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MSP® Training - Managing Successful Programmes

  • Our 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
  • Courses delivered by world class training instructors
  • Earning potential with MSP® qualification between £40k and £85k

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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 06/06/2016 London
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 06/06/2016 Reading
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 06/06/2016 Leeds
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 06/06/2016 Norwich
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 13/06/2016 Birmingham
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 13/06/2016 Milton Keynes
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 20/06/2016 London
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 27/06/2016 London
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The Knowledge Academy


Our Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) training course consists of 5 days 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

BCS Membership

Included in your professional certification; one year’s free BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, Associate membership.

Upon passing your examination, make the most of your professional certification and continue your career development with BCS Associate membership. Whether you’re looking for career support through the BCS global skills, training and development framework, SFIAplus, seeking promotion or a network of new contacts, we’re here to support you. BCS membership provides exclusive access to resources, content and opportunities that will enrich your career.

BCS Membership allows you to give back to society. Some of the industry’s challenges are around personal data, health, education, and IT capabilities. By becoming part of our professional community you can get involved and do your bit to make IT good for society.

  • Course Availability

    The spaces remaining on all courses across the website reflect the availability of the maximum printed course materials and equipment available in stock for any given event. If the spaces remaining do not appear, then there is comfortably enough lead time to provision course materials and equipment upon booking.

  • 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
  • One year’s free BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, Associate membership
  • The Knowledge Academy Courseware Book
  • Pre-Course Material
  • Exams
  • Certificate
  • Experienced Instructor
  • Refreshments

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School of Life: Are University Degrees Still Worth It?

The Knowledge Academy recently surveyed 2000 university graduates across the UK about their current jobs, the value of their degree and their thoughts on university. The results were surprising and illuminating.

Our survey revealed that 64% of graduates feel their degree is not relevant to their current job, and that the average graduate leaves university £13,292 in debt. If we times these findings by the number of graduates in Britain, (12 million according to the Office for National Statistics), that’s an estimated £65 billion being wasted on unused degrees.

Furthermore, a majority (34.97%) of people thought they could ‘definitely’ have got their current job without their degree. A similarly large number (25.65%) thought that they could have gotten their jobs, but it may have been a little harder to do so.

We also found that the skills learned during university study are being used little in the workplace. 34.36% thought the content of their degree was irrelevant to their current job, and over 38% had only used their degree in their career ‘once or twice’. Many people are ambivalent about the effects of their degree – over a third thought it made it ‘neither harder nor easier’ to get a job.

Would an apprenticeship have been preferable? The vast majority – over 60% - said ‘no’, but almost 38% said they either ‘often’ or ‘on occasion’ wished they had studied for one instead of a degree.

We found out that employers are less interested in degrees than previously thought, too. Only 38.23% of people were asked by their current employer to provide proof of their degree, meaning 61.77% were not. Furthermore, almost 48% have never been asked to provide proof of their degree by any employer.

On the flipside, when asked if they would have been better off working their way up in a job without getting a degree, 43% disagreed. This suggests that the problem may be what people choose to study, as opposed to the nature of the degree in itself. 52.75% also did not agree with the idea that they should have gone straight to the workplace after school rather than getting their degree.

In addition, it’s not all doom and graduate gloom. 51.4% said going to university ‘definitely’ made their life better, and 52.05% said they’d had a better life experience from going to university. 54.05% agreed that it made them ‘much more confident’.

University still has its place, it seems. However, for many, university’s function has been as a life-enhancer and a connection builder rather than anything career specific. We don’t know why people aren’t using their degrees; maybe there aren’t enough jobs available in their chosen field of study, or maybe degrees do not adequately prepare students for what employers are looking for.

Whatever the reason, with fees continuing to rise, it may be time to consider options other than university, such as going straight into the workplace, or taking a different education route such as an apprenticeship.

What do you think about our findings? Do you agree? Let us know.

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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!
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.

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