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MSP Foundation

This course will provide you with a thorough understanding of the internationally recognised best practice programme management methodology, Managing Successful Programmes (MSP). 

The MSP Foundation course will prepare you to interact effectively with those involved in the management of a programme or act as an informed member of a Programme office team, business change team or project delivery team working within an environment supporting MSP.

The foundation qualification is a pre-requisite for the practitioner certification where the emphasis is on application of the principles to real life scenarios.

The course fee includes the Foundation exam and the official MSP manual.


Learning Objectives

At the end of this 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


Delegates should have a good understanding of project management and a basic awareness of the principles of Programme Management.

Course Content

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
Leadership and stakeholder engagement
Benefits management
Blueprint design and delivery
Planning and control
Business case
Risk and issue management
Quality and assurance management

The 6 MSP Transformational Flow Processes
Identifying a programme
Defining a programme
Managing the tranche
Delivering the capability
Realizing the benefits
Closing a programme

MSP Foundation Examination

Exams & Certification

The MSP Foundation examination takes place on the final day.

You must bring signed photo ID (passport, driving licence, udent card).

The foundation exam consists of:

75 multiple choice questions
1 hour
Candidates require a minimum of 35 correct answers (50%) to pass

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Online Courses

You may prefer an online course if you are looking for a flexible and cost-effective solution. Online courses allow you to study at your own pace, at a time that suits you.

We have the following eLearning options available:

Virtual Classroom

Virtual classrooms provide all the benefits of attending a classroom course without the need to arrange travel and accomodation. Please note that virtual courses are attended in real-time, commencing on a specified date.

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