MSP® 5th Edition Foundation

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) is a globally-recognized framework for best practice programme management. MSP certification provides guidance for programme managers, business change managers and the next step for project managers to develop their knowledge and skills to be able to positively respond to the challenges for managing programmes and larger, more strategic or multiple projects. MSP 5th edition emphasizes flexibility, adaptability, and responsiveness by adopting an incremental approach to the programme lifecycle and thus enabling organizational agility.

Course Description:

The MSP Foundation course introduces the Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) method and terminology. Foundation certification ensures you understand the MSP guidance well enough to work in a team to deliver or manage a programme. It confirms that you can act as an informed member of a programme office, business change team or project delivery team working within an environment supporting MSP.

Course objectives:

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand key concepts relating to programmes and MSP
  • Understand how the MSP principles underpin the MSP framework
  • Understand the MSP themes and how they are applied throughout the programme
  • Understand the MSP processes and how they are carried out throughout the programme.


  • Programme managers and aspiring programme managers
  • roject managers/senior project managers
  • Business change managers
  • Other key staff involved in the design, development and delivery of projects, including project board members (e.g. executive), project assurance, and project support
  • Operational line managers/staff operating within a programme environment
  • Service Other key staff involved in the design, development and delivery of programmes, including: programme board members, programme assurance, and programme management office personnel
  • Portfolio management staff
  • Specialist programme staff.


Delegates should ideally have experience of managing or working in programs prior to attending. There is no prerequisite for the MSP 5th Edition Foundation examination.


    1. Course Introduction
    2. Key Concepts of MSP
      1. Key Concepts of MSP
      2. Programmes
      3. Three Lenses of MSP
      4. Principles
      5. Themes and Governance
    3. Organization
      1. Organization Theme
      2. Organization Structure
      3. Individual Roles
      4. Stakeholder Management
    4. Design
      1. Design Theme
      2. Benefits
      3. Risk Identification and Prioritization
      4. Target Operating Model
      5. Documents and Key Roles
    5. Justification
      1. Justification Theme
      2. Business Case
      3. Financial Planning
      4. Documents and Key Roles
    1. Justification (Contd)
      1. Justification Theme
      2. Business Case
      3. Financial Planning
      4. Documents and Key Roles
    2. Structure
      1. Structure Theme
      2. Delivery Planning
      3. Dependencies
      4. Benefits Realization Plan
      5. Resourcing
      6. Documents and Key Roles
    3. Knowledge
      1. Knowledge Theme
      2. Knowledge Management
      3. Information Management
      4. Document and Key Roles
    4. Assurance
      1. Assurance Theme
      2. Assurance at Multiple Levels
      3. Assurance Planning
      4. Document and Key Roles
    5. Decisions
      1. Decisions Theme
      2. Issue Resolution
      3. Risk Response
      4. Data Gathering and Reporting
      5. Options and Analysis
      6. Document and Key Role
    1. MSP Processes
      1. Identify the Programme
      2. Design the Outcomes
      3. Plan Progressive Delivery
      4. Deliver the Capabilities
      5. Embed the Outcomes
      6. Evaluate New Information
      7. Close the Programme
    2. Exam Information
    3. Mock Exams
  • The exam is will take place at the end of the course on onsite classroom courses

    For Virtual courses we will send out a voucher that gives you access to an online exam. This can be booked and taken home monitored by a proctor via camera. More information about the exam rules will be send from PeopleCert.

    Exam details:

    • Multiple choice questions
    • 60 questions per paper with one mark available per question
    • 36 marks required to pass (out of 60 marks available) - 60%
    • 60 minutes’ durationb 
    • Closed book.

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