MSP training courses
MSP training (5th edition) provides you with the skills and certification for a programme management career.
MSP (Managing Successful Programmes) is the best-practice programme management framework from AXELOS.
MSP qualifications enhance your skills to work in a programme manager or programme office team role.
These virtual classroom MSP training courses are run by experienced MSP instructors so they are like a classroom MSP course except that you participate from home instead.
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MSP certification and careers
There are 2 levels of MSP qualification: Foundation and Practitioner. Foundation level is a prerequisite for Practitioner. Exams are included as part of our accredited training classes.
All our MSP training is designed to help you understand programme management principles and terminology and prepare you for your exams.
The easiest way to get the two qualifications is during the five-day Foundation & Practitioner course.
- Exam: 1-hour closed-book, 60 multiple-choice questions.
- Pass mark: 36/60.
- Prerequisites: none.
- Suitable for: programme team members or managers.
- What’s tested: candidates’ knowledge and understanding of MSP to interact with those managing a programme, or act as an informed member of the programme team.
- Exam: 2.5-hour open-book, 70 multiple choice questions.
- Pass mark: 42/70.
- Prerequisites: MSP Foundation.
- Suitable for: current/aspiring programme managers.
- What’s tested: the candidates’ ability to apply MSP in a program scenario.
Who should get MSP certification?
You should consider getting MSP certification if you want to enhance your skills when working on or managing a programme. It is highly recommended for project managers, business analysts, change managers and others involved in programmes. MSP qualifications are recognised by employers globally.
Programmes are long periods of work initiated by organisations to deliver strategic changes. They involve multiple related projects.
Many people are involved in programmes including project or programme office staff, project managers, technical staff, business analysts, change managers and board members.
Programmes exist in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Examples include a global company upgrading its IT systems; city council building infrastructure; a charity initiating aid projects in a country. Each of these delivers lasting, positive change with long-term benefits.
The 2012 London Olympics is also an example. Multiple projects were funded - constructing venues, organising catering, planning the opening ceremony and ensuring the Olympic park could be used safely by the public long after the event.
Programme Manager Careers
Programme management is a growing profession and a program manager role can be both challenging and satisfying.
Project managers often progress their career by getting a programme management qualification. Individuals with a background in business management, risk or change management also suit a programme manager career.
Programme manager salaries are excellent. According to TotalJobs, the average salary for UK program managers in 2018 was £82,500!
What is the difference between a project manager and a programme manager?
The difference between a project manager and a programme manager is as follows:
Project manager - is responsible for managing a single project. This involves delivering the projects outputs within agreed constraints of time, cost and quality.
Programme manager - is responsible for the coordination and management of multiple and possibly complex inter-dependencies between projects.
Will MSP get me a job?
Getting MSP will not get you a job on its own. But combined with the right experience, MSP certification can certainly boost your CV/resume.
It is wise to combine MSP with a PRINCE2 qualification to show that you also have project management knowledge. Many MSP students are already certified in PRINCE2.
What is MSP?
MSP stands for Managing Successful Programmes. Do not get confused with Managing Successful Projects, which is the name of the book describing the project management framework PRINCE2.
MSP is a programme management framework using to manage large, complex organisational change programmes.
What is a programme?
A programme is a large change initiative within an organisation which consists of a dossier of projects. A programme is expected to realise benefits for the organisation and help it achieve its strategic objectives.
What is programme management?
Programme management is the coordinated organization, direction and implementation of a dossier of projects and transformation activities to achieve outcomes and realize strategic benefits for an organisation.
Is your MSP training accredited?
Yes. All our MSP training is accredited by PeopleCert on behalf of AXELOS. As an accredited training organisation we provide students with exams as part of their MSP course.
What is included in the price?
Your MSP course includes the following:
- All exam fees
- Professional certificate (after passing exams)
- One free exam re-sit*
- 2 sample exams
Official MSP Manual
- Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®), 5th Edition, ISBN: 9780113316762 (only MSP Foundation course).
- Pre-course preparation
- MSP training from an experienced trainer
- Detailed course guide
- Free WiFi
Is there homework on the MSP course?
Studying 2 hours per night is expected.
What is the pre-course reading?
Pre-course reading for our MSP courses takes 14 hours. We will send you a workbook and course manual before the training.
When do I get my MSP exam results and certificate?
MSP Foundation exam results are given during class. MSP Practitioner exam results are received the same day. Certificate(s) can be downloaded 3 working days after the exam.
What is the timing of the training and exams?
- MSP Foundation training - Monday to Wednesday. Exam 16:00pm Wednesday. Location: London.
- MSP Foundation & Practitioner training - Monday to Friday. Exam 12:30pm Friday. Location: London.
Training classes run from 9:30am to 17:30pm, except the last day (15:00pm).
Are there any prerequisites for your MSP training courses?
No, anyone can take an MSP course, but to sit the MSP Practitioner exam you must have already passed the MSP Foundation exam.
How long does the MSP qualification last?
The MSP Foundation qualification lasts forever. However, to retain your MSP Practitioner status, you will need to sit an MSP re-registration exam between 3-5 years of passing your initial exam. This would also ensure your knowledge is up to date.
Can you deliver this course in-house?
Yes. All MSP training courses are available as in-house on-site training. Please call us and speak with our representatives to discuss the pricing.
Can I get extra exam time due to a medical condition?
Call us beforehand on +44 (0)207-148-5985 and we can contact the accreditation body for advice. For medical conditions, a doctor’s certificate is normally required.
Where can I get further information about MSP?
The best place to read more about MSP certification is the AXELOS web site.
Is there an MSP course near me?
Our students come from all over the UK including: London, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea, Slough, Plymouth, Derby, Leicester, Nottingham, Newcastle, Blackburn, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen.