and benefits to the business.

Programs involve many parts of an enterprise and can consume a lot of valuable resources. The impact of not managing them successfully could be considerable. Programs require effective management to be successful.

This course will give delegates a sound understanding of the principles and practice of effective and successful Programme Management.

Exam Certification

The exam certification is accredited by Peoplecert on behalf of Axelos. Training and exam certification is included in the cost of this course.

Course Materials

All delegates enrolled on virtual course bookings receive a hard copy of course materials sent to a preferred postal address.

Target Student

Program Managers, Programme Directors, those managers involved in Business Change, Programme/Project Support staff, and Project Managers who will undertake roles in Programmes. It can be particularly useful as an advanced Project Management course for senior and very experienced Project Managers and those seeking a professional qualification in Programme Management.


While not essential delegates will achieve the most benefit if they have a good appreciation of the principles and practical experience of Project Management, ideally utilizing a recognized structured methodology. It would be helpful if they have some knowledge and/or experience in strategic or business planning.

Delivery Method

Instructor-led, group-paced, classroom-delivery learning model with structured hands-on activities.

Performance-Based Objectives

To provide delegates with a complete and practical understanding of the MSP approach to Programme Management (as documented in the Managing Successful Programmes framework ) and the opportunity to practice essential aspects.

To provide delegates with the opportunity to sit the MSP Foundation and Practitioner Examinations.

This course will enable delegates to:

  • Explain the need for programme management.
  • Explain the role of programmes in delivering business change.
  • Describe programme management and its environment.
  • Describe the relationship between the MSP Principles, Transformational Flow and Governance Themes.
  • Describe the inputs, outputs and purpose together with the correct sequence of processes in the Transformational Flow.
  • Describe the overall responsibilities of the programme team.
  • Define the fundamental importance of the Governance Themes.
  • Explain how programme governance can be tailored to suit different programme and business environments.
  • Explain how each of the Governance Themes can be tailored to suit a particular programme scenario.
  • Apply the MSP defined Governance Themes to the activities of the Transformational Flow.
  • Explain the MSP defined Principles as applied to the Governance Themes and Transformational Flow.
  • Produce definition, governance and planning documentation as defined in the MSP manual.

Course Content

  • Introduction to Programme Management
  • Introduction to Managing Successful Programmes
  • Programme Organisation including Programme Office
  • Vision Leadership and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Benefits Management Blueprint design and delivery
  • Business case
  • Programme planning & control
  • Risk and Issue Management
  • Quality and Assurance Management
  • Applying the Transformational Flow
  • Identifying a Programme
  • Defining a Programme
  • Managing the Tranches
  • Delivering the Capability
  • Realising the Benefits
  • Closing a Programme
  • Examination Workshop


The course has been designed to prepare delegates for and comply with the syllabus requirements of the MSP Foundation and Practitioner Examinations. These exams are included in the course.

The Foundation exam is a one-hour, closed-book, exam consisting of 60 questions, needing 33 correct answers to pass the exam and demonstrate a broad knowledge of the MSP method.

The scenario-based Practitioner exam tests candidates’ ability to analyze and justify the application of MSP in different circumstances. 2 hours and 30 minutes are allowed in the open book exam to attempt 70 questions, of which 38 questions answered correctly result in a pass. There are now only two types of exam questions but they still probe deep knowledge of the MSP method and demonstrate candidates’ readiness to apply the new concepts and skills in the workplace.

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