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Managing Successful
Programmes (MSP®)

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About the course

MSPAvailable via virtual classroom delivery or face to face for closed course group bookings – please call 0117 949 1500 for details or email us on [email protected] Our next open course date is W/C 31st October.

The Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) course provides guidance on the principles, themes and processes required 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.  MSP 5th Edition has been updated to contribute to how organizations invest in response to their changing circumstances and to empower them to realise tangible outcomes and benefits from their investment in programmes.
MSP is a globally recognized framework for best practice programme management, used by organisations to lead investments in change. This framework focuses on creating outcomes of benefit for organisations while mitigating risks and actively engaging stakeholders. It helps to align projects and programmes to organizational strategy and provides governance. It consists of a set of principles, themes, and processes that provide a clear roadmap for the programme lifecycle and ensure successful organisational outcomes.

The MSP 5th edition emphasizes more flexibility, adaptability, and responsiveness by adopting an incremental approach to the programme lifecycle and thus enabling organisational agility.
With this course, organisations and professionals can learn how to:
– enable organisational agility by adopting an incremental approach to the programme lifecycle
– respond positively to the challenges when managing programmes and larger, more strategic, or multiple projects
– align the delivery of programmes and projects to organizational strategy
– focus on the delivery of outcomes and benefits while understanding and mitigating risks
– gain stakeholder buy-in by actively engaging and managing internal and external stakeholders.

Our highly regarded Practitioner and Combined Foundation & Practitioner courses are structured so that the Practitioner exam is taken online directly after the training element (as per Foundation but at the end of the week). We recommend 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 since the 5th Edition launched (October 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.”
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.”
“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!”
“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.


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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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MSP 5th edition Foundation: for individuals that are interested in learning how to manage multiple projects and programmes successfully. The course
provides the theoretical knowledge of how to plan, manage, and deliver programmes from start to finish. It is designed to support programme or project
managers, those working in a programme office, business change managers, and programme and project delivery team members, that wish to gain a
greater understanding of the MSP guidance to work more effectively in large-scale project or programme environments.

MSP 5th edition Practitioner: for project, programme, and business change managers that want to build on their knowledge of MSP, in order to practically
apply the MSP framework to real life scenarios, providing the skills to lead and manage a programme. It is a must-have certification for both project and
programme management professionals to deliver organizational value to their employers and boost their careers.

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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 ensure you can produce signed photo ID with you for the exam (e.g. driving licence, passport).
Foundation exam details:
60 multiple choice questions
Exam time - 1 hour
Candidates require a minimum of 36 correct answers (60%) to pass 

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The MSP Practitioner examination requires a further 1.5 days of formal instruction on Thursday/Friday
The examination is usually carried out on Friday after 1.30 p.m. (subject to exam slot booking). Candidates must have achieved a 60% pass in the MSP 5th Edition Foundation exam to be eligible to sit the Practitioner exam.
Practitioner exam details:
Open book - MSP® 5th edition Guide may be taken into the examination. The Guide may have page tabs and marginal notes but no other inserts, attachments or other materials are permitted.
2.5 hour examination
70 scenario based multiple choice questions
42 marks or more (60%) required to pass

Upon successfully passing the Practitioner exam, candidates are awarded 'Registered MSP Practitioner' status. Candidates passing the exam are accredited at Practitioner level for 3 years. To remain accredited, Practitioners may choose to either re-sit the Practitioner examination or maintain the accreditation through CPD.

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The Foundation & Practitioner Combined course fee includes the cost of the Foundation and Practitioner examinations and also the official MSP 5th Edition Guide.
Candidates must have achieved a pass (60%) in the MSP 5th Edition Foundation exam to be eligible to sit the Practitioner exam.

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Key Features

The MSP 5th Edition course covers:

The 7 principles are the driving requirements that are continually required to achieve value from programme management. These principles are universal,
self-validating, and empowering.

The 7 themes help organizations to identify key roles, responsibilities, and information needed to support the theme. The themes give very practical
guidance illustrating how MSP can be used according to the reasons for a programme. These reasons, or drivers, include:
- innovation and growth
- organizational re-alignment
- effective delivery
- efficient delivery.

The 7 processes provide a route through the lifecycle of a programme with an emphasis on the incremental nature of a programme enabling a cyclical
progression towards the desired future state.

A pre-course study pack 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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