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Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) is the de facto standard developed by the UK government for delivering change programmes in the UK. This course covers the latest version released in August 2011.

This workshop is intended for delegates who are familiar with the MSP® method. It provides revision of the method and gives guidance and practice in preparing for the MSP® Practitioner examination or MSP® Re-registration examination administered by the Association of Project Managers Group (APMG).

Course Dates

14th February 2019
16th May 2019
11th July 2019
19th September 2019
14th November 2019

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Previous experience of a programme management environment and completion of the MSP® Foundation course. For re-registration all MSP® Practitioners and/or Advanced Practitioners should be re-registered within 3-5 calendar years of their original certification.



The aim of the workshop is to review the MSP® method and prepare delegates for the MSP® Practitioner or Re-registration examination.

Throughout the course, interwoven within the delivery of the theory and the practical examples of good practice, there is ongoing support and preparation for the examination.

We provide sample papers and worked exercises using a scenario/case study to help create situations which develop the delegates understanding and recall of the material.



2 days.


Course Objectives

Key objectives include:

  • Gain the Practitioner examination qualification.
  • Apply the MSP® methodology to a complex case study.
  • Increase confidence in real world application.
  • Gain thorough knowledge of the MSP® methodology at theory and application level.
  • Potential to continue on to Advanced level accreditation.

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

MSP® Care in Context:
A workshop to define and clarify delegate understanding of the MSP® Care Transformation Programme and associated documentation.

Programme Definition:
Consolidation of the information developed during the Practitioner course and preparation to develop a presentation to the MSP® Care Sponsoring Group.

Managing the Programme 1:
Sessions using the MSP® framework to respond to a range of business scenarios and challenges to the programme, with the groups developing solutions and options.

Managing the Programme 2:
Specific application of the Governance Themes to the Transformational Flow to ensure sound understanding of the concepts.

Examination Strategy:
A review of the guidance from the Chief Examiner and a discussion of exam questions and techniques for individual styles.

One of the following exams:

  • The MSP® Practitioner Certificate Examination
  • The MSP® Re-registration Examination



MSP® Practitioner Certificate Examination:

  • Objective testing
  • 8 questions per paper
  • 40 marks required to pass (out of 80 available) - 50%
  • Duration: two-and-a-half hours
  • Open-book (only the MSP® Guide is allowed)

MSP® Re-registration Examination:

  • 3 questions, with a scenario background and appendices
  • Each of the 3 questions is worth 10 marks
  • An overall score of 15 out of a possible 30 is required to pass
  • Duration: one hour 15 minutes
  • Open-book (only the MSP® Guide is allowed)

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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