MSP® Foundation Overview

MSP® 5th Edition Foundation Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction

  • What is a Programme?
  • Why Use Programme Management?
  • Overcoming Common Challenges
  • Programme Environment
  • MSP Framework and the Three Lenses

Module 2: MSP® Principles

  • Lead with Purpose      
  • Collaborate Across Boundaries       
  • Deal with Ambiguity
  • Align with Priorities    
  • Deploy Diverse Skills  
  • Realise Measurable Benefits
  • Bring Pace and Value

Module 3: MSP® Processes

  • Introduction to Processes

Module 4: An Introduction to MSP Themes

  • Definitions
  • Plan-Do-Check-Act Cycle
  • Programme Strategy
  • Programme Plans

Module 5: Identify Programme

  • Purpose
  • Objectives
  • Activities
  • Responsibilities
  • Application of the Themes

Module 6: Organisation

  • Key Relationships with Principles
  • Governance Approach
  • Risk Appetite
  • Organisation Structure
  • Sponsoring Group
  • Programme Board and Office
  • Individual Roles
  • Senior Responsible Owner (SRO)
  • Programme Manager
  • Business Change Manager (BCM)
  • Tailoring Programme Governance
  • Integration of the Programme and Projects
  • Additional Roles and Governance Support Officers
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Stakeholder Engagement Approach
  • Stakeholder Engagement and Communications Plan
  • Stakeholder Prioritisation
  • Analysis of a Stakeholder Network
  • Preparing for Change

Module 7: Design the Outcomes

  • Purpose
  • Objectives
  • Activities
  • Responsibilities
  • Applications of the Theme in this Process

Module 8: Design

  • Key Relationships with Principles
  • Design Approach
  • Vision Statement
  • Benefits
  • Types of Benefits
  • Path to Benefits
  • Understanding Benefits
  • Measuring and Realising Benefits
  • Benefit Profile
  • Risk Identification and Prioritisation
  • Types of Programme Risk

Module 9: Risk Universe

  • Risk Prioritisation
  • Risk Heatmap
  • Risk Connectivity
  • Target Operating Model
  • Current and Target Operating Models
  • Responisibilities

Module 10: Plan Progressive Delivery

  • Purpose, Objectives, Activities, and Responsibilities
  • Application of the Themes

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Who should attend this MSP® Foundation Course?

The Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) Foundation Course is designed for individuals who are involved in or looking to be involved in Programme Management. This course can be particularly beneficial for the following professionals:

  • Programme Managers.
  • Project Managers.
  • Programme Office Professionals.
  • Team Leaders and Project Team Members.
  • Senior Leaders and Executives.
  • Business Change Managers.
  • Operational Managers.
  • Consultants and Advisers.

Prerequisites of the MSP® Foundation Course

There are no formal prerequisites for attending this MSP® Foundation Course. However, having some foundational knowledge or experience in Project Management or related fields can be beneficial for the delegates.

MSP® 5th Edition Foundation Course Overview

The MSP® Foundation Training is an essential stepping stone for professionals who wish to delve into the world of Programme Management. It lays the groundwork for understanding the MSP® framework, a renowned global standard that guides the successful delivery of transformational change through the application of programme management.

Mastery of this MSP® Course is crucial for Project and Programme Managers aiming to enhance their skill set. It is particularly beneficial for those who are responsible for managing large-scale business transformations or those seeking to bring about changes in a structured manner.

The Knowledge Academy's 3-day MSP® Training equips delegates with a comprehensive understanding of the MSP® principles, governance themes, and transformational flows. This intensive course is designed to prepare individuals for the MSP® Foundation exam and to implement the theory in real-world scenarios.

Course Objectives

  • To establish a firm understanding of the MSP® principles and their application in programme management.
  • To enable delegates to recognise and respond to the challenges in managing major change initiatives.
  • To develop competency in navigating through the complexities of programme governance.
  • To provide insights into managing transformational flows within an organisational context.
  • To cultivate the skills necessary for leading and directing programmes with an emphasis on MSP® frameworks.

Upon completing the MSP® Foundation Course, delegates will emerge with a robust skill set and the confidence to manage and lead significant change initiatives. They will be well-prepared to apply the principles of MSP® to drive successful transformation within their organisations.

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What’s included in this MSP® Foundation Course?

  • MSP® Foundation Examination.
  • World-Class Training Sessions from Experienced Instructors.
  • MSP® Foundation Certificate.
  • Digital Delegate Pack.

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MSP Foundation 5th Edition Exam Information

The MSP® Foundation Exam demonstrates learners’ understanding of the MSP® Programme Management framework. The structure and details of the MSP® 5th Edition Foundation Exam are given below.

  • Question Type: Multiple Choice 
  • Total Questions: 60  
  • Total Marks: 60 Marks 
  • Pass Mark: 60%, 36/60 Marks 
  • Duration: 1 Hour 
  • Open Book/ Closed Book: Closed Book

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Ways to take this course

Experience live, interactive learning from home with The Knowledge Academy's Online Instructor-led MSP® Foundation. Engage directly with expert instructors, mirroring the classroom schedule for a comprehensive learning journey. Enjoy the convenience of virtual learning without compromising on the quality of interaction.

Unlock your potential with The Knowledge Academy's MSP® Foundation, accessible anytime, anywhere on any device. Enjoy 90 days of online course access, extendable upon request, and benefit from the support of our expert trainers. Elevate your skills at your own pace with our Online Self-paced sessions.

Experience the most sought-after learning style with The Knowledge Academy's MSP® Foundation. Available in 490+ locations across 190+ countries, our hand-picked Classroom venues offer an invaluable human touch. Immerse yourself in a comprehensive, interactive experience with our expert-led MSP® Foundation sessions.


Highly experienced trainers

Boost your skills with our expert trainers, boasting 10+ years of real-world experience, ensuring an engaging and informative training experience


State of the art training venues

We only use the highest standard of learning facilities to make sure your experience is as comfortable and distraction-free as possible


Small class sizes

Our Classroom courses with limited class sizes foster discussions and provide a personalised, interactive learning environment


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Streamline large-scale training requirements with The Knowledge Academy’s In-house/Onsite MSP® Foundation at your business premises. Experience expert-led classroom learning from the comfort of your workplace and engage professional development.


Tailored learning experience

Leverage benefits offered from a certification that fits your unique business or project needs


Maximise your training budget

Cut unnecessary costs and focus your entire budget on what really matters, the training.


Team building opportunity

Our MSP® Foundation offers a unique chance for your team to bond and engage in discussions, enriching the learning experience beyond traditional classroom settings


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The course know-how will help you track and evaluate your employees' progression and performance with relative ease

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MSP® Foundation FAQs

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP)® is a framework for delivering best practice, which provides a guiding set of principles and processes to be used when managing a programme. For more information visit our MSP® training topic page.
Yes, all MSP® training courses are fully accredited by the PeopleCert on behalf of AXELOS.
The Foundation qualification will not expire.
MSP Exams test your knowledge of program management principles and methodologies, covering Foundation and Practitioner levels.
After MSP Certification, pursue advanced program management roles, continue professional development, or seek higher-level certifications.
There are no prerequisites for the Foundation examination, however, candidates must achieve a pass at Foundation level before attempting the Practitioner examination
Yes, the MSP® Foundation exam is included.
The training fees for MSP® Foundation certification in the United Kingdom starts from £1795
The Knowledge Academy is the Leading global training provider for MSP® Foundation.
Please see our MSP® Training courses available in the United Kingdom
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Trusted & Approved

We are accredited by PeopleCert on behalf of AXELOS


Many delivery methods

Flexible delivery methods are available depending on your learning style.


High quality resources

Resources are included for a comprehensive learning experience.

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