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  • Renowned programme management methodology
  • Unified and structures framework
  • Increase earning potential by up to 25%
  • Exam simulators for pre-test practice
  • Additional modules for exam preparation
  • Expert tutor support

Key Features

Duration of access:
12 months

Training hours:
42 hours

Accredited by:

Certification of completion

Free Exam Voucher

About the Course

This MSP online course provides a fast-track to becoming a fully-certified MSP practitioner. MSP is renowned for its flexibility, and learners who complete this course will be capable of managing programs of any type or size.

Professionals working within the MSP framework focus on strategic business goals and benefits to be delivered. The program structure is then established, with roles and responsibilities defined in detail. Management of risks, issues, and quality becomes an ongoing activity, with processes in place to cover every aspect of governance and documentation throughout the program lifecycle.

The MSP Foundation modules provide an outline of the core concepts and processes within the methodology. The MSP Practitioner modules build on that foundation of knowledge to enable professionals to confidently apply and amend the methodology within their organizations.

Course Outline

MSP Foundation
Module 1: Course overview
This module offers an introduction to MSP and what makes the methodology unique and useful. It also includes an outline of the course content and introduces learners to their learning objectives.

Module 2: Program introduction and principles
This module describes what constitutes a program within an MSP environment. It explores the characteristics of programs, their triggers, and how they interrelate.

The three core elements of MSP are also covered: Principles, Governance Themes, and Transformational Flows. There is a focus on the Principles of MSP and their contribution to overall program success. These include Alignment with Corporate Strategy, Leading Change, and Communicating the Future.

Module 3: Governance Themes
This module examines the nine Governance Themes of MSP, including the Business Case, Quality Management, and Planning and Control. It also describes the key roles within MSP governance, such as the Senior Responsible Owner and the Program Office.

Module 4: Programme Organization
This module describes the key roles as defined by MSP, as well as their responsibilities and core functions. These include the Program Board, Programme Manager, and Business Change Manager. It also covers the membership of MSP groups, as well as the characteristics and purpose of a well-organized program structure.

Module 5: Vision
This module introduces the Vision Statement and outlines its content and purpose. It describes how to structure an MSP Vision Statement that displays the correct content and characteristics. The Theme of Vision Governance is also described within the context of the roles of SRPs, Program Managers, and BCMs.

Module 6: Leadership and Stakeholder Engagement
This module examines stakeholders within MSP in terms of their roles and interactions with Program Managers. Relevant definitions and tools associated with stakeholder engagement in MSP are also outlined.

Stakeholder messaging and communications are also covered, with a focus on the four elements of successful communication.

Module 7: Benefits Management
This module examines Benefits Management as a practice within MSP and introduces four validation tests for judging a benefit. It also explores the language of explaining benefits in change terms.

The outputs, outcomes, and benefits of a program are described, along with a four-step cycle for managing program benefits. Benefits maps and benefits profiles are also outlined in terms of their purpose and content.

Module 8: Blueprint Design and Delivery
This module looks at the importance of POTI (Processes, Organization, Technology, and Information) models in the design and delivery of blueprints. The content of blueprints in MSP is also covered, along with the purpose of tranches and workstreams.

Module 9: Planning and Control
This module looks at the definition of MSP resources, putting them in the context of Planning and Control. The core Planning and Control concepts are also examined, including how to plan and strategize resource management.

Project dossiers are also covered in detail, along with project monitoring and managing program dependencies.

Module 10: Business Case
This module details the content and purpose of a ‘Business Case’ at each stage of the program lifecycle. Program costs are also explained.

Module 11: Risk and Issue Management
This module examines the core definitions within Risk Management. Learners will look in detail at different types and sources of risk. They will also learn how to describe Impact, Probability, and Proximity. Essential tools for managing risks and issues will be introduced, including probability impact grids and risk registers.

Module 12: Quality and Assurance Management
This module covers the core concepts of high-quality program delivery. The concepts covered include auditing, measurement, assurance, and gated reviews. Learners will explore the purpose and scope of quality and assurance tools such as Asset and Configuration Management.

Module 13: Transformational Flow
This module explores each of the six Transformational Flow Processes within MSP. The core activities are described at each stage of pre-transition, transition, and post-transition. The key documents within Transformational Flow are also examined, including the Program Brief and Program Definition Document. The importance of the process of Closing a Program and the tests involved are also explained.

Practice Exam Simulators
Learners will be given a number of practice exams that simulate the conditions and structure of the official MSP Foundation examination.

Click here to download a detailed copy of the course syllabus.

MSP Practitioner
Module 1: Principles and Governance overview
This module reviews the core concepts of MSP and the drivers for change programs. The program governance roles within the program lifecycle are also described. Learners will then be introduced to the importance of business alignment.

Module 2: Organization and the Programme Office
This module covers the core organization concepts of program governance, including the role of the Program Office. The activities expected of program members are also described, along with
Transformational Flow activities.

Module 3: Vision
This module looks at vision statements in detail, including the importance of keeping them unchanged. It also describes the appropriate development and maintenance of vision statements.

Module 4: Leadership and Stakeholder Engagement
This module examines the cycle of stakeholder engagement in terms of its contents and key factors. The strategy for stakeholder engagement is explored, along with the accompanying concepts of stakeholder management and stakeholder maps. The program communications plan, change management, and the interest/ influence matrix are also described.

Stakeholder management roles are detailed, along with the transformational flow activities of the Leadership and Stakeholder Engagement Governance Theme.

Module 5: Benefits Management
This module explores the key drivers for Benefits Management and benefits categorization. Benefits measurements, financial impacts, and corporate objectives are all described. Strategies, maps, profiles, and realization plans as part of Benefits Management are also explored.

Module 6: Blueprint Design and Delivery
This module describes the characteristics of the Blueprint Design and Delivery Governance Theme. The importance of collaboration with other Governance Themes is covered, as well as document alignment. The process of arranging solutions into projects, tranches, and workstreams is also described, along with options analysis.

Module 7: Planning and Control
This module explains Planning and Control, including its key concepts and monitoring and controlling strategy. Program and project plans, along with dossiers and project briefs, are also examined. Resource management planning and strategy are explored, as are benefits profiles and realization planning. Planning and Control roles through the program lifecycle are also described.

Module 8: Risk and Issue Management
This module explores the purpose, principles, and key areas of program risk management. The contents of the issue and risk registers are described, along with issue and risk management strategies. The framework and cycles of risk and issue management are also examined, along with configuration management and change control.

Risks and issues for each role in the program lifecycle are described in the context of risk attitude and tolerance.

Module 9: Business Case
This module examines the relationships between MSP Principles and the Business Case. Program information documents are described in the context of significant changes within a Business Case. Guidance is given for applying the Business Case for different roles in the program lifecycle.

Module 10: Quality and Assurance Management
This module explores Quality and Assurance Management, its key concepts, and planning and strategy for information management. Techniques for optimal program delivery are outlined, as are health checks and maturity assessments. The roles and responsibilities within Quality and Assurance Management are also covered, along with appropriate information management systems.

Module 11: Transformational Flow
This module describes the six processes involved in Transformational Flow, including the core roles and responsibilities in each process. The documents and information for completing each process are detailed, including program mandate and briefing. Program closure and the formal approvals required during a program are also covered.

Practice Exam Simulators
A set of practice exams are presented to the learner to simulate the official MSP Practitioner exam.


MSP Foundation

  • Objective testing
  • 70 questions (and five trial questions)
  • 35 marks/ 50% required to pass
  • 60 minutes
  • Closed book
  • Online proctored exam OR an approved test center (Pearson Vue/Prometric)

MSP Practitioner
It is important to note that individuals must hold an MSP Foundation certificate to be eligible to take the Practitioner examination.

  • Objective testing
  • Eight questions per paper, 80 marks available in total
  • 40 marks/ 50% required to pass
  • 150 minutes/2.5 hours
  • Open book – Only the official printed hard copy of the ‘Managing a Successful Programme Guide’ is allowed
  • Online Proctored exam

Benefits for Individuals

MSP certified professionals are recognized by organizations across the globe for their vital contribution to program management. The number and importance of transformation programs have increased across virtually all industries. Program managers who can successfully utilize the flexible MSP approach are an important asset in achieving challenging business objectives. MSP qualifications also provide students with significant advantages, with MSP practitioners often enjoying greater career and networking opportunities than non-certified colleagues.

This training course focuses on the core MSP Principles, Governance Themes, and Transformational Flows. It also highlights the importance of stakeholder management and the inter-relationships between every aspect of program management.

Benefits for Organizations

Program teams operating under the MSP methodology can utilize a common language and approach. This greatly improves collaboration, efficiency, and stakeholder engagement whilst also keeping business goals central to program delivery.

This combined course can help organizations to:

  • Build clearly-defined projects based on corporate initiatives
  • Combine projects to deliver programs on time and within budget
  • Identify and support stakeholders
  • Effectively manage risk and change
  • Efficiently audit programs for quality assurance
  • Deliver programs with fewer issues and productivity losses

This course is delivered by Good e-Learning who are the accredited training provider.

Key Features

Duration of access:
12 months

Training hours:
42 hours

Accredited by:

Certification of completion

Free Exam Voucher



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