MSP® Combined (Foundation & Practitioner)

A structured framework for defining and managing complex programmes leading to change

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) is an internationally recognised best practice programme management method, which can be tailored to suit any type of working culture and any size or type of programme.  MSP is also the de facto standard developed by the UK government for delivering change programmes in the UK.  This course will lead you to the much sought after MSP Practitioner qualification.

A copy of the ‘MSP Managing Successful Programmes 2011’ Book will be given to you on day 1 of the course.

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5 Days
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Purpose of this course

This intensive course is an in-depth study of the MSP method and includes the highly valued Foundation and Practitioner exams.

Who is this course for

This course is ideal for any staff involved in programme management roles and wish to gain a qualification, for example; Programme leader; Programme office staff; Business Change Managers; Business Consultants; Operations staff involved in change programmes.

You will learn how to
  • Apply the MSP framework in a programme environment
  • Identify and track benefits
  • Appreciate the importance of an orderly transition in a programme environment
  • Understand the recommended roles and responsibilities advocated by MSP, such as the Senior Responsible Owner and Business Change Manager
Benefits for your organisation

The course relays the importance of an orderly management of change which, in a programme environment, is especially difficult to achieve. In particular, the course will focus on transition (preparing for it, enacting it and then, once it has occurred, realising benefits). A significant focus of the course is on benefits realisation: how claimed benefits must be properly tested for their validity and, if they are valid, how to make more likely the chance of them being realised.

Benefits for you as an individual

The course will help the delegate to manage a complex change environment. Attendees will appreciate the different perspectives that are germane to risk management, how stakeholders can be identified and engaged, how to prepare for transition and how benefits should be identified and evaluated.

Identification Programme

Detailed review of techniques to take a programme from concept to feasibility and a Programme Brief.

Definition Programme

Development of future business models and planning and application to a case study.

Managing the Tranche

Steps and mechanisms used to enable the programme to flex to external events and keep the programme under control.

Realising Benefits

Application of steps and activities required to take the capabilities delivered by the projects to release the benefits.

Delivering Capability

Design of case study project portfolio to ensure that they deliver the required capabilities to the change programme.

Closing a Programme

Steps in a structured Closure to ensure that the defeat is not snatched from the jaws of victory.

Benefits Management

Identifying and defining, from the case study of a benefits strategy, followed by profiling and modelling their delivery.

Organisation and Governance

Design an organisational structure for a programme, identifying responsibilities and additional roles that could be required.

Vision and Blueprint

Establishing a viable Vision on which the programme should be based, and developing an optimal end game Blueprint that steers the programme

Risk and Issue Management

Apply the 4 levels of Risk to the scenario, develop mitigation strategies and a process for resolution of issues.

Planning and Control

Define the contents of a Programme Plan and identify how the programme will be controlled, with associated responsibilities and tools

Stakeholder Engagement and Leadership

Identify and analyse the stakeholders, profile and map their interests and issues and develop the Communications Plan.

Business Case

Look at the challenges for the Business Case in the case study scenario and its use as a control tool.

Quality Management

Design a Quality Management Strategy for a programme and the issues associated with implementation.


Experience of working in a Programme environment is desirable and those sitting the course are advised to complete the pre-course workbook and reading.

Pre-course work required

15 hours of pre-course preparation work is required, along with some evening work during the course. Pre-course material will be sent to you 4-6 weeks before the start of the course.

Pre-course reading and post-course support on Quanta Learn, our e-learning portal.

More about the exam

On the afternoon of the 3rd day, you will sit the multiple-choice Foundation exam.  The exam is 40 minutes long, containing 50 questions or which 30 correct answers or more are required to pass.  The exam is closed-book.

At the end of the course on day 5 you will sit the Practitioner examination.  The objective testing based two-and-a-half hours exam consists of 8 questions, with 80 marks available, 40 marks or more are required to pass.  The exam is open-book (only the MSP Guide is allowed).

Quanta will issue your exam results to you via email.

Exam Fee

About the Lead Trainer

Toby is a Project, Programme and Risk Management trainer with over twenty years’ experience in both public and private sector delivery. An accountant by profession, he is a rare breed in that he does indeed have a sense of humour. Very much a family man, if you meet him, no doubt you will hear about the ‘Boos’ in his attempt to bring aspects of the subject to life.