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This course is for existing and aspiring programme managers looking to develop their Foundation-level knowledge and earn an industry best practice qualification in programme management.

Learners may be preparing to transition from a project management role into a programme management position, or in a role supporting programme managers. Alternatively, they might be more experienced programme managers or senior managers looking to prove their Foundation-level change implementation knowledge and enhance their programme management credentials by gaining the MSP (Managing Successful Programmes) Foundation certification.

In this Total Learning course, learners will have the best of both digital and live learning to provide the best possible preparation to pass the MSP Foundation examination. This includes the official MSP Manual and a Digital stage designed around the MSP syllabus, including sample exam questions, quizzes, and a combination of video and written content.

The 1-day virtual Live event focuses on deepening learners’ understanding of the key topics involves feedback sessions on exam technique, with a specific focus on MSP Foundation style exam questions. The Live event explores exam techniques and practise exam activities, enabling learners to confidently progress on to the exam.

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There are no prerequisites for taking the Managing Successful Progammes 5th edition Foundation exam.

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At the end of this course, the learner 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.
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Course Outline

This Total Learning course consists of three stages:

  • Digital stage – up to 10 hours, completed over a minimum of 2 weeks
  • Live event – 1 day
  • Apply stage – 1-hour Foundation examination

Digital stage

During the digital stage, learners will work through online content exploring the MSP syllabus through a series of modules.
The Foundation-focused Digital modules include:

  • Introduction to MSP
  • The MSP principles
  • Introducing the MSP themes
  • Organisation
  • Design
  • Justification
  • Structure
  • Knowledge
  • Assurance
  • Decisions
  • Introducing the MSP processes
  • Identify the programme
  • Design the outcomes
  • Plan progressive delivery
  • Deliver the capabilities
  • Embed the outcomes
  • Evaluate new information
  • Close the programme

Live event

During the 1-day virtual Live event, learners will work individually and in teams to consolidate the MSP Foundation theory through practical, exam-focused activities. The facilitator will use Miro to create a digital workspace environment, enabling a collaborative and interactive learning experience.

  • Introduction
  • Principles, exam-based activities, and exploration
  • Process, exam-based activities, and exploration:
    • Identify the programme
    • Design the outcomes
    • Plan progressive delivery
    • Deliver the capabilities
    • Embed the outcomes
    • Evaluate new information
    • Close the programme
  • Themes, exam-based activities, and exploration:
  • Organisation
  • Design
  • Justification
  • Structure
  • Knowledge
  • Assurance
  • Decisions
  • Exam preparation


After the Live event, learners will progress on to the MSP Foundation exam.

Learners can select a suitable timeslot for their Foundation exam following the Live event. We know that some learners prefer to schedule this straight after the event itself, whereas others prefer a short break to revise the content. Booking via PeopleCert will give the learner the choice.

The exam takes place remotely via PeopleCert Online Proctoring. Learners will be required to download and install ExamShield and conduct a compatibility test prior to sitting the exam.

About the exam:

  • 60-minute exam
  • 60 questions
  • Closed book
  • Multiple-choice questions
  • 60% pass mark
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MSP® certification paths

Required Star = Required
Certification = Certification
MSP® qualification Pass the separate Foundation and Practitioner exams, or take one of the combined options. Please note that 4th edition is not compatible with the latest 5th edition certification, but we still offer it in online learning form.

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