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Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) Foundation

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  • Overview


    The purpose of the foundation qualification is to determine whether a candidate has sufficient knowledge and understanding of the MSP guidance to interact effectively with those involved in the management of a programme or act as an informed member of a programme office, business change team or project delivery team working within an environment supporting MSP.

    The foundation qualification is also a pre-requisite for the practitioner qualification.



    Course Outcome:

    Candidates need to show that they understand the key principles and terminology within the MSP guidance. Specifically, successful candidates should be able to:

    • Distinguish between projects and programmes
    • Identify the MSP defined types of programme and their characteristics
    • Explain the benefits of applying the MSP guidance to the management of a programme of
    • transformational change
    • Explain the purpose and areas of focus of the defined roles
    • Explain the purpose of the seven MSP principles, the nine governance themes and the six transformational flow processes
    • Explain the purpose of MSP programme information (documents)

    Course Outline: 

    • Overview, principles and governance 
      1. Definitions of:
        • Programme
        • Project
        • Programme management
      2. Three core concepts of MSP (principles, governance themes and transformational flow) 
      3. Three critical organizational elements aligned by programme management 
      4. Three types of programme (vision-led, emergent and compliance) 
      5. Seven principles that improve the probability of a programme achieving its objectives 
      6. Nine governance themes
    • Understanding key concepts
      1. Characteristics of programmes
      2. From a description provided: 
        • A programme 
        • Programme management
      3. Elements of a programme management environment and how they relate to each other
      4. The triggers for: 
        • Vision-led programmes 
        • Emergent programmes 
        • Compliance programmes
      5. Governance areas of focus of: 
        • SRO 
        • Programme manager 
        • BCM(s) 
        • Programme office
      6. The characteristics of strategies and plans
      7. Characteristics of the seven principles that improve the probability of a programme achieving its objectives

    Key Features

    What is Included:

    Study guides including Video tutorials: Study as you prefer using PDF files, video tutorials, HTML format or podcasts. Explain the goals, objectives, scope and detailed concepts of MSP ® principles, themes and processes & and other syllabus areas of MSP. 

    Podcasts: Download it and listen to it at your convenience. 

    Interactive Case Study: App to help you apply the concepts learnt in real life scenarios.

    Glossary: A PDF glossary provided to help you revise quickly. 

    Crossword: Test your knowledge and have some fun doing it.

    Phone App: Download a very effective phone app to study on your mobile.

    Chapter Tests and Evaluation Tests: These tests assess the delegate's degree of understanding of the respective chapter content. 

    Sample Papers: To get a feel of the actual MSP Foundation and Practitioner exam, take the full length sample papers as part of our online course and assess your responses with the provided answers to the same. 

    Trainer Support: Email support by experienced accredited trainers during the duration of the course and post course.

    Who can Attend

    Audience Profile:

    Members of a programme office, business change team members, project delivery team members, anyone who needs to understand the terminology and concepts underpinning MSP and those wishing to pursue higher level qualifications (e.g. programme managers, business change managers (BCMs) and senior responsible owners (SROs).


    Exam Format

    • Multiple choice
    • 75 questions per paper with one point per question
    • 5 questions are trials and not counted in scores
    • 35 marks out of 70 required to pass (50%)
    • 60-minute duration
    • Closed book

    Due to the impact of the coronavirus, from 13 April 2020 to 30 June 2021 individuals are now permitted to print PDFs for exams and use PDFs or official e-books on a second e-device (portable digital devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops) during open book exams.

    Training Options

    Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) Foundation

    US $600.00

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