Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) Certification

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) describes the principles and processes needed to demonstrate best practice in the management of programmes. This course covers the full MSP framework, providing practitioners with flexible and easily adapted guidance for all aspects of programme management, across your organisation.

We offer this professionally recognised MSP qualification, accredited by APMG International, as an
in-company course, providing training to meet your organisation’s specific needs, at a time and location convenient to you.

We also offer non-accredited short courses.

MSP® in-company courses

Training to meet your specific needs

In-company training means we can reference your current processes, specific terminology and programme management framework, throughout the course. This makes it easier for people to identify how best to apply the theory and concepts in the most effective and beneficial way. It also means your teams can work with ‘live’ examples during course activities to develop useful outputs, making the training even more relevant and effective.

In-company training:

  • Offers you the convenience of choosing when and where the training takes place
  • Minimises travel and accommodation overheads and can be more cost-effective
  • Allows your teams to work with their actual work examples, discuss their specific challenges and find solutions together
  • We get to know your ways of working and methods, before the course begins
  • Post-course support includes follow-ups to review progress

What the course covers

This APMG accredited training course has been developed by AXELOS global best practice to describe the programme management principles, governance themes and transformational flow that should be applied to the management of programmes or transformational change in any environment.

The main areas covered include:

  • MSP principles that lie behind programme success
  • Governance themes that define an organisation’s approach to programme management
  • Transformational flow through the lifecycle of a programme from inception to the delivery of the new capability, outcomes and benefits
  • Three critical organisational elements aligned by programme management
  • Characteristics of strategies and plans
  • Establishing and defining a programme
  • Key roles and programme governance through the life of a programme

What's included

  • Course materials (including electronic versions)
  • Access to our course support app
  • Pre-course guide
  • Official course text book
  • Exam fees and sample exam papers
  • Stationery
  • Pre and post-course support

Gaining the qualification

MSP® Foundation level exam

  • Tests knowledge and understanding
  • Takes place on afternoon of third day
  • Multiple-choice format and closed book
  • 75 questions (5 questions to be trial so not counted in scores)
  • 60 minutes duration
  • Pass mark 50%

You need to have achieved the Foundation level certification to go on to the Practitioner level.

MSP® Practitioner level exam

  • Objective testing
  • Takes place on morning of fifth day
  • Open-book (only the MSP Guide is allowed)
  • 2.5 hours duration, with 80 questions
  • Pass mark 50%

Why choose us?

  • Limited class sizes – maximum number is 12
  • We have a track record of outstanding pass rates
  • Our focus is on your needs, making the course relevant and practical so you get greater value for your investment
  • Our innovative and experiential learning approach facilitates learning that will stretch and challenge you, whilst keeping it enjoyable and fun
  • We ‘walk the talk’, all our trainers have ‘real world’ practical experience and a rich mix of expertise, so they can relate the theory to your issues and wider organisational context
  • Exceptional customer service, before, during and after the course
  • Clear pricing – no hidden costs

What our delegates say

"We set out to implement a new framework for project governance, that would give us the flexibility to manage all of our projects, and that is what we achieved. As a result of the training provided, our project and programme managers are clear on what is required of them, are able to apply the framework, regardless of whether the teams are using Agile approaches, or traditional waterfall models". Business Programme Manager