Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) - Foundation

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) - Foundation


Anyone who has a significant role within a programme environment and who wishes to gain a formal qualification, including:

  • Programme Directors.
  • Senior Responsible Owners.
  • Programme Managers.
  • Business Change Managers.
  • Programme Office Manager.
  • Programme Office Staff.
  • Project Executives and Managers.

The Foundation Certificate is a prerequisite for the MSP® Practitioner Certificate, and is therefore an ideal starting point for delegates who wish to take the MSP® Practitioner exam (Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) - Practitioner Workshop) at a later date.

For those who would like training for both the Foundation and Practitioner exams in a single package we also offer a Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) - Foundation and Practitioner course.


Delegates should have a good appreciation of the principles and sound practical experience of Project Management, ideally utilising a recognised structured methodology. It would be helpful if they have some knowledge and/or experience of strategic or business planning.


3 days. Workshops included.

Course Objectives

MSP® (Managing Successful Programmes) is a framework for managing change and delivering business benefits from a set of related projects. It is regarded as best practice in the UK and is used by government departments, local authorities, charities and commercial organizations to coordinate and direct programmes of all kinds, regardless of scope, timescale or budget. Like PRINCE2®, Managing Successful Programmes is an integral part of the Office of Government Commerce’s (OGC) Best Practice portfolio.

Our MSP® courses are far more than just exam crammers and our trainers go out of their way to make sure that delegates are able to use MSP® in the real world. At the same time, we offer an exam promise for both the Foundation and Practitioner. Should you fail to pass then you can resit the course once again for free, paying only your exam costs and a £10 per day contribution to your lunches and refreshments.

This course will enable delegates to:

  • Understand the benefits and principles underlying a structured approach to programme management.
  • Recognise the processes required during change programmes which enable organisations to realise business benefits.
  • Prepare for and take the MSP® Foundation examination.

Course Content

A realistic case study scenario is used extensively throughout the course to allow delegates to consolidate their knowledge of MSP® through hands on, syndicate work. Extensive use is also made of past papers to prepare delegates for the exam.

MSP® Foundation (3 Days)
Course introduction.
MSP® Overview and Principles.
Transformational Flow.
Governance Themes:
• Organisation.
• Vision.
• Stakeholder Engagement & Leadership.
• Benefits Realisation Management.
• Business Case.
• Blueprint Design & Delivery.
• Planning and Control.
• Risk & issues.
• Quality Management.
Putting it all into practice.
Examination guidance and delegate preparation.
MSP® Foundation Certificate Examination (40 minutes).


PRINCE2®, MSP® and ITIL® are registered trademarks of AXELOS in the United Kingdom and other countries.

The Swirl logo is a trademark of AXELOS Limited.

APMP® is a registered trademark of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals.

AXELOS develops and publishes a wide range of guidance on best management practice methodologies. AXELOS have appointed official accreditors PeopleCert, to assist them in providing quality products and services based on their best management practice methodologies.

This course is delivered on behalf of Verhoef by our sister company Benchmark Training Ltd, accredited by PeopleCert.

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