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.


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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.

Overseas Delegates - Electronic books are provided within course fee, paper books maybe subject to additional charge, please ask at point of booking.

More about the exam

 The Foundation exam is 60 minutes long, containing 75 questions of which 35 correct answers or more are required to pass, and 5 of which are trial questions with no marks.  The exam is closed-book.

The Practitioner examination is two-and-a-half hours and 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).

This course is eligible for the PeopleCert Take2 scheme, please discuss at point of booking if this is of interest to you.
Regardless of if your training is face to face or virtual PeopleCert exams are available exclusively online. They will be proctored live online using their Exam Shield software. You can find additional information regarding PeopleCert's online exam requirements here, including installing Exam Shield on their website.

To book your exam, you will be sent an exam voucher before your course from which you will be directed to go to PeopleCert's website and book your preferred time and day.

Please be aware that if you are on a face to face course in Worcester you will not be able to do your exam from our facility, sorry for any inconvenience this causes.