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  • MSP training course is fully accredited by the BCS
  • Includes pre-course material, manuals, exams and certificates
  • Very high MSP Foundation & Practitioner delegate pass rates
  • Learn essential real-world skills
  • Courses delivered by world class training instructors
  • Earning potential with MSP qualification between £40k and £85k
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The Knowledge Academy


The Knowledge Academy MSP® course consists of five days of training to help you prepare for and pass the MSP® Foundation and Practitioner exams.

MSP Foundation and Practitioner is a globally-recognised Programme Management qualification which indicates knowledge of best practice in programme management and the ability to apply this knowledge to the workplace. The course includes both exams and has been accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT


Pre-Course Reading

We recommend you complete a short pre-course workbook before the course begins. This will be provided.



This course is open to everyone and there are no prerequisites to attend.


Who Should Attend?

We recommend this course for anybody interested in learning more about Programme Management.


Course Structure

  • The course is five days and structured in two parts
  • During the first three days, you will prepare for the Foundation exam, which will be taken on the third day
  • The final two days will cover material for the Practitioner exam, which you will take on the final day


Course Content

  • The course will cover the following topics:
  • Principles of MSP®
  • Governance Theme
  • Organisation
  • Vision
  • Leadership and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Benefit Realisation Management
  • Blueprint design and delivery
  • Planning and Control
  • The Business Case
  • Risk management and issue resolution
  • Quality management
  • 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


MSP® Foundation and Practitioner Exams

Foundation exam:

  • Multiple choice
  • 60 minutes
  • 75 questions, including 5 trial questions which are not counted in the final score
  • Pass mark is 50%

Practitioner exam:

  • Uses objective testing, a type of multiple-choice
  • Two-and-a-half-hours
  • 80 questions
  • Pass mark is 50%

Why choose The Knowledge Academy?

  • We provide you with the official guide to MSP®, ‘Managing Successful Programmes 4th Edition’
  • We also give you copies of all course presentation slides and MSP practice papers to ensure the best learning experience
  • We make the learning experience enjoyable
  • We are trusted by globally leading brands such as JP Morgan, HSBC and Sony as a learning partner of choice.
  • We provide pre- and post-course support so you never feel alone
  • All of our training is hands-on, using real-world examples
  • As a market leader, we have an extremely high global pass rate
  • Over 90% of our delegates come back to us for further training
  • We have the best instructors in the industry which is reflected in our position as the market leader for professional qualifications
  • We provide value for money and trained over 25,000 delegates last year
  • We have some of the most luxurious course venues worldwide


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What is MSP®?

MSP® (Managing Successful Programmes) is a best practice framework consisting of principles and processes to use in the management of programmes. MSP® breaks down large, complex organisational changes into more manageable projects, and is flexible enough to be adapted to meet the needs of any business.

MSP® is managed by the managing body AXELOS. High-profile users include BP, GlaxoSmithKline and the London Olympics.


Case Study

The organisers of the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympic Games used MSP® to help them manage such a large and complex event.

The Games were a gigantic undertaking for London, and it was important to get them right. Getting the event to go off without a hitch required a vast amount of organisation; venues had to be built on time, transport had to be co-ordinated to work around the Games, and all the different departments and agencies involved, from the Home Office to the Metropolitan Police, had to deliver their services efficiently and effectively.

At the basic level, each project within the Olympic Games could be managed using a Project Management methodology such as PRINCE2. However, at the programme level, where groups of projects were collected together, a different kind of high-level methodology was needed. The principles of MSP were used in order to give structure to the programme, ensuring plans were pulled together and that risks were managed effectively.

The organisers of the Games also understood the importance of stakeholder engagement, a vital part of the MSP® framework. Stakeholders were kept in the loop throughout the project, not just through written reports, but through face to face communication. Furthermore, by looking at the successes and failures with previous Olympic Games, the London 2012 organisers were able to identify potential problems and take the steps to solve them in plenty of time.

Overall, the 2012 Olympic Games were a great success thanks to the programme management provided by MSP®. Every venue was constructed on time and the event stayed within budget.

MSP® is a registered trade mark of AXELOS limited

  • Is this course accredited?

    Yes, it is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

  • What is the experience of the instructor(s) delivering my course?

    All of our instructors are fully accredited and have over ten years of experience in teaching Programme Management.

  • What does The Knowledge Academy provide me with 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 examinations.

  • 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 multiple-choice examination.

  • What is the pre-course work?

    There is a short pre-course workbook, which we recommend completing.

  • What are the hours of the course?

    The training hours are 9am to 5pm.

  • What time shall I arrive at the venue?

    Please arrive at your training venue for 08:45am.

  • Is there homework?

    There will be a little work to do each night of the course. You’re advised to complete this, as it will give you the best possible chance of passing the exam.

  • How long until I receive course confirmation details?

    You will receive confirmation details as soon as your place has been booked and confirmed.

What's Included?
  • Latest version of the official Managing Successful Programmes Manual
  • The Knowledge Academy Courseware Book
  • Pre-Course Material
  • Exams
  • Certificate
  • Experienced Instructor
  • Refreshments

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It has always been the case that identifying a problem is far easier than coming up with ways to resolve it. Business leaders from across the UK have over the last couple of years asserted an enduring skills shortage that is consequently hindering workforce productivity and therefore the economy and its recovery.

Interestingly, overall graduates and postgraduates have continued to have higher employment rates and will therefore move into high-skilled professions. The Graduate Labour Market Statistics, a quarterly publication on labour market conditions for graduates, postgraduates and non-graduates compiled its latest report c overing April-June 2015, using data from The Labour Force Survey. However, when broken down, employment rate among graduates in a working age population has decreased since last quarter to 87%, compared to 69.1% for non-graduates. There remains a relatively high gap in graduates who enter high-skilled employment. Kevin Green, chief execution of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) asserts: ‘Last year we had nine areas of skill shortages, now we have 43 areas…In IT, coders, programmers, developers are all in short supply; there’s a shortage of doctors and nurses in the National Health Service; and we need about 20,000 more teachers in the UK.’ With so many young professionals graduating university; whose highest qualification is an undergraduate degree at Bachelor’s levels, there seems to be a mismatch of skills versus education qualifications. The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) had demonstrated in a recent survey that skills shortages are becoming more acute and those graduating with degrees are not moving into a skill-led profession; risking a break on our economic recovery. Industries that seem to be suffering the most are engineering, technology, digital, construction and manufacturing. CBI found that nearly 40% of firms recruiting for staff with a proficient knowledge in stem subjects such as math, science, technology and engineering has found it increasingly difficult.

Accountants KPMG and The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), launched a report which analysed the skills gap in accordance to the construction industry 2014-2017. Entitled Skills to Build, makes recommendations for employers and training bodies to help drive a significant change to the industry. They claim that around 20% of trades including electricians, surveyors and construction managers are needed to meet demands in the next four years. The construction industry seems to have suffered the most, employing foreign trade workers who are earning more than the average brick layer in the UK just to fill vacancies for work. Around 400,000 workers have left the industry since 2008; a claim made by Richard Steer; chairman of Gleeds a leading construction management company.

In an article the Skills Shortage: Mind the Gap by the Economist, the Dyson empire in Malmesbury was used as an example of how serious the skills shortage is to the UK economy. Over a decade ago, Sir James Dyson, the founder of the famous vacuum cleaners and hand driers moved much of his production to Singapore and Malaysia, yet the design and testing of his products remain in Malmesbury, employing around 1000 engineers. Only recently, it was announced that a new site was to be built with the potential to employ thousands more workers to complement his demand for new products. What is striking is that despite it being a great story of entrepreneurial success; made in the UK, Sir James will need at least 3,000 more workers on site, yet there seems to be only 25,000 engineering graduates fresh out of university a year. The skills shortage is expanding, creating a large shortfall in recruitment; and the Dyson Empire is to name but a few. This particular deficiency has been reported by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), with more than half of British firms unable to find employees that match the criteria to work; equating a shortfall of 55,000 every year with engineering skills.

However with every job advertised, it comes down to a question of experience, skills and qualifications. Despite an overall shortage, more and more graduates are beginning to take additional courses to improve their curriculum vitae. There are a number of industries that are attracting young graduates with healthy starting salaries and beginning to see an improvement.

IT: graduates with a strong Java knowledge or a developer with one to two years’ experience can now demand an annual salary of £35,000, an increase from last year’s £28,000.

NHS: staff nurses can earn around £22,000 a year but this rises with experience and at a senior level this can reach almost £100,000.

Engineering: Sir James Dyson; one of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs recognises a shortage in engineering and donated £12million to set up The Dyson School of Design Engineering to tackle the crisis

Finance and Accountancy: Recruitment firm Hays has said there is an overall shortage in candidates

Construction: since the recession, housebuilding quantity surveyors and estimators have received the highest increase. It accounts for 6pc of the UK economy and graduate opportunities are on the rise.

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