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    MSP Foundation & Practitioner course

    4-day MSP Foundation and MSP Practitioner virtual classroom combines both MSP courses in a single training solution. This combined MSP certification is ideal for those who want to learn all aspects of successful programme management.

    All candidates receive a copy of the “Managing Successful Programmes” MSP manual (5th edition) and receive tuition from an experienced MSP instructor.

    This MSP Foundation & Practitioner course includes online MSP Foundation and Practitioner exams.

    Accreditation Accreditation: PeopleCert (on behalf of AXELOS)
    Pre-requisites Pre-requisites: None
    location Location: London or online
    classroom Format: Instructor-led traditional or virtual classroom.
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    MSP Foundation course

    This 3-day MSP Foundation course as an ideal way to learn about programme management principles and MSP framework. This course scores a 99% pass rate in the MSP Foundation exam.

    All candidates receive a copy of the ‘Managing Successful Programmes’ MSP manual (5th edition) and receive expert tuition from an experienced MSP instructor.

    This MSP Foundation course includes an online MSP Foundation exam.

    Accreditation Accreditation: PeopleCert (on behalf of AXELOS)
    Pre-requisites Pre-requisites: None
    location Location: London or online
    classroom Format: Instructor-led traditional or virtual classroom.

    MSP Practitioner course

    On this 1-day MSP practitioner course students learn to apply the MSP principles, processes, and tools to changes programmes.

    MSP Practitioner certification shows your understanding of analytical tools and the ability to think strategically as a successful programme manager. Tuition from an experienced MSP trainer.

    This MSP Practitioner course includes an online MSP Practitioner exam.

    Accreditation Accreditation: PeopleCert (on behalf of AXELOS)
    Pre-requisites Pre-requisites: MSP Foundation
    location Location: London or online
    classroom Format: Instructor-led traditional or virtual classroom.

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    Managing Successful Programmes training courses- what is Managing Successful Programmes (MSP)?

    Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) certification

    What is Managing Successful Programmes (MSP)?

    Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) was developed by AXELOS (the owners of the PRINCE2 method). MSP is a best-practice program management framework. It was designed to help align programmes and their constituent projects with organisational strategy.

    MSP focuses on the delivery of beneficial outcomes. It mitigates much of the risk inherent to large, complex programmes by turning large enterprise-wide initiatives into a series of more manageable inter-related projects.

    The MSP framework is incredibly flexible and can be tailored to suit any programme context.

    What is MSP made up of?

    MSP is composed of 5 different elements:

    MSP Principles

    • MSP Principles are the thoughts and ideas which help keep MSP programmes consistent and productive. They are derived from lessons learned from previous programme experiences and underpin the success of any transformational change. When making decisions using the MSP framework, you can be confident that your choices are supported by decades of experience.
    MSP Governance Themes
    • TheMSP Governance Themes helps organisations pick the right leadership team and help ensure that all required controls and in place, mitigating risks and giving you the best chance of success. They are used to guide decision-making and planning.
    MSP Transformational Flow
    • The MSP Transformational Flow describes what must be done at every step in the programme management lifecycle, guiding programme managers from conception through to the delivery of benefits.
    MSP official guidance
    • Managing Successful Programmes (5th ed.)
    MSP certification
    • A comprehensive certification scheme, including MSP Foundation and MSP Practitioner certifications.

    When do organisations need to use MSP?

    A programme is designed as a temporary, flexible structure created to coordinate a set of related projects. While small projects might be completed in a single day, programmes are likely to have a lifespan of several years.

    To treat an initiative as a programme there must be a justification for introducing a layer of management between corporate portfolio management and project management.

    Programmes often have the following characteristics:

    • They meet an important strategic need, and as such, require high-level leadership and direction.
    • They rely on the output of multiple smaller projects, each requiring a unique set of personnel, skills, and tools.

    The need for an enterprise-wide initiative or change programme is often driven by:

    • A new policy initiative or change in organisational culture
    • The need to ensure compliance with new legislation, laws, and regulations
    • An effort to adapt to new, industry-changing technologies.
    Managing Successful Programmes training courses- is MSP certification popular?

    Is MSP certification popular?

    Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) qualification is one of the leading programme management methods in the world.

    MSP was developed using feedback gathered from leading programme managers to create an accessible, applicable framework based on learned experience and practical tools.

    In the UK, the certification of choice for programme managers is MSP.

    How can MSP help my organisation?

    MSP, like PRINCE and other AXELOS products, is based upon proven best practices and is updated regularly to reflect modern thinking and approaches to programme management. The latest version of MSP was updated in 2020 (Managing Successful Programmes - 5th ed).

    MSP offers the following benefits for organisations:

    • MSP provides step-by-step guidance for managing complexity and resources.
    • MSP aligns projects and programmes to organisational strategy.
    • MSP delivers strategic programmes and multiple projects to realise benefits.
    • MSP offers a proven, reliable, and repeatable approach to programme management.
    Managing Successful Programmes training courses- what is MSP certification?

    What is MSP certification?

    In addition to being a best-practice programme management framework, MSP is also a certification scheme. There are 2 levels of MSP certification: MSP Foundation certification and MSP Practitioner certification.

    MSP Foundation certification

    MSP Foundation certification candidates demonstrate their understanding of the MSP framework and MSP terminology. Successful candidates demonstrate their understanding of the guidance sufficiently to work in a team to deliver or manage a programme.

    Who is it for?

    MSP Foundation certification is for individuals interested to learn how to manage multiple projects and programmes successfully. This certification is designed to help the following people gain sufficient understanding of MSP to work effectively in large scale project or programme environments:

    • Programme managers
    • Project managers
    • Programme office staff
    • Business change managers
    • Programme and project delivery team members.
    MSP Foundation exam
    • Style: Multiple-choice
    • Questions: 60
    • Pass mark: 60% (36/60)
    • Duration: 60 minutes
    • Materials allowed: Closed-book
    • Pre-requisites: None.

    MSP Practitioner certification

    MSP Practitioner certification builds on the Foundation level. Successful candidates demonstrate their ability to apply the MSP framework to real-life scenarios.

    Who is it for?

    MSP Practitioner certification is for these managers who are interested to learn how to apply MSP to real-life programme scenarios:

    • Programme managers
    • Project managers
    • Business change managers.
    MSP Practitioner exam
    • Style: Multiple-choice
    • Questions: 70
    • Pass mark: 60% (42/70)
    • Duration: 150 minutes
    • Materials allowed: Open-book
    • Pre-requisites: MSP Foundation.

    How to earn your MSP certification

    To can earn your MSP certification by enrolling on an instructor-led MSP course. Our instructor-led courses take place in one of 2 ways:

    • As a traditional physical classroom course - you must travel to the training venue, or
    • As a virtual classroom course - you participate over the internet using a computer and headset (and optional video camera) using our advanced virtual learning technology.

    In both types of instructor-led course you receive face-to-face tuition from one of our experienced programme management trainers.

    Instructor-led courses

    All instructor-led courses are taught by experienced MSP trainers and offer the benefits of face-to-face learning with an experienced tutor. To participate in an instructor-led MSP course, you must be able to commit to a fixed classroom schedule.

    To check whether there is a classroom instructor-led MSP course in your area, or a virtual instructor-led course hosted on the internet, please check the dates on the MSP Foundation page or MSP Practitioner page.

    MSP course details

    MSP Foundation course

    Course format

    • Instructor-led MSP Foundation courses are available as either traditional classroom courses or online virtual classroom courses.

    Course includes

    • MSP Foundation instructor-led tuition
    • Accredited MSP Foundation course materials
    • MSP manual – Managing Successful Programmes (5th ed.)
    • Sample MSP Foundation exams
    • MSP Foundation exam.

    Course times

    • Instructor-led classroom MSP Foundation courses are held over 2 days from 9 am to 5 pm.

    Learning outcomes

    • Instructor-led MSP Foundation training teaches students sufficient understanding of the MSP framework and MSP terminology to work in a team to deliver or manage a programme.

    Course content

    This instructor-led MSP Foundation course covers the following topics:

    • MSP terminology
    • Key concepts relating to programmes and MSP
    • How the MSP principles underpin the MSP framework
    • The MSP themes and how they are applied
    • The MSP processes and how they are carried out.

    Prerequisites

    • None.
    MSP Practitioner course

    Course format

    • Instructor-led MSP Practitioner courses are available as either traditional classroom courses or online virtual classroom courses.

    Course includes

    • MSP Practitioner instructor-led tuition
    • Accredited MSP Practitioner course materials
    • Sample MSP Practitioner exams
    • MSP Practitioner exam.

    Course times

    • Instructor-led classroom MSP Practitioner courses are held over 2 days from 9 am to 5 pm.

    Learning outcomes

    • MSP Practitioner training teaches students how to apply the MSP framework to real-life programme scenarios.

    Course content

    Instructor-led MSP Practitioner training covers the following topics:

    • How to apply the MSP principles in context
    • How to apply and tailor relevant aspects of the MSP themes in context
    • How to apply and tailor relevant aspects of the MSP processes in context.

    Prerequisites

    • MSP Foundation.

    Our trainers

    If you choose to gain your MSP certification by attending an instructor-led classroom course, you’ll receive some of the very best training provided by a team of professional trainers and expert programme managers.

    The instructors include the following.

    Michelle Rowland

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    Jumoke Ogunbekun

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    Managing Successful Programmes training courses- FAQs

    MSP training – frequently asked questions (FAQs)

    Yes. Knowledge Train is an AXELOS Accredited Training Organisation for MSP.

    Knowledge Train only hires the most experienced programme management professionals and AXELOS-certified MSP trainers to help deliver our world-class training.

    Our instructor-led classroom classes are taught by the best programme management trainers in the UK. Each is a training expert with years of applied experience working as a programme manager. They help deliver a high quality of training you won’t find elsewhere!

    If you’d like to try our instructor-led training and learn how we run our virtual classroom courses, give our team a call on +44 (0)207 148 5985 and we’ll find you a place on our next available course.

    We've designed our instructor-led training to give you the best possible chance to learn about MSP and pass your MSP exams. Simply choose the MSP course format that best suits your needs.

    You should take instructor-led MSP classroom training if any of the following apply:

    • You can commit to a fixed classroom schedule
    • You’d like to earn your MSP certification as quickly as possible
    • You prefer face-to-face learning with a trainer
    • You enjoy learning in a social environment with other students.

    You should take a self-paced MSP online course if any of the following apply:

    • You cannot commit to a fixed classroom schedule
    • You cannot travel to a classroom training venue
    • You prefer to learn at your own pace.

    Instructor-led MSP Foundation training is best suited to the following people who want to learn to manage multiple projects and programmes successfully:

    • Programme managers
    • Project managers
    • Business change managers
    • Programme and project delivery team members
    • Programme management office personnel.

    Instructor-led MSP Practitioner training is best suited to the following people who want to learn to apply the MSP framework to real-life programme scenarios:

    • Programme managers
    • Project managers
    • Business change managers
    • Programme and project delivery team members
    • Portfolio management staff
    • Specialist programme staff.

    MSP Foundation certifications do not expire. MSP Practitioner certifications expire after 5 years.

    To maintain your MSP Practitioner certification and ensure there are no gaps in your Practitioner status, you can either retake the MSP Practitioner Exam before the expiry date or maintain your certification through CPD points and a digital badge.

    If you choose to follow the CPD route you need to purchase a subscription to AXELOS’s My MSP which costs £50 +VAT per year.

    All exam results and certifications are administered by PeopleCert.

    MSP Foundation official exam results and digital certificate are issued within 1 working day of submitting your exam.

    MSP Practitioner official exam results and digital certificate are issued within 3 working days of submitting your exam.

    Instructor-led traditional classroom course students

    You will receive the MSP handbook on the first morning of the classroom course.

    Instructor-led virtual classroom course students

    If you live in the United Kingdom, you will receive your handbook via courier in a timely manner before the start of your virtual classroom course.

    If you live outside the UK, you will receive a digital copy of the MSP Handbook via email. You can still elect to receive a hard copy of the MSP handbook, but you must pay an additional postage fee.

    If you've enrolled in our instructor-led MSP course, we'll provide introductory reading to help you familiarise yourself with basic terms and concepts of MSP before the course begins.

    This reading should take no more than 3 hours and provides a basic overview of some of the topics you'll encounter on the first day of your MSP course.

    As a student learning on an instructor-led MSP course, your instructor may set aside time during training hours within which to take the exams.

    You are not obligated to sit the exams at this time however and can book your MSP exams whenever is most convenient for you.

    Our instructor-led MSP training courses are taught by experienced MSP trainers and will teach you everything you need to know to pass the MSP exams.

    In addition, you’ll receive official sample exams that match the style, form, and content of questions you will be asked in your MSP exams.

    Student of our instructor-led virtual classroom MSP training can also watch recordings of all training sessions for later review.

    If studying through an instructor-led MSP training course, our trainers will assign you homework of approximately 1-2 hours of homework at the end of each day.

    Homework may include reading assignments, pop-quizzes, and other beneficial revision exercises.