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MSP® Managing Successful Programmes Foundation Training Course + Certification

>  Fully Accredited MSP Programme Management Course by PeopleCert

>  Includes official course manual, materials, exam(s) and certificate

>  High pass rates for Foundation and Practitioner exams

>  Exams taken in classroom, not online

>  ReAct, Access and ELCAS Funding Accepted

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Course Information

Our MSP® course has been designed and developed to allow delegates to understand and apply MSP® not just to pass the exams. We specialise in working together with organisations and individuals to understand how MSP® works and how to effectively integrate it in to the existing structures and processes of the parent organisation.

The MSP® Foundation and Practitioner Course is based upon the latest “Managing Successful Programmes 5th edition” which describes “best practice” guidance for handling all types of transformational change programmes.

This accredited course is designed to teach the basic principles of good programme management in line with the Principles, Themes and Processes described in the MSP® approach and to prepare delegates for the Foundation and Practitioner examinations, held within the course.

Day 1

  • Introduction to Programmes, Programme Management and MSP®
  • The Three Lenses of the MSP® Framework
  • MSP Principles
  • MSP Themes
  • MSP Processes
  • Principles
  • Organization Theme
  • Design Theme
  • Justification Theme

Day 2

  • Structure Theme
  • Knowledge Theme
  • Assurance Theme
  • Decisions Theme

Day 3

  • MSP Processes
  • Identify the Programme
  • Design the Outcomes
  • Plan Progressive Delivery
  • Deliver the Capabilities
  • Embed the Outcomes
  • Evaluate new Information
  • Close the Programme
  • Online Foundation Examination – arranged through PeopleCert suggested timeslot 3pm onwards


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Foundation Level Exam

The MSP Foundation Examination is intended to assess whether the candidate can demonstrate sufficient recall and understanding of the MSP programme management framework.

The MSP Foundation qualification is a prerequisite for the MSP Practitioner Examination, which assesses the ability to apply understanding of the MSP programme management framework in context. There is no prerequisite for the MSP Foundation qualification

The MSP® Foundation Exam is of 1 hour duration and consists of 60 multiple choice questions. A Pass is 36 correct answers.
The results are available immediately.

This course includes:

  • Pre-course reading list
  • Managing Successful Programmes official manual (excluding ELC funded candidates)
  • Training from an approved MSP trainer
  • Exam preparation for Foundation exam
  • Foundation exam
  • Detailed Foundation course notes
  • Sample exams
  • Refreshments (excluding ELC funded candidates)

Course Key Points

Duration: 3 days

Start Time: 09:00am

Finish Time: 17:00pm

Accredited: Yes

Pre-course Reading: 6-8 Hours

Exam(s): Included – taken during course

Practice Exam(s): Included

Manual: Official MSP manual included

Type: Available as Classroom, Virtual Live and Onsite

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Dates and Prices

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October 3, 2022 £795.00
February 20, 2023 £795.00
June 12, 2023 £795.00

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Live instructor-led virtual courses with exams


Trusted & Accredited

Our MSP courses are fully accredited by Peoplecert


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Exams and course materials are all provided

High Pass Rates

Our MSP courses have high pass rates


Post Course Support

We'll be on hand to help and answer any questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the questions we get asked the most about MSP.


What is Managing Successful Programmes (MSP)?

MSP (Managing Successful Programmes),  is an established best practice programme management framework, designed to align programmes and projects to organizational strategy and enable enterprise agility. MSP focuses on the delivery of outcomes of benefit, while mitigating risk and actively engaging stakeholders.

MSP consists of a set of principles, themes, and processes that provide a clear roadmap for the programme lifecycle, including larger, more strategic, complex, or multiple projects.

When will I receive my MSP exam results?

Foundation Exam Results

If you have taken a classroom course, your paper-based exam will be marked by the trainer immediately following the exam and the provisional results are available within an hour. If you have taken a Virtual Live or Online course, your online exam will be marked automatically and your results will be immediately available upon completion. 

Practitioner Exam Results

If you have taken a classroom, your paper-based exam will be sent to the examination board (PeopleCert) for marking and your results will be emailed to you within 7-10 days. If you have taken a Virtual Live or Online course, your online exam will be marked automatically and your results will be immediately available upon completion. 

Will I receive any pre-course reading?

Yes. Once you have confirmed your place onto one of our courses you will be given access to NILC’s MSP pre-course learning resources. These resources includes, pre-course reading taken from the MSP course manual, to help you start your course preparation. 

Are there any sample exam papers?

Yes. As part of your Foundation and Practitioner training you will be given access to 2 full sample Foundation exam papers and 2 full sample Practitioner exam papers. 

How can I take the MSP course?

NILC offer all our MSP courses as classroom courses either at one of our training locations or at your company premises, live-virtual training via Zoom or Teams, or online self-paced courses. 

Are there any additional costs to the course price?

We included everything you need to become fully qualified at then end of taking one of our MSP training courses. This includes a 5-day training course, Foundation examination which is taken on day 3 of the course, Practitioner examination which is taken on day 5 of the course, official hard-copy of the MSP course manual, training course materials such as slides, diagrams and sample examination papers. 

Are there any prerequisites for MSP?

There are no formal prerequisites for the MSP Foundation course, however it is recommended you have experience of managing or working in programmes prior to attending. Knowledge of the PRINCE2® project management method is advantageous but by no means mandatory, but some exposure to a project management method will aid understanding of how the programme works with these projects. For MSP Practitioner you must hold a valid MSP Foundation 5th edition qualification prior to sitting the MSP Practitioner examination.

Where do I sit the MSP exams?

For classroom based courses you take your paper-based examinations in class during the course. The MSP Foundation exam will be sat on Day 3 and the Practitioner exam will be sat on Day 5. For Virtual-Live or online courses you take the exam online. As virtual courses follow the same structure as our classroom courses, The MSP Foundation exam will be sat on Day 3 and the Practitioner exam will be sat on Day 5.

What jobs can I get with MSP?

MSP is a highly respected and sort after programme management qualification and is useful for many job roles. Some of the most popular job roles which require this qualification are Programme Manager, Programme Officer, Head of Delivery, Head of Business Applications, Portfolio Programme Manager, Applications Programme Manager, Digital Transformation Programme Manager, Senior Project Manager and Business Change Manager. 

What version are your MSP courses?

All of NILC’s MSP courses follow the 5th edition syllabus. This is the most up-to-date version of MSP currently available.

What happens if I fail a MSP exam?

If you fail to pass either of the MSP examinations, we will offer you support to give you the best opportunity to pass at the next attempt. Both Foundation and Practitioner exams can be sat on their own without having to retake the whole course (as long as you originally took the course with us). Don’t worry if you do fail one of the exams, they are designed to be a challenge - if everyone passed first time, then it wouldn’t signify a good exam.

Our high pass rates for both Foundation and Practitioner exams allows us to be confident that you will pass at the first attempt providing you complete the pre-course reading, attend the course every day, undertake the trial questions, and conduct the 1-2 hour daily homework during the course.

Do the MSP qualifications expire?

The Foundation examination does not have an expiry period.

Candidates who pass the Practitioner exam are recognized as a "MSP® Registered Practitioner" and candidates who pass the Advanced Practitioner exam are recognized as an "MSP Registered Advanced Practitioner". Individuals will remain registered for a period of five calendar years.

To maintain their registered status, Registered Practitioners/Advanced Practitioners must complete and pass the MSP Re-Registration examination three to five calendar years after their initial/previous Practitioner or Advanced Practitioner certification.

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