MSP® training course

MSP certification
Virtual classroom training

Course overview

The Managing Successful Programmes certification covers a robust framework and best practice guidance on delivering successful programmes across an organisation. Using core programme management principles and governance themes, it demonstrates how to define and set up a programme with appropriate governance.

You will learn how to apply the transformational flow to any programme, set up suitable mechanisms for effective progress monitoring, co-ordinate work across different workstreams and assess performance to ensure successful delivery and business transformation.

Managing Successful Programmes is an established programme management framework and a globally recognised certification scheme, accredited by AXELOS.

MSP certification content

The following areas are covered during this course

  • MSP philosophy and structure
    What is a programme and how it differs to both business as usual and project work,
    Relationship between the MSP Principles, Governance Themes and the Transformational Flow
  • The 7 MSP principles
    Remaining aligned with corporate strategy, Leading change, Envisioning and communicating a better future, Focusing on benefits and threats to them, Adding Value, Designing and delivering a coherent capability, Learning from experience
  • The 9 MSP governance themes
    Organisation, Vision, Leadership and stakeholder engagement, Benefits management, Blueprint design and delivery, Planning and control, Business case, Risk and issue management, Quality and assurance managemen
  • The 6 MSP Transformational Flow Processes
    Identifying a programme, Defining a programme, Managing the tranche, Delivering the capability, Realising the benefits, Closing a programme

MSP course information

Who is it for?
Foundation level
  • MSP Foundation is suitable for members of a Programme Office, business change team members, project delivery team members, as well as for any professional who needs to understand the terminology and concepts underpinning MSP.
  • The certification is also valuable for those wishing to pursue higher level certifications e.g. Programme Managers, Business Change Managers (BCMs) and Senior Responsible Owners (SROs).

 

Practitioner level
  • The MSP Practitioner is suitable for Project Managers, Business Change Managers, experts and advisers working within a programme office, as well as for other specialist / governance roles involved in supporting programmes following the MSP guidance.
  • MSP training and certification is also valuable for SROs and those wishing to pursue higher level certifications (e.g. Programme Managers) and those aspiring to become programme management professionals in the future.
  • To take the MSP Practitioner examination, you must hold a current MSP Foundation certificate
What will I learn?
At the end of the Foundation level MSP training course you will be able to:
  • Understand the facts, terms and concepts relating to each theme
  • Understand how each governance theme relates to the principles
  • Understand the approach to the treatment of each governance theme
  • Appreciate how each governance theme is applied throughout the transformational flow
  • Understand the responsibilities involved in each governance theme
  • Apply and tailor the relevant aspects of each governance theme to a given scenario
  • Identify, analyse and distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate application of each governance theme in a given scenario
  • Application of MSP in an exam environment

 

At the end of the Practitioner level MSP training course you will be able to:
  • Identify additional value as a result of managing the described change as an MSP Programme
  • Explain and apply each of the MSP principles, the governance themes and the transformational flow processes and their activities
  • Explain the relationship between the MSP principles, governance themes, the transformational flow, programme information (documents) and the MSP defined programme management roles
  • Produce and evaluate examples of MSP programme information (documents)
  • Know facts, terms and concepts relating to each theme
  • Understand how each governance theme relates to the Principles
  • Understand the approach to the treatment of each governance theme
  • Appreciate how each governance theme is applied throughout the Transformational Flow
  • Understand the responsibilities involved in each governance theme
  • Apply and tailor the relevant aspects of each governance theme to a scenario, when creating or reviewing products or making decisions related to each theme, in any or all of the processes
  • Identify, analyse and distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate application of each governance theme throughout a programme scenario
How will I benefit?
MSP benefits for the individual:
  • As an individual taking the MSP training course, this framework shows you how to manage programmes through programme management best practice and deliver transformational change successfully
  • Helps you achieve successful outcomes from transformational change
  • Resource allocation will become more efficient and based on an informed portfolio view
  • Proves your expertise and know how

 

MSP benefits for the organisation:
  • Applies a common framework for all programmes
  • Adds value by concentrating on benefits
  • Helps the alignment of corporate strategy, delivery mechanisms for change and business-as-usual environment
  • Improves productivity through progress monitoring, performance assessment and benefits realisation
  • Assists in future strategies refinement by encouraging feedback
  • Offers best practice guidance to all organisations of any type or size
Exam structure
MSP Foundation level exam
  • Multiple-choice format and closed book
  • 60 minutes duration, with 75 questions
  • Pass mark 50%
  • Takes place on the afternoon of the third day
    You need to have achieved the Foundation level certification to go on to the Practitioner level certification

 

MSP Practitioner level exam
  • Multiple-choice format and open book
  • 2.5 hours duration, with 80 questions
  • Pass mark 50%
  • Takes place on the morning of the fifth day

Included in your MSP training

Managing Successful Programmes handbook
  • The course textbook Managing Successful Programmes
  • Pre-course support and study guide
  • Course materials
  • Examination fees
  • Post-course support
  • You can run this programme in the most convenient way for your organisation, either over consecutive days or split into separate modules.

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