MSP® 5th Edition Practitioner

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Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) is a globally-recognized framework for best practice programme management. MSP certification provides guidance for programme managers, business change managers and the…

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Certificate MSP® Practitioner
Duration 2 Days
Delivery Classroom, Virtual Classroom
Accreditor AXELOS
Languages English

What is included in MSP® 5th Edition Practitioner

Course Description

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) is a globally-recognized framework for best practice programme management. MSP certification provides guidance for programme managers, business change managers and the next step for project managers to develop their knowledge and skills to be able to positively respond to the challenges of managing programmes and larger, more strategic or multiple projects. MSP 5th edition emphasizes flexibility, adaptability, and responsiveness by adopting an incremental approach to the programme lifecycle and thus enabling organizational agility.

AXELOS offers two levels of MSP Examination: MSP Foundation and MSP Practitioner. The MSP 5th Edition Foundation Examination is intended to assess whether the candidate can demonstrate sufficient recall and understanding of the MSP programme management framework. MSP 5th Edition Practitioner is for project, programme, and business change managers that want to build on their knowledge of MSP, in order to practically apply the MSP framework to real life scenarios, providing the skills to lead and manage a programme. It is a must-have certification for both project and programme management professionals to deliver organizational value to their employers and boost their careers. 

The MSP Foundation qualification is a prerequisite for the MSP Practitioner Examination.

The MSP® 5th Edition Practitioner course is a 2-days/16 hours training based on the exam specification for MSP 5th Edition Practitioner certification and is aligned with the Managing Successful Programmes (5th Edition) guide from PeopleCert.

Course Information

Certification: MSP® Practitioner

Duration: 2 Days

Domain: Project and Program Management

Delivery Method: Classroom, Virtual Classroom

Accreditor: AXELOS

Available Languages: English

Purchase Options: Pay Per Use Courseware


The MSP® Practitioner certification is intended for: 

  • Programme managers and aspiring programme managers
  • Project managers/senior project managers
  • Business change managers
  • Other key staff involved in the design, development and delivery of projects, including project board members (e.g. executive), project assurance, and project support
  • Operational line managers/staff operating within a programme environment
  • Other key staff involved in the design, development and delivery of programmes, including: programme board members, programme assurance, and programme management office personnel
  • Portfolio management staff
  • Specialist programme staff

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand how to apply the MSP principles in context
  • Understand how to apply and tailor relevant aspects of the MSP themes in context
  • Understand how to apply and tailor relevant aspects of the MSP processes in context

Course Outline

Course Introduction

Module 1: Application of MSP Principles

  • Application of Lead with Purpose Principle
  • Application of Collaborate Across Boundaries Principle
  • Application of Deal with Ambiguity Principle
  • Application of Align with Priorities  Principle
  • Application of Deploy Diverse Skills Principle
  • Application of Realize Measurable Benefits Principle
  • Application of Bring Pace and Value Principle

Module 2: Program Strategy and Themes

  • Programme Strategy 
  • Programme Plans
  • Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA)

Module 3: Application of Organization Theme

  • Organization Structure
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Documents to Support the Organization Theme

Module 4: Application of Design Theme

  • Benefits
  • Risk Identification and Prioritization
  • Target Operating Model
  • Documents and Key Roles

Module 5: Application of Justification Theme

  • Financial and Non-Financial Measures of Benefits/Disbenefits
  • Financial Planning 
  • Documents and Key Roles

Module 6: Application of Structure Theme

  • Establishing the Appropriate Pace
  • Delivery Planning
  • Dependencies
  • Benefits Realization Plan
  • Document and Key Roles

Module 7: Application of Knowledge Theme

  • Knowledge Management
  • Information Management
  • Document and Key Roles

Module 8: Application of Assurance Theme

  • Assurance at Multiple Levels
  • Assurance Planning 
  • Document and Key Roles

Module 9: Application of Decisions Theme

  • Decision-Making
  • Issue Resolution
  • Risk Response
  • Data Gathering and Reporting
  • Options Analysis

Module 10: MSP Processes

  • Identify the Programme
  • Design the Outcomes
  • Plan Progressive Delivery
  • Deliver the Capabilities
  • Embed the Outcomes
  • Evaluate New Information
  • Close the Programme

Available Courseware For MSP® 5th Edition Practitioner


Instructor Package

Includes a slide deck suitable for Classroom and Virtual Classroom delivery, instructor notes to guide the trainer through the course delivery, and a version of the Coursebook.


Learner Coursebook

Coursebook with all the relevant information required for the learner to take and pass the exam.


Course Agenda

Sample agendas for running successful Classroom, Virtual Classroom, or Blended Classroom sessions.

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