MSP® 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.

The price listed includes an optional copy of the MSP® text book, this can be removed when booking if you already have an up to date copy. 

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2 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 Practitioner exam.

Who is this course for

Anyone who currently holds the MSP Foundation certificate.

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.

Vision Statement


Blueprint Benefits Management
  • (Including Benefits Maps and Benefit Profiles)


Risk and Issue Management


Programme's Business Case
  • (Including roles such as Senior Responsible Owner, Business Change Manager, Programme Manager, Sponsoring Group, Programme Office)


Planning and Control
  • (Including the use of tranches and transition)
  • Leadership and Stakeholder Engagement Transformational Flow process and activities


Governance Strategies



You must hold the MSP Foundation qualification and actual 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

It is crucial that you have a copy of the Managing Successful Programmes book. The price listed includes an optional copy of the text book, this can be removed when booking if you already have an up to date copy.

There will be some self-study evening work during the course.

More about the exam

The Practitioner examination is a 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).

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.