About this Course

Course code PBPMSPPAPB
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 Practitioner is the second of the three MSP qualifications and MSP Advanced Practitioner is the third of the three certifications. You are required to have passed MSP Practitioner before attempting the MSP Advanced Practitioner exam.

The purpose of the practitioner qualification is to determine whether a delegate 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. Delegates should be capable of applying the MSP guidance in a relatively uncomplicated programme within an environment that uses MSP.

The purpose of the advanced practitioner qualification is to determine whether a delegate is likely to be able to lead and manage a programme of transformational change. That is, whether someone is capable of applying the MSP guidance in a complex programme within an environment that uses MSP.

This MSP Practitioner & Advanced Practitioner blended learning exam package comprises:

  • The QA-authored and fully accredited MSP Practitioner eLearning module
  • Access to a MSP expert throughout the duration of the learning via email
  • MSP Practitioner examination
  • A 2 day MSP Advanced Practitioner classroom event
  • MSP Advanced Practitioner exam

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

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  • You are required to have passed MSP Practitioner before attempting the MSP Advanced Practitioner exam.
  • MSP Practitioner is suitable for project managers, BCMs, experts and advisers working within a programme office and other specialist/governance roles involved in supporting programmes following the MSP guidance together with those wishing to pursue higher level qualifications (e.g. programme managers). This level is also suitable for SROs.
  • MSP Advanced Practitioner qualification is appropriate for a variety of roles, including (but not limited to), SROs, programme managers, those appointed to lead a portfolio or programme support function, BCMs and other programme support and management professionals.
  • 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 will need to provide evidence that you have passed your MSP Foundation examination prior to sitting your Practitioner examination. Please bring your candidate number and/or certificate to your course to show the invigilator. If you cannot provide your candidate number and/or certificate, please contact us on 44 (0)1793 696135

  • You must bring photographic identification to sit their 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 your Account Manager, the QA Examination Administration team on 44 (0)1793 696273 or email us at: elearningadmin@qa.com.
  • To book your exam, if within the UK, we have 26 locations across the country. If outside the UK, options for sitting your exam can be found on the following link. Please get back in contact with us via email: elearningadmin@qa.com, where we will find a time and location convenient to you.

The MSP Practitioner exam consists of:

  • 8 questions, each worth 10 marks each. Total of 80 marks
  • 'Objective Test Examination' format - a style of complex multiple-choice examination.
  • 2 ½ hours duration
  • Candidates may use their official MSP manual only
  • Candidates require a minimum of 40 marks (50%) to pass
  • By successfully passing the Practitioner exam, delegates attain 'Registered Practitioner' status.
  • All delegates will sit the MSP Advanced Practitioner examination at the end of the course. The exam format is as follows:
  • Essay based
  • Three hours duration
  • Up to 3 questions
  • 75 marks available
  • 38 marks or more are required to pass (50%)
  • Open-book (other material in the form of course notes, examples, copies of presentations, etc. can be used during this examination but no electronic aids, such as laptops, may be used).

By successfully passing the Advanced Practitioner exam, delegates attain 'Registered Advanced Practitioner' status.


MSP Practitioner eLearning

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 Practitioner 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 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 delegates 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.

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

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!

MSP Advanced Practitioner Classroom Event

You need to exhibit the competences required for both the Foundation and Practitioner qualifications and show that you could adapt the MSP guidance to the needs of a particular programme environment.

Specifically, successful candidates should be able to:

  • Determine whether MSP is an appropriate framework for an identified change initiative
  • Justify specific activities that should be undertaken by each of the defined MSP roles during each of the processes of the transformational flow
  • Produce, evaluate and suggest improvements to examples of MSP programme information (documents)
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the application of each of the MSP principles, the governance themes and the transformational flow processes
  • Adapt the programme's approach to the governance themes to the needs of both the wider programme environment and the sponsoring organization
  • Learn from experience and, as a result, propose alternative approaches that would improve the effectiveness of the application of each of the MSP principles, the governance themes and the transformational flow processes

MSP overview

  • A reminder of the main elements of the MSP method
  • MSPCare Case Study
  • An understanding of the MSPCare Case Study, which presents a mix of both public and private sector elements
  • PLEASE NOTE: Please bring your MSPCare Case Study with you to the course.
  • Interrogation of the MSPCare scenario through application of MSP methodology and best practice programme management

Exam Techniques

  • Exam techniques required to pass the Advanced Practitioner exam
  • Understanding of questions
  • Required answer elements
  • Use of the MSP manual and MSPCare scenario to present answers

This eLearning product includes as classroom based examination:

The examinations 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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Delivery method

Blended learning

Combining different learning methods into a single, seamless programme that exploits the best of each approach.

Total price: £1326

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