About this Course

Course code PBPMSPFEL
Special Notices

This elearning product will take you through the MSP method to foundation level. The MSP Foundation is the first of the three MSP qualifications and is a pre-requisite for anyone wishing to pursue MSP Practitioner or MSP Advanced Practitioner certifications.

If you want a route to MSP Foundation certification, you can do so by purchasing this MSP Foundation eLearning exam package comprising:

  • The QA-authored and fully accredited MSP Foundation eLearning module
  • Official MSP manual (hard copy - ISBN-13: 9780113313273)
  • Access to a MSP expert throughout the duration of the learning via email
  • Official MSP Foundation mock examinations
  • MSP Foundation examination*

Once purchased, the eLearning and associated exam are active for a 12-month period only, you are required to have sat your exam within this timeframe.

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Tutor Support


This fully accredited eLearning course provides you with a thorough understanding of the MSP programme management methodology, providing you with the skills needed to confidently use MSP to manage programmes in line with strategic aims of a business and its day to day running. The course includes tutor support, examination practice and your Foundation exam.

You will be able to test what you have learned and review recorded scores. During this period you will have access to a QA subject matter expert by email.

The performance of a successful MSP Foundation candidate is that you need to show that you understand the key principles and terminology within the MSP guidance. Specifically, you should be able to:

  • Distinguish between projects and programmes
  • Identify the MSP defined types of programme and their characteristics
  • Explain the benefits of applying the MSP guidance to the management of a programme of transformational change
  • Explain the purpose and areas of focus of the defined roles
  • Explain the purpose of the seven MSP principles, the nine governance themes and the six transformational flow processes
  • Explain the purpose of MSP programme information (documents)


MSP philosophy and structure

What is a programme and how it differs to both business as usual and project work
Relationship between the MSP principles, governance themes and the transformational flow.

The 7 MSP principles

Remaining aligned with corporate strategy
Leading change
Envisioning and communicating a better future
Focusing on benefits and threats to them
Adding value
Designing and delivering a coherent capability
Learning from experience

The 9 MSP governance themes

Leadership and stakeholder engagement
Benefits management
Blueprint design and delivery
Planning and control
Business case
Risk and issue management
Quality and assurance management

The 6 MSP® Transformational Flow Processes

Identifying a programme
Defining a programme
Managing the tranche
Delivering the capability
Realizing the benefits
Closing a programme


Viewing the MSP Foundation eLearning product and attempting all the exercises that we recommend will take approximately 22.5 hours with some additional reading. Throughout the learning, references for recommended reading are provided, and as everyone learns at different paces, this study duration is guidance only - but that is not to say you can't do it as many times as you like within your twelve month period.

This eLearning product includes a classroom based examination:

The MSP Foundation examination will be booked at a QA Centre most convenient to you.

We have 26 locations across the country. Please contact us via email: elearningadmin@qa.com for further information.

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Learn in your own time, at your own pace, and in the comfort of your own home, office, or even on your mobile device.

Total price: £475

MSP Foundation eLearning with examination

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