About this Course

Course code OUKPBPMSPFPEL
Special Notices

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) is the best-practice, proven and internationally accepted approach to the successful delivery of transformational change through the application of programme management.

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. You are required to pass MSP Foundation before sitting any later examinations. MSP Practitioner is the middle of the three MSP qualifications and you are required to pass this certification before attempting MSP Advanced Practitioner.

  • The purpose of the Foundation qualification is to determine whether you have 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.
  • The purpose of the Practitioner qualification is to determine whether you have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the MSP guidance to apply the guidance to your 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. You should be capable of applying the MSP guidance in a relatively uncomplicated programme within an environment that uses MSP.

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

If you want a route to MSP Practitioner certification, you can do so by purchasing this MSP Blended Learning exam package comprising:

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

What’s included

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Exam(s) included

Exam Preparation Aid(s)

Tutor Support

Prerequisites

  • You are required to have passed MSP Foundation before attempting MSP Practitioner exam.
  • MSP Foundation and Practitioner is suitable for members of a programme office, business change team members, project delivery team members, anyone who needs to understand the terminology and concepts underpinning MSP and those wishing to pursue higher level qualifications (e.g. programme managers, business change managers (BCMs) and senior responsible owners (SROs).
  • You are advised to check you have the correct technical system requirements to run this eLearning product. The technical requirements are at the following link: http://www.qa.com/training-courses/qa-authored-elearning/qa-authored-elearning-spec
  • Product registration requires an internet connection and takes only a few minutes to complete

Accreditation and Examinations

  • You must provide photographic identification to sit your exam (passport, driving license or work badge are acceptable) as it is an examination requirement to produce it for the invigilator prior to the exam. Failure to produce a valid form of photographic identification may result in you not being able to sit your exam. For any questions about what form of identification is acceptable, please contact the QA Examination Administration team on 44 (0)1793 696273 or email at: examadmin@qa.com.
  • To book your exam please contact us via email: examadmin@qa.com for further information.

The MSP Foundation exam consists of:

  • 75 multiple choice questions (5 questions will be trial questions and not marked)
  • 1 hour
  • Closed-book
  • You require a minimum of 35 correct answers (50%) to pass.

The MSP Practitioner exam will be taken on the morning of the last day of your course, and consists of:

  • 8 questions, each worth 10 marks each. Total of 80 marks
  • 'Objective Test Examination' format - a style of complex multiple-choice examination.
  • 2½ hours duration
  • You may use your official MSP manual only
  • You require a minimum of 40 marks (50%) to pass

By successfully passing the practitioner exam, you attain 'Registered Practitioner' status.

Objectives

MSP Foundation

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)

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!

MSP Practitioner

The performance of a successful MSP Practitioner candidate is that candidates need to exhibit the competences required for the Foundation qualification and show that they can apply the MSP guidance in a relatively uncomplicated programme within a programme environment.
Specifically, successful candidates should be able to:

  • Identify additional value as a result of managing the described change as an MSP Programme
  • Explain and apply each of the MSP principles, the governance themes and the transformational flow processes and their activities
  • Explain the relationship between the MSP principles, governance themes, the transformational flow, programme information (documents) and the MSP defined programme management roles
  • Produce and evaluate examples of MSP programme information (documents).Know facts, terms and concepts relating to each theme
  • Understand how each governance theme relates to the Principles
  • Understand the approach to the treatment of each governance theme
  • Appreciate how each governance theme is applied throughout the Transformational Flow
  • Understand the responsibilities involved in each governance theme
  • Apply and tailor the relevant aspects of each governance theme to a scenario, when creating or reviewing products or making decisions related to each theme, in any or all of the processes
  • Identify, analyse and distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate application of each governance theme throughout a programme scenario.

Viewing the MSP Practitioner eLearning product and attempting all the exercises that we recommend will take approximately 15 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!

Outline

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.

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

  • Organization
  • Vision
  • Leadership and stakeholder engagement
  • Benefits management
  • Blueprint design and delivery
  • Planning and control
  • The Business case
  • Risks 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

Recommended study period for this eLearning is approximately 35 hours

This eLearning product includes online ProctorU examinations.

ProctorU is a live online proctoring service for test takers taking exams remotely.

Upon request our QA exam team will email over details of your exam code and instructions on how to book through ProctorU.

ProctorU exams require photographic identification at the time of taking your exam, this can be in the form of a passport, driving licence or a work ID, which would need to include your name and a photograph.

Please note: candidates are required to give 72 hours' notice when choosing a date and time to book their exam (if scheduling less than 72 hours in advance a small fee would be incurred)

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Delivery Method

Delivery method

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Total price: £905

MSP Foundation & Practitioner eLearning with online examinations
Code: OUKPBPMSPFPEL

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