MSP® Programme Management – Foundation

About the course

MSP® – Managing Successful Programmes creates a structured framework for organizations of all sizes and from all sectors to improve practices, offer better services and more effectively prepare for the future.

It is a best practice guide that provides and maintains a strategic view over the set of projects, aligning and co-ordinating them within a programme of business change in support of specific business strategies.

MSP® Passport is an accredited eLearning package for MSP® – Managing Successful Programmes. It covers the syllabus and competencies for both Foundation as well as Practitioner level study and qualification. This course however covers the Foundation level. SPOCE’s self-study aims to provide you with a straight forward route to becoming a fully certificated Registered Practitioner in your own time and at your own pace. 

Certification / Exam

This course specifically provides the background knowledge for the related certification exam (which learners must pass in order to achieve the formal Foundation Certification). IMPORTANT: Please note that the certification EXAM IS NOT INCLUDED with this course. The exam can be purchased separately from the course publisher and booking details for the exam are provided on request.

Course Objectives

The key objectives of this course are to:

  • Provide Delegates with an understanding of the benefits and principles underlying a structured approach to programme management
  • Apply the principles of MSP® to a programme within a work environment
  • Operate effectively with colleagues and managers within a structured programme and project management environment
  • Enable delegates to understand the MSP® framework to be prepared to sit the APM Group MSP® Foundation and Practitioner exams.

Success in the Foundation & Practitioner Exams provides candidates with the pre-requisites required to sit the MSP® Advanced Practitioner exam (separate course).

Designed For

Any organisation or individual seeing the need for a controlled approach to managing its programmes. The course is suitable for programme managers, experienced project managers, programme support team members and senior managers from any discipline.


The benefits of using this method include:

  • Can be used in harmony with other Best Management Practice guidance, such as PRINCE2® and M_o_R®  and any international or internal organizational standards
  • Highly suitable for business transformation and political/societal change
  • Accommodates high levels of complexity, ambiguity and risk
  • MSP Principles can be applied to any change,  whatever level of  its focus, or nature of outcomes
  • Programmes are always planned and managed with an end in mind.

Package Content

  • 12 modules with associated interactive and video presented lessons
  • Notes to support each lesson
  • Module level exam simulation directly aligned to the MSP® Syllabus
  • Online support, forums, chat and progress reports
  • MSP® Foundation exam simulations
  • Interactive exercises to consolidate the learning
  • Extensive Exam Approaches module to support your exam preparation.

Learning Modules

Getting Started

What is a Programme? What is Programme Management? Why use Programme Management? The characteristics of Portfolios, Programmes and Projects. ‘Drivers for change’  and the programme environment. Types of Programme and Programme impacts.

Introduction to MSP

MSP Terminology. The MSP ‘framework’.  MSP structure, including Principles, Themes and The Transformational Flow.

Organization and Programme Office

The MSP Organisation Structure. MSP Roles and Responsibilities, including Sponsoring Group, Programme Board, Senior Responsible Owner, Programme Manager, Business Change Manager and Business Change Team, and the Programme Office.


What is a vision? What are the characteristics of a good Vision Statement? When and how is the Vision Statement developed and maintained?

Leadership and Stakeholder Engagement

What is leadership? What is Business Change Management? What is a stakeholder, and what are the steps in the Stakeholder Engagement cycle, including the techniques and documents involved?

Benefits Management

What are benefits and dis-benefits? Alignment with corporate objectives. How and why to categorise benefits. The Benefits Management Cycle, including identifying benefits, planning and delivering benefit realisation, and reviewing benefits.

Blueprint Design and Delivery

What is the blueprint and how is it designed? What is P.O.T.I.? How to design blueprint delivery, plan step

changes through tranches, and develop a programme schedule.

Planning and Control

Developing the programme plan. Planning and managing resources. Designing the Projects Dossier and developing the programme schedule.

The Business Case

What is the Business Case and what does it contain? Where does it begin, how is it developed, and how and when is it reviewed?

Risk and Issue Management

Sources and perspectives of risks and issues. Managing risks and the Risk Management Framework. Managing issues and the Issue Management Framework. Change Control and Configuration Management.

Quality and Assurance Management

What is quality and assurance? The scope of programme quality management. Assurance management approach, principles and techniques.

Transformational Flow

Introduction to The Transformational Flow. What are the processes and activities for Identifying a Programme, Defining a Programme, Managing the Tranches, Delivering the Capability, Realising the Benefits and Closing a Programme

Examination Approaches

Introduction to the MSP Foundation and Practitioner Exams. Style of questions and recommended approaches.

All modules include:

· Interactive Tasks

· Visualisation Mind Maps

· Foundation & Practitioner Exam Simulations

Additional Exam/Qualification Information

Please note that exams are not included with this training course and must be purchased separately. 

Foundation: 1 hour, closed book, 75 multiple-choice questions.

Practitioner: 2½ hours, open book (MSP® manual only), 8 scenario- based objective test questions.

Passing the exams will give you internationally recognised professional qualifications.


The MSP® course on this page is offered by SPOCE Project Management, ATO/Affiliate of AXELOS Limited.

MSP® is a registered trade mark of AXELOS Limited. All rights reserved. 



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