MSP® Foundation & Practitioner Course Overview  

This intensive 5-day accredited MSP® Foundation and Practitioner Course is a combination course that will outline the principles and processes of the Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) methodology that is used within organisations to achieve successful results. This course will cover a variety of topics related to Programme Management. After completing this course, learners will gain the knowledge to pass the MSP® Foundation and Practitioner exams as well as applying this knowledge to the workplace. 

Learning Outcomes 

  • After completing the course, attendees will possess the following: 
  • An in-depth understanding of the MSP® framework and its application in real-world scenarios 
  • The skills to lead programme transformation initiatives 
  • The capability to deliver strategic objectives through effective Programme Management

Prerequisites of the MSP® Foundation & Practitioner Course 

There are no prerequisites for attending the foundation level of the course. However, learners must have passed the MSP® Foundation Exam if they wish to attend the MSP® Practitioner Course and take the associated exam. 

Who should attend this MSP® Foundation & Practitioner Course?  

This MSP® Foundation & Practitioner Course is suitable for Project Managers, Programme Managers, Portfolio Managers, Business Analysts, and professionals involved in managing or supporting programs and projects within organisations. 

Course Structure  

This 5-day course will be divided into a two-part structure: 

  • In the first 3 days, we will cover the basics of the Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) methodology 
  • The remaining 2 days will cover the essential materials needed to take the MSP exams 

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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner Course Outline 

Module 1: Introduction 

  • What is a Programme? 
  • Why Use Programme Management? 
  • Overcoming Common Challenges 
  • Programme Environment 

Module 2: Principles 

  • Lead with Purpose       
  • Collaborate Across Boundaries        
  • Deal with Ambiguity 
  • Align with Priorities     
  • Deploy Diverse Skills   
  • Realise Measurable Benefits 
  • Bring Pace and Value 

Module 3: Processes 

  • Introduction to Processes 

Module 4: Introduction to Themes 

  • Definitions 
  • Plan-Do-Check-Act Cycle 
  • Programme Strategy 
  • Programme Plans 

Module 5: Identify the Programme  

  • Purpose 
  • Objectives 
  • Activities 
  • Responsibilities 
  • Application of the Themes 

Module 6: Organisation 

  • Key Relationships with Principles 
  • Governance Approach 
  • Risk Appetite 
  • Organisation Structure 
  • Sponsoring Group 
  • Programme Board and Office 
  • Individual Roles 
  • Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) 
  • Programme Manager 
  • Business Change Manager (BCM) 
  • Tailoring Programme Governance 
  • Integration of the Programme and Projects 
  • Additional Roles and Governance Support Offices 
  • Stakeholder Engagement 
  • Stakeholder Engagement Approach 
  • Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Plan 
  • Stakeholder Prioritisation 
  • Analysis of a Stakeholder Network 
  • Preparing for Change 
  • Responsibilities 

Module 7: Design the Outcomes 

  • Purpose, Objectives, Activities, and Responsibilities 
  • Application of the Themes 
  • Design 
  • Key Relationships with Principles 
  • Design Approach 
  • Vision Statement 
  • Benefits and Types of Benefits 
  • Path to Benefits 
  • Benefit Map 
  • Understanding Benefits 
  • Measuring and Realising Benefits 
  • Benefit Profile 
  • Risk Identification and Prioritisation 
  • Types of Programme Risk 

Module 8: Risk Universe 

  • Risk Prioritisation 
  • Risk Heatmap 
  • Risk Connectivity 
  • Target Operating Model 
  • Current and Target Operating Models 
  • Responsibilities 

Module 9: Plan Progressive Delivery 

  • Purpose, Objectives, Activities, and Responsibilities 
  • Application of the Themes 
  • Justification 
  • Key Relationships with Principles 
  • Programme Mandate 
  • Funding Approach 
  • Funding Mechanisms 
  • Programme Brief 
  • Business Case 
  • Investment Appraisal 
  • Cumulative Net Benefit Curve 
  • Measures of Benefit 
  • Combined Effects of Risk 
  • Sizing and Allocating Financial Contingency 
  • Validating the Business Case 
  • Financial Planning 
  • Programme Costs 
  • Tracking and Forecasting Expenditure 
  • Responsibilities 

Module 10: Deliver the Capabilities 

  • Purpose, Objectives, Activities, and Responsibilities 
  • Application of the Themes 
  • Structure 
  • Key Relationships with Principles 
  • Delivery Approach 
  • Establishing the Appropriate Pace 
  • Balancing Capacity and Ability 
  • Achievability and Affordability 
  • Delivery Planning 
  • Multimodal Delivery 
  • Dependencies 
  • Benefits Realisation Planning 
  • Resourcing Approach 
  • Procurement and Supply Chain 

Module 11: Assurance 

  • Key Relationships with Principles 
  • Assurance Approach 
  • Assurance at Multiple Levels 
  • Lines of Defence and Assurance Planning 
  • Nature of Assurance Activities 
  • Timings and Resourcing of Assurance Activity 
  • How to Plan Successful Assurance Activities? 
  • Steps for Assurance Activities and Responsibilities 

Module 12: Embed the Outcomes 

  • Purpose, Objectives, Activities, and Responsibilities 
  • Application of the Themes 
  • Knowledge 
  • Key Relationships with Principles 
  • Knowledge and Learning Approach 
  • Knowledge Management 
  • Ensuring Lessons are Learned 
  • Learning Cycle 
  • Information Approach 
  • Information Management 
  • Responsibilities 

Module 13: Evaluate New Information 

  • Purpose, Objectives, Activities, and Responsibilities 
  • Application of the Themes 
  • Decisions 
  • Key Relationships with Principles 
  • Decision-Making Approach 
  • Layers of Decision-Making 
  • Issue Resolution Approach 
  • Risk Response Approach 
  • Risk Response and Definitions 
  • Data-Gathering and Reporting 
  • Options Analysis 
  • Responsibilities 

Module 14: Close the Programme 

  • Purpose 
  • Objectives 
  • Context 
  • Activities 
  • Responsibilities 
  • Application of the Themes 

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What ‘s Included

World-Class Training Sessions From Experienced Instructors

MSP® Foundation Certificate

MSP® Practitioner Certificate

MSP® Foundation Exam

MSP® Practitioner Exam


MSP® Foundation and Practitioner Exam

Ways to take this course

Classroom Training

Face-to-face sessions led by expert instructors, fostering interactive learning experiences and collaboration among delegates.

Online Instructor-Led Training

Live virtual classes led by experienced trainers, offering real-time interaction and guidance for optimal learning outcomes.

Online Self-Paced Training

Flexible learning at your own pace, with access to comprehensive course materials and resources available anytime, anywhere.

On-Site Training

Customised courses delivered at your location, tailored to your specific needs and scheduling preferences.

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  • 80 hours course
  • Immediate Access for 90 days
  • Mock exams
  • Exams included, taken online
  • Certificates on completion
  • Case studies
  • Exercise files
  • Personal performance tool
  • 24/7 Support
  • Suits a busy Lifestyle & Independent Learners
  • Train in the comfort of your home
  • Interactive course
  • Compatible on mobile, tablet and desktop
  • Scenario based learning
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Frequently Asked Questions

Who should attend MSP® Foundation and Practitioner Courses?

These courses are suitable for Project, Programme, and Portfolio Managers, as well as professionals involved in managing or supporting programmes within organisations. 

What is the prerequisite for taking the MSP® Foundation Course?

There are no prerequisites for the MSP® Foundation Course; it is open to anyone interested in learning about Programme Management using the MSP® methodology. 

Is there a prerequisite for attending the MSP® Practitioner Course?

Yes, candidates must have passed the MSP® Foundation exam before attending the MSP® Practitioner Course. 

Is the MSP® Foundation Certification globally recognised?

Yes, the MSP® Foundation Certification is widely recognised and respected in the field of Programme Management across industries worldwide. 

What are the benefits of obtaining MSP® Foundation Certification?

Benefits include enhanced knowledge of Programme Management principles, improved job prospects, and the ability to contribute effectively to successful programme delivery within organisations. 

How long does it typically take to complete the MSP® Foundation and Practitioner Course?

The MSP® Foundation and Practitioner Course is a 5-day course. 

What topics are covered in the MSP® Foundation part of the course?

The course covers basic MSP® principles, governance themes, transformational flow, and terminology related to Programme Management. 

What topics are covered in the MSP® Practitioner part of the course?

The MSP® Practitioner Course delves deeper into applying MSP® principles in complex Programme Management scenarios, including governance, transformational flow, and strategic alignment. 

How can I maintain my MSP® Practitioner Certification?

To maintain certification, practitioners need to engage in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities and periodically renew their certification through re-examination or other renewal methods. 

Is the MSP® Practitioner Certification valid for a lifetime?

No, the MSP® Practitioner Certification is valid for five years, after which recertification or renewal is required to maintain certification status. 

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