MSP® – Managing Successful Programmes Foundation Course and Exam

MSP® – Managing Successful Programmes Foundation Course and Exam

What is Managing Successful Programmes Foundation?

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) is a methodology that is made up of a set of principles and processes that can be used when managing a programme. Organisations will set objectives and these objectives can be broken down into projects, and these projects can then be made up of a programme. The objectives, or goals, of the programme, are typically at a strategic level so that the organisation
can reap the rewards and benefits due to improvements that can come from implementation. 

MSP® can help your organisation achieve successful outcomes from transformational change. It provides an approach and a set of tools to enable change. It helps practitioners to define and pursue changes, all while managing risks, unforeseen issues, stakeholders, and other aspects with clarity and control. 

Each student that passed the exam will be provided with an MSP® foundation certification and will appear on the MSP® Successful Candidate Registers.

Who can benefit from PRINCE2?

This course will suit Programme Managers and Senior Project Managers, as well as any other person who is involved with the project management process.

  • Individuals seeking training for leading program management skills and also to improve potential employment opportunities.
  • Senior Project Managers
  • Directors/Executives of projects and training groups

How can MSP benefit your organisation?

For organisations, MSP training provides the architecture and standards on how programmes are to be delivered in a specific manner. MSP provides a common and consistent approach to project delivery. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the various components of the MSP®5th Edition best practice programme management framework
  • Describe each step of the MSP® journey, listing the activities required to guide a programme throughout its lifecycle
  • Outline the relevant aspects of MSP® principles, themes, and lifecycle in context 
  • Be able to apply programme management practices in your organisation

The MSP® Foundation Certificate Exam is held online in-camera after the exam. This is a 1 hr (60 minutes) multiple-choice open-book examination with 60 questions. Participants must achieve a 60% score to pass. You will receive a Certificate from Axelos/PeopleCert on successful completion of the

Workshop Contents?

The course focuses on the components of the MSP framework and how they help to create outcomes of benefit while mitigating risks and actively engaging stakeholders. 

MSP philosophy and structure: What is a programme and how it differs to both businesses as usual and project work. The relationship between the MSP principles, governance themes and the lifecycle. 

The 7 MSP Principles: Lead with purpose, collaborate across boundaries, deal with ambiguity, align with priorities, deploy diverse skills, realise measurable benefits, bring pace and value. 

The 7 governance themes: Organisation, Design, Justification, Structure, Knowledge, Assurance, Decisions. 

The 7 processes in the programme lifecycle: Identify the programme, design the outcomes, plan progressive delivery, deliver the capabilities, embed the outcome, evaluate new information, close the programme


MSP exams can be organised by an accredited training company. At Althris we provide you with online examinations for MSP certifications. For in-company courses we can organise in person foundation exams. 

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