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MSP Training - Managing Successful Programmes

  • 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
  • Book Online or Call 01344 203999 to speak to a training advisor today

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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 15/02/2016 3 places left Birmingham
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 15/02/2016 Liverpool
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 22/02/2016 3 places left London
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 22/02/2016 Manchester
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 22/02/2016 Norwich
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 29/02/2016 3 places left London
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 29/02/2016 Cardiff
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 07/03/2016 4 places left London
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 07/03/2016 3 places left Reading
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 07/03/2016 3 places left Leeds
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 07/03/2016 3 places left Birmingham
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 07/03/2016 Newcastle
5 days £1995 Book nowEnquire
MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 07/03/2016 Cambridge
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 07/03/2016 Belfast
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 07/03/2016 3 places left Edinburgh
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 07/03/2016 Aberdeen
5 days £1285 Book nowEnquire
MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 07/03/2016 Virtual
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 14/03/2016 3 places left London
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 14/03/2016 Manchester
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MSP® Foundation & Practitioner 14/03/2016 3 places left Bristol
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The Knowledge Academy


Our Managing Successful Programmes (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


Click ‘Book Now’ or ‘Enquire’ next to the date of your choice and our expert advisors will be in touch.


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.

  • 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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Nine New Year’s Resolutions you might actually stick to…

It’s that time of year again; you’ve survived Blue Monday (only just) but now you’re seriously struggling to soldier on with those unrealistic resolutions you made whilst pumped full of bubbles on New Year’s Eve. Is 2016 really going to be the year you pilot a plain or stop gossiping for good? We didn’t think so…

There are however some New Year’s Resolutions that are actually realistic, and here at The Knowledge Academy we can even help you to make sure you reach your goals at the end of the year! Have a read and pick a resolution you’ll be able to see through until December.

  1. A rather stereotypical place to start, but getting fit doesn’t have to be a chore - in fact it can be fun! The key to sticking with your exercise regime is finding some form of movement that you enjoy. Be it taking a fitness class, becoming a CrossFit champion or taking long walks with your dog, adding exercise to your daily routine will make you look, feel and perform better in everyday life!

  1. An oldie but a goodie, drinking more water is an easily achievable resolution with many great benefits including clearer skin, weight loss and an optimally functioning body. All you need is a working tap…

  1. Get more shuteye! Sleep is the basis of a happy, healthy body, so turn off Netflix and actually chill – your body will thank you.

  1. One of the most sought after skills by employees is having a foreign language to your name – and contrary to common opinion, it’s never too late to learn one! With both classroom and online language courses widely available, plus lots of language aps, it’s never been easier to kick-start your learning. And the best part? You can learn in your car, in front of your home computer or on your morning commute – talk about multi-tasking…

  1. Who doesn’t love wine - so why not jump on the cultural band wagon and learn about it properly?! Whether it’s how to read a wine menu or the ins and outs of wine tasting, being well versed in your favourite beverage is sure to impress on dates or at dinner parties. Here at The Knowledge Academy we have an abundance of wine based courses for you to work your way through this year… dry January who?

  1. How long have you been saying you’ll clear out your wardrobe? Why not actually do it?! After all, you don’t need a fashion course to tell you that the majority of jumpers hanging in your closet are so 2004. Benefits will include plenty of extra space for you, a feeling of accomplishment and lots of clothes to donate to charity – it’s a win win for everyone!

  1. Too many of us get stuck in a week night meal rut, so why not learn to cook something completely new this year? Whether you get a brand new cook book, enrol yourself on an Italian cookery course or just vow to experiment more in the kitchen, this is one resolution that your family and friends will get to enjoy, too. Prepare to get super popular…

  1. We all say we’d love to travel more, but more often than not jobs, family and life in general gets in the way. So why not bite the bullet and book yourself a holiday? You’ll meet new people, learn new things and embrace new cultures - not to mention have a blast.

  1. How long have you wanted that promotion? Well make 2016 the year that it finally happens! Take steps towards your dream job by gaining extra qualifications that will make your CV stand out from the rest – yes, training can be a difficult to fit in if you’re busy – but remember hard work pays off!

So there you have it – our list of maintainable resolutions and exactly how to go about them – happy learning!

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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.
Great course, I really got to grips with the MSP concepts.
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.

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