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Managing Successful
Programmes (MSP®)

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About the course

MSPCurrently available via virtual classroom delivery!

The Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) course provides guidance on the principles, processes and tools used to manage programmes in any environment. It is necessarily less detailed and prescriptive than the equivalent for projects (PRINCE2®) and at its highest level, demands much more of the practitioner. With this in mind the course design and breakdown reflects the need for those who wish to gain qualifications in MSP, to demonstrate increasingly higher levels of competence.

There are three principal levels which are organised on a flexible basis to suit the different demands of different students. The course content is based on the official TSO Managing Successful Programmes Manual and is delivered by a mixture of lectures, demonstrations and tutorial exercises all of which are bound together by a Programme theme. The course follows the MSP Programme management framework. Managing Successful Programmes is the recognised “Best Practice” model for Programme management in the UK.

Our highly regarded Practitioner and Integrated courses are structured so that the Practitioner exam is taken in the classroom directly after the training element (as per Foundation but at the end of the week). We prefer this approach to the post course online exam booking system as it ensures that the course content is fresh in the mind and enables delegates to leave having completed both the course and examination.

*BMC is proud to have maintained a pass rate of  98% at MSP Foundation and 83% at Practitioner level over the last 3 years 2018-2020. 

March 2021 (virtual) – “Our tutor was excellent; very supportive and brought a very dry subject to life – thank you.”
October 2020 (virtual) – “Most important is that I feel well prepared to apply some of the learning to my day to day life, and you did a great job of putting over the practice application, as well as preparing us for exam success…thanks very much.”
“A well organised training week.”
July 2020 (virtual) – “The trainer, Fatollah’s knowledge on the subject, experience of programme management, delivery and real enthusiasm was exceptional – I really enjoyed the virtual course.”
“The course was excellent! Well organised before and during the course. Aids in really understanding the material in the textbook and making that understanding stick. One comment I would make is that preparation before the course goes a long way.”
“Online delivery of this course should be maintained as BAU!”
“The virtual course was good and the instructor very encouraging and supportive.”
October 2019 – “The trainer was able to put over dry material in a comprehensible, clear and interesting way.”
July 2019 – “A highly capable and enthusiastic instructor. His approach to the subject was infectious, making it easier to digest the vast amount of information. Many thanks.”
June 2019 – “Having had MSP and P3M brought into my previous career and current organisation, I found it incredibly useful to see and hear what the real methods are.” “Course pre-reading is a must!” “The course was very good, Bill provided good insights and real world experience to the content. BMC is an excellent place to study.”
“Highly professional in all respects. Excellent learning experience, especially the class size.”
“A really interesting week. The teaching was superb with the right balance of theory and application to the workplace.”
“Excellent course run by one of the best instructors I have come across. Good admin support.”

Call us on 0117 949 1500 to make a provisional course booking, which we can invoice for payment via Internet banking/BACS (our preferred method of payment). If you need to use a credit or debit card, you may book via this website.

Next course date 19th July – 23rd July – call 0117 949 1500 to book or email [email protected]

Also now booking:

4th – 8th October 2021
29th November – 3 December 2021


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Who should take the course?

  • Anyone wishing to move into a role within Programmes
  • Policy and Strategy developers looking for expert ways to understand policy deployment using outcome influenced delivery methods
  • Members of executive management boards responsible for commissioning change management within organisations and appointing senior responsible owners
  • Anyone with accountability or steering of projects within specific Programmes
  • Anyone with accountability or responsibility for assurance roles
  • Management consultants and service providers supporting or working with clients
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Benefits – individual?

The course is designed to help any individual coming into Programme Management gain the relevant theory and understanding. Delegates receive training in managing a complex change environment, including different aspects of risk management, identification and engagement of stakeholders, identification and evaluation of benefits and preparing for transition.

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Benefits – organisation?

MSP is beneficial to organisations keen to achieve the orderly management of change in a programme environment. The course includes particular focus on transition and benefits realisation, including:

  • Assessing performance, monitoring progress, and realising benefits on a continual basis.
  • Applying a common framework of understanding for all programmes.
  • Delivery mechanisms for change and the business-as-usual environment and alignment with corporate strategy.
  • Testing benefits in order to add value
  • Encouraging feedback in order to refine future strategies based on evidence from programmes.
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The MSP Foundation examination requires three days of formal instruction and runs from Monday to Wednesday.
The examination usually takes place at 3.30 pm on Wednesday. You must bring signed photo ID with you for the exam (e.g. driving licence, passport).
Foundation exam details:
75 multiple choice questions
Exam time - 1 hour
Candidates require a minimum of 35 correct answers (50%) to pass (5 questions do not count)

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The MSP Practitioner examination requires a further day of formal instruction on Thursday.
The examination is usually carried out on Friday morning. Candidates must have achieved a 50% pass in the Foundation exam to be eligible to sit the Practitioner exam.
Practitioner exam details:
8 questions, each worth 10 marks each, a total of 80 marks available
'Objective Test Examination' format - a style of complex multiple-choice examination, using scenario provided.
Exam time - 2½ hours
Candidates may refer to their official MSP manual: 'Managing Successful Programmes' - no other materials are permitted.
Candidates require a minimum of 40 marks (50%) to pass

Upon successfully passing the Practitioner exam, candidates are awarded 'Registered MSP Practitioner' status.

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The Foundation & Practitioner Integrated course fee includes the cost of the Foundation and Practitioner examinations and also the official TSO MSP manual.
Delegates must have achieved a pass (50%) in the Foundation exam to be eligible to sit the Practitioner exam.

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Key Features

Introduction & Overview

  • Delivering Change
  • The Programme management framework
  • The difference between Programmes and Projects
  • Managing the change process
  • Programme Governance Themes
  • Organisation
  • Benefits realisation management
  • Leadership & Stakeholder engagement
  • Risk management & Issue resolution
  • Programme Monitoring and Control
  • Business case management
  • Quality Management
  • Programme Transformational Flow
  • Identifying a Programme
  • Defining a Programme
  • Managing the Tranches
  • Delivering the Capability
  • Realising the Benefits
  • Closing a Programme

A pre-course study pack with textbook is sent out by courier upon receipt of payment. This represents approximately 20hrs work in the form of exercises and reading - please note that MSP is a challenging subject and pre-course reading is essential. Previous delegates have described this as a "must" in terms of successful completion of the examinations.

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