MSP® Managing Successful Programmes training courses (London)
Gain programme management certification and the skills to manage and support programmes
Our programme management training courses (MSP) help you learn key programme management skills to bring about change and realize strategic benefits for your organization. Experienced trainers guide you through the Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) course in readiness for your exams.
MSP Foundation course
This 3 day Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Foundation course has an excellent 100% pass rate. Perfect for anyone supporting a programme who needs to understand the basics.
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MSP Foundation & Practitioner course
This 5 day Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Foundation & Practitioner course has a superb 90% pass rate. We’ll get you qualified and ready to start managing programmes in no time.
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What is MSP?
MSP is a programme management qualification gained by taking accredited MSP training. MSP stands for ‘Managing Successful Programmes’ and gaining MSP certification proves you understand the MSP framework, processes, terminology and best practice programme management techniques.
Taking an MSP course will enhance your abilities as a programme manager or programme office team member. It is also highly recommended for project managers, business analysts, change managers and anyone else involved in programmes. MSP certification is recognised by employers around the world.
What is programme management?
Programme management is to do with managing multiple related projects. Programmes are long periods of work initiated by organisations to deliver change, such as modernisation or improvements. Many different people will be involved in programmes, from members of a project or programme office, through to the technical team, business analysts, change managers and top board members.
You’ll find programmes in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Some examples of programmes include: an international company upgrading IT systems in all its offices worldwide; a city council building lots of new infrastructure across the city; a charity initiating many relief projects across a country. All these programmes deliver lasting, positive change with long-term benefits.
Another good example of a programme is the 2012 London Olympics. Many projects were initiated to make the games a success, like constructing the venues, organising catering, planning the opening ceremony and ensuring the Olympic park could be used safely by the public long after the event.
Is programme management the career for you?
If you want a highly challenging and satisfying career, then programme management is for you. You will play a key role in helping to modernise businesses, improve public services or make a real difference in society. You will need to be a strong leader who doesn’t mind teamwork, working hard and long hours.
For project managers looking to progress in their career, programme management is the natural next step. However, individuals with a background in business management, risk or change management will also suit this career. Business analysts might also enjoy this role, especially the problem-solving involved.
As many different organisations and industries initiate programmes, a career in programme management presents variety and opportunity for travel. Programme manager salaries are also excellent. According to TotalJobs, the average salary for UK programme managers in 2018 is £82,500!
What are the different levels of MSP certification?
MSP certification has two levels – MSP Foundation and MSP Practitioner. The Foundation level is a pre-requisite for Practitioner. These exams are included as part of MSP training. The easiest way to achieve the two qualifications is during the five-day MSP Foundation & Practitioner course.
- MSP Foundation – 1-hour exam, 75 multiple choice questions. You must get 35 or more correct to pass. Suitable for current/aspiring programme managers or programme team members.
- MSP Practitioner - 2.5-hour exam, 80 multiple choice questions. You must score 50% or more to pass. Suitable for current/aspiring programme managers.
Will MSP get you a job?
We can’t promise that gaining MSP certification will land you a job. But combined with the right experience, MSP will certainly help boost your chances of employment.
Many people get into programme management after building up their experience in related roles first. Project managers, management consultants, business analysts, risk managers and change managers all have skills that can easily be transferred to a programme manager role. In fact, for experienced project managers, programme management is the natural next career move.
To be a programme manager, project management experience is vital. This can be gained by working on projects, being a project manager or by completing an internship. Another way to become a programme manager is to work in a programme office first, as a programme assistant or programme support officer.
It is wise to combine MSP with a qualification such as PRINCE2, which proves you also have project management knowledge. You will also find that many MSP students are already PRINCE2 certified.
Is MSP suitable for your organisation?
Managing programmes is challenging. Coordinating and delivering multiple projects and avoiding risk requires the right skills, techniques and knowledge. Adopting the MSP method and providing MSP training for your team are the best ways to ensure your programmes are a success.
The MSP framework can be used to manage any type of programme, whether your organisation operates in the public, private or charitable sectors. It is a best practice approach enabling your staff to coordinate, control and deliver programmes successfully. Without a well-established programme management framework such as MSP, your programmes could very easily spiral out of control, costing your organisation time, money and resources.
Are your trainers experienced?
Absolutely they are!
Firstly, all of our MSP trainers have been accredited by PEOPLECERT (one of the MSP accreditation bodies) to ensure they have the appropriate MSP and/or programme management experience.
Secondly, we only employ trainers who have plenty of real-world project management experience AND are good at training. When we select our trainers, we choose only those who have a passion for MSP and helping others to learn.
What's included in the price?
Everything except your lunch! For the MSP training, this means your exam fees and sample exams are included, alongside the official manual, course materials and pre-course study. You also have unlimited tea, coffee, water and biscuits and free Wi-Fi.
Where are your MSP courses held?
Currently we only offer MSP training in London. Check our web site for the exact location.
Is there homework?
You can expect to spend about 2 hours completing homework during each evening on the MSP course. The homework consists of revision and practising sample exams.
What is the pre-course reading?
The pre-course reading for MSP takes 14 hours to complete, and consists of a workbook and course manual sent out to you before the training.
I use a wheelchair. Can I get access to an exam venue?
This depends upon the venue. Please call us to check whether wheelchair access is provided.
How long does it take to get my exam results?
Your trainer will mark your MSP Foundation exams during class, and will usually give you your score within an hour or so of the exam finishing. For the MSP Practitioner exam, your paper will be electronically scanned for same-day results.
I have trouble writing for long periods due to a medical condition. What can I do?
Talk to us beforehand about any existing medical condition which you have. We can contact the accreditation body to ask their advice on whether extra time can be given in the exam. For example, if you are dyslexic and have a certificate from a doctor, extra exam time can be given. It’s always best to discuss this before you book your training.
Can you deliver this course onsite at my company's premises?
Yes. All our MSP training is available as in-house training. Please call us and speak with our representatives to discuss the pricing.
What time does the training begin?
Our MSP training starts at 9:30am each morning and continues until 5:30pm, except on the fifth day, when it finishes at 3:00pm. If you require further details, please call us.
How long do courses last for?
The MSP Foundation training lasts for 3 days, Monday to Wednesday.
The MSP Foundation & Practitioner training lasts for 5 days, Monday to Friday.
Does the course include exams?
All our MSP training courses include your exams.
The MSP Foundation course consists of one exam taken on the Wednesday afternoon of your course.
The MSP Foundation & Practitioner course also includes a further exam – the MSP Practitioner exam which is taken on the Friday afternoon.
When will I get my certificate?
If you pass you MSP exams your certificate will be available for download about 3 working days from the date of the exam.
I have no experience of programme management. Is this course the right course for me?
This course is ideal for programme support staff, project managers, change managers and experts working within a programme office who need to know how to apply MSP to their own programmes.
It is also suited to people such as programme managers and senior responsible owners who want to take a higher level qualification, such as Practitioner or Advanced Practitioner.
Are there any prerequisites for your MSP courses?
No, there are no prerequisites for our MSP courses, but if you wish to sit the Practitioner exam, then you must have already passed the Foundation exam.
How long does the qualification last?
The MSP Foundation qualification lasts forever. However, to retain your MSP Practitioner status, you will need to sit a re-registration exam between 3-5 years of passing your initial exam. This would also ensure your knowledge of MSP is up-to-date.
Will this qualification help me to get a job?
To kick-start a programme management career, MSP is an excellent qualification to have, alongside the necessary experience in managing or supporting projects or programmes.
Managing programmes requires much expertise and knowledge, and many people enter the field after building up their experience in a project management role first, or even as a management consultant or change manager.
It is wise to combine MSP with a qualification such as PRINCE2, which will prove you also have the necessary project management knowledge, and you will find that many MSP students are already PRINCE2 certified.
Are there any example exam questions?
Yes – as part of your pre-course study and homework you will be given access to 2 full sample MSP Foundation and/or and MSP Practitioner exam papers.
How well known is the MSP framework?
MSP is a globally recognised methodology. MSP practices have been adopted in organisations throughout the world in both the public and private sectors. MSP was successfully used to manage the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Is the course aimed at any particular type of programme?
MSP can be applied to all types of programme, regardless of the industry or sector.
What's the difference between the Foundation and Practitioner examinations?
Both exams are multiple choice exams. The Foundation exam lasts for 1 hour, and it test candidates have enough knowledge and understanding of MSP to interact with those managing a programme, or act as an informed member of the programme team.
The Practitioner exam lasts for 2.5 hours, but has different styles of multiple choice question, and tests candidates on their ability to apply the method to a particular project scenario. To pass either exam, you will need to get at a score of at least 50%.
Are the exams difficult?
You’ll be pleased to know that both exams are multiple choice. Out of the two exams, the MSP Foundation exam is more straightforward. The MSP Practitioner exam requires you to apply your knowledge to a specific programme scenario, so is more of a challenge.
However, thorough exam preparation is a crucial part of Knowledge Train’s MSP course, so you’ll be ready to tackle those questions when attending one of our MSP training courses!