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MSP® (Managing Successful Programmes) Combined Course

MSP® Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) teaches the key principles and processes for managing multiple projects or programmes. This combined course covers the Foundation and Practitioner certificates.

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    Course Details:

    Duration: 5 days

    Price: £2395 + VAT
    (Includes exams)

    Next available course:

    For course dates and more information please call 01844 211665

Who is this course for?

Programme managers, project managers, business change managers (BCMs), experts, senior responsible owners (SROs) and advisers working within a programme office as well as other specialist/governance roles involved in supporting programmes following the MSP (4th edition, 2011) guidance. 

About the course

The MSP® Combined course gives a thorough understanding of the MSP guidance and provides delegates with the knowledge and skills required to apply the MSP guidance (5th edition, 2020) and to perform one of the key roles required within a change programme context.

The syllabus requirements for both the MSP Foundation and Practitioner certificates are covered and practised during this course. 

How is the course structured?

Duration: 5 days

The course is interactive, combining presentations, discussions and exercises; including exam practice for both Foundation and Practitioner certificates (4th edition). Evening consolidation and preparation work is required in order to gain maximum benefit from the course.

Course manual

Delegates will be provided a printed course manual as well as a copy of the MSP book (4th edition, Axelos 2011).

For virtual courses delegates will also be provided with a link to an electronic copy of the manual.

Is there an exam?

Yes, both the Foundation and Practitioner exams.


  • 75 multiple choice questions per paper with one mark available per question (including five trial questions not counted in score)
  • 60 minutes, closed book.
  • 35/70 marks or 50% required to pass


  • 8 objective testing questions per paper – 80 marks available
  • 2½ hours, open book (a copy of the MSP guide).
  • 40/80 marks (50%) required to pass
What’s next?

Delegates involved with business change and project work may also consider other courses such as those in our Architecture, Business Analysis and project management sections; our stakeholder engagement and team leadership courses are particularly relevant to this subject.

Full course outline

Course:  MSP® (Managing Successful Programmes) Combined (a five-day course)

Course Content

  • PT: Overview, principles, and governance themes overview
  • OP: Organization and programme office
  • VS: Vision
  • LS: Leadership and stakeholder engagement
  • BM: Benefits management
  • BL: Blueprint design and delivery
  • PL: Planning and control
  • BC: The Business case
  • RM: Risk and issue management
  • QA: Quality and assurance management
  • TF: Transformational flow

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Presenters for this course

Ian Glenister
Ian Glenister