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Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) online certification

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) online certification

What is MSP (Managing Successful Programmes)?

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) is part of the best practice suite of project and programme management frameworks owned by AXELOS (the owners of PRINCE2). MSP is designed to help align programs and their projects with organisational strategy.

MSP focuses on the delivery of outcomes of benefit. It reduces risk inherent in large, complex programmes by ensuring large enterprise-wide initiatives are planned and managed as a series of inter-related projects.

MSP is totally flexible and can be tailored to suit any type or size of programme.

What is MSP composed of?

What is MSP composed of?

MSP is composed of 5 key things:

Principles

  • MSP Principles are the universal concepts that ensure MSP programmes are consistent and productive. Principles underpin the success of any transformational change and are derived from lessons learned many experienced programme management practitioners and experts. When using MSP, you can be confident that your decisions are supported by decades of experience.

Governance Themes

  • MSP Governance Themes help assure the leadership team that all the necessary controls are in place, thus reducing risks and giving your programme the best chance of success. Themes are used to guide decision-making and planning at appropriate levels.

Transformational Flow

  • MSP Transformational Flow describes what is done at all steps in the programme management lifecycle. It guides programme managers throughout the programme – from conception through to benefits delivery.

MSP official guidance

  • Managing Successful Programmes (5th ed.)

MSP certification

  • MSP includes a certification scheme at MSP Foundation and MSP Practitioner levels.
When should organisations use MSP?

Programmes are temporary structures created to deliver outcomes that contribute to strategic goals. Programmes are driven by:

  • New policy initiatives or changes in organisational culture
  • The need for compliance with new legislation, laws, and regulations
  • The need to adapt to new technologies.

Programmes have these characteristics:

  • They meet the strategic needs of the organisation and require high-level leadership and direction.
  • They coordinate the delivery of the outputs from multiple projects, each requiring a unique set of people, skills, tools, and resources.

If your change initiative meets one of the above characteristics then you should consider using MSP to provide a layer of management between corporate portfolio management and project management.

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Is MSP online certification popular?

Is MSP online certification popular?

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

MSP offers an accessible, applicable framework based on learned experience and practical tools. As such, it is the programme management framework of choice, especially in the UK.

With many people gaining experience of online learning during the Covid-19 pandemic, gaining MSP certification online using self-paced elearning is an increasingly popular choice.

Can MSP online help my organisation?

It certainly can help. MSP, just like PRINCE2, is based upon proven best practices. It gets updated regularly to reflect modern programme management thinking. The latest version of MSP (Managing Successful Programmes – 5th ed.) was updated in 2020.

Having your staff learn about MSP online offers these benefits for organisations:

  • It provides step-by-step guidance for managing complexity and resources.
  • It aligns the projects within a programme to organisational strategy.
  • It delivers strategic programmes and multiple projects to realise outcomes of benefit.
  • It offers a reliable, repeatable, and proven approach to programme management.
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What is MSP online certification?

What is MSP online certification?

MSP online certification is a way to learn and achieve either MSP Foundation certification or MSP Practitioner certification using self-paced online eLearning by sitting the MSP exams online.

MSP Foundation online certification

MSP Foundation online certification demonstrates a candidate’s understanding of the MSP framework and 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 online certification is for people wanting to learn how to manage multiple or support programmes successfully. This online certification helps 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 online exam
  • Style: Multiple-choice
  • Delivery: Online
  • Questions: 60
  • Pass mark: 60% (36/60)
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Materials allowed: Closed-book
  • Prerequisites: None.

MSP Practitioner online certification

MSP Practitioner online certification builds upon the knowledge gained at Foundation level. Successful online candidates demonstrate their ability to apply the MSP framework to real-life scenarios.

Who is it for?

MSP Practitioner online certification is for people already qualified at Foundation level, or are interested to learn how to apply MSP to real-life programme scenarios:

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

Earning your MSP online certification

To earn your MSP certificate online, enrol on a self-paced MSP online course. Self-paced learning is an ideal way for busy, working professionals who cannot commit to a fixed classroom schedule.

Earning your MSP qualification through an online self-paced course can be done in as little as 14 hours. If you choose to study with self-paced MSP online training, you require a computer, audio, and internet.

Instructor-led courses

If you prefer face-to-face learning with an experienced tutor, then you should choose an instructor-led MSP course taught by experienced MSP trainers.

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

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Self-paced learning

Self-paced learning

Self-paced learning has had many different names over the years, including distance learning, computer-based training (CBT), and e-Learning (or elearning). We prefer using the term ‘self-paced’ because you can stop and start your learning whenever, and wherever you want.

Read the benefits of self-paced learning below to learn more about why self-paced learning is a great way to learn about MSP and gain your MSP qualification.

Self-paced training benefits

Self-paced training benefits

Saves you time
  • If you are a busy professional, you often cannot afford the time to attend fixed-schedule classroom training. So, taking a self-paced MSP online course saves you time.
Saves you money
  • If you are a freelancer or contractor, you lose money if you take time off work to attend a fixed-schedule classroom course. With a self-paced MSP online course you fit your learning time around your working hours, so this saves you money.
Learn at your own pace
  • You can study whenever and wherever you want. You can use any device (desktop, tablet, or mobile) on any platform (Windows, Mac, IOS, or Android) which has a reliable internet connection. You can choose when and how to study at your own pace.
Support provided
  • As a student on our self-paced MSP online courses, you have access to an expert trainer. Our trainers aim to answer all questions from students within 1 business day, and often reply within hours.
Best practice design
  • All our MSP online courses are designed to engage your brain, with the aim to promote longer lasting and deeper understanding of the core concepts. For more details about our best practice design see more about our self-paced online learning below.
Long validity
  • You have access to our self-paced MSP online courses for 12 months. You can take your MSP online exam any time within this period.
Online exam
  • All self-paced MSP online courses include the MSP exam taken online. No travel to an exam centre is required, so you can gain your MSP qualification entirely from home.
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About self-paced training

About self-paced training

Learning technology

These self-paced MSP online courses have been designed with the latest web technologies, so they work on Windows, MacOS, iOS and Android. They are fully responsive, and fit any device and screen size – desktop, tablet and mobile. No browser plugins or installation files are required.

Best practice design

Our self-paced MSP online training courses are highly interactive, and exercises have been designed to aid a deeper level of understanding, leading to longer-lasting learning.

Like all our online training, these self-paced MSP online courses have been designed using the latest best practices in instructional design, including:

Micro-learning

These are short chunks of content taking just a few minutes to complete.

Gamification

Selective use of gamified elements to promote playful elements into the learning process.

Learning Management System (LMS)

A modern LMS which remembers where you are and allows you easy access to all your learning content.

Quizzes

Lots of quizzes to check your knowledge at the end of each topic.

Audio

Selective use of audio to enhance, which avoids ‘overloading’ the student with ‘too much information’.

Accessibility standards

Meeting many of the recommended accessibility standards from the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

Many companies develop online training cheaply just by filming a trainer in a classroom. We do not think that’s a good way to help students learn, nor does it engage learners.

We are confident that our interactive MSP elearning will help you gain an understanding of programme management so that you can sit your MSP exams with confidence.

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MSP Foundation online course details:

Course format

  • Self-paced online course.

Course includes

  • Accredited self-paced MSP Foundation course materials
  • MSP manual – Managing Successful Programmes (5th ed.) – digital copy
  • Sample MSP Foundation exams
  • MSP Foundation exam.
  • 1-month free AXELOS membership with every used Foundation exam voucher.

Course times

  • 1-year access to self-paced online learning course.

Learning outcomes

  • Self-paced MSP Foundation online training teaches students with sufficient understanding of the MSP framework and terminology to work in a team to support, deliver, or manage a programme.

Course content

The self-paced MSP Foundation online 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.
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MSP Practitioner course details:

Course format

  • Self-paced online course.

Course includes

  • Accredited self-paced MSP Practitioner course materials
  • MSP Practitioner sample exams
  • MSP Practitioner exam
  • 1-month free AXELOS membership with every used Practitioner exam voucher.

Course times

  • 1-year access to self-paced online learning course.

Learning outcomes

  • Self-paced MSP Practitioner online training teaches students how to apply the MSP framework to simple programme scenarios.

Course content

The self-paced MSP Practitioner online course 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.
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MSP online training – frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Is Knowledge Train accredited for MSP online training?

Yes. Knowledge Train is an Accredited Training Organisation for MSP and our online MSP training courses are accredited by PeopleCert on behalf of AXELOS.

Why choose Knowledge Train over other course providers?

Knowledge Train works with MSP professionals, e-learning experts and certified MSP trainers to deliver world-class training that promotes faster, longer-lasting learning.

Our interactive, self-paced MSP online training is designed to keep you engaged and focused. It is not cheap to create, nor does it use gimmicks.

For more details about how we deliver high quality MSP online courses, see the section above about our self-paced training.

You can try our self-paced MSP online course here.

Should I take a self-paced or instructor-led MSP course?

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

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.

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

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

Should I take a self-paced MSP Foundation or MSP Practitioner course?

Self-paced 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.

Self-paced 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.

Does my MSP certification expire?

You will need to renew your MSP Foundation and Practitioner certifications after 3 years. All Foundation and Practitioner certifications issued on or before 30 June 2020 will have a renew by date of 1 July 2023.

Foundation certifications that have passed their renew by date will still be accepted as pre-requisites for further certification.

To keep your MSP certification up to date, you can choose any one of 3 ways provided by PeopleCert and AXELOS.

  1. Retake the same exam before the renewal date.
  2. Take further courses and certifications by attending another course and taking an exam within the same product suite before the renewal date.
  3. From March 2023, renew your certification by collecting and logging Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. See AXELOS for more details.
    There is also free membership for one month when you use your exam voucher.

When do I receive my MSP certificate?

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.

Will I receive a manual on this self-paced course?

If you purchase a self-paced MSP Foundation online course or an MSP Foundation & Practitioner online course, you will receive a digital copy of the MSP manual via email.

You can still elect to receive a hard copy of the MSP manual if you choose but must pay an additional fee.

When can I take my MSP online exam?

As a student learning using a self-paced MSP online course, you can choose to sit your exam(s) whenever you feel ready. The only requirement is that you sit your online exam(s) within 12 months of purchase of the self-paced course.

Do I receive any support to help me pass my MSP exams?

Your self-paced MSP online course is designed to help you learn fast and retain information longer, making it an ideal preparation for sitting your exam(s).

The online self-paced training also contains official sample exams that match the style, form, and content of questions you will be asked in your MSP online exams.

Students also benefit from having access to a dedicated expert trainer who is available to answer your questions via email. Our trainers will try to respond to any queries you may have within 1 working day.

How long do I have to complete my MSP online training?

As a student of our self-paced MSP online course, you will have access to the online materials for 12 months after purchase.

Can my company use your self-paced courses on its LMS?

Yes. For organisations wanting to train lots of staff members, our training is available for hosting on your organisation’s Learning Management System (LMS).

Our self-paced training courses use industry standard SCORM and TinCan API formats that are used by modern Learning Management Systems.

Please call our team on +44 (0)207 148 5985 for more details about hosting our MSP online courses on your own LMS.

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