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MSP or "Managing Successful Programmes" is the de facto certification and guidance for aspiring senior project and programme managers. It consists of a set of principles, themes, and processes that provide a clear roadmap for the programme lifecycle leading to successful organizational outcomes. MSP provides candidates with the knowledge and skill to respond to the challenges they face when managing programmes and larger, more strategic multiple projects.

In November 2020 AXELOS launched the 5th edition of Managing Successful Programmes (MSP), the global framework for programme management best practice. 
The MSP update enables organizational agility through the adoption of an incremental approach to the programme lifecycle. It supports organizations and professionals in managing programmes as well as larger more strategic projects, or multiple inter-related projects and helps align their delivery to organizational strategy. 
Using MSP 5th edition allows organizations and professionals to focus on the delivery of outcomes and benefits while understanding and mitigating risks. It also offers best practice guidance on how to engage and manage stakeholders and communicate a clearly defined vision of a programme. 

MSP® & Programme Management Training Courses are available in Birmingham, Bath, Belfast, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Brighton, Bristol, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Derby, Dunfermline, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Reading, Southampton & Swindon.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Why can't I find your accreditation details?

Focus is not an accredited training organisation, but wherever appropriate your training will be delivered by one of our fully accredited specialist partners.

For popular accredited courses such as PRINCE2® and ITIL® we work with over 30 high quality partners to bring you the most comprehensive schedule of courses.

Prices are competitive and you can book online with confidence. 

Focus Delivery Partners

Just ask if you wish to know which of our partners will be delivering a specific course.

Do I need to be PRINCE2 qualified in order to take MSP exams?

No, though you will find this helpful. Many programme managers have a project management background but experience within other business functions such as IT or quality management can be just as relevant.

How long does my qualification last?

MSP Practitioners and Advanced Practitioners need to sit a re-registration exam within 3-5 years of their original certification. This will demonstrate commitment to continuing professional development and ensure knowledge is up to date. The Advanced Practitioner re-registration involves a 1,500 word “dissertation”.

Do I need “Advanced Practitioner” as well as “Practitioner”?

The Advanced Practitioner covers the same material and scope but in a bit more depth and with a more rigorous exam. Few people see benefit in this extra step.

Why choose Focus on Training for your MSP training?

Focus specialises in Project Management, Business Analysis and IT training. We offer the most comprehensive schedule of public courses and can also deliver in-house training options. Our trainers combine deep specialist knowledge with practical real world experience.  We are committed to consistent high quality course delivery, and an efficient booking experience. You can read what other delegates thought of our MSP training here.

Our customers include APM Group, City College Norwich, Exeter City Council, Manchester Airport and Sheffield Hallam University.

What other training requirements can Focus help with?

We have an extensive range of  courses suitable for business, IT and project professionals. This includes training in the areas of Prince2, MSP, APM, ITIL, Business Analysis, Microsoft Project and Software Testing.

Our most popular courses include Prince2 Foundation & Practitioner, MSP Practitioner, ITIL Foundation and ISTQB Software Testing Foundation. Contact a member of our sales team today to discuss your requirements.

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