Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) Practitioner

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Course Overview:

A two day follow-up to the Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Foundation course. It examines the MSP methodology in greater depth and provides Project and Program Managers with the tools to effectively lead programmes of all sizes and types.

Course Description:

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) is a widely used international standard for Programme Management that navigates you through all the essentials for running a successful programme. It builds on the definitions and structure of PM knowledge and defines a series of processes, components, and techniques that can be applied managing any size or subject of programme. Learn how to run a portfolio of interlinked projects to make the tactical and operational changes required to transform an entire organization.

It provides project managers with a practical road map from conception to close for all types of projects and a framework to deliver projects that benefit stakeholders, the business, and the bottom line.

The Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) Practitioner course is a 2 day follow-up course to the MSP Foundation course. It examines the MSP methodology in greater depth in order to effectively lead programmes of all sizes and types.  By the end of the course, participants will be fully prepared for the official Practitioner exam, which is held in the final stage of the course. Attendees must have successfully completed the 3 day MSP Foundation course in order to take the Practitioner course. Most participants take the two courses together.


On completion of this course, participants will achieve a detailed and practical understanding of the MSP programme management method. Participants will learn how to use MSP for programmes of all sizes and types, avoiding unnecessary overheads and gaining maximum benefit.
Participants will learn the MSP programme management framework including:

Nine Programme Governance Themes:

  • Vision
  • Blueprint
  • Organisation
  • Benefits Management
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Risk Management and Issue Resolution
  • Programme Planning and Control
  • Business Case Management
  • Quality Management

The MSP Transformational Flow:

  • Identifying a Programme
  • Defining a Programme
  • Managing the Trenches
  • Delivering the Capability
  • Realising Benefits
  • Closing a Programme

 Attendees will receive:

  • MSP Practitioner Certificate


2 days | 18 PDUs

Class Size:

Limited to 15 students

Course Materials:

  • Accredited MSP course materials designed to help students understand the MSP method in depth
  • MSP manual: “Managing Successful Programmes®”

Target Audience:

  • Project Managers
  • Project Executives
  • Programme Managers
  • Programme Support Staff
  • Anyone who needs to operate confidently in a multi-project transformational environment


Successful completion of the MSP Foundation course.

Exam Format

  • Multiple choice questions
  • 75 questions per paper with one mark available per question
  • Five questions to be trial and not counted in scores
  • 35 marks required to pass (out of 70 marks available) – 50%
  • 60 minutes’ duration
  • Closed book.

MSP® is a registered trademark of AXELOS Limited.