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Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®)

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MSP® (Managing Successful Programmes) was developed by expert programme managers to be flexible and adaptable for any type and size of programme. MSP creates a structured framework for organisations of all sizes and from all sectors to improve practices, offer better services and more effectively prepare for the future.

The 5th Edition now available is an update to the 2011 released 4th Edition and incorporates the move to more agile ways of working and it reflects evolving perceptions of programme management. This edition emphasizes more on flexibility, adaptability, and responsiveness by adopting an incremental approach to the programme lifecycle and thus enabling organizational agility. The essence of what a programme is remains the same: it is temporary, it is focused on outcomes of benefit, and it is concerned with leading multiple projects and other work. As before, the framework has principles, themes, and a set of processes that make up the lifecycle of a programme.  Achieving this certification will help current and aspiring programme managers (and others in the programme team) to successfully lead and deliver their programmes.

The course is suitable for

  • Programme managers
  • Project managers
  • Project delivery managers and team members
  • Business change managers and team members
  • Anyone who works following the MSP guidance


While there are no official pre-requisites to sit the foundation course, it is recommended that a delegate needs to have a sound understanding of project management and a basic understanding of business change.  The 5th edition foundation qualification is a pre-requisite for the 5th edition practitioner qualification. Please note that a 4th edition (or prior) foundation certificate is not acceptable.


Selecting CC Learning means you are well on your way to not just passing the MSP exams but learning with one of the most dynamic organisations in the MSP world, backed up by partners way back in the United Kingdom, where MSP was born. We have extensive experience training professionals to understand programme management and MSP. Our courses are packed full of useful ideas and perspectives from the variety of students and trainers with real-life experience.


  • Expect to learn how to align projects to the corporate strategy
  • Manage the business case and quantify performance
  • Gain stakeholder buy-in and engage senior personnel in the change process
  • Maintain focus in a changing environment
  • Manage risk, change and resources more effectively.


  • Foundation exam - closed-book, multiple choice, 1 hour, 60 questions, 36/60 or 60% pass.
  • Practitioner exam - restricted open book, 58 questions per paper (including 6 matching questions worth 3 marks each), 70 marks available in total, 2 1/2 hours; 42/70 or 60% to pass, only pre-requisite is the 5th edition Foundation exam.
  • Re-registration exam - no longer available.
  • Advanced Practitioner exam - no longer available.

MSP Foundation Level - 2 day - The purpose of the foundation qualification is to determine whether a candidate has sufficient knowledge and understanding of the MSP guidance to interact effectively with those involved in the management of a programme or act as an informed member of a programme office, business change team or project delivery team working within an environment supporting MSP.

MSP Practitioner Level- 3 day - The purpose of the practitioner qualification is to determine whether a candidate has sufficient knowledge and understanding of the MSP guidance to apply the guidance to their own work and, hence, act as an informed member of a programme management team. That is, someone responsible for managing, leading, supporting or advising on work within an MSP environment. Candidates should be capable of applying the MSP guidance in a relatively uncomplicated programme within an environment that uses MSP.

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What they say about us

  • Confident delivery and subject matter expertise
    Frankly excellent. Sarah Ross presented with so much energy that it kept the momentum of learning going, even through the hard stuff. Without her instruction I don't think I would have passed
    Matthew Bourne
    Commercial and Marina Operations Coordinator
  • Difficult concepts made easy
    The trainer was amazing. Really vibrant and engaging and willing to go above and beyond. Fantastic at explaining concepts that were difficult to understand
    Kirsty Irvine
    Aurora Energy

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