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MSP courses equip you with the skills to perform an effective role on programmes of change. They also give you confidence to perform your programme management role using MSP.

By attending an MSP course, you can also gain your MSP certification which will make your CV stand out.

All MSP courses include exams taken as part of the course.

Accreditation Accreditation: PeopleCert on behalf of AXELOS
Certification Certificate: MSP Foundation/Practitioner
classroom self-paced Format: Live or virtual classroom

Price from £899 £1,699

AXELOS Peoplecert accredited training organisation for MSP (Managing Successful Programmes).

Online programme management courses

Right now, we do not offer programme management courses online except in the form of online virtual classroom courses.

Click here to learn more about online virtual classroom programme management courses with exams.

Accreditation Accreditation: PeopleCert on behalf of AXELOS
Certification Certificate: MSP Foundation/Practitioner
classroom self-paced Format: Live or virtual classroom

Price from £599 £1,799

AXELOS Peoplecert accredited training organisation for MSP (Managing Successful Programmes).

More about programme management certification

How to become a certified programme manager

Becoming a certified programme manager takes time and dedication. Programme management is generally a senior role, best suited to veteran project managers looking for that next step in their career.

Programme management responsibilities

Programme managers are responsible for coordinating multiple projects simultaneously using a structured process. Programmes are complex undertakings that help improve a businesses’ performance. They rely on the output of two or more related projects, all of which must be managed and monitored to ensure a high-quality and consistent outcome from initiation to closure.

Some of the responsibilities of a programme manager include:

  • Monitoring the resources and outputs of each project in a programme
  • Managing the programme budget
  • Coordinating, balancing, and prioritizing resources across projects
  • Scheduling regular meetings with project managers and support staff
  • Creating detailed roadmaps to achieve programme goals.

Programme manager certifications

There are many reasons you might choose to earn a recognized programme management certification.

Veteran project managers often elect to earn a qualification as they progress to more senior roles within an organization. Programme management certifications are a great way to show your skills in programme management to employers.

Programme management certifications are not just for those who work as programme managers. Programmes require support staff, and an entry-level training course can help staff adjust to their new responsibilities.

Even if you are an industry veteran with decades of experience, the field of programme management evolves every year. New technologies, methods and frameworks are changing the way we work. Earning a recognized programme management certifications can help you learn new skills, giving you the information and tools required to approach complex problems confidently.

What is MSP certification?

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) is a best-practice programme management framework that helps ensure the delivery of transformational change through the application of tools and techniques drawn from the experiences of certified programme managers.

The MSP framework is based on three core concepts:

  • Principles derived from positive and negative lessons learned from programme experiences. They are the common factors that underpin the success of any programme
  • Rules of programme governance that help organizations assign leadership, create organization structures and give the best chance for success
  • ‘Transformational flow’ which helps guide the lifecycle of a programme from design to final delivery.

MSP Foundation

The MSP Foundation certification introduces MSP methods and terminology. This entry-level programme management certification helps you work as part of a programme team.

MSP Foundation is invaluable for individuals interested in learning how to manage multiple projects and programmes successfully.

MSP Practitioner

The MSP Practitioner certification is aimed at project managers, business change managers, and specialists who want to apply the MSP framework to real-life scenarios. It demonstrates your ability to understand and apply the MSP principles, governance themes, and transformational flow processes when managing a programme.

It is a must-have certification for professionals who need to deliver organizational value for their employers and advance their careers.

Best programme manager certification

There are several programme management certifications on the market, including the MSP framework, Agile Programme Management (AgilePgM) from APMG-International, and the PMI-PgMP®.

AgilePgM

A newer entry to the market, APMG International’s agile programme management certification is developed in partnership with the Agile Business Consortium. AgilePgM teaches a disciplined but flexible agile approach to the management of organizational change.

Agile programme management principles can work in concert with other programme management frameworks. This makes AgilePgM training less of a competitor to other courses and more a supplementary programme management certification.

The primary difference between agile programme management and more traditional approaches is their approach to design and governance. Whereas MSP and PgMP place more emphasis on design and control, AgilePgM allows greater autonomy at the development level.

Agile programme management focuses less on up-front work and more on discovery to drive development.

Becoming an AgilePgM certified programme manager shows that you can:

  • Create flexible agile programmes that respond to business change
  • Make use of agile principles to ensure successful programme delivery
  • Promote trust and communication between stakeholders
  • Help achieve transformational change faster, at lower cost and risk.

MSP

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) is a best-practice program management framework based on a set principles and processes. The MSP framework is flexible and can be tailored to meet many different demands.

MSP has been designed to accommodate high levels of complexity, ambiguity, and risk. MSP is therefore best suited for use in change initiatives.

MSP is owned by AXELOS, a joint venture with the UK government. Due to the popularity and widespread of PRINCE2 in both UK public and private sectors, it makes sense that MSP is the go-to programme management certification in the UK.

Becoming an MSP certified programme manager shows that you can:

  • Effectively apply MSP principles to aid the successful delivery of complex programmes
  • Understand the principles, governance themes, and transformational flow processes used to manage programmes
  • Act as an informed member of a programme office, business change team, or project delivery team working within an environment supporting MSP.

PMI-PgMP

PMI’s Program Management Professional (PgMP) is an advanced programme management certification aimed at industry veterans with several years’ experience.

Most popular in the Americas, PMI certification holders are recognized worldwide as some of the most dedicated and talent individuals in their profession.

PMI programme management training doesn’t aim to teach candidates anything new but prepares them for the PgMP exam. Becoming a PgMP certified programme manager validates your years of work experience in the programme management profession.

PgMP exams test candidates’ understanding of six focus areas:

  • Governance
  • Prioritization
  • Escalation
  • Resource Management
  • Benefits Realization
  • Stakeholder Management.