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MSP® Training - Managing Successful Programmes

  • Our MSP® training courses are 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 05/12/2016 London
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 05/12/2016 Reading
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 05/12/2016 Leeds
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 05/12/2016 Aberdeen
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 05/12/2016 Cardiff
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 05/12/2016 Belfast
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 05/12/2016 Nottingham
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 05/12/2016 Sheffield
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 12/12/2016 London
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 12/12/2016 5 places left Birmingham
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 12/12/2016 Edinburgh
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 12/12/2016 5 places left Bristol
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 12/12/2016 Milton Keynes
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 12/12/2016 Aberdeen
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 19/12/2016 London
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 19/12/2016 5 places left Manchester
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 19/12/2016 Newcastle
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 19/12/2016 Glasgow
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 19/12/2016 Liverpool
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 19/12/2016 Southampton
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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 the BCS (British Computer Society).


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 our MSP courses 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 support before, during and after our courses 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 additional courses
  • 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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BCS Membership

Included in your professional certification is a year’s free membership of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

A BCS membership provides exclusive access to the best tools for career development and progression. With the letters AMBCS after your name, you’ll be able to let employers know you’re committed to the industry and follow the BCS code of conduct. You’ll have access to all the resources you need to continue your learning, including libraries of industry reports, white papers and books. Finally, you’ll be able to attend meetings and share knowledge with like-minded BCS professionals local to your area, or connect with them online on discussion forums.

Don’t miss out on this exclusive chance to be part of a professional community.


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 management and development 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.

  • 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 course 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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The Knowedge Academy is a highly reputable training organisation and I would highly recommend. The customer care was outstanding and the trainer on the MSP course was excellent
Efficient and straight to the point!
Great instructor, that really addressed the needs of the group. The material was well organized, and instructions for pre-course work were outstanding.
Very good course - I can't praise the trainer enough for the knowledge that he imparted to us all.
Intense full-on course with lots to learn but made easier by the trainer.
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Excellent course, the trainer really made the content understandable.
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.
Was very impressed with the course, I would definitely think about coming back to do more.
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.
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.