Is this course accredited?
Yes, it is accredited by the APMG
What is the experience of the Instructor(s) delivering my course?
All of our trainers are fully accredited and have over ten years of experience in Managing Successful Programmes methodologies
What do The Knowledge Academy provide me on the course?
We provide pre-course reading, the official Managing Successful Programmes manual, The Knowledge Academy courseware folder, official certificates and refreshments.
Does the course include exams?
Yes, the course includes the both the MSP Foundation and Practitioner exams
Are there any prerequisites for the MSP examinations?
There are no prerequisites for the Foundation examination, however, candidates must achieve a pass at Foundation level before completing the Practitioner examination
What is the structure of the exams?
The Foundation exam is multiple choice and the MSP Practitioner exam is in the "Objective Testing" format, a style of complex multiple-choice examination
What time shall I arrive at the venue?
Please arrive at your training venue for 08:45am
The Knowledge Academy
The Knowledge Academy Materials and Trainers
The Knowledge Academy MSP® course materials and trainers are accredited by APM Group Ltd. ensuring that delegates receive a consistently high standard of training. The Knowledge Academy course materials are regularly assessed and maintained in line with stringent standards administered by APM Group Ltd. The Knowledge Academy trainers are regularly assessed by The Knowledge Academy and AMP Group Ltd. to ensure that their knowledge of Programme Management and MSP® are strong enough to deliver training that helps delegates extract maximum benefit from attending our courses.
The Knowledge Academy MSP® course materials are based on the 2011 edition of, “Managing Successful Programmes” and include examinations based on this manual.
MSP® Foundation and Practitioner Training (including examinations)
The Knowledge Academy MSP® Foundation and Practitioner event is designed to maximise delegates’ potential in the MSP® training environment.
Following confirmation of booking The Knowledge Academy will send the Pre-Course work to the delegate. This work consists of;
1) Reading: Introduction, Principles, Introduction to Themes from the “Managing Successful Programmes”
2) Pre-course workbook to be completed by the Delegate and handed to Trainer at the start of course.
The pre-course work on a The Knowledge Academy course will require around 15 hours of study prior to the course start date. The Knowledge Academy MSP® Foundation and Practitioner training event is an intensive 5 day course that includes the MSP® Foundation and Practitioner examinations within the course. Upon booking, Joining Instructions that describe the course location and other administrative details will also be emailed.
Multiple choice examination, 75 questions per paper with 1 mark available per question, 5 questions to be trial and not counted in scores, 35 marks required to pass (out of 70 available) - 50%, 60 minutes duration, Closed book Please note that success in the Foundation examination is a prerequisite for that candidate to move forward to the Practitioner examination.
A 80 question Objective Test Examination with a pass mark of 40 out of 80. Success in this examination indicates that the candidate could apply MSP® to the running and managing of a non-complex programmes. MSP® Practitioner status should be Re-Registered every 3 to 5 years via the MSP® Re-Registration examination.
The Knowledge Academy MSP® Foundation and Practitioner 5 day course follows a two part structure. The first three days of the course involve familiarisation with the content of the MSP® manual, preparing for the Foundation examination. Following successful completion of the Foundation examination, delegates will spend one day preparing for the MSP® Practitioner examination, sitting this examination on the final day of the course.
The Knowledge Academy MSP® Foundation and Practitioner 5 day course covers the following topics:
Principles of MSP®
Leadership and Stakeholder Engagement
Benefit Realisation Management
Blueprint design and delivery
Planning and Control
The Business Case
Risk management and issue resolution
Transformational Flow Overview
Identifying a Programme
Defining a Programme
Managing the Tranches
Delivering the Capability
Realising the Benefits
Closing a programme
Tailoring MSP® to the programme environment
- 2011 Edition Managing Successful Programmes OGC Manual
- The Knowledge Academy Courseware Book
- Pre-Course Material
- Experienced Instructor
- “Very good course - I can't praise the trainer enough for the knowledge that he imparted to us all.”By Anne Cartwright (Rating: 4.9 out of 5, 19/03/2012) from London
- “Intense full-on course with lots to learn but made easier by the trainer.”By Brian Dunn (Rating: 4.9 out of 5, 23/02/2012) from Birmingham
- “Great course, I really got to grips with the MSP concepts.”By Toby Marshall (Rating: 4.7 out of 5, 28/03/2012) from Sheffield
- “Excellent course, the trainer really made the content understandable.”By Liam Grover (Rating: 4.7 out of 5, 24/04/2012) from Birmingham
- “The trainer was excellent, delivering the methodology in a fun and practical way by engaging all of the attendees. They were also excellent at preparing us for the exams.”By Elly Tumbler (Rating: 4.9 out of 5, 01/04/2012) from Norwich
- “Was very impressed with the course, I would definitely think about coming back to do more.”By Andrew Walker (Rating: 4.8 out of 5, 05/02/2012) from Leeds
- “A challenging course effectively carried through. Participants with broad experience helped to enrich the discussions in a very positive way. The content and presentation by the trainer was consistently high quality and engaging while the facilities provided were excellent. Overall the course was fast paced and focused on practical application. A valuable and intense learning experience.”By Mike Butcher (Rating: 4.9 out of 5, 03/05/2012) from Bristol
- “I found the training course in terms of pre-work, course content and delivery extremely useful to securing a pass. The relaxed, informal set up for all exercises and interaction with other delegates, using their real life examples to bring MSP to life, helped massively too!”By Richard Connor (Rating: 4.8 out of 5, 13/03/2012) from Glasgow
- “Good quality training courses that are more than value for money. The class was small and we all got to know each other quickly - questions and discussion on particular points made the day go quickly.”By Michael Docherty (Rating: 5 out of 5, 20/02/2012) from Milton Keynes
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Roles and Responsibilities under an MSP approach
Managing Successful Programmes or MSP is chiefly aimed at the execution of the synchronized organization, tracking and implement of a set of projects and the alteration tasks to get the desired consequences and recognizing the advantages of planned consequences to the business. The efficiency of MSP in an organization lies in the fact that under the MSP approach, the roles and responsibilities of all the employees concerned with this program are clearly defined so that each one may carry out the tasks assigned to him in a proper manner and must be liable for it and to the senior management.
For successful implementation of MSP in an organization, it is important that all the concerned personnel must undergo the MSP Training program. And it is possible by joining an accredited and reliable institute such as The Knowledge Academy, UK. Continuing with our discussion of roles and responsibilities for MSP, let us now explore some of the chief roles and responsibilities required to accomplish various tasks related to this approach.
The foremost one in the list is the role and responsibility of the sponsor. A sponsor is responsible for the authentication of the program, the appointment of the Senior Responsible Owner so as to symbolize the interest of the sponsor, supporting and sanctioning of the funds for the program, resolution of cross-program issues and calculated issues with senior shareholders and assuring successful deliverance and conclusion of the program.
Similarly, Senior Responsible Owner also plays an important role in the implementation of MSP by receipt of money from the sponsors, directing the program to its successful accomplishment, dealing with the chief deliberated risks and maintaining the calculated coordination amid the program and the organization.
A Program Manager is equally responsible for regular administration, supervision and description of the controls. Apart from this, he also plans and monitors the progress of the program by and large, keeps a close watch over the budget, deals with risks and associated problems and takes counteractive measures, management and utilization of the resources and management of communication for stakeholders.
Business Change Manager is equally important for successful implementation of MSP in an organization as he is responsible for a description of the advantages which will recognize the premeditated goals of the program. He is also liable for the apprehension of the profit plan, description and recording of the chief performance indicators for benefit recognition and assurance of business constancy even during the change.
Like all other roles, Program Management Office is also vital for efficient and successful implementation of MSP in an organization. The MSP Training makes the functioning of all these roles smooth and convenient. PMO is chiefly responsible for introduction of tools and standards for management of the program, planning, tracking and reporting of the consequences and the outputs, management of information and logistics, economic planning and recording, tracking of the risks and the problems, supervision and administration of inter-project interdependency, initiation and recoding of the change control actions, development of plan for shareholders and identification of interest of the individual group.
These are some of the general roles, and relevant responsibilities which are normally found in an MSP Training process. The roles and responsibilities may vary according to structure and specific needs of the organizations. But the important point is their timely and proper fulfillment to make MSP implementation a successful one.