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MSP® Foundation Training Course

Understand The Principles And Concepts Of Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®)


Our two-day MSP® Foundation training course will provide you with a thorough understanding of the internationally recognised Programme Management Methodology - Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®). Our classroom course will provide you with the skills you need to confidently use MSP® to work within a programme.

Please Note

You can book this course and hold it in credit until you have decided on a specific course date. Alternatively, please view our other course dates.
Exam Included
2 Days
£799Excl. VAT

Course Outline

Our MSP® Foundation training course will cover the following topics:

  • Principles of MSP®
  • Governance Theme
  • Organisation
  • Vision Leadership and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Benefit Realisation Management
  • Blueprint Design and Delivery
  • Planning and Control
  • The Business Case
  • Risk Management and Issue Resolution
  • Quality Management
  • Transformational Flow Overview
  • Identifying a Programme
  • Defining a Programme
  • Managing the Tranches
  • Delivering the Capability
  • Realising the Benefits
  • Closing a Programme
  • Tailoring MSP® to the Programme Environment


Our MSP® Foundation course covers the principles and concepts of MSP® that provides you with adequate knowledge of programme management scenarios. Completing our MSP® Foundation training course will give you the highest chance of succeeding in a programming environment.

About the Course

At the end of our MSP® Foundation course you will be able to:

  • Understand the facts, terms and concepts relating to each theme
  • Understand how each governance theme relates to the principles
  • Understand the approach to the treatment of each governance theme
  • Appreciate how each governance theme is applied throughout the transformational flow
  • Understand the responsibilities involved in each governance theme apply and tailor the relevant aspects of each governance theme to a given scenario
  • Identify, analyse and distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate application of each governance theme in a given scenario application of MSP® in an exam environment.

Who Should Attend

  • Programme Managers
  • Aspiring Programme Managers
  • Programme Board Members
  • Programme or Portfolio Support Staff
  • Senior Project Board Members

Materials Provided

  • Full Materials Including Comprehensive Course Workbook
  • Highly Skilled and Knowledgeable Tutors
  • MSP® Foundation Examination
  • Refreshments

Organisational Benefits

  • Align corporate strategy, delivery mechanisms for change and the business-as-usual environment
  • Continually monitor progress, assess performance and realise benefits
  • Apply a common framework of understanding for all programmes
  • Add value by focusing on benefits
  • Encourage feedback in order to refine future strategies based on evidence from programmes

Individual Benefits

  • Utilise Best Practice in Programme Management to successfully deliver transformational change
  • Carry out the coordinated organisation, direction and implementation of a dossier of projects and transformation activities to achieve outcomes and realise benefits of strategic importance to the business
  • Manage the transition of the solutions developed and delivered by projects into the organisation’s operations, whilst maintaining performance and effectiveness
  • Encourage realistic expectations of the organisational capacity and ability to change
  • Lead business transformation accommodating high levels of complexity, ambiguity and risk


Experience of working in a programme environment is essential. However, if this is not applicable, Project Management experience or Project Board experience may be appropriate, but it is not recommended that you attempt this course without any experience at all.

The MSP® Foundation course on this page is sourced from our strategic training partner, Knowledge Train.


It is required for you to have revised the ‘Managing Successful Programme’ workbook for at least 15 hours before the course. There will also be a minimum of 2 hours homework every evening.

Exam Overview

MSP® Foundation Examination:

  • 75 question multiple choice examination which involves 5 trial questions
  • The examination duration is 1 hour
  • The pass mark Is 35 out of 70 (50% pass mark)

Exam Type

Classroom Exam

Professional Development Units - PDUs

There are no Professional Development Units associated with this course.


MSP® Foundation Certificate

Next Steps

The next logical step would be our two-day MSP® Practitioner classroom course which is more detailed in knowledge compared to the MSP® Foundation.


Congratulations! After successful completion of the MSP® Foundation course and examination, you will be awarded a certificate in MSP® Foundation.

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