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What is MSP®?

MSP® (Managing Successful Programmes) is a framework for managing change and delivering organizational benefits from a set of related projects. It is regarded as best practice in the UK and is used by government departments, local authorities, charities and commercial organizations to coordinate and direct programmes of all kinds, regardless of scope, timescale or budget.

Course Dates

11th February 2019
13th May 2019
8th July 2019
16th September 2019
11th November 2019

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This 3 day class is for anyone who has a significant role within a programme environment and who wishes to gain a formal qualification, including:

  • Programme Directors
  • Senior Responsible Owners
  • Programme Managers
  • Business Change Managers
  • Programme Office Manager
  • Programme Office staff
  • Project Executives and Managers

The Foundation Certificate is a pre-requisite for the MSP® Practitioner Certificate, and is therefore an ideal starting point for delegates who wish to take the Practitioner examination at a later date.



There are no prerequisites for this course and delegates are not required to carry out any significant pre-course preparation as our blend of learning methods provide comprehensive preparation for the Foundation examination, which is taken at the end of the course.

However, the course is intensive and delegates are advised to undertake some revision work in the evenings during the course to prepare for the examination.



3 days.


Course Objectives

A realistic case study scenario is used extensively throughout the course to allow delegates to consolidate their knowledge of MSP® through hands-on, syndicate work. Extensive use is also made of past papers to prepare delegates for the exam.

The course will enable delegates to:

  • Understand the benefits and principles underlying a structured approach to programme management
  • Recognise the processes required during change programmes which enable organisations to realise business benefits
  • Prepare for and take the MSP® Foundation examination

The course fee includes a copy of the latest edition of the official MSP® Guide and examination fees.

Our MSP® courses are far more than just exam crammers and our trainers go out of their way to make sure that delegates are able to use MSP® in the real world. At the same time, we offer an exam promise for both the Foundation and Practitioner. Should you fail to pass then you can resit the course once again for free, paying only your exam costs and a £10 per day contribution to your lunches and refreshments.


Course Content

Course Introduction
MSP® Overview and Principles
Transformational Flow
Governance Themes:

  • Organisation
  • Vision
  • Stakeholder Engagement & Leadership
  • Benefits Realisation Management
  • Business Case
  • Blueprint Design & Delivery
  • Planning and Control
  • Risk & issues
  • Quality Management

Putting it all into practice
Examination guidance and delegate preparation



MSP® Foundation Certificate Examination (60 minutes):

  • Multiple-choice
  • 75 questions (including 5 trial questions) - 35 correct answers or more are required to pass
  • Closed-book

Free Resources

PRINCE2® Made Simple

Our free, concise PRINCE2® booklet. Click here to download it.

Mind Maps

Our exclusive PRINCE2®, PRINCE2 Agile® and MSP® mind maps bring together the key elements of the methods at a glance. Download them here.

PRINCE2® Software - PROJECT in a Box

To find out more about the Benchmark edition of PROJECT in a Box click here.

Project Document Templates

Click here to download our free templates for PRINCE2® project documents.

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