MSP® Practitioner

The MSP Practitioner Level proves you have sufficient understanding to apply the MSP Guidance.

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MSP® Practitioner

Project Management / MSP® Practitioner
  • 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

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Key Features

Duration of access:
12 months

Training hours:
24 hours

Accredited by:

Certification of completion

Free Exam Voucher

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The Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) methodology offers a structured approach to effective program management. MSP provides a set of proven principles and processes to help managers break down complex programs into projects that are not only more manageable but also perfectly aligned with business goals.

The MSP Practitioner course is designed to build on the content covered in the MSP Foundation course. It provides an opportunity for learners to deepen and embed their knowledge so that they are ready to confidently apply their skills in practice. The MSP online course asks learners to create, apply, and amend MSP strategies to allow them to demonstrate their expertise.

Since MSP is renowned for its flexibility, practitioners can utilize the methodology in a variety of industries and sectors. MSP can also be used for risk and change management and can be easily applied to improve customer experiences.

Benefits for Individuals

MSP practitioners are able to make valuable contributions to program teams in various advisory, support, and management roles. They can explain and apply MSP Principles, Governance Themes, and Transformational Flows and manage the inter-relationships between each. They can also adapt their MSP knowledge to any given scenario, and can expertly handle stakeholder relationships.

A certified program manager is an incredible asset to transformational change programs. Experienced MSP-certified professionals can also enjoy major career advantages, including higher pay and access to higher-ranking roles.

Benefits for Organizations

Getting a program team certified in MSP will give them the benefit of being able to follow a common language and approach for robust program management. This streamlined setup will decrease errors and miscommunication while boosting productivity across the program lifecycle. The team will also be more likely to finish programs on time, within budget, and with full awareness, involvement, and support from stakeholders.

Course Outline

Module 1: Principles and Governance Overview
This module explores the key concepts of MSP, as well as common drivers for change programs. Learners will study the roles involved in program governance throughout the program lifecycle and the importance of business alignment.

Module 2: Organization and the Programme Office
This module examines the key concepts of ‘Organization’ within program governance, as well as the role of the ‘Program Office’. It also covers the activities carried out by program members, including transformational flow activities.

Module 3: Vision
This module explores vision statements, including reasons to keep them unchanged as well as their development and maintenance.

Module 4: Leadership and Stakeholder Engagement
This module examines the stakeholder engagement cycle, including its contents and the most important factors to consider. Learners will become familiar with the strategy for stakeholder engagement and management, along with the stakeholder map. They will also cover the program communications plan, alongside change management and the interest/influence matrix.

The roles involved in stakeholder management are also explored, along with the transformational flow activities within the ‘Leadership and Stakeholder Engagement’ Governance Theme.

Module 5: Benefits Management
This module covers the key drivers for the Governance Theme of ‘Benefits Management’, along with various benefits categories. These include benefits measurements, financial impacts, and the corporate objectives supported by program benefits.

The contents and format of benefits management strategies, maps, profiles, and realization plans are also explored.

Module 6: Blueprint design and delivery
This module examines the main characteristics of the Governance Theme ‘Blueprint Design and Delivery’. It covers the importance of collaboration with other Governance Themes, as well as alignment with necessary documents.

‘Options analysis’ is also described, along with the process of arranging solutions into projects, tranches, and workstreams.

Module 7: Planning and Control
This module explores the key concepts of ‘Planning and Control’. These include monitoring and controlling strategy, program and project plans, as well as dossiers and project briefs. It also covers resource management planning and strategy, along with benefits profiles and realization planning.

The application of the Planning and Control guidance for each role throughout the program life cycle is also examined.

Module 8: Risk and Issue Management
This module covers the purpose and principles of program risk management, including the principal areas of risk. It details the contents of the issue and risk registers, as well as their management strategies. Risk and issue management frameworks and cycles are also examined, along with configuration management and change control steps.

The module then looks at risks and issues from the perspective of each role in the lifecycle of a program. It also examines risk attitude and tolerance.

Module 9: Business Case
This module looks at the relationships between a business case and the Principles of MSP. The key program information documents that must be addressed in response to significant changes to the business case are also examined. Finally, the module looks at the application of business case guidance for each role in the program life cycle.

Module 10: Quality and Assurance Management
This module covers the key concepts of ‘Quality and Assurance Management’, including the plans and strategies for information, quality, and assurance management. It describes the techniques used to enable optimal program delivery, as well as successful health checks and maturity assessments. Information management systems are also explored, along with the roles and responsibilities involved with the Governance Theme.

Module 11: Transformational Flow
This module covers the key concepts of the ‘Transformational Flow’ and its six processes. It explores the roles and responsibilities within the processes. The core documents and the information required for their completion are then examined, including the program mandate and brief. The formal approvals required during a program and the reasons for program closure are also covered.

Practice Exam Simulators
Learners have the opportunity to complete a number of practice exams that simulate the official MSP Practitioner exam.


The course includes an exam voucher for the MSP Practitioner examination. This can be taken virtually online using a service provided by PeopleCert.

MSP Practitioner Exam

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 required to pass – 50%
  • 150 minutes/2.5 hours
  • Open book (only the provided printed hard copy of the ‘Managing a Successful Programme Guide’ is allowed)
  • Online Proctored exam
  • 12 months’ access from the date of purchase to complete your training
  • 24 hours’ worth of online training content
  • An interactive and engaging training experience
  • Exam voucher
  • Exam simulator with two mock/practice exams
  • Additional revision modules
  • Searchable microlearning units and modules
  • On/off tracker
  • Access through multiple devices
  • Offline player for studying on the move
  • Access to Orbus’ Learning Ecosystem, including:
    • Detailed personal performance report
    • Enrolment in a community for business and IT professionals
    • Free resource center (articles, case studies, white papers, etc.)
    • Support suite
  • Tutor support
  • Study schedule

What is MSP?

‘MSP’ or ‘Managing a Successful Programmes’ is a structured methodology for effective program management. It is a proven and established methodology that provides key program management Principles, Governance Themes, and Transformational Flows.

Is MSP suitable only for IT projects?

No, MSP is a generic methodology that can be applied to a project of any nature across any business sector.

Who owns MSP?

MSP is owned by AXELOS Ltd. It is a certification scheme that carries three levels: Foundation, Practitioner, and Advanced Practitioner.

Is this MSP course accredited?

Yes, this MSP Practitioner course has been accredited by AXELOS Ltd.

What are the prerequisites for this course?

To book and take the MSP Practitioner examination, you must produce proof of having passed the MSP Foundation examination.

What is the duration of this course?

The seat time of the course is approximately 24 hours. This is an estimate of how long it will take to cover all the learning modules, revision modules, module-level assessments, and mock exams.

How long can users access this course?

Learners receive 12 months of access from the purchase date of the course.

How long is the exam voucher valid for?

The exam vouchers are valid for 12 months.

How can the exam be taken?

The course includes an exam voucher for the MSP Practitioner certification examination. The exams can be taken virtually online using a service provided by PeopleCert.

Please ensure your device meets the system requirements before booking your exams. You can do this via this online test. Please visit the PeopleCert website for more information and guidance.

When you are ready to take the exam, please contact us on to request your exam voucher.

Does the course include a manual?

The course does not require a manual. However, you can complement your training with the official MSP manual, ‘Managing Successful Programmes 2011 Edition’.

What is an exam simulator?

The purpose of the exam simulator is to provide learners with a simulated environment for taking mock exams. This can help them prepare for the official certification examinations. The mock exams are official exams provided by AXELOS. They are also timed and scored on the simulator.

What is a revision module?

The revision module is designed to provide learners with a summarized revision of the key topics covered in the course. The module also includes tips and guides that can help learners with their exam preparation work.

How does the on/off tracker work?

The online tracker provides an ideal time duration to complete the course. It also gives users a reminder when they go off-track. Please note that the tracker is an optional feature that works on a recommended timeframe. It does not have any impact on the duration of user access.

Which Learning Management System (LMS) does the course use?

The Docebo LMS is integrated into the Orbus Learning Ecosystem.

What are the minimum system and browser requirements?

Click here to view the latest system and browser requirements for efficiently running this course.

How can I get help?

For tutor, technical and administrative support, please contact us on

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

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Key Features

Duration of access:
12 months

Training hours:
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Accredited by:

Certification of completion

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