04. MSP Foundation Certification Program

Course Description

This 3-day course provides participants with a thorough understanding of the Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) programme management methodology, providing the knowledge needed to confidently understand and explain the use of MSP to manage programmes in line with strategic aims of a business and the its day-to-day running.

About MSP

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) was developed as a best practice guide on Programme Management. The guide comprises a set of Principles and a set of Processes for use when managing a program. MSP represents proven programme management best practice in the successful delivery of transformational change through the application of programme management. MSP is very flexible and designed to be adapted to meet the needs of local circumstances.

Targeted Delegates

Newly appointed programme managers who may have a background in managing projects, but have not previously operated in a transformational change environment.
Senior managers who will “sponsor” the change, or perhaps be held accountable for its success.
Operational managers charged with embedding the change in their area.
Operational staff undertaking a role in the programme or related projects.
Programme office staff (PMO) wishing to build upon their project management knowledge.
Experienced project managers.
Those seeking a professional qualification in programme management.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, participants will gain in the ability to:
● Understand the principles and structure of MSP.
● Understand the benefits of a structured method in a changing environment.
● Explain the MSP process model.
● Understand the MSP themes.
● Draft a Programme brief and Vision Statement.
● Propose a Programme organisation structure.
● Engage with stakeholders at all levels.
● Understand the vision and the blueprint and how they can be applied to the best advantage.
● Apply progress control mechanisms.
● Appreciate the principles of programme level quality and risk management.
● Realize the importance of configuration management


Delegates should ideally have experience of managing or working in programmes prior to attending. Knowledge of the PRINCE2® project management method is advantageous but by no means mandatory; some exposure to a project management method will aid understanding of how the programme works with these projects.

Exam details 

75 multiple-choice questions
Candidates require a minimum of 35 correct answers (50%) to pass
This course includes the cost of the foundation examination

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